ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

August 14, 2020


Apprenticeship Inclusion Models Webinars

The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) initiative will host three webinars in August. AIM's Community of Practice webinar on "Inclusive Youth Apprenticeship," on August 17, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET, will discuss how youth apprenticeship programs can serve all students. AIM's Research Brief Series webinar on "Incorporating Universal Design and Accessibility into Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship," on August 21, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET, will present research on how intensive career pathways programs, program designers, instructors, and mentors can support inclusive and accessible apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship participants. AIM's Research Brief Series webinar on "Understanding Institutional Funding Sources as Part of Apprenticeship System Building," on August 27, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET, will explore the details of institutional funding as well as strategies for building partnerships to support apprenticeship, especially for populations with barriers to work

Accessibility Playbook for Emerging Technology Initiatives

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) released "The Accessibility Playbook for Emerging Technology Initiatives." The Playbook is a guide for starting an initiative to develop emerging technologies that are accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. It includes an overview of the potential and challenges of accessible emerging technologies, tips for launching an initiative, examples from XR Access and Teach Access, and more.

WIOA and COVID-19 Webinar Archive

The LEAD Center webinar on "Equal Opportunity and Accessibility for WIOA Partners during COVID-19 and Beyond" provided information, strategies, and resources for workforce professionals in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) system, including American Job Centers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar presenters shared effective accommodation practices and examples of equal opportunity policy and procedure implementation for workforce system partners who have shifted to virtual services.

NCSL and SEED ADA30 Virtual Meeting Series

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published archives of a weeklong meeting series to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A related blog post, "Check Out How NCSL Celebrated ADA30," highlights the virtual meetings and provides an overview of the panel discussions and key takeaways. The meeting series helped educate state policymakers about the importance of increasing access and inclusion for people with disabilities and was developed in cooperation with the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED). The series reflected on the impact of the ADA and discussed a variety of related topics, including accessible transportation, the workforce's future, and workplace accommodations.

WHD COVID-19 Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released new guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act affect workplaces as they reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes commonly asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws. This guidance is the latest addition to WHD's previously published compliance assistance materials.

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