ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

September 25, 2020


The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program's (OFCCP) Southeast Region will host the "I AM ABLE – Access Ability Individuals with Disabilities" virtual meeting on October 6. This event, celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), will highlight DOL's Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award winners, PepsiCo and CVS Health. The companies will discuss their disability inclusion programs. ODEP will share its resources for federal contractors, and the nonprofit organization Who Got Game will present on its peer mentoring and employment services for people with disabilities.

Advancing Compliance Solutions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a blog on "Advancing Compliance Solutions," written by S. Marisela Douglass, Director of DOL's Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). Douglass discusses some of the accomplishments of OCI in the two years since its establishment, including the recent virtual summit on "Advancing Compliance Solutions for Today's Workplace, Two Years and Counting." The blog includes links to recordings of the summit sessions.

Compliance Assistance Guide

As an organization with diverse functions, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) carries out its mission through a number of offices and agencies. DOL published a short compliance assistance guide, "We Are the U.S. Department of Labor: How We Can Help You," that provides workers and employers with a description of each office and agency, their work, and their contact information.

EARN Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released its September newsletter featuring mental health resources, including a public service announcement from the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and case studies of the programs that companies Merck and Johnson and Johnson provide to support their employees' mental health. Also highlighted is a Labor Day op-ed published in the Wichita Eagle by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy, and more.

PEAT Telework & Accessibility Toolkit

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) published the "Telework and Accessibility Toolkit" to equip employers, employees, and hiring professionals with the information needed to ensure the digital workplace is accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. It incorporates resources on creating accessible digital communications, being an effective teleworker, conducting accessible virtual interviews, and more.

Interagency Accessibility Forum

The 2020 Interagency Accessibility Forum, "Enabling Missions through Accessible Technology: Leaving No One Behind," will be held on October 6-7 to celebrate the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This virtual forum, sponsored by the General Services Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the CIO Council, in cooperation with other federal agencies, including ODEP, will convene over 400 thought leaders from the private and government sectors to discuss strategies to increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities. Keynote speakers will include Janet Dhillon, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Congressman Jim Langevin, Chair of the Bipartisan Disability Caucus; and former Senator Tom Harkin, author and chief Senate sponsor of the ADA. Virtual panel discussions will focus on three areas: Customer Experiences and Content Creation, Acquisition and Program Management, and Innovation.