ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

May 17, 2019

Mental Health Month

In the latest post on the Campaign for Disability Employment's blog, Andy Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, reflects on his experiences working with a mental health disorder. In "My Uncommon Experience with a Mental Health Condition at Work," Imparato notes the important role that early mentors and colleagues played in helping him see his psychiatric disability as a positive differentiator. He also calls on employers to recognize the importance of fostering a welcoming work environment for employees with mental health conditions.

Read the CDE blog

PEAT Podcast

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) posted an episode on "Making our Cities Smarter and More Accessible" as part of its Future of Work podcast series. The podcast features Megan Lawrence, Microsoft's Accessibility Technology Evangelist and Laura Ruby, Microsoft's Director of Worldwide Accessibility Public Policy & Standards. The interview explores how and why Microsoft is partnering with the Smart Cities for All initiative to eliminate the digital divide for people with disabilities, and the potential impact for employers and employees.

Listen to the PEAT podcast

EARN Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released its May newsletter. Featured in this issue is information about EARN's participation in disability employment events, including the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, Disability:IN Greater Kansas City's Disability Inclusion Summit, and an educational seminar with the Dallas Mayor's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. A fact sheet on "Disability Inclusion: Exploring the Intersections" that EARN created with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is also highlighted.

Read the EARN newsletter

EFSLMP Webinar Archive

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Community of Practice Monthly Webinar for May was on "How to Create Start Ups for People with Disabilities." Small business is a viable employment path for people with disabilities. This webinar explored ways to raise capital for a business, get it off the ground, and maintain it. It also discussed community and organizational supports for successful self-employment.

View the EFSLMP webinar

Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Month, and the WorkforceGPS website has compiled resources to help employ and accommodate individuals with mental health disabilities. Included is information from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Job Accommodation Network, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion, and more.

Visit the WorkforceGPS website

If you are having trouble viewing this newsletter, please go to https://www.dol.gov/odep/newsletter/

ODEP Home Page

Contact Us