ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

May 18, 2018

Mobile Accommodation Solution App Released

The new Mobile Accommodation Solution app, developed by West Virginia University’s Center for Disability Inclusion in partnership with the Job Accommodation Network and IBM; and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, is available through the online Apple App and Google Play Stores. The MAS app helps employers and others manage workplace accommodation requests. Employers can track the status of requests, access fillable forms, and store, print, and export records into enterprise information systems.

Get the Mobile Accommodation Solution app

Youth and Adult Partnerships Videos

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth released two videos featuring members of the National Youth Action Council on Transition. In the video “You Can Lead Too!: Youth Perspectives on Leadership,” young leaders share insights on what it means to be a leader and advocate. In the video “Developing Successful Youth-Adult Partnerships,” youth and adults describe what it takes to work together as equal partners. YouthACT is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life.

Watch “You Can Lead Too!”
Watch “Developing Successful Youth-Adult Partnerships”

“Future of Work” Podcast Now Available

In collaboration with the human resources web portal Workology.com, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology created a free podcast series titled, “The Future of Work.” These podcasts explore workplace technology trends in the context of accessibility and the employment of people with disabilities. Episode 7, “Developing Talent to Make Workplace Technology Accessible,” featuring Larry Goldberg and Kate Sonka from Teach Access, is now available.

Listen to the podcast and read the transcript
Access all of the “Future of Work” podcasts

Kentucky Work Matters Task Force Final Report

ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy joined Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this week for the unveiling of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force final report at a news conference in Lexington. In collaboration with ODEP’s State Exchange on Employment and Disability and its partner, the Council of State Governments, the 23-member task force brought together key departments of Kentucky's state government and private-sector representatives to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among targeted constituencies, including people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and others. The governor also signed an Employment First Executive Order, which establishes an advisory council to help implement recommendations from the report.

View the news conference on Gov. Bevin's Facebook page
Read the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force final report (PDF)

Stay at Work/Return to Work Policy Options

As part of the State Exchange on Employment and Disability, the Council of State Governments convened a Stay at Work/Return to Work Leadership Team comprised of state leaders and subject-matter experts to further identify challenges and solutions, and inform a toolkit intended to assist states in adopting and implementing SAW/RTW policies. In preparation for the Leadership Team kick-off meeting, held May 14-15 in Lexington, Kentucky, the SEED team hosted a series of SAW/RTW Information Gathering Sessions. Participants identified trending issues and policy priority areas, shared effective practices and programs, and discussed information and resources that will be shared with the CSG Leadership and support other SEED efforts specific to SAW/RTW.

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Learn about SAW/RTW

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