ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

July 19, 2019

Reasonable Accommodations Webinar: July 24 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will be the featured guest on the next Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) webinar from the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. During the webinar, titled "Putting it Together: Reasonable Accommodations and the Path to Employment," JAN will discuss ways that reasonable accommodations can help Social Security Disability beneficiaries as they seek financial independence through work.

Register for the WISE webinar

EARN Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released its July newsletter. This issue features EARN's fact sheet on "Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace: What Federal Employers Should Know," and its policy brief on "Use of Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities." The U.S. Department of Labor's Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award is also highlighted.

Read the EARN newsletter

Future of Work Podcast

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) posted Episode 17 of its Future of Work podcast series on "Data Visualization Accessibility for Employees, Teams, & Leaders." In this episode, Doug Schepers of Fizz Studio discusses sonification and other innovative methods of making charts, graphs, and maps more interactive and accessible to all users, including people with disabilities.

Listen to Episode 17 of the Future of Work podcast series

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Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program Webinar Recording

A recording is now available of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Community of Practice Monthly Webinar on "Training and Retaining Staff." The webinar focused on how investing in staff development is critical to the success of provider transformation, expanding competitive integrated employment programs, and staff retention. By expecting a nationally recognized credential such as an Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) Certificate or Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) through the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), providers develop a more skilled community of practice and funders gain partners with demonstrated skills and knowledge. Dale Verstegen, President of the ACRE Board of Directors and Todd Culver, CEO of MARO (Michigan's Provider Association), discussed various ways to develop staff skills using competency-based training and sustainable training models.

View the EFSLMP webinar

Americans with Disabilities Act Resources

In July, the nation celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law. This landmark legislation prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability and helps ensure all Americans have equal access to employment. The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration posted a page on its WorkforceGPS website highlighting government and nonprofit entities providing technical assistance resources to support American Job Centers, employers, and people with disabilities. Included are the Job Accommodation Network, the ADA National Network, the U.S. Access Board, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA.gov.

Read about the ADA technical assistance resources

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