ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

January 18, 2019

JAN and Getting Hired to Host Webinar — January 23 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will be presenting a webinar with Getting Hired called “How to Support Individuals with Disabilities throughout the Talent Acquisition Process.” The webinar will share the top questions that JAN receives from employers about hiring individuals with disabilities. Topics included will be an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to talent acquisition, tips on how to identify accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and interview and onboarding accommodation tips for employers.

Register for the webinar


Inclusion@Work is an employer policy framework developed by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) in collaboration with ODEP. The framework outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive organization, along with a menu of strategies for achieving them. EARN has produced a series of training videos taking a deeper dive into each of the core components.

Watch the Inclusion@Work video series

Financial Empowerment Strategies

Employment is often considered the first step towards a better financial future. However, financial empowerment skills can be an important component of seeking and obtaining employment for job seekers with and without disabilities. The LEAD Center released an information brief describing several resources to support the integration of financial empowerment strategies within employment services.

Read the Information Brief

Customized Employment Study

As part of a study completed for the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP), focus groups were conducted to discuss the economic impact for employers who hired individuals with disabilities in customized jobs. The study gained the perspective of employers related to employing persons with a disability (especially those with significant disabilities), including the use of Customized Employment (CE) and working with rehabilitation and employment programs. The focus groups provided insight into critical elements for establishing effective partnerships with employers around CE.

Learn about the EFSLMP Employer Economic Impact Study

Integrated Digital Experience Act

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) features information on its website on the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA). This law, passed in December 2018, requires federal agencies to modernize the websites and digital services they offer, according to eight specific criteria, including accessibility for people with disabilities. All federal agencies in the Executive Branch must already meet the accessibility standards of the Rehabilitation Act Section 508, as codified in the Section 508 Rule published by the U.S. Access Board. IDEA is noteworthy for several reasons, including its emphasis on increasing agencies' compliance with Section 508.

Learn about the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act

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