ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

March 15, 2019

Reasonable Accommodations Webinar — March 20 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will host a webinar to explore strategies organizations can use to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive and effective reasonable accommodations programs in order to attract job applicants with disabilities and retain workers who may acquire disabilities due to injury or illness. Participants will also learn about resources that can help strengthen existing accommodations policies and procedures. Presenters include Brett Sheats, National Project Director, EARN; Tracie DeFreitas, Lead Consultant and ADA Specialist, Job Accommodation Network; and Brooke Matheson, Lead Associate, Disability Accommodation Team, Employment Risk Management and Compliance, Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Section 188 System Innovation Brief

The LEAD Center released the “System Innovation Brief: Missouri's Commitment to Equal Opportunity: Using WIOA's Section 188 to Create a Blueprint for Improving Access & Equal Opportunity.” The System Innovation brief details the LEAD Center's work with the State of Missouri to implement the Equal Opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It outlines the strategic direction Missouri chose, their statewide approach to building infrastructure to support Equal Opportunity, and what they learned along the way. The brief ends with suggested action steps that other systems can implement, and useful resources.

Read the System Innovation Brief

“Working Works” Wins Social Good Award

The Campaign for Disability Employment's (CDE) "Working Works" public service announcement (PSA) received an honorable mention in the Social Good Awards, a program sponsored by Cynopsis Media. The awards honor "excellence in the area of social good in the TV and entertainment industry.” The PSA features four individuals, including Major League Baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr., who worked with their employers and healthcare professionals to make a plan to stay at or return to work following illness or injury. The CDE will host a #WorkingWorks Twitter chat featuring a PSA cast member on March 21 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET.

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PEAT eNews

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) released its March eNews. Features include: an update on the Integrated Digital Accessibility Act; an article on the Internet of Things (IoT) and people with disabilities; suggested accessibility interview questions; and more. Also included are notices of upcoming conferences on technology-related topics.

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Disability Federal Resources to Support American Job Centers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) posted a list of resources administered across different federal agencies to help American Job Centers (AJCs) increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It includes resources from ODEP, the Administration on Community Living (ACL), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and more. The list appears on ETA's WorkforceGPS website, an interactive online communication and learning technical assistance platform for the public workforce system, education professionals, and businesses.

View the list of disability federal resources for AJCs

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