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April 21, 2017

Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work National Online Dialogue — Extended Through Today, April 21

There is still time to participate in the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work National Online Dialogue! You have until end of day today (11:59 PM ET) to post your ideas on ways states can develop initiatives or programs, or institute policy changes, that support workers in the transition back to work. This crowdsourcing event is hosted in support of the ODEP SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative's efforts to develop strategies and practices to promote the return-to-work process for workers who become injured or experience disabling conditions. Your contributions to this virtual discussion will play an integral role in informing the efforts to develop policy steps to promote timely and effective strategies to support individuals who need SAW/RTW services and supports to remain in the labor force.

Participate in the SAW/RTW National Online Dialogue
Learn more about Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work

LEAD Center Webinar — “The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes” — April 27, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities and their families can use ABLE Accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more positive employment outcomes. The webinar, to be held April 27, 3:00-4:30 PM ET, will demonstrate how provisions in the ABLE Act can enable people with disabilities to achieve competitive integrated employment, begin to save funds without fear of loss of SSI and Medicaid eligibility, and set longer term goals for financial stability and self-determined and self-directed lives. The presentation will review the basic elements of these new ABLE account programs, now open in 18 states, and will include the perspective of a current ABLE account owner.

Register for “The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes”
Visit the ABLE National Resource Center

CDE and AUCD to Host May 11 Twitter Chat on Supporting Workers with Mental Health Disabilities

In recognition of Mental Health Month, ODEP's Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, May 11, from 1:00-2:00 PM ET. Titled “#CDEMentalHealth: Supporting People with Mental Health Disabilities in the Workplace,” the chat will feature special guest Andy Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. Don’t miss this chance to engage with Andy and others in an online discussion about the importance of supporting the employment success of people with mental health disabilities, along with workplace strategies for doing so effectively. To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #CDEMentalHealth.

Follow the CDE on Twitter

JAN Releases Publication on Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a publication on Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in the workplace, focusing on the provision of the updated Section 501 regulations that requires federal agencies to provide PAS to certain employees with disabilities. Presented in a question-and-answer format, the document addresses issues such as the definition of PAS, where employers can find PAS providers, and whether PAS providers can be given other work duties.

Read the JAN PAS publication

New PEAT Resource Offers Guidance on Accessible Technology-Related Public Policy

From the Section 508 refresh to progress around Section 501, the regulatory landscape influencing accessible information and communications technology (ICT) is ever evolving. To help employers, employees and technology providers learn about and understand the latest federal regulatory developments, the ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has launched “Policy Matters,” a centralized resource that covers what's happening in the world of accessible technology-related public policy. Featuring plain language articles, policy briefs and analyses, “Policy Matters” explores how key policy developments apply to the workplace – from laws and regulations to court decisions and proposed legislation. The free tool is designed to keep stakeholders informed about government efforts to ensure workplace technology is accessible to all employees – including those with disabilities.

Visit PEAT's “Policy Matters” resource

Are you Ready to Connect your Students with Disabilities to an Opportunity for Federal Jobs?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment. Schools that would like to participate in the WRP must be accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Registration for schools will close on May 31.

Register to be a participating campus

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

EARN has issued its April 19 newsletter, featuring information on EARN’s Small Business Success Stories, a Deaf History Month blog, a PBS NewsHour segment on disability employment, and more.

Read the EARN Newsletter

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