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December 15, 2017

Workforce Recruitment Program Launches 2018 Database

ODEP is excited to announce that the Workforce Recruitment Program has released its 2018 database. The 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. This year's database contains over 2,000 candidates from 300 schools across the United States. The candidates represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Employers can search for these candidates using a variety of criteria including degree, major, school, veteran status, job preference, and location preference. Federal employees can register to view the database WRP.gov; private sector employers can post job announcements for WRP candidates at WRP.jobs.

Register to view the database if you are a federal employer
Post job announcements for WRP candidates if you are a private sector employer

It's Not Too Late to Participate! Careers in the Arts Toolkit Online Dialogue Extended until January 8

The “Careers in the Arts Toolkit Online Dialogue” has been extended until January 8. ODEP, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Art Beyond Sight have partnered to host this crowdsourcing event through the ePolicyWorks initiative. The purpose of this dialogue is to gather valuable input on ways to foster the inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts. Feedback collected from this dialogue will play an integral role in informing NEA's effort to create a comprehensive toolkit to help job seekers and students with disabilities thrive in arts careers.

Join the Careers in the Arts online dialogue

PEAT Announces “Future of Work” Podcast Series

This week, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology launched a free podcast series in collaboration with the human resources web portal Workology.com. Titled “The Future of Work,” the new series explores workplace technology trends in the context of accessibility and the employment of people with disabilities. This week's podcasts include a conversation with Cisco's Pat Romzek about inclusive hiring, and an interview with the Inclusive Design Research Centre's Jutta Treviranus on machine learning and artificial intelligence in the workplace. New podcast episodes will be posted regularly.

Access the “Inclusive Hiring” podcast and transcript
Access the “Machine Learning & AI” podcast and transcript
Learn more about “The Future of Work” podcasts and related resources

Community Fosters Accessibility: A Dispatch from the 2017 Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

In a blog on the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology site, PEAT staff outlined their participation in the Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology. This annual event brings together influential leaders from around the globe to share insights and advance conversation around technology access and inclusion for people with cognitive disabilities. PEAT staff attended discussions by experts working on the latest research in the field. In addition, Corinne Weible, Deputy Project Director of PEAT, presented a session on PEAT's Policy Matters tool.

Read the Community Fosters Accessibility blog

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion has released its December 12 Newsletter. This issue includes information on inclusive party planning, World AIDS Day, a National Governors Association blog post, and more. Booz Allen Hamilton is featured in the Employer Spotlight.

Read the EARN Newsletter

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