ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

May 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Actions Regarding COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor has taken a range of actions to aid American workers and employers during the coronavirus pandemic. These steps include adopting policies to keep America's workplaces safe and healthy, helping unemployed Americans by protecting the integrity of the unemployment insurance system, and defending workers' rights to paid leave. DOL has also participated in activities focused on reopening our nation's economy.

Read the news release

Opportunities & Obstacles

The LEAD Center and the Families and Work Institute released "Opportunities & Obstacles: Life On and Off the Job for Employees with Disabilities." This report focuses on the experiences of people with disabilities after they find employment. It examines the types of disabilities that workers have, whether employers have provided them with accommodations, and how employees with disabilities compare with employees without disabilities in key characteristics.

Read "Opportunities & Obstacles: Life On and Off the Job for Employees with Disabilities"

Mental Health Toolkit

As Mental Health Month draws to a close at the end of May, employers can find information on fostering a welcoming and supportive work environment in the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion's (EARN) Mental Health Toolkit. This resource provides guidance on creating a mentally healthy workplace based on the "4 A's" – Awareness, Accommodations, Assistance, and Access.

View EARN's Mental Health Toolkit

Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will host a webinar on June 2 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET on "VR100 Anniversary: Celebrating a Century of Success." The webinar will highlight success stories of how the VR program helped change the lives of students and adults with disabilities. The VR program helps individuals with disabilities prepare for employment, independence, and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

Register for the webinar
Visit the VR100 webpage

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