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JULY 22, 2016

ODEP and Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Release New PSA Featuring Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson, former Major League Baseball player and multi-sport All-Star athlete, is featured in a new public service announcement presented by ODEP and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) as part of their Alliance partnership. In the PSA, Jackson, who had a speech impediment as a child, urges everyone to see people for what they can do and not for their disabilities.

Watch the Bo Jackson PSA

Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities

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 prove 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. Volunteers are needed to act as WRP recruiters for the upcoming recruitment season, which runs from October 27 through November 18, 2016. Recruiters must be federal employees who can commit to conducting at least 10 30-minute phone interviews with students from across the country, and to evaluate each student candidate in writing. The required recruiter training is conducted online and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Registration is open until August 22, 2016.

• Register to be a recruiter at www.wrp.gov and click on the recruiter registration button

ODEP Issues YouthACT Online Dialogue Final Report

In May 2016, ODEP’s YouthACT initiative hosted a national online dialogue to gather ideas from youth and young adults with disabilities about what would help them become successful adults. Participants shared ideas, comments, and votes about supports and services in education, employment, healthcare, self-advocacy, community engagement, and everyday life. The event attracted many participants eager to share their perspectives, and its findings can help inform how policymakers and youth service professionals respond to the needs of young people with disabilities today. The final report provides a summary of top ideas, comments, votes, and participant data.

Read the YouthACT online dialogue final report

LEAD Center to Present Webinar on WIOA Final Rule — July 28, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

The LEAD Center will present a webinar, “Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know!” on July 28, 3:00-4:30 PM ET. This webinar will focus on the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. Learn about resources available to support implementation and hear about WIOA implementation from a disability perspective from leadership in DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP); the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE); the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA); and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).

Register for the LEAD Center webinar

Disability.gov Releases July Edition of Disability Connection Newsletter

The July edition of Disability.gov’s Disability Connection Newsletter focuses on “10 Things to Know about the ADA and Beyond.” The article features information on employment, job accommodations, service animals, public transportation, education, community living, and more.

Read the July Disability Connection Newsletter

Videos Feature Leading Voices on Disability Inclusion

The ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released two video vignettes featuring leading voices on disability inclusion. In one, John Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center, discusses disability in the context of workplace diversity, while in the other, Dinah Cohen, EARN Employment Consultant, shares strategies for working with service providers to build a pipeline of qualified job candidates with disabilities.

View John Kemp’s video
View Dinah Cohen’s video

What Employers Need to Know About the Family and Medical Leave Act

In a July 14 post on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) blog, Helen Applewhaite, chief of DOL’s Wage and Hour Division’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) branch, discusses a new resource created to help employers comply with FMLA. The “Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act” presents a step-by-step walk through the FMLA leave administration process. “At the Wage and Hour Division, we believe if we help employers understand their responsibilities under the FMLA, we can all work together to help employees take leave when necessary to care for their families or their own serious health conditions,” notes Applewhaite.

Read the FMLA blog

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar — July 27, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

“Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations: Support on Your Journey to Employment” will be the topic of the National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar on July 27, 3:00-4:30 PM ET. This webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to people who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), and will focus on Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, reasonable accommodations and how to ask for them, frequently asked questions, and resources including the Job Accommodation Network.

Learn about the WISE webinar
Visit the Job Accommodation Network

SEC to Hold Information and Networking Event — August 8, 1:00 PM ET

Individuals with disabilities interested in federal employment in the securities regulation and enforcement arena are invited to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Information and Networking Event on August 8, at 1:00 PM ET. At the event, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the SEC’s mission, hear about the agency’s benefits and reasonable accommodations, and network with SEC hiring managers. Guests may be considered for current and/or future employment opportunities. Accountants, attorneys, economists, examiners, IT specialists and securities industry professionals are strongly encouraged to attend. Attendees must be eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority, and must pre-register by providing their full name and resume by July 27 to DisabilityEmploymentProgram@sec.gov. The event will be limited to 75 attendees.

Learn about the SEC Information and Networking Event
Learn about the Schedule A Hiring Authority

USBLN and AAPD Announce Disability Equality Index Results

The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN)—an ODEP Alliance member—and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have announced the results of the 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey. Conducted annually, the DEI is a national benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, from zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. Top scoring companies are featured in the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list.

Read the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list

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