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August 26, 2016

ODEP Adds New Policies in Practice Profiles to Its Website

ODEP has added five new faces to the Policies in Practice series on its website. These profiles highlight real people with disabilities and their successes in the workplace. Visit ODEP's website to learn about Michael Adams, Accounting Assistant; Sam Joehl, Principal Technical Consultant; Meghan Jones, Office Clerk; Elizabeth Kumar, Peer Mentor; and Eric Wright, Lead Technologist. While you are there, read about all of the folks featured as examples of ODEP's policies in everyday practice.

Learn about Michael Adams
Learn about Sam Joehl
Learn about Meghan Jones
Learn about Elizabeth Kumar
Learn about Eric Wright
View all of ODEP's Policies in Practice profiles

What's in a Routine? — JAN Blog

In an August 19 post on the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) blog site, Melanie Whetzel, Lead Consultant on the Cognitive/Neurological Team, provided a comprehensive overview of ways that establishing a daily routine can be helpful to everyone, including people with cognitive or neurological disabilities. She offered tips for establishing a routine at work, as well as examples of people who have successfully used routines as a job accommodation. "With a routine we master tasks by becoming better and quicker," noted Whetzel. "And as we accomplish things, we move closer and closer to our goals."

Read the JAN blog

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its August 19 newsletter, featuring information on accommodations for educators with disabilities, the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award, upcoming web events, and more.

Read the EARN newsletter

VA Seeks Comments on VEPFS Grant Program Interim Final Rule

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is establishing a Veterans Employment Pay for Success (VEPFS) program to award grants to eligible entities to fund projects that are successful in accomplishing employment rehabilitation for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. VA will award grants on the basis of an eligible entity's proposed use of a Pay for Success (PFS) strategy to achieve goals. The VA has published an interim final rule establishing regulations for awarding a VEPFS grant, including the general process for awarding the grant, criteria and parameters for evaluating grant applications, priorities related to the award of a grant, and general requirements and guidance for administering a VEPFS grant program. Comments on the rule must be received on or before October 11, 2016.

Learn about the VA interim final rule

Access Board to Hold an Open Q&A Webinar — September 1, 2:30 PM ET

The Access Board will hold a session in its regular webinar series that provides an opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to the Board’s work and activities. Questions are welcome on the Board's accessibility requirements and rulemaking activities, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, and other topics related to the Board's work. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session. Speakers include Bill Botten, Accessibility Specialist, and Marsha Mazz, Director, both of the Access Board’s Office of Technical and Information Services.

Learn about the Access Board webinar

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