ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

January 24, 2020

Workforce Recruitment Program Employer Webinar

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is hosting a webinar on January 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time for federal government employees interested in learning more about this resource of qualified, Schedule A-eligible candidates available for summer, temporary, and permanent employment. The webinar will cover details about the WRP, how to search for candidates in the WRP.gov database, and best practices for utilizing WRP throughout federal agencies.

Register for the WRP webinar

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Apprenticeship Webinar

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and a member of the technical assistance team from ODEP’s Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) Initiative will present a webinar on January 29 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time as part of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities monthly webinar series. The webinar on "Inclusion and the Future of Work" will discuss the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace with a focus on the benefits of apprenticeships and digital accessibility.

Register for the webinar

VOICE Initiative

ODEP selected 13 states to participate in the Visionary Opportunities to Increase Competitive-Integrated Employment (VOICE) initiative. VOICE focuses on increasing employment opportunities for individuals with mental health disabilities who face barriers to employment by aligning policy, practice, and funding to address these challenges. VOICE states will receive intensive policy consulting, technical support, and ongoing mentoring to increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with mental health disabilities. Participating states are Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Learn about mental health resources

"Because" Public Service Announcement

January is National Mentoring Month and the Campaign for Disability Employment's (CDE) "Because" public service announcement (PSA) focuses on seven individuals with disabilities who are pursuing their goals as a result of the encouragement of mentors in their lives. The PSA highlights the support that these individuals received from family members, coaches, teachers, colleagues, and employers that has helped them excel. "Because" is one of a suite of four PSAs produced by the CDE, all of which are available online for viewing and downloading for free.

View the CDE PSAs

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