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October 18, 2019

NDEAM Event "A Conversation About Mental Health in the Workplace"

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will host an event honoring National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2019. "The Right Talent, Right Now: A Conversation About Mental Health in the Workplace" will explore disability inclusion through the lens of workplace policies and practices that support mental health. Speakers and panelists include senior DOL officials and mental health experts. The event will be held on October 30 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at DOL's Frances Perkins Building, at 200 Constitution Ave NW, in Washington, D.C.

Register for the DOL NDEAM event

Workplace Mentoring Playbook

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) developed the "Workplace Mentoring Playbook" in partnership with the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, which is part of EARN’s Inclusion@Work Network. The Playbook offers strategies, tips, and tools to assist employers in gathering support for and implementing successful mentoring programs as part of an overall disability inclusion strategy.

Read the "Workplace Mentoring Playbook"

Ticket to Work Information for American Job Centers

The WorkforceGPS website posted information for American Job Centers on the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. The Ticket to Work program can assist individuals with disabilities receiving disability benefits to find opportunities to return to work, stay employed, and increase earnings. The website contains resources to help American Job Centers administer Ticket to Work through Employment Networks in the public workforce system.

Learn about the Ticket to Work program

MAVRIC Conference

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) published a blog recap of the 2019 Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Conference (MAVRIC) discussing advances in X-Reality (XR) and how they offer the potential to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Read the PEAT blog post

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