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  • 08/28/14: FCC Adopts New Rules to Expand Text-to-911 Availability

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules requiring text messaging providers to allow Americans; particularly those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech disability, to send a text to 911. Text-to-911 requires all wireless carriers and text application providers to implement this feature by the end of 2014. For more information:

  • 08/28/14: How did the Amyotrophic Lateral sclerosis (ALS) “Ice Bucket Challenge” phenomenon begin?

    ESPN’s Sport Center Featured tells the story of former Boston College captain Peter Frates, who inspired the "Ice Bucket Challenge" phenomenon that has raised awareness -- and over $10 million -- for ALS.

  • 08/20/14: Strength in Diversity- The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor

     The federal government holds contracts with about 200,000 establishments, and these contractors and subcontractors play an important role in making our country work. They provide food, clothing, energy, transportation, medical treatment and thousands of essential services all around the country.....

  • 08/20/14: MYTH: People with #depression should be able to snap themselves out of it.

     Get the FACTS on depression with the DCoE - Defense Centers of Excellence "Dispelling the Myths About Depression" fact-sheet.

  • 08/15/14: How many Americans live with a disability? Blog post

     How many Americans live with a disability? Blog post "Understanding Disability in America Using U.S. Census Bureau Statistics. Link below - 

    Understanding Disability in America Using Census Bureau Statistics | Disability.Blog

  • 08/15/14: Are your agency’s social media resources accessible for people with disabilities?

     A new online federal social media accessibility toolkit from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy is now available. 

    Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit Hackpad | DigitalGov

  • 08/15/14: Help is Out There: Suicide Prevention & Mental Health

     On Tuesday, U.S. astronaut and Veteran Buzz Aldrin took to Twitter to say, “The loss of Robin Williams is tragic. Like him, I and many veterans also suffer from depression. All Americans should awaken to this.”

     Mental health is just as important as physical health. If you, or someone you know is suffering from depression, there is help out there.

    If you or somebody else is in emotional distress, or if you’re concerned about suicide, you can call: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). For emergency help, you can always dial 9-1-1.

    Depression affects children as well as adults, so know what signs to look for as a parent.

  • 08/15/14: Comment Period Open for Proposed Rules for Movie Captioning and Audio Descriptions!

     The Department of Justice has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend the ADA Title III regulations to require movie theaters to show movies with closed movie captioning and audio description so those with hearing and visual disabilities can better access the movies. These proposed rules are now open for public comment through September 30th. You may submit comments, identified by CRT Docket No. 126 or RIN 1190-AA63, by any of the following methods:

    • Online at  Follow the website's instructions for submitting comments.
    • Regular U. S. mail: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, P. O. Box 2885, Fairfax, VA 22031-0885.
    • Overnight, courier, or hand delivery: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 4039, Washington, D. C. 20005.

    To learn more about the NPRM, visit:

  • 08/08/14: WRP Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities (Learn More)

    Federal employees who want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities!      

    Do your part to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. WRP seeks volunteers to recruit for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) today!

    The 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.  That’s why the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has designated it as a model strategy for attracting individuals with disabilities to public service.

    Why volunteer to serve as a WRP recruiter?

     *   You will have a personal impact on the hiring of people with disabilities in the federal government.

     *   You will gain valuable insight and experience, which will add to your professional development.

     *   You will have advance access to a group of highly motivated candidates that your agency can hire non-competitively – without opening an official vacancy announcement.

    What is expected of WRP recruiters?

     *   You must successfully complete several online training modules.  Upon completing the training, which covers disability etiquette, reasonable accommodation, interviewing techniques, and expedited hiring flexibility, you must demonstrate your knowledge by taking a short quiz.  Additionally, as a new recruiter you must complete a “mock interview write up”.  You have until August 22, 2014, to complete the training and quiz, which should take no longer than 90 minutes.

     *   You must commit to conducting interviews.  You can choose how many 30-minute phone interviews you wish to do (minimum of 10, maximum of 50).  Once you receive your assignment, you will have four weeks to complete your phone interviews, which you will schedule with the assigned school in advance.

     *   You must evaluate each candidate interviewed and provide a justification for assigned ratings.  The information must be entered into the WRP website,<>, by the assigned deadline.   All data entry must be checked for errors before submitting to the program sponsors.

     *   You must secure the support of your supervisor.  We will provide the appropriate documentation to facilitate this process.

    Are there any other requirements?

    You must be available to conduct interviews during the recruitment season, which begins October, 20th and ends November 19th.

    To volunteer, go to

  • 08/06/14: New CAP Webinar: “Understanding Federal Acquisitions & Procuring Assistive Technology”

     CAP’s latest webinar, “Understanding Federal Acquisitions & Procuring Assistive Technology,” helps participants understand what to expect when requesting assistive technology (AT) and services through CAP and in particular, why some orders have longer or shorter processing timeframes.

    This webinar covers the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) that apply to procuring AT, accommodations by order type, expected timeframe to receive AT, and methods CAP uses to procure AT. 

  • 08/06/14: President Obama Signs Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

     On July 31, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order will govern new federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000, requiring companies competing for federal contracts to disclose labor law violations and giving agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there are roughly 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing about 28 million workers.

  • 08/06/14: Disability Rights are Civil Rights – Assistant Secretary Martinez’s Blog

     In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy Kathy Martinez posted a blog reflecting on the Civil Rights movement and the effect it had on the disability rights movement. “In the 1960s, the unified disability rights movement was just emerging,” said Martinez, “and its leaders learned a great deal from those who brought the Civil Rights Act to fruition.”

     • Read Assistant Secretary Martinez’s blog

  • 08/06/14: Assistant Secretary Martinez Celebrates Workforce Recruitment Program Interns

     On July 28, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy Kathy Martinez participated in an awards ceremony celebrating Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) participants who spent their summers interning in the federal sector. "You should be very proud of your association with the WRP," said Martinez, "because WRP internships lay the groundwork for employment and empowerment." The WRP helps connect employers with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity.

     • Read the DOL Newsletter story 
    • Learn about the WRP

  • 08/06/14: ODEP Leads Development and Release of New Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit

     A new online federal social media accessibility toolkit was released at the Accessing Social Media public event hosted by the Federal Communications Commission on July 17, 2014. The Office of Disability Employment Policy took the lead in developing the toolkit, which includes the input of several federal agencies. The purpose of the FCC event was to facilitate a public-private sector exchange of information about making social media tools and content, including work-related media, more accessible to people with disabilities.

     • View the Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit

  • 08/06/14: Job Accommodation Network ENews Now Available

     The latest version of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ENews features articles on ADA and FMLA, online application systems, social anxiety disorder, and other important topics. Also included is information on JAN’s recently released resources.

     • Read the JAN ENews

  • 08/06/14: Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for July 2014

    Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    • Read the July 2014 Youth Employment statistics

  • 08/06/14: New Award Honors Legacy of the AAPR Founding Board Member and Lifelong Disability Rights Advocate, Don Juan Diego Tenorio Brandon

     The Association for Airline Passenger Rights, (AAPR) today opened nominations for its inaugural "Don Brandon Air Travel Accessibility Leadership Award," which honors the legacy of its late board member. As a founding board member of the organization, Don Juan Diego Tenorio Brandon worked tirelessly to improve air travel accessibility for passengers with access and/or functional needs.  The award will recognize an individual, academia, community, government, nonprofit, military, corporate, or business leader who is working to improve accessibility guidelines, practices and standards in all aspects of the aviation and travel industry.  "Among Don's notable contributions to AAPR was helping to shape our commitment to improving air travel for people with disabilities, as well as people with other access and functional needs,” said Brandon M. Macsata, Executive Director of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights. "  Since AAPR’s inception in 2007, he had presented numerous educational programs on the Air Carrier Access Act, as well as other valuable information to airline passengers over the years.“

    The Award winner will have:
    •initiated, managed or expanded aviation accessibility to passengers; •collaborated with other aviation/disability stakeholders ; and •ensured the sustainability of accessibility guidelines, practices and standards.

    Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2014.  To submit nominations, go to

    For more information about the Association for Airline Passenger Rights or the Don Brandon Air Travel Accessibility Leadership Award, please visit or contact AAPR directly at

  • 08/06/14: New LEAD Center Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability

     The LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. 

     Download the July 31, 2014 Employment, Health Care and Disability Policy Update.

  • 08/06/14: New CAP Webinar: “Understanding Federal Acquisitions & Procuring Assistive Technology”

     CAP’s latest webinar, “Understanding Federal Acquisitions & Procuring Assistive Technology,” helps participants understand what to expect when requesting assistive technology (AT) and services through CAP and in particular, why some orders have longer or shorter processing timeframes. Watch now at the link below.

    CAP Webinar: Understanding Federal Acquisitions & Procuring Assistive Technology

  • 08/06/14: Webinar Archive Now Available: Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

    A recorded archive of the LEAD Center webinar "Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics" is now available.

    View this webinar archive to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve. This webinar moves beyond the basics of Customized Employment to explore using the information gathered during Discovery to connect job seekers to a vast array of employment opportunities using a casual approach to job development. After viewing this webinar archive, you will gain valuable information and strategies to support job placement efforts for a variety of job seekers both with disabilities, and harder to serve job seekers without disabilities.

    View the archive of this webinar on YouTube or visit the webinar archive page to download presentation materials, including a transcript of the webinar

  • 08/01/14: President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

    On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order (EO) prohibiting workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the federal government and by federal contractors and subcontractors. This executive order amends EO 11246, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order covering federal contractors, and it amends EO 11478 to include gender identity within the protected categories in the EO covering federal civilian workers.

  • 07/31/14: Celebrating 24 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act | The White House

    The past Saturday marked the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- a landmark law that transformed American society for people with disabilities. Watch the President’s ADA anniversary message at the link below:

    President's Message: 24 Years of the ADA

    Read Taryn Williams' blog post in full at:

  • 07/31/14: Eye Injury Prevention Online Training

    In honor of Eye Injury Prevention Month, take CAP's online training, "Providing Reasonable Accommodations for People who are Blind or have a Vision Disability." Vision disabilities may include blindness, low vision and vision impairments. Accommodations may include tools to magnify hardcopy and onscreen text or scanners and screen readers which can output content as Braille or speech. Learn more at

  • 07/31/14: Webinar: "The Wounded Service Members (WSM) Initiative,"

    CAP's new webinar, "The Wounded Service Members (WSM) Initiative," provides an overview of CAP services for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members. Watch this webinar to learn more about the available products and services, who qualifies, and how products and services can be requested.

  • 07/29/14: Dialogue: Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

    As a follow-up to the succesful" Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media - The Tech Perspective" dialogue, NCD and ODEP are hosting a third dialogue titled "Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math".  This dialogue opens for participation (ideas, comments, votes) today Monday, July 28, 2014 and will run through Friday, August 8, 2014

    Register today at Your ideas, comments and votes will support NCD and ODEP's efforts to encourage the success of individuals who want to pursue careers in these important and growing fields.

  • 07/24/14: Article by AARP on Employment of People with Disabilities. #PWD

     Removing Barriers to Financial Independence for People With Disabilities

    For people with disabilities, barriers to employment can be especially devastating. Nearly 20 million working-age adults have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability. Their rates of employment are significantly lower than among the non-disabled population (33 percent compared with 73.8 percent)…

  • 07/24/14: New CAP Webinar: “The Wounded Service Members Initiative”

    CAP’s latest webinar, “The Wounded Service Members (WSM) Initiative,” provides an overview of CAP services for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members.

    Watch this webinar to learn more about the available products and services, who qualifies, and how products and services can be requested.

     CAP has recorded a series of webinars to share the CAP training experience with our customers and stakeholders around the world. Newly recorded webinars and upcoming topics will be listed on its website or can be viewed via the DoDCAP YouTube Channel.

  • 07/23/14: Release of OPM’s Online Course: “A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities”

     The Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with partner agencies, has developed an online course entitled, “A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities.”

     This course will provide Federal employees with basic information and resources to successfully hire, retain, and advance employees with disabilities. OPM is making this course available to agencies at no cost on HR University. We believe it will benefit all Federal employees. In accordance with E.O. 13548 (on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities,) this training should be considered required training for human resources personnel and hiring managers. A memorandum to the Chief Human Capital Officers has been issued with instructions for accessing this course (   

    Along with launching this course, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has posted a blog and video on OPM’s website, recognizing the 24th anniversary of the ADA and the contributions of employees with disabilities to the Federal workforce ( and

  • 07/19/14: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Poster : Now Available

    The 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) poster is now available, both for order in hard copy and online, along with several other tools that can assist organizations in planning for this year’s observance, including sample articles, proclamations and press releases. Held each October, NDEAM raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower."
    View the NDEAM online toolkit

  • 07/19/14: EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

     The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new enforcement guidance and several other resources on pregnancy discrimination and related issues in the context of both the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008. This enforcement guidance is the first comprehensive update on the topic of pregnancy and pregnancy-related disabilities in more than 30 years.

    Read the press release
    Learn about accommodation ideas for pregnancy

  • 07/19/14: Learn more about the LEAD Center KT Consortium

    The Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium brings together federally funded Training and Technical Assistance Centers, each with their own unique mission addressing different aspects of employment, career readiness and development, transition and accessibility for youth and adults with disabilities. Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium members come together to 1) meet and interact, 2) share information on each Center's focus, funding and use of KT tools, and 3) develop a framework for sharing resources and training opportunities to collectively improve employment and economic advancement outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

    On July 15, the LEAD Center hosted a discussion of its Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium on the final rule of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which updates federal contractors' obligations regarding the marketing, recruitment, hiring and support of workers with disabilities. More than 20 federal agencies participated in the discussion, which explored opportunities created by the final rule to increase the employment of people with disabilities, and allowed participating federal agencies and technical assistance centers to share the efforts and activities they have planned or completed related to Section 503. Participants heard from Naomi Levin, Branch Chief for Regulatory, Legislative and Policy Development with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

    Learn more about the LEAD Center's KT Consortium
    Learn more about Section 503

  • 07/19/14: New CAP Quick Tip: Wounded Service Member (WSM) Requests

    The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members.

    Learn more about identifying and requesting the appropriate accommodations and what happens to the accommodations once a Service member leaves active duty.

    For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at  

  • 07/19/14: CAP Can Help Federal Employees with Disabilities

    Are you a Federal employee with carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing loss, vision loss, degenerative disks, or another disabling condition that affects your workplace performance? CAP provides assistive technology and support services to ensure Federal employees and wounded, ill, and injured Service members have equal access to opportunity. Visit  to learn more about what CAP can do for you.

  • 07/12/14: Additional Presenters scheduled for July 16 News Hour!

    We are pleased to bring you additional presenters for the July 16 NewsHour!

    In addition to the NM Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) Employee Resource Group ( ERG)  Promising Practice story, Liz Taub, Director of Business Relations & Strategic Partnerships for the U.S. Business Leadership Network will provide an overview regarding ERGs, thier benefits to developing a high functionning workforce and the public/private partnership that led to the formation of the ACE disability group. Additional  updates from the OPM will be provided by Michael Murray, Principal Advisor, OPM.

    Register now for this information-packed hour of News You Can Use!

    Registration is open to all those with a government issued email address.

  • 07/10/14: CAP Quick tip: Reducing Eyestrain When You Work

    July is Eye Injury Prevention Month! Watch this quick tip video to see how you can prevent injury to your eyes.

  • 07/10/14: ADA Anniversary

    It’s time to celebrate the ADA’s 24th Anniversary on July 26, 2014! To mark this event, the Southeast ADA Center has created an ADA Anniversary Toolkit, availableon the ADA Anniversary website.

    The Toolkit contains:

    ·         a sample Proclamation;

    ·         background and history on the ADA;

    ·         information about the Supreme Court’s July 1999 Olmstead Decision prohibiting the unnecessary institutionalization of persons with disabilities;

    ·         disability statistics;

    ·         case law updates; and

    ·         other resources on the ADA.


  • 07/06/14: July 16 News Hour features Employee Resource Groups at the US Army Corps of Engineers

     REMINDER to register for this FREE eFedLink / Federal Disabilities Workforce Consortium webinar. 

    The US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, will share their Employee Resource Group  (ERG) development process and answer audience questions. The New Mexico Business Leadership Network (NMBLN) received funding in 2011 to support the efforts of federal agencies in New Mexico to hire and retain more employees with disabilities. These ERGs were formed with the goal of engaging their members in outreach and recruitment activities, as well as sharing resources and information throughout the federal sector.

    Joseph (Paul) Rebarchik, SPA, Engineering Technician, and Karen Doran, EEO Manager, will discuss their agency’s philosophy, process, and experiences regarding forming and developing effective ERGs, as profiled on the eFedLink webpages.

    The Build the Pipeline recommendation from the Federal Framework* describes effective practices to attract and recruit qualified individuals with disabilities. Engaging ERG’s in recruitment processes is one such practice.  

    *In the 2012 report, Federal Agency Employment Strategies: A Framework for Disability Inclusion, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor outlines federal best practices for recruiting, hiring, and advancing people with disabilities.

    This session will include Question and Answer time

     Registration is open to individuals with a federal government email address.

  • 07/03/14: Important CAP date reminder

    Remember that if you have an accommodation request, be sure to submit it by August 1, 2014 fiscal year deadline!

  • 07/03/14: Last Week to Register for the EEO/MEO Symposium

    This is the LAST WEEK to register for the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) EEO/MEO Symposium July 15-17, 2014.The Symposium will include plenary sessions and break-out workshops with speakers from EEOC, Department of Justice, Georgetown University, as well as DoD EEO Directors.

  • 07/03/14: Diversity is Mission-Critical at the CIA

    The CIA has been identified as a diversity employer of choice by Think Beyond the Label, private-public partnership that facilitates more streamlined collaboration between public and private workforce systems. The collaboration between the government agency and Think Beyond the Label campaign promotes employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities.

  • 07/03/14: CAP ASL VLOG - The Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative

    Is your Federal building and/or service accessible for people with disabilities? This VLOG provides an overview of CAP's PAC Initiative and how CAP provides assistive technology to help increase public access to Federal services and information for people with dexterity, hearing, vision, communication, and cognitive disabilities.

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