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  • 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 www.cap.mil/wsm.  

  • 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 www.CAP.mil 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.

  • 06/28/14: Register now for July 16 News Hour:Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment via an Employee Resource Group

    Reminder: Register  for this FREE eFedlink/Federal Disabilities Workforce Consortium Webinar 

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

    The US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, will share their 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  eFedLink . The session will include Q & A time 

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

  • 06/27/14: New CAP training: Providing Reasonable Accomodation Solutions for Wounded Service Members

    CAP has a new training video available focussing on accomodations for wounded service members in the Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard components. The goal is to help transition Service members from injury to reemployment.

  • 06/27/14: Term and Temporary Appointments

    If you are a term or temporary employee of the Federal Government, CAP is able to provide you with assistive technologies and services if you are in need of accomodation for a disability. Click on the link to read a description of the steps you need to take to apply for accomodations from CAP.

  • 06/27/14: $4 Million in Funding for Disability Employment

    The Office of Disability Employment Policy announced this week that nearly $4 million is available to improve education and employment for people with disabilities. $1.85 million is available to fund a cooperative agreement to manage and operate the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities, and $2 million to fund efforts to improve post-secondary education and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities.

  • 06/19/14: CAP: Portable Memory Cueing Devices

    If you suffer from cognitive limitations such as traumatic brain injury or PTSD, CAP offers Portable Memory Cueing Devices to assist you with everyday living. Watch the video to see how those with cognitive limitations can use the devices to successfully manage their appointments by using reminders on the calendar and by creating voice memos. The Portable Memory Cueing Devices are adaptable to the needs of people with vision, hearing, and dexterity issues as well.

  • 06/19/14: FCC Launches Support Line For Consumers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Using American Sign Language Over Video Phone

    The FCC has launched a video consumer support service, the ASL Consumer Support Line, specifically designed to enable consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to engage in a direct video call with a consumer specialist at the FCC. The service will allow deaf and hard of hearing consumers to communicate in their primary language, American Sign Language (ASL).

  • 06/19/14: New CAP video: Accommodating an Aging Workforce

    With the baby boomer generation and federal workers staying on the job longer, more employees may encounter age-related disabilities.  Learn how CAP can assist.

  • 06/14/14: Serving Veterans - Online Training for Frontline AJC Staff

    This may be of interest to anyone working with veterans:

    Providing employment services to veterans is a priority for the public workforce system. The National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI) has developed a tutorial for American Job Center (AJC) frontline staff on how to best serve your veteran job seekers with detailed insight into understanding the challenges of putting veterans to work. The tutorial, Preparing Veterans for Meaningful Careers, provides an overview of:

    -The Jobs for Veterans State Grants refocusing from a frontline American Job Center staff  perspective

    -Clarifications on the roles and responsibilities of local staff

    -Technical assistance for serving veterans

    -Further clarifications on priority of service for veterans in the workforce system

    Posting reprinted from https://www.workforce3one.org/view/3001416048089743804

  • 06/13/14: Singing Diversity in Music City

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Kathy Martinez, received an award at the American Association for Afformative Action's 40th annual conference. Assistant Secretary Martinez emphasized the department's commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities have equal employment opportunities, and encouraged the audience to consider how their work contributes to a more inclusive American workforce.

  • 06/11/14: National Council on Disability Urges Swift Ratification of the Disability Treaty after Supreme Court Decision

    The June 2nd Supreme Court ruling in Bond v. United States has removed an obstacle that was preventing the United States from ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The National Council on Disability is hoping for prompt ratification of CRPD by Congress, which would allow the US to participate at the CRPD Conference of States Parties and to appoint a member to the CRPD Committee.

  • 06/06/14: WRP Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities

    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, www.wrp.gov, 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.

  • 06/06/14: Employment Engagement Strategy: Workforce Inclusion

    Read the new white paper prepared for the US Department of Labor. It examines the evolution of ideas from ODEP research and concludes that a marketing approach is the best strategy for engaging with the business community and encouraging the hiring of people with disabilities.

  • 06/05/14: CAP: Adjustable Height Workstations

    If sitting all day is causing you discomfort or other health issues, CAP offers a variety of adjustable height workstations. If you think you might benefit from standing for part of the workday, check out what CAP has to offer.

  • 06/04/14: Important CAP dates

    Mark your calendars for the dates that will affect reasonable accommodation requests submitted to CAP for the remainder of the fiscal year.

  • 06/04/14: 10 Tips for Filling Out an SSA Benefits Application When You Have a Brain Injury

    If you work for the SSA, it’s important to remember that people with brain injuries are going to have a difficult time filling out forms to apply for benefits. Blogger Cheryl Green lists 10 tips that are helpful for those with brain injuries to keep track of all the paperwork.

  • 05/30/14: Announcing CAP Quick Tip Video Series!

    CAP now has a series of frequently asked questions Quick Tips videos available on their website or via the DoDCAP YouTube Channel.  The videos cover a variety of topics including: Out of Scope Accommodations, CAP and Telework, Writing your Justification, the Needs Assessment Process, and more.

  • 05/30/14: Participate: Cornell Survey about Work-Life Balance & Disability

    Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute is conducting survey research related to the work-life balance of adults with disabilities/chronic health conditions. Tell us about the culture/climate of your workplace, how you manage the demands of work and other aspects of your life, and how disability may impact the strategies you use to manage responsibilities at work and in your personal life.

    Go to https://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bdbANQJG1Fb2K7b to complete the survey!

  • 05/30/14: Expect. Employ. Empower.

    Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, writes a blog post explaining why this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme is Expect, Employ, Empower. She explains how the 3 Es are part of a cycle of inclusion that everyone, especially employers, must embrace.

  • 05/30/14: Federal Contractors: Creating a Culture of Inclusion

    If you work with Federal Contractors, you should know that as of March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implemented new Section 503 regulations for federal contractors. This article discusses the key elements of creating an inclusive workplace in order to meet the goal for contractors of hiring 7% of individuals with disabilities in each job category.

  • 05/30/14: At Job Centers, Veterans 'Go to the Front of the Line'

    Secretary Perez of the US Department of Labor announced at a recent conference that veterans are to get “priority of service” at the nation’s 2,500 American Job Centers, where their skills, abilities and employment needs are assessed and they are connected to a much broader network of benefits and social services.

  • 05/30/14: Facts about Section 501

    Did you know that federal workers are protected by the ADA’s nondiscrimination standards through the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 501? Facts about Section 501 are available here.

    A federal employee would file a charge under the Rehab Act, not the ADA. Click here for more information.

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