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  • 09/18/14: CAP Accommodates the Aging Workforce

    The number of federal workers over the age of 60 is increasing. CAP accommodates aging employees with disabilities and employees with recently acquired age-related conditions. Learn more about "Accommodating an Aging Workforce" in CAP's online training.

  • 09/18/14: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Mental Health Impairments

    JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This series focuses on Employees with Mental Health Impairments.

  • 09/14/14: Event Flyers available for Distribution

    Two new event flyers have been posted by eFedLink membership. Flyers for the FDWC / EEOC  Pregnancy and Reasonable Accommodations  NewsHour broadcast on Sept. 24 and the  Oct 15 opening of the  NSF Accessibility and Assessment Canter can both be found by navigating to the Resources section, Documents tab,  Events folder.  We encourage you to download the flyers from the eFedlink site and promote these events throughout your agency. 

  • 09/12/14: FDWC News Hour - Free Webinar: How and When Do Pregnant Employees Receive Reasonable Accommodations?

    Although pregnancy itself is not a disability, pregnant workers and pregnant job applicants are not excluded from the protections of the ADA.  So, how does an employer know how and when a pregnancy-related accommodation is needed? Find out all you need to know and more during FDWC News Hour webinar. It’s free, but the information learned is priceless.  Register Now!

  • 09/09/14: Using CAP Resources to Plan for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” There are multiple CAP resources available to help agencies participate in NDEAM and bring awareness to disability employment to the forefront, including Online Trainings and Assistive Technology. Check them out and spread the word!

  • 09/04/14: Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Employment

    Help the President identify and honor innovators who are breaking down barriers to the middle class by providing employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities.  If you know a Champion of Change and would like to nominate them for a chance to be honored at the White House. Nominations must be submitted by midnight Sunday, September 14, 2014, so don't miss out!

  • 09/04/14: National Preparedness Month

    September is National Preparedness Month, the theme is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." Download an online toolkit to learn how to plan preparedness events in your community or take part in National PrepareAthon Day on September 30, 2014.  Be sure to check out this important video for people with disabilities and other access and functional needs.

  • 09/04/14: LEAD Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability: August 29, 2014

    The LEAD Center’s Policy Update for August 2014 features stories on CMS guidance on FLSA regulation changes, an update on various states' implementations of HCBS settings regulations, a newly released toolbox for states on Medicaid expansion and much more.

  • 09/04/14: WIOA: What you should know

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will take effect on July 1, 2015. Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) has created a WIOA Resource Page to assist employers and other stakeholders understand the general overview of the law and find other supportive resources. For more information and employer resources, visit www.AskEARN.org.

  • 08/29/14: EEOC Issues Part II of FY 2011 and Part I of FY 2012 Annual Repost on Federal Work Force: Small Gains Made in Diversity Government-Wide, Data Shows EEO Complaints Were Down

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the second part of its Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part II: Work Force Statistics, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (Part II) and the first part of its Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part I: Complaints Processing Statistics FY 2012 (Part I).  Overall diversity in federal employment rose slightly in FY 2011, even as the total federal work force declined. Read the full report

  • 08/29/14: Case Study: Kings Canyon NP

    With over 1,300 square miles of protected wilderness, the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park in California host an average of 1.5 to 1.7 million guests per year.  To ensure all guests can enjoy an enriching experience, park officials have teamed up with CAP (Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program) to improve assisted listening systems and other accessibility tools. Read more on this CAP Case Study and others.

  • 08/29/14: Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) Quick Tips

    Do you have questions about submitting a request, or what technology is within our scope? CAP Quick Tips can help answer some of your questions in short one to two minute videos.

  • 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 have this feature implemented by the end of 2014.

  • 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.....

    http://social.dol.gov/blog/strength-in-diversity/

  • 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. http://bit.ly/1yrcgrF.

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

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

    Understanding Disability in America Using Census Bureau Statistics | Disability.Blog
    usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com

  • 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
    www.digitalgov.gov

  • 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 http://www.regulations.gov.  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:  http://www.ada.gov/regs2014/movie_nprm_index.htm

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

    https://wrp.gov/registerrecruiter

    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<http://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.

    To volunteer, go to https://wrp.gov/registerrecruiter

  • 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 tohttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DonBrandonAward.

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

  • 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:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/25/celebrating-24-years-americans-disabilities-act

  • 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 http://go.usa.gov/8B9F.

  • 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. http://bit.ly/1rxCHM6

  • 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 http://STEMCareersForPWD.ePolicyWorks.org. 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 (http://chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6235).   

    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 (http://www.opm.gov/blogs/Director/2014/7/21/A-Present-on-the-ADAs-Birthday/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lesvBv1xXFw&feature=youtu.be).

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