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  • 09/30/14: NIH and VA address pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families: Research will focus on nondrug approaches

    Thirteen research projects totaling approximately $21.7 million over 5 years will explore nondrug approaches to managing pain and related health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, and sleep issues. The effort seeks to enhance options for the management of pain and associated problems in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families.

  • 09/30/14: Advancing Integrated Employment

    Promoting integrated employment as the first option for people with disabilities was the focus of two recent events keynoted by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. The first, on Sept. 19 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, gathered disability rights attorneys, service providers and students to explore the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C. The case affirmed that people with significant disabilities have the right to live and work in their communities. The second, on Sept. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa, was the annual meeting of the Iowa State Association for People Supporting Employment First. The meeting included service providers and state officials dedicated to improving employment outcomes for Iowans with significant disabilities. Discussing the department's commitment to integrated employment, including significant disabilities, Martinez said, "We believe that a presumption of employability should exist for all people, including youth and adults with significant disabilities, and the time is now for our nation to value individuals with disabilities for the unique skills and talents they bring by integrating them fully into our workplaces."

  • 09/30/14: Free Posters available for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, October 2014

     The Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) offers free materials to assist organizations in planning and implementing  National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) activities. 

  • 09/28/14: New rule streamlines reporting requirements on veterans' employment and hiring for federal contractors

    The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that reduces reporting requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors who hire and employ veterans under provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974

    “Over the next decade, this change will result in a significant reduction in paperwork burden for federal contractors and subcontractors,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Keith Kelly. “In addition to easing the burden on contractors, the data collected by these reports will help the Labor Department develop more informative yearly trends in the employment of protected veterans.”

  • 09/26/14: Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG)'s video: Welcome to DIG!

    DIG empowers Deaf and Hard of Hearing Federal Employees to overcome communication barriers, resolve accessibility issues, and promote a fully inclusive work environment through networking and fostering professional growth. Click to watch.

  • 09/26/14: Support. Equip. Empower.

    CAP supports wounded, ill, and injured Service members during and after rehabilitation by providing free resources for managing PTSD, TBI, and other conditions. Learn more at www.cap.mil/wsm

  • 09/26/14: Ergonomics

    Learn about how an ergonomically correct work environment can help employees with limitations in this informative video.

  • 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.

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