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  • 07/23/2015: EEOC Updates Schedule A Series

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated The ABCs of Schedule A, a series of guides that provide information about the Schedule A appointing authority, which allows for the expedited, non-competitive hiring of qualified individuals with disabilities by federal agencies. The series comprises five guides in total, one each for hiring managers, HR professionals, disability program managers, service providers and applicants with disabilities.  Access the guides.

  • 07/18/2015: Federal News Radio Column Shines a Light on Disability Employment

    Recently, Federal News Radio ran a series on how the federal employment workspace has changed in recent years.  As part of this, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy contributed a column about important shifts in disability employment. Key themes were disability’s integration into the diversity paradigm and an increasing commitment to inclusive policies and practices across the entire employment lifecycle, especially related to reasonable accommodations. Read Why Words Matter When it Comes to Disability Accommodations in Your Office.

  • 07/17/2015: Aggregate ADA25 Events in the Capital Area

    With the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) fast approaching, has compiled a list of celebratory happenings in the Washington, D.C., area, many of them being sponsored by federal agencies and focused on employment.  View the list or submit your own for inclusion. Federal employees not in the Washington, D.C. area can find out about ADA25 events taking place near them through the ADA National Network’s calendar.

  • 07/17/2015: Federal Strategic Planning and Engagement Session Report Now Available

    On May 28, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy hosted the Disability Employment Federal Strategic Planning & Engagement Session—an event designed to help federal stakeholders connect, share best practices and develop an action plan to sustain the progress of Executive Order 13548. The proceedings report from this event is now available. Read the report.

  • 06/22/2015: DOL Honors ADA25 with Historical Timeline and Personal Stories

    As part of a series of activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Labor developed a historical timeline that chronicles the milestones that led up to its passage in 1990 and have carried its spirit forward since. The department is also collecting worker photos and stories that illustrate, through personal experiences, the importance of the ADA in increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities—including of course federal employees—are invited to add to the collection by submitting their own employment story. View the timeline, read the worker stories, or share a new story.

  • 06/17/2015: Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Annual Report on Disability

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its latest annual report on people with disabilities, which revealed that in 2014 the unemployment rate of people with disabilities edged down slightly, to 12.5 percent. Despite the positive downward trend, however, this was roughly double the rate of people without disabilities, which declined to 5.9 percent. The annual “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics” report is based on data from the Current Population Survey, a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households. The data collection is sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

    Read the summary news release.

  • 06/11/2015: Do Ask, Do Tell: New Report Addresses Strategies for Encouraging Self-Disclosure


    A new report developed by The Conference Board with support from the ODEP-funded Employer TA Center explores research related to disability disclosure in the workplace and identifies strategies that can be used by federal agencies as well as federal contractors.  Based on the results of a survey of 98 employers and extensive interviews with experts on workplace disability issues, Do Ask, Do Tell:  Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify concludes that many organizations can and must do more to build a disability-friendly culture conducive to disclosure.  It also features a case study that illuminates effective practices employers in both the public and private sector may be able to replicate.

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