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  • 04/17/14: Feds Move Forward with Disability Hiring Mandate

    The U.S. Department of Labor has implemented a new hiring goal mandate that requires most businesses with federal contracts to achieve an employment utilization goal. With the employment utilization goal, federal contractors must strive to obtain 7% representation of employees with disabilities, at all levels of their organization. Similar to rules already in place to promote inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace, this new rule could create a substantial increase in the number of employed individuals with disabilities.  Businesses with at least 50 employees and $50,000 in federal contracts will be required to take specific steps involving recruiting, training, and policy dissemination designed to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  If businesses choose not to comply with these new measures, they face the possibility of losing their federals contracts with the government. To read more, visit: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/03/25/feds-disability-hiring-mandate/19222/

  • 04/17/14: CAP's First Video Log (VLOG)

    CAP's first video log (VLOG), part of an ongoing series by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), is now available for viewing!

    CAP’s VLOG "What is the Computer Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP)?" serves as an introduction to the accommodation solutions and services CAP can provide. CAP provides assistive technology, free of charge, to Federal employees with disabilities and wounded Service members.

    To learn more please visit www.cap.mil .

  • 04/17/14: CAP: Workers' Compensation
    Did you know? CAP assists employees with disabilities who have filed a workers’ compensation claim, as well as their managers, in making the return-to-work process smoother and faster. CAP reviews cases and conducts needs assessments for the employees to help ensure that they work in an improved, safer and more productive work environment. CAP helps these employees continue as productive and active members of the workforce by providing the right accommodation equipment and services, such as:
    • Coordinating with workers' compensation officials to evaluate needs of claimants
    • Exploring methods of retaining experienced workers who may be developing disabling conditions due to work related injuries
    • Providing assistive technology accommodations to enhance productivity
    • Determining if telework options are available
  • 04/15/14: Reminder: Federal Workplace Training & Expo, April 23rd - 25th

    Whether you're looking to brush up on your leadership or negotiation skills, get guidance on tackling employee leave, or need to know how to handle discrimination or workers' comp claims, we've got you covered. Distinct program tracks cover the five major HR disciplines: EEO, Employee Relations, Human Capital Management, Labor Relations, and Workers' Compensation. With compliance tips and real-world guidance – it's one event you simply can't afford to miss.

    Register Here

  • 04/10/14: Learn About Hiring Under Schedule A In This Video

    Using the Schedule A appointing authority, qualified candidates who meet the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) guidelines can be hired non-competitively. Learn more about hiring under Schedule A in this video from Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG).

  • 04/10/14: LEAD Center Blog: Employer Credit Checks

    Deepa Goraya, a member of the public policy team for the LEAD Center, blogs about the unintended consequences of routine credit checks for the employment prospects of many job applicants, including people with disabilities, survivors of domestic abuse and applicants from lower-income backgrounds. For example, Goraya writes, despite not serving as any indication of job readiness, poor credit resulting from hefty medical bills would create a barrier toward employment in many federal agencies for applicants with disabilities. Click here for the full blog post.

  • 04/10/14: March 26th Webinar On Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies Now Available In LEAD Archive

    If you missed LEAD's March 26th webinar on Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies, you can now access and view it on the LEAD website. You can view all past LEAD Center webinars in the webinar archive as well or on the LEAD Center YouTube channel. Archives are posted within one week of the original webinar date.

  • 04/05/14: NEW database from OFCCP can help your federal contractors find workers

     On March 13, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched a new database to help contractors find qualified workers with disabilities and veterans and to assist contractors with establishing relationships with national organizations and local community groups that have access to these workers. Contractors, as well as others, can visit OFCCP's Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory. This new resource supplements the agency's existing Employment Resources Referral Directory (ERRD).

  • 04/05/14: LEAD Center Publishes Its Quarterly "LEAD On!" E-Newsletter

    LEAD On!, the LEAD Center's quarterly e-newsletter, highlights news and innovations in employment, policy and economic advancement for adults with disabilities. The current edition features stories on the new LEAD Center/National Council for Independent Living community of practice to promote employment and economic advancement; the recently released LEAD Center Policy Roundtable report; the new Section 503 regulations that took effect March 24, and more.

    Read LEAD On!
    Visit the LEAD website

  • 04/05/14: Alternative Keyboards and Related Accessories - a CAP video

    CAP’s Assistive Technology Demonstration Video, “Alternative Keyboards and Related Accessories,” demonstrates a variety of accommodation solutions for improving ergonomics for people with dexterity limitations and upper extremity amputations. 

  • 03/27/14: Reminder: DMEC FMLA/ADAAA Employer Compliance Conference 3/31

    Register onsite and get ready to gain the latest compliance tactics, practical strategies, and procedural recommendations that will enable you to tackle the challenging FMLA and ADA issues you confront every day!

    • Overcoming Compliance Challenges through Innovative Absence Management Strategies
    • Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA—Best Practices for Employers
    • Television’s “Must See” Disability and Leave Management Challenges
    • ADA: Avoiding EEOC Minefields
    • Practical & Tactical: The How-To in Developing Functional Job Descriptions
    • The Baby Bump: Navigating the Rocky Road of Absences with Pregnant Employees
    • Ask the Experts: Bring Your Top FMLA/ADA Challenges!
  • 03/26/14: Court Upholds Obesity as ADA-Protected

    In July, the American Medical Association labeled obesity as a disease, making it more likely to be treated as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Recent articles in Diversity Executive explore the issue of obesity in the workplace and the ramifications of this decision on employers. 

    Click here to read more.

  • 03/25/14: 'I Want to Be a Taxpayer'

    How many people do you meet that say: 'I want to be a taxpayer!' Well, I meet a lot of people with disabilities who tell me that." Secretary Perez, accepting the "Spirit of ADA Award" at the American Association of People with Disabilities Leadership Gala on March 18, underscored the imperative of helping people with disabilities achieve economic self-sufficiency. In his remarks, Perez celebrated the tradition of bipartisanship in advancing the rights of people with disabilities. He discussed his recent visit to a Walgreens distribution center, applauding the company for its leadership on disability hiring. He also highlighted a Labor Department rule, which took effect on March 24, requiring federal contractors to take measurable action toward achieving a nationwide 7 percent utilization goal for the employment of qualified workers with disabilities.

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  • 03/25/14: Assistant Secretary Martinez Addresses Health Care Professionals with Disabilities Policy Roundtable

    More than 40 employers, federal and state policymakers, researchers, and nursing school administrators convened at the U.S. Access Board on March 18 for a policy roundtable hosted by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy in collaboration with the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND), DOL's Employment and Training Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez welcomed attendees, who spent the day exploring strategies for utilizing the skills and talents of people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, to meet anticipated labor shortages in nursing and allied health occupations.

  • 03/25/14: NGLCC Vice President Sam McClure on: "Promoting Business and Workplace Equality for ALL Diverse Segments"

    In this blog post, Sam McClure, Vice President of Affiliate Relations and External Affairs at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce writes about the importance of advocating for business and workplace equality for all diverse segments. He details NGLCC's membership in the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a multi-organization collaborative, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The post also discusses NGLCC's partnership on the California-based Consortium formed under ODEP’s Add Us In initiative in 2011. Last year, the Consortium launched a summer internship program that matches college students and recent graduates with disabilities with small businesses up and down California through partnerships with local NGLCC affiliate chambers and  certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs). The program was a success, and this year, the program is expanding to include spring and fall paid internships, as well as summer placements. 

    Read the full blog post here: http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/03/17/promoting-business-and-workplace-equality-for-all-diverse-segments/

  • 03/20/14: DOL Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez On Working Toward An Accessible Future

    Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez discusses the importance of accessible technology for the employment and advancement of people with disabilities in this new blog post. She provides several examples of collaborative initiatives that are in place to lower current barriers, including but not limited to the NCD-ODEP Social Media Accessibility Online Dialogue, and the ODEP-funded PEATworks.org,  which feature many tools and opportunities for employers, technology providers and users to engage each other on employment-related technology issues. 

  • 03/20/14: Perspectives Conference Archive Now Available Without Log-In

    The archive for Perspectives Conference: "You've Just Been Appointed a Federal Disability Program Manager--Now What?", originally recorded on Wednesday, February 26th is now available on eFedLink without log-in. 

    This popular workshop discusses all the tools a new DPM needs to be successful and will help participants build a strong foundation for their program. Effective techniques, strategies, and programs are all covered - including the Schedule A appointing authority, targeted recruitment, free resources, and much more. If you feel you are in it alone and have little direction in your role as a DPM, this session is for you!

    Click here to access the full workshop: https://efedlink.org/allqual/collaborate-webex-archive.cfm

  • 03/19/14: Reminder: Maintaining Employment Through Economic Advancement Strategies 3/26

    This webinar, as part of LEAD Center's Employment mini-series, will provide information on strategies for enhancing employment stability and improving time on the job through the use of economic advancement strategies. Participants will learn how to integrate these strategies into their return to work services and hear stories about on the ground implementation. This LEAD Center Webinar will be taking place on Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30PM .

    Target Audience: Workforce Development Professionals and related stakeholders.

    Please note: All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Brittany Taylor at btaylor@ndi-inc.org.

  • 03/18/14: New CAP Quick Tip: Needs Assessment

    Watch this overview of the CAP needs assessment process and what it involves.

  • 03/14/14: Reminder: Disability Resource Center (DRC) Employment Workshops 3/20

    A reminder that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be hosting workshops entitled, “Resume Writing,” Interview Techniques,” and “How to Find and Apply for a Federal Job” on Thursday, March 20 from 10:00 am. to 3:30 pm.  Please note that all three workshops are being held on the same day.  These workshops are open to all interested agencies.  The schedule is as follows:

    • Thursday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon we will be in the DOT Conference Center, Oklahoma Conference Rooms A-C  -- “Resume Writing” and “Interview Techniques”
    • Thursday, March 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. we will be in the DOT Conference Center, Oklahoma Conference Rooms A-C – “How to Find and Apply for a Federal Job”

    Course Description:

    The Federal Government is streamlining the application process in order to make it easier and faster for candidates to apply for jobs.  Job seekers will be able to apply for positions using a resume and an optional cover letter.  This workshop will provide participants with information on how best to write a resume that highlights strengths and accomplishments.  You will learn what information to include on your resume, tips to market yourself and how to describe your experiences.  You will also learn how to communicate veteran-specific information on your resume.  Participants will leave this session armed with information to craft an effective resume.

    Facilitator Biography:

    Ms. Desha Mingo is a veteran of the armed forces and a Senior Human Resources Specialist with the Recruitment Policy and Outreach Office at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  In this role, she promotes and coordinates OPM’s outreach efforts to the public, providing informational sessions related to the overall Federal hiring process.  Ms. Mingo has over 25 years of Federal civil service, working for such agencies as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Government Printing Office and Naval Air Systems Command, and has a diverse professional background.  She has years of experience in the Human  Resources arena which includes Staffing and Placement, Position Classification, Employee Relations, Performance Management, and Workforce Development.  Ms. Mingo has dedicated her career to serving the American public with her time in the military and civilian Federal government. 

    Seating is limited.  Please RSVP  to Dr. Duronne K. Walker via email: Duronne.Walker@dot.gov

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disability Resource Center is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants.  If you need alternative formats or services, please contact Dr. Walker at 202-366-5305 or via email: Duronne.Walker@dot.gov ,with your request by close of business on Monday, March 10.  Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.

  • 03/14/14: Celebrate the Anniversary of the Olmstead Court Decision with a Video Submission – Deadline March 31

    The U.S. Department of Justice is asking people with disabilities, their families, friends and advocates to send in videos celebrating the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C.  Participants are asked to send in a short video, along with a signed release form, describing their personal story about how Olmstead has positively affected their life or the life of someone they know. Read the flyer for more information. (Flyer and release form open PDF documents.) Federal employers may be interested in sending in a video or forwarding this announcement to anyone who may wish to participate. The deadline to send in a video is March 31, 2014.

  • 03/14/14: Moss Foundation Scholarships for studying special education - Application Deadline March 31

    The P. Buckley Moss Foundation offers the Judith Cary Memorial Scholarship for students studying for a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in special education. Federal employers should send this information along to anyone that may be willing and qualified to apply. The deadline for all three scholarships is March 31, 2014. 

  • 03/12/14: Measuring Telework and Mobility Return on Investment: A Snapshot of Agency Best Practices

    Now that Telework Week is drawing to a close, check out Mobile Work Exchange and US Office of Personnel Management's telework report: “Measuring Telework and Mobility Return on Investment: A Snapshot of Agency Best Practices". The report looks at different ways agencies evaluate the success of their telework programs to demonstrate how the program is helping the agency meet its core missions at a reduced cost.

  • 03/06/14: New CAP Webinars Now Available

    CAP has recorded a series of webinars to share the CAP training experience with customers and stakeholders around the world. Newly recorded webinars and upcoming topics will be listed on the web page. The first two, titled "Real Solutions for Real Needs" and "Let's Talk Tech..for ALS and MS" are already up! To request a specific topic, please email CAP at cap.outreach@mail.mil.

  • 03/06/14: Through The Looking Glass 2014 Scholarships – Application Deadline March 17

    Through the Looking Glass, a non profit disability organization is now accepting applications for its 2014 scholarships. A total of fifteen scholarships will be offered to high school seniors or college students 21 years or younger. Applicants must have a parent with a disability or medical condition. Federal employers may be interested in disseminating this information to any employees with disabilities that are parents to college-aged students. 

    The application deadline is March 17, 2014. For full details on the application process, visit http://lookingglass.org/pdf/2014-College-TLG-scholarship-forms.pdf. 

  • 03/05/14: Quick Tip: Telework

    It's National Telework Week! Learn more about how CAP can provide telework solutions as a form of reasonable accommodation in this short Quick Tip video.

  • 03/05/14: Reminder: Beyond Yellow Ribbons Webinar

    On March 12th, the Northeast ADA Center will be presenting a webinar titled: "Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Welcoming Veterans with Disabilities in our Communities, Workplaces and Colleges". See the description below:

    Clearly, there is a great deal of goodwill to welcome returning veterans and support them in their transition to civilian life. Since 2001, about 2.5 million veterans served in Iraq or Afghanistan.   About half of these returning veterans will have a disability.  Is this goodwill translating into real efforts to enhance the quality of life and work for returning veterans with disabilities?  During this webinar, we will examine some research studies on the status of veterans with disabilities in community participation, education and employment.  Then, we will review three MakingWorkHappen—Toolkits about veterans with disabilities:  One Toolkit for veterans, one Toolkit for disability service providers, and one Toolkit for employers.  

    Presented By: Hannah Rudstam

  • 02/27/14: Access Board Webinar: Open Question and Answer March 6th

    The next webinar in the Board's free monthly series will take place March 6 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session with Board accessibility specialists on the ADA and the ABA Accessibility Standards, the Section 508 Standards, Medical Diagnostic Equipment and other Board rulemakings or activities. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the session through the webinar site. Questions also can be posed during the webinar.

    www.accessibilityonline.org

  • 02/26/14: Telework Straight Talk in the Federal Government

    This US Office of Personnel Management infograph on telework may provide some helpful insight on how to use teleworking to better accomodate, and by extension increase the satisfaction and productivity of federal  employees with and without disabilities.

  • 02/26/14: CAP Quick Tip video: Public Accessibility and Communication (PAC) Initiative

    Under the PAC Initiative, CAP provides assistive technology to help increase public access to federal services. Learn more by watching CAP's new Quick Tip video: Public Accessibility and Communication (PAC) Initiative.

  • 02/25/14: In the Know: Flexible Work Arrangements Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet from the LEAD Center describes various best practices for employers making job modifications to enable employees with disabilities to stay on the job or return to work.

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