Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion
August 3, 2015 EARN Newsletter
by Ask EARN Staff
Special ADA25 Edition!
August 3, 2015
ADA Turns 25! Leading up to and on July 26, people across the nation observed the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—landmark civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society, including employment. Among the many celebrations was a U.S. Department of Labor event featuring disability employment champions Senator Tom Harkin and Delaware Governor Jack Markell.
White House Summit Results in “25 for ADA25” for Employers Employers interested in learning what they can do to carry the spirit of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) forward can now gather ideas from “25 for ADA25: Suggestions for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion.” This illustrated and interactive web feature was compiled based on the outcomes of a White House summit held earlier this year, during which corporate leaders in workplace disability inclusion shared their experiences and insight.
Faces and Voices of the ADA at Work: Employers and Employees Share Their Stories As part of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25th anniversary activities, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is collecting photos and written stories that illustrate the importance of the law in increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities and employers of workers with disabilities from across the nation are encouraged to add to the growing collection, which is being compiled into a gallery on the DOL website over the coming months.
Senator Tom Harkin Discusses the Role of Employment in Advancing the ADA In a special guest blog post on Disability.gov, Senator Tom Harkin—one of the authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act—discussed both the law’s success in creating a more inclusive society over the past 25 years and the promises yet to be fulfilled related to employment. As part of this, he highlighted the efforts of companies such as Walgreens, Microsoft and Wells Fargo in employing people with disabilities and calls on others to follow their lead to ensure continued progress over the next 25 years.
This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will address mentoring as a strategy for increasing the retention and job performance of new employees, including employees with disabilities who are new to the workforce. The event will conclude JAN’s 2014-2015 annual webcast series, and presenters will include Lou Orslene, JAN co-director, and Melanie Whetzel, lead consultant on JAN’s Cognitive/Neurological Team.
This installment in the “Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Talks” virtual speaker series will welcome Adam Streets from Getting Hired, Inc., who will speak about his organization’s accessible platform for job seekers and employers, and the feedback it has received from users. PEAT Talks are normally held on the third Thursday of each month; however, this one has been moved to a Tuesday due to a preexisting commitment. PEAT also encourages users to check out its website PEATworks.org, which features an enhanced design and navigation.
Global security firm Northrop Grumman “has been in the vanguard when it comes to hiring people with disabilities, recognizing the assets they bring to the table and adopting innovative policies to ensure they are accommodated in the workplace,” said Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who recently visited the federal contractor’s headquarters as part of his department’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Federal agencies can increase their efforts to employ people with disabilities using Schedule A, which allows for the expedited, non-competitive hiring of qualified individuals with disabilities. AskEARN.org’s “Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities” webpage explains more about Schedule A, including its benefits and criteria for eligibility. It also provides access to a series of recently updated guides, titled “The ABCs of Schedule A” for various audiences.
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org
Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.