WRP Database Released for 2016 The 2016 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) database is now available! Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, the WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal employers with highly qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking internships or permanent jobs. The WRP is also available to private-sector employers seeking to diversify their workforce with people with disabilities, whether as short- or long-term hires.
Honoring Contributions to the Disability Community At a ceremony in New York City last week, The Viscardi Center recognized nine individuals with Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards for their work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Among this year’s awardees were several individuals committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Bestowed annually, the awards honor the legacy and spirit of Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., himself a person with a disability committed to creating a more inclusive society.
PEAT Research on eRecruiting and Accessibility The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) recently released a report outlining the findings of its 2015 research into the accessibility of eRecruiting practices, including those related to job source/searching tools, online job applications and pre-employment testing. In addition to exploring top accessibility issues identified by job seekers with disabilities who participated in the research, the report provides a sneak peek into PEAT’s plans for helping employers make their eRecruiting tools accessible to all job seekers.
Accommodation Information On the Go Do you have a question about assistive technology (AT) and other accommodations for employees with disabilities? Now, the answers can be right at your fingertips – thanks to a new free app released by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). In addition to news about CAP and the disability community, the “CAP App” features an “accommodometer” that determines solutions to common accessibility issues. Run by the U.S. Department of Defense, CAP provides AT and accommodations support to employees with disabilities across the federal government.
Apprenticeships allow young people to learn a trade and establish a clear career path. But, they also benefit employers, who can use them to attract future talent. To ensure this talent pool is inclusive of all qualified candidates, the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on increasing the representation of under-represented groups – including people with disabilities – in apprenticeship programs. Employers can comment on the NPRM by Jan. 5, 2016.
Best Practices: Addressing Workplace Harassment – Employer’s Responsibilities
January 12, 2016
This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will address types of workplace harassment, which can constitute discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, and steps employers can take to prevent and rectify it. Speakers include Anne Hirsh, JAN Co-Director; Dr. Jeffrey Daniels, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University; and Dexter Brooks, Associate Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Federal Operations.
This online training, sponsored by the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, will explore the legal differences between workplace bullying and harassment and how, as members of a protected class, people with disabilities may have legitimate cause to claim the latter, which unlike the former, is prohibited by law. It will also address strategies employers can use to foster safer, more inclusive workplaces that prevent both.
As part of its focus on inclusion and diversity, Capital One in Richmond, VA, has set up an internship program aimed at bringing in young people on the autism spectrum to work at the company. The program, called Autism at Work, originated in 2009 as the brainchild of Capital One associates with children on the autism spectrum. The program continues to thrive, and four of the interns who completed the program now work full-time at Capital One.
Forming partnerships is a key strategy for successfully recruiting qualified job candidates with disabilities. There are many agencies and organizations, both locally and nationally, that can connect employers with suitable potential employees. Vocational rehabilitation agencies, American Job Centers, disability service providers, and other community-based groups can all serve as resources in all stages of the hiring and employment process. Read more about partnerships.
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.