Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion
September 2, 2015 EARN Newsletter
by Ask EARN Staff
September 2, 2015
Federal News Radio Highlights Progress in Disability Hiring Federal News Radio recently ran a segment on progress in federal disability hiring. Speaking to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Special Adviser on Disability Programs Michael Murray, the interview explored steps taken to achieve the goals of Executive Order 13548, which was signed by President Obama in 2010, and efforts to sustain the momentum following its expiration this year. “It’s a matter of a lot of things: education, having good matches for the jobs from the very beginning, having reasonable accommodations in place,” Murray said.
Labor Day: A Time to Celebrate the Contributions of All of America’s Workers On the first Monday of September each year, America pays tribute to the workers who built and continue to fuel its economy. These workers of course include millions of people with disabilities, and as part of its commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor started soliciting personal stories to illustrate the important contributions of such individuals to our nation’s strength, prosperity and well-being, every day. This Labor Day, both individuals with disabilities and their employers are encouraged to add to the collection.
OFCCP Invites Feedback Via Customer Experience Survey The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—which enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other equal employment opportunity rules—is currently collecting feedback from federal contractors that have undergone a compliance evaluation in recent years in order to assist the agency in strengthening its processes. The survey is being conducted electronically, and responses are anonymous. Companies qualifying to participate may also print and mail in their responses. The survey is open until Oct. 31, 2015.
WIOA Advisory Committee Issues Draft Interim Report Last month, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities finalized its required draft interim report and preliminary recommendations. The purpose of the report is to summarize the committee’s progress to date along with its interim findings and preliminary recommendations. A key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the committee includes two employer representatives, Oswald Mondejar from Partners Continuing Care and Steve Pemberton from Walgreens.
The Expanding Disability Market: Serving Customers with Disabilities
September 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
This webinar, sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center, will address how businesses and agencies can ensure they are accessible to the rapidly expanding market that is people with disabilities, including people with acquired, age-related disabilities. It will serve as the first in two webinars on the topic, the second of which will address specific common scenarios. Participation is free but registration is required.
Sponsored by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), the next installment of the PEAT Talks virtual speaker series will feature a panel of state accessibility Chief Information Officers, who will speak about an approach to information technology called Policy Driven Adoption for Accessibility (PDAA), which aims to improve the accessibility of vendor-provided products and services over the long term. PEAT Talks are held on the third Thursday of each month.
As a follow up to the September 9 webinar titled The Expanding Disability Market: Serving Customers with Disabilities, this Northeast ADA Center event will explore specific scenarios related to serving people with disabilities in a variety of sectors, including health care, retail, hospitality, recreation and education. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the facilitator. Participation is free but registration is required.
Employee resource groups (ERGs) are a key part of diversified technology company 3M’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Among its many ERGs is one focused on disability, called the Disability Advisory Committee, which advises company management and serves as a resource for employees and family members on issues such as accessibility and accommodations. It also plans events and activities to expose local youth with disabilities to 3M’s work.
Did you know that the Employer TA Center archives all of its webinars on AskEARN.org? These archived multi-media presentations can serve as the foundation for in-house training on disability employment topics or other professional development activities. Recent topics include disability inclusion as a market-driven issue and the value of internships for young people with disabilities, to both intern and employer alike. Check them and others out today!
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.