Disability Research News
American Job Centers and Digital Access: A Guide to Accessible Information and Communication Technology
Within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a provision stating that all comprehensive American Job Centers (AJCs) and affiliated sites must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, including information and communication technology (ICT) designed, procured, maintained, and used by AJCs, as outlined in WIOA’s Section 188.
LEAD Center Releases Brief on the ABLE Act and Employment
The LEAD Center has released a brief titled, “The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities.”
Understanding Workplace Personal Assistance Services
One of the provisions of the updated Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act regulations issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January of this year requires federal agencies to provide personal assistance services (PAS) to certain employees with disabilities as a form of affirmative action. PAS is not required as a reasonable accommodation in the private employment context, however, except when needed for work-related travel.
Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability
Last week, EARN was pleased to assist the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in hosting the quarterly meeting of the Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability.
New PEAT Resource Offers Guidance on Accessible Technology-Related Public Policy
To help employers, employees and technology providers learn about and understand the latest federal regulatory developments, the ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has launched “Policy Matters,” a centralized resource that covers what's happening in the world of accessible technology-related public policy.
Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work National Online Dialogue — Extended Through Today, April 21
There is still time to participate in the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work National Online Dialogue!
Autism Research in the News
Research from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded project on ...
Research Brief: Family Caregiver Support for People with IDD
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Family Supports and the ...
WEBINAR: The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes
The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities, and their families, can use ABLE accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more positive employment outcomes.
JAN Releases Publication on Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a publication on Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in the workplace, focusing on the provision of the updated Section 501 regulations that requires federal agencies to provide PAS to certain employees with disabilities.
LEAD Center Prepares Release of Policy Brief Discussing ABLE Act and Employment Outcomes
The LEAD Center will soon release a brief titled, “The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities.”
Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities
In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.
Study: Autism and Employment
Newly published research supports the criticalness of these conditions to on-the-job success, showing that, once hired, nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who received intensive training and other employment support services went on to become long-term, valued employees....
WEBINAR: Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization. Ideally, Transition is a highly cooperative and collaborative activity, built upon strong relationships between multiple entities, all working in service to the goals, interests and ambitions of the transitioning student.
Save the Date: 2017 WIOA National Convenings
In the spring of 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, will host three national convenings.
NEW TA WEBSITE LAUNCHED: Youth Pathways to Post-Secondary and Employment
This site brings together five different National Youth-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Centers, funded by the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP).
Now Available - The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners
High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. You may obtain a wealth of technical assistance resources to help you reach that goal with these ten playlists.
New Report Highlights Critical Gaps and Promising Practices in Employment
NIDILRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition
Webinar - Getting More People Employed in North Dakota: Improving Business Engagement and Utilizing Labor Market Information
The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NDDVR) is enhancing partnerships with business by raising awareness of VR's business services and how VR can help business with their employment needs.
Announcing the Publication of “UPS Delivers the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Disability Inclusion”
A new report from the LEAD Center and the Workplace Initiative finds UPS’s work training program to be a game-changer for disability employment.
New Grant Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program: RERC on Health, Exercise, and Recreation Forecast
NIDILRR is posting its FY 2017 grants forecast in the Grants.gov database at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433
Kessler Foundation Update! nTIDE Report
Because of renewed emphasis on transitioning people with disabilities to the workplace, a growing number of innovative programs are providing comprehensive preparatory services for students with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Releases Business Roundtable Report to Improve Employment Rate of Americans with Disabilities
In the continuing effort to support RSA’s dual customers (individuals with disabilities and employers), RSA Commissioner, Janet LaBreck, conducted a series of roundtable discussions with business and industry leaders in 2015 and 2016.
U.S. Access Board Webinar: Question and Answer Session on the ADA and ABA Standards (January 5)
The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board's free monthly series will take place January 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session on accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for buildings and facilities. Presenters will field questions from attendees on the ADA and ABA standards, including their scope and application and specific requirements for building elements and spaces.