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.
Provider agencies across the country are transitioning from segregated "sheltered" workshop options to supporting integrated community careers for people with disabilities. This process of organizational transformation can be both exciting and challenging for provider staff and the people they serve.
Last week, EARN, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Office of Personnel Management, gathered thought leaders on disability employment in the federal workforce to kick-off the Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released further clarification on how the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the subsequent Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead) decision, are to be applied to state and local governments’ employment service systems for individual with disabilities.
In support of its efforts to develop strategies and practices to promote full workplace inclusion of people with disabilities, the LEAD Center invites you to participate in a national online dialogue, “Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways.”
In a blog post published this week on the U.S. Department of Labor blog, ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy and the department’s Chief Economist Dr. Heidi Shierholz explored National Disability Employment Awareness Month in numbers, sharing the most recent data on employment and labor force participation of people with disabilities vis-à-vis people without disabilities, as well as policy initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between them.
This is the seventh round of DEI funding. Since 2010, the department has awarded grants of more than $123 million through the initiative to 49 projects in 28 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. More information on the DEI is available here.