Announcements

View the announcements listings below to stay connected with updates on the Disability and Employment Community and changes to the site. 

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 7/11/2018

    The deadline has been extended to August 3rd to prospective applicants on the Funding Opportunity Announcement for Phase 1 of the Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Demonstration Projects. A partnership between the SSA, the Department of Labor’s ETA and ODEP, RETAIN will test the impact of early intervention strategies that improve stay-at-work/return-to-work outcomes of individuals who experience an injury or illness while employed. 

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 7/6/2018

    ETA is pleased to highlight an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) titled Persons with a Disability: 2017 Labor Force Characteristics. The release includes an overview of 2017 highlights, demographic characteristics, employment-population ratio, and unemployment.  One interesting finding is that employed persons with a disability were more likely to be self-employed than those with no disability. 

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 6/22/2018

    National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is observed annually on June 27th. PTSD is a mental health condition that develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. This disability is often found common amongst our war veterans. Individuals with PTSD may have difficultly going about daily life that could impact employment. ETA posted PTSD Workplace Resources to help overcome common misconceptions about PTSD.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 6/18/2018

    ETA is pleased to highlight the most recent nTide Report documenting that the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 29.2% in May 2017 to 29.7% in May 2018. The Kessler foundation also observed that this is the 26th consecutive month that we are seeing improvement in the employment-to-population ratio. This indicator from the June 1st BLS Jobs Report reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 6/11/2018

    The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center posted an Order of Selection resource for all states administering VR services. The VR program is required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first when there are not enough resources to serve everyone eligible for VR services. Individuals with the most significant disabilities are given a priority over those with less significant disabilities, a process known as “order of selection”.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 6/4/2018

    ODEP published a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Phase 1 of the Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Demonstration Projects. A partnership between the SSA, the Department of Labor’s ETA and ODEP, RETAIN will test the impact of early intervention strategies that improve stay-at-work/return-to-work outcomes of individuals who experience an injury or illness while employed. RETAIN projects will address both on-the-job and off-the-job injuries and illnesses.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 5/24/2018

    During the month of May, the nation observes Older Americans Month. As it relates to employment, there continues to be a demographic shift of an aging workforce. In 2016, the U.S. disability prevalence rate for the age between 65 to 74 was 25.3 percent. ETA is pleased to highlight this public service announcement video from the New England ADA Center discussing the role of the ADA to support older Americans with acquired disabilities.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 5/21/2018

    Vocational counseling and planning is one of the critical services in helping people with disabilities find the right job. To support that effort, ETA is pleased to promote Occupational Employment Statistics within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that provides employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations as well as national occupation estimates for specific industries. Resources include OES data, charts, videos, databases and maps.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 5/21/2018

    ETA is pleased to moderate an upcoming webinar titled “Understanding and Applying Disability Data” on Wednesday, May 23rd from 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST. This webinar will provide an overview of current and historical disability employment trends and highlights how front-line practitioners have successfully applied existing data resources to serve customers. We hope you can join us. To register, click here.

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    Disability and Employment
    Posted On: 5/14/2018

    On Thursday May 17, 2018, countries from around the world will observe Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. ETA has joined this universal dialogue and posted workforce resources that can be found here to help highlight how American Job Centers and businesses can apply technology to improve access and inclusion for employment.