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Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 3/13/2019
ETA, in collaboration with ODEP, released TEN NO. 16-18 on March 8, 2019, to notify the workforce system about the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program’s new administrative processes for public workforce employment networks (ENs). This TEN supports the Department of Labor’s goal to expand the capacity of the American Job Center network to serve persons receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 3/8/2019
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics – 2018 report. The data on persons with a disability are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The report shows that the annual unemployment rate for a persons with a disability dropped to a record low of 8.0% in 2018, down from 9.2% from the previous year. Visit the BLS news release to learn about other key highlights.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 3/1/2019
It’s World Hearing Day on March 3, 2019. This observance is organized by the World Health Organization. To support this event, ETA is increasing awareness by highlighting a WorkforceGPS resource available titled Workplace Resources for the Deaf.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 2/25/2019
The America Saves Week campaign is happening between 2/25 through 3/2 to help get Americans to understand why it is critical for their financial success to make savings a priority. To support this effort, ETA is highlighting one way people with disabilities can invest for their current or future financial needs is through ABLE accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. To learn more, visit the ABLE National Resource Center.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 2/22/2019
ETA is pleased to highlight a recently launched newsletter by The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) called “In Focus”. This quarterly publication will be framed around four focus areas supported by examples on how state VR agencies are meeting the charge. The January publication highlights innovative practices from the states of Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. The site also includes a link to subscribe to the newsletter.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 1/25/2019
REMINDER ANNOUNCEMENT: ETA is pleased to highlight a February 12-13, 2019 conference led by the Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (EPM-RRTC). Registration is FREE. The annual EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium offers both in-person or online participation options. An outline of the two-day conference and the link to register to join in- person or online is below.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 1/21/2019
January is National Mentoring Month to help promote youth mentoring in the United States. To focus on serving the disability population, specialized resources have been compiled by ETA to increase awareness of its impact and the different technical assistance tools available to help bridge the mentoring gap. Be an agent of change to make a difference – Become a Mentor in your community.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 1/11/2019
January is National Braille Literacy Month. It is estimated that 700,000 Americans younger than 21 are blind or have serious vision problems, even when wearing glasses. Braille uses a code of up to six dots to facilitate reading and writing. The word “Braille” stems from Louis Braille who became blind from an accident at the age of three. ETA compiled Workplace Resources for the Blind on WorkforceGPS to help increase awareness on how we can accommodate individuals with vision loss.
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 12/30/2018
Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, a meaningful quote of reflection to support the everyday work we do: “Your success lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” - Helen Keller
Disability and EmploymentPosted On: 12/18/2018
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) announced the creation of a checklist to guide State VR Agencies on system alignment and integration with WIOA core and required partners. The WINTAC is funded by a cooperative agreement from the Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).