There is an old Chinese proverb that states: “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ETA is pleased to highlight several learning opportunities to help increase our collective knowledge on providing employment and training opportunities for the disability population. These four topics range from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Apprenticeship, and addressing mental health disabilities.

Details on upcoming learning opportunities or archived resources include the following:

  • ADA Title I Employment Requirements Web Course (free) - The 2.5 hour course offered by the New England ADA Center provides an opportunity for participants to earn 2.5 continuing education learning unit credits from the HR Certification Institute and/or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Participants of this course will learn about who has obligations under Title I of the ADA, who has rights, how to request reasonable accommodations, documenting disability and the need for reasonable accommodation to help you do your job effectively.

  • Apprenticeship Strategies with Vocational Rehabilitation - On Tuesday, May 15th from 3:00 to 4:30 PM EST, the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) will provide online live training on strategies to improve integration of Apprenticeship in the workforce development system. For non-WINTAC members, you will need to create a new account as part of the registration process.

  • Ask the JAN Psychiatric Team Webcast - The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will be hosting a live webcast on May 15th starting at 2:00 PM EST. In this webcast, JAN cognitive/neurological team members Melanie Whetzel and Sarah Small will talk about workplace accommodations for people with mental health disabilities. They will also field questions about specific situations related to applicants or employees with mental health disabilities.

  • Our Journey Together: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Youth and the Workforce System - On Wednesday, May 2nd, ETA hosted a webinar addressing the youth generation being served in the workforce system that may be dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues in response to experiencing trauma. In observance of mental awareness month, this webinar will provide more insights about mental health issues in relation to education, training, and employment for youth. The link provides access to the archived webinar.