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#InclusionWorks

#InclusionWorks

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (online), the definition of Inclusion is "the act of including: the state of being included." Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is "#InclusionWorks." The hope is that the hashtag theme spurs both individuals and groups to post images and stimulate discussion on social media about the many ways "inclusion works."

Click here for more information about NDEAM, including specific ideas for how you can participate.

  • What role does disability play in your diversity practices and policies?
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30-Second trainings to add to your NDEAM Toolkit

30-Second trainings to add to your NDEAM Toolkit

We have some fun and educational resources to add to your NDEAM toolkit to help increase awareness of the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of the skills and talents of workers with disabilities. The NDEAM 30-second training series has been developed to promote and increase awareness of the benefits and resources available to employers hiring and accommodating qualified job applicants and employees with disabilities.

The Business 30-second training series and complementary Business Resource Guide were developed with a business focus and designed to educate businesses, hiring managers and supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can assist in retaining and accommodating existing employees who experience onset of a disability.

  • What else should be included in the NDEAM Toolkit?

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A creative way to share information and resources

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Access and the Workforce Development System

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Communication Access: Serving Customers Who are d/Deaf & HoH
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Gary Gonzalez

Accommodating and Supporting Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great opportunity to share a series of 30 Second Trainings on mental health created by the National Disability Institute's Disability Employment Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Team. For information about mental health disabilities, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information, check out the Job Accommodation Network’s Employees with Mental Health Impairments .
  • How are you helping to raise awareness and support individuals with mental health disabilities?
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Affordable Care Act

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Affordable Care Act
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

American Job Center (AJC) Accessibility

One of the ways that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) reforms improve service delivery to individuals with disabilities is through promoting physical and programmatic access. State and Local Plans must describe how the AJC will comply with the nondiscrimination requirements regarding physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology and materials, including appropriate staff training and support.

A recent report (January 2017) from the US Department of Labor, Evaluating the Accessibility of American Job Centers for People with Disabilities , measured the accessibility of the AJC system to people with disabilities and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • To what degree does your AJC provide accessible services to individuals with disability?
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Americans with Disabilities Act: Facts for Features

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.  Each year on the anniversary of the ADA, the US Census Bureau Facts for Features provides a demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with a disability and examines various services available to them. The statistics come from various Census Bureau censuses and surveys, covering differing periods of time.
  • How will you celebrate the anniversary of the ADA?
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April is Financial Literacy Month

In honor of Financial Literacy Month , the experts at Money Management International (MMI) created FinancialLiteracyMonth.com. No matter what day or month of the year a consumer begins their 30 step path to financial wellness, it will help them to create a successful strategy to better their overall financial position. While you are at it, take time to also check out Money Management International for some additional financial tools and resources.
  • Financial literacy is a component of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, so April is a great opportunity to make sure information and resources are integrated into workforce services.
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Are you a member of the Workforce3 One Community

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Are you a member of the Workforce3 One Community?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Are you a workforce blogger?

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Are you a workforce blogger?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Are you connected to your ADA Regional Center?

July celebrates the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The ADA National Network Regional Centers are our go-to resource when you need to know about rights and responsibilities under the ADA and other disability-related laws. Explore their diverse collection of factsheets, guides, webinars, webcourses, and much more.

  • Get connected to free information, guidance and training on the ADA!
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Are You Designing Services Around Your Customers?

Customer Centered Design is a way of exploring service delivery excellence using "design thinking" as the engine for innovation. The US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has been championing its acceptance across the workforce system. We can use CCD to directly learn from the communities and populations we serve, and to rapidly come up with innovative new concepts, quickly prototype them, and then make our ideas come to life with positive results for our customers.
  • Learn more about implementing CCD as a workforce professional and, for those that are already using a customer-centered design, share your experiences!
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Are you NDEAM'ed Up?

Are you NDEAM'ed Up?

If you are first thinking "What is NDEAM," then you need to visit DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy to learn about the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NCEAM) Campaign, which dates all the way back to 1945! Once you learn, or, hopefully, if you are already aware, then ask yourself "Am I NDEAM'ed Up"? What will I be doing during the month of October (when NDEAM is observed) to help celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate others about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents?

The NDEAM Resources Page offers a range of resources to help organizations plan NDEAM observances, including not only the official poster in English and Spanish, but also sample articles, a press release, proclamation and social media content.

  • So, what are you doing for NDEAM?

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Are you part of the Real Economic Impact Tour?

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Are you part of the Tour, Real Economic Impact Tour, that is?

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Are you part of the Real Economic Impact Tour?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

As a grantee, what are you doing in these challenging times of reductions and cuts in funding to sustain and continue your work?

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Report
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: randee chafkin

Assistive Technologies and American Job Centers

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Assistive Technologies and American Job Centers
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program

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Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Assistive Technology Solutions for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

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Assistive Technology Solutions for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Assistive Technology: Training Video for Accommodating People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Blending and/or Braiding Funds from Multiple Sources

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Blending and/or Braiding Funds from Multiple Sources
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Bridges to Business Employment Model– Employing Persons with Disabilities

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Building Mobility Partnerships – State and Community Level. How are you making sure that workforce and customers mobility needs are represented on transportation planning or coordination committees?

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Building Mobility Partnerships – State and Community Level.
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Building Your NDEAM Toolkit

Building Your NDEAM Toolkit

During the months of August and September, we are going to point to some resources and information that can help you build your NDEAM toolkit to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate others about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Let's start with checking out some national technical assistance resource centers sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices. They include the Employer Assistance and Resource Network , Job Accommodation Network , and Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology .

  • Stay tuned to the next Disability and Employment forum in which we share some 30-second trainings to add to your NDEAM toolkit!!!!

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Compliance with Section 503 Final Rule

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Compliance with Section 503 Final Rule
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Connecting with the Business Sector

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Connecting with the Business Sector
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Connecting Youth to Opportunities through Job Corps

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Connecting Youth to Opportunities through Job Corps
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Customer Flow Scenarios: A Novel Approach to Staff Training

The US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration in collaboration with partners released storyboards, AJC Customer Flow Scenarios featured on the WorkforceGPS Innovation and Opportunity Network to provide additional technical assistance to the frontline staff of the American Job Centers. Storyboards are visual storytelling tools to humanize policy issues combined with technical assistance.

Two of the five storyboards focus on disability issues from the framework of the customer and the employer. The customer framework is illustrated through Sam, who has an undisclosed disability and needs guidance on reasonable accommodations and other rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act while returning to the labor force. The employer framework is llustrated through Charles, who is an employer seeking guidance to hire and accommodate workers with disabilities and is seeking resources on employee retention.
  • Use these storyboards combined with the accompany resource links as a training tool for AJC staff and partners to help connect disability issues.
  • Share as a resource with customers to help them feel more comfortable sharing their situation.
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Disability and Employment

Disability and Employment Resources

There are many resources that can keep you up-to-date on disability awareness all year round. For example, WorkforceGPS Disability and Employment Community of Practice is an online learning destination for public workforce system staff and partners, jobseekers, community-based organizations, grantees, and the business sector, who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment.

  • Check it out and share your go to disability and employment resources!

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Disability and Employment Statistics

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Disability and Employment Statistics
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners

High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners was developed as an interagency effort between the US Departments of Labor and Education. Each playlist, which is posted individually, is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving service to individuals with disabilities.

The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners.
  • The Playlists can serve as a mechanism to educate peers at both the state and local levels on providing services to job seekers with disabilities.
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Discussion: Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities. (What are some of the facts, statistics, or things you present to employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities?)

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Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities.
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: Susan Famulare

Discussion: Connecting with Employers on the Advantages of a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce. (What successful diversity and inclusion policies have you seen or helped implement in your region? Why were they successful?)

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What successful diversity and inclusion policies have you seen?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: Susan Famulare

Discussion: Hiring Older Workers - What concerns have you heard from businesses about hiring older workers? What studies, data, or other information can you provide to address those concerns?

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Do you Ask EARN?

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. EARN offers employers free individualized technical assistance including providing linkages to state and local community-based organizations serving job seekers with disabilities.  Ask EARN a question!
  • What is your go to resource to recruit, hire, and retain qualified individuals with disabilities?
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Do you utilize your regional Americans with Disabilities Act National Center?

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Do you utilize your regional Americans with Disabilities Act National Center?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Does the Workforce Investment System use Social Media

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Does the Workforce Investment System use Social Media
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Does your American Job Center serve as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site?

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Does Your One-Stop Career Center have an Accessible Computer Workstation?

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Accessible Work Stations - Only for People w/Disabilities?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: David Hoff

Electronic tools for Workforce Professionals

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Electronic tools for Workforce Professionals
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Employer 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide. What can you do to increase your awareness and the awareness of the business community during October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month?

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Employer 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide.
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)…Where can you find best practices for employers on the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities?

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Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)…
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Engaging Ticket Holders: What Does The One-Stop Need to Provide?

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Ticket Info Sessions - Creating an Agenda
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 06:34 PM
Author: David Hoff

Expanding Communication Access in the Workforce System for Customers who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

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Expanding Access for Customers who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Expanding Economic Self Sufficiency for People with Disabilities

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Expanding Economic Self Sufficiency for People with Disabilities
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Expanding the capacity of the workforce system to serve as an Employment Network

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Expanding the capacity of the workforce system to serve as an Employment Network
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Financial Capability, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

Financial education and asset development are critical to improving the economic self-sufficiency of all workers, and may be especially important for people with disabilities. Learning how to stretch wages further, invest wisely, avoid debt and plan for retirement is essential to avoiding the poverty level income connected with most disability benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). Furthermore, several work and tax incentives exist to reduce disability- and work-related costs, such as medical expenses or reasonable job accommodations. Some work incentives can even be used to provide capital for people with disabilities interested in starting their own business.

To learn more  check out the resources and information on the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy website.

  • April is national Financial Capability month, what are you doing to ensure people have the resources to make informed decisions about their finances?


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Finding Alternatives to the WIPA Program

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Finding Alternatives to the WIPA Program
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Fostering Pathways to Economic Advancement

An important focus of the LEAD Center's mission is to increase the financial literacy and financial capability of people with disabilities. Participation in the workforce, which produces increased income, is a vital first step for working-age adults with disabilities to build economic self-sufficiency. Employment also serves as an important gateway for individuals to further explore tools and strategies to improve their economic stability and security.
  • Learn more about how the LEAD Center works to foster pathways to economic advancement for people with disabilities to improve their present and long-term financial well-being, while supporting the workforce development, Home and Community Based Services, and other systems that share this mission.
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Free Tax Assistance and Resources

Free Tax Assistance and Resources

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created a site EITC and other refundable credits that includes valuable information for IRS partners, employers, government agencies and office, and tax preparers. This site includes resources and tools for marketing, education and tax return preparation.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. Learn more about EITC including who qualifies and how to claim it.

  • What types of free tax assistance and resources do you offer?

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Free Tax Preparation

Free Tax Preparation

Did you know that the IRS offers free tax preparation for qualifying taxpayers? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

  • Do you make this information and resource available to your customers and/or serve as a VITA/TCE site during tax season?
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Have you met WorkforceGPS?

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), WorkforceGPS is an interactive online communication and learning technical assistance (TA) platform. This website, which offers resources and peer-to-peer connection, supplements other TA provided by ETA's national and regional staff to help the public workforce system, education professionals, and business.

On WorkforceGPS you will find: A committed community of public workforce system stakeholders; TA resources, online learning opportunities, and space to connect and collaborate with peers on topics that interest you; A tool for all your TA resources as you search, save, share, and navigate. Visit to learn more and to Meet WorkforceGPS .
  • Are you a member of WorkforceGPS?
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Have you Negotiated Performance Goals for the Workforce Investment Act?

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Have you Negotiated Performance Goals for the Workforce Investment Act?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Helping youth connect to employment and training opportunities

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Helping youth connect to employment and training opportunities
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Hiring Veterans: Toolkit for Employers

America’s Heroes at Work has developed a Step-by-Step Toolkit to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives. Recognizing that each employer is unique, this guide allows you to select from promising practices and other resources that employers are using to successfully welcome talented and skilled Veterans into their companies.

  • Check it out if you are interested in developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative for your company!

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How can you get tax credits for hiring?

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How can you get tax credits for hiring?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

How do you use the Job Accommodation Network Services?

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How do you use the Job Accommodation Network Services?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

How FLEXIBLE is your One-Stop Career Center?

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How FLEXIBLE is your One-Stop Career Center?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

How is your One-Stop helping jobseekers with disabilities master soft skills for workplace success?

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How Is Your One-Stop Using Social Media?

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How Is Your One-Stop Using Social Media?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

How to Identify Social Security Administration Ticket Holders (disability beneficiaries) who are a Good Match for One-Stop Services?

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How to Identify SSA Ticket Holders (DB) who are a Good Match for One-Stop Services?
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Increasing program, communication and physical access to Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Wagner-Peyser services for adult and youth jobseekers with disabilities

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Information and Technical Assistance on the ADA

As we continue to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA during the month of July, we want to make sure you are aware of a website created by the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, ADA.gov. ADA.gov provides information on the ADA statute, ADA title II and III regulations, technical assistance materials, enforcement information, and general ADA information.

In addition to the website, there is also a toll free phone number where you can access ADA Specialists that can provide information and provide answers to technical questions: 800-514-0301 (voice) / 800-514-0383 (TTY).
  • Do you have other go to resources to obtain information and technical assistance on the ADA?
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Integrated Resource Team (IRT) Model. What strategies does your workforce system use to serve jobseekers with multiple challenges to employment?

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Introducing Assistive Technology to the American Job Centers

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Introducing Assistive Technology to the American Job Centers
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Learn about the ADA National Network

The Network consists of ten Regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center. The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, state, regional and national levels.

  • Contact your Regional ADA Center to learn more about their free services including information and guidance from an ADA Specialist, ADA information, and training and outreach.
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Leveling the Playing Field

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Leveling the Playing Field
Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Leveraging Financial Education to Improve the Impact of WIOA

In December 2015, the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and New York – in partnership with Region 1 of the U.S. Department of Labor held a conference
focused on improving systems leading to enhanced financial behaviors and outcomes for youth and young adults.  Presentations highlighted how building the financial skills of WIOA youth can be part of a holistic approach to ensuring positive program outcomes.  The conference website includes tools, strategies and potential program models. 

  • How is your workforce leveraging financial education under WIOA?
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    Making the connection to Mental Health Services in your community

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    Making the connection to Mental Health Services in your community
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Mature Workforce

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    Mature Workforce
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Maximizing Productivity: Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

    A psychiatric disability can impact various aspects of an individual's life, including the ability to achieve maximum productivity in the workplace. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in five people will experience a psychiatric disability in their lifetime, and one in four Americans currently knows someone who has a psychiatric disability. It is likely that most employers have at least one employee with a psychiatric disability.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws, most employers must provide "reasonable accommodations" to qualified employees with disabilities.  

    This section of the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy website includes examples of accommodations that have helped employees with psychiatric disabilities to more effectively perform their jobs along with additional resources.
    • How are you helping to raise awareness and support individuals with mental health disabilities?
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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    According to the Presidential Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month "Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need." The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to find treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

    According to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a state plan should include agreements with the state agency responsible for providing mental health services to improve coordination of resources to achieve employment in competitive, integrated settings.
    • How are you coordinating with your local and/or state mental health agency?
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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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    National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Disability Mentoring Day

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    National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Disability Mentoring Day
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month Now One Week Away

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month Now One Week Away

    With only one week left to go, planning for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is in full swing across the nation. Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year's theme is "#InclusionWorks." To download or order the official 2016 NDEAM poster and learn how different types of organizations can take part in the campaign, visit ODEP's NDEAM webpage.

    • …and please share what you are doing to celebrate!!!

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    Networking with your peers through Workforce Communities of Practice

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    Networking with your peers through Workforce Communities of Practice
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and Disability Mentoring Day (DMD). How will you be raising awareness on the benefits of hiring job seekers with disabilities? What activities do you have planned for DMD?

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    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    One-Stop Career Centers and Integrated Service Delivery Approaches

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    One-Stop Career Centers and Integrated Service Delivery Approaches
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    One-Stop Operations Guidance for the American Job Center Network

    In January 2017, the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration issued a a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) , which provides general guidance for the implementation of operational requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) pertaining to the one-stop delivery system. Section 9.A of the TEGL shares examples of the AJC Certification process to include the following relative to customer flow.

    "The frequency and quality of cross-training from differing programs to share expertise about integrated customer flow, needs of specific populations, business engagement expertise, or understanding of different programs offered in the American Job Center and in the community."
    • The Disability Employment Initiative Collection Site hosted on WorkforceGPS provides examples of how AJCs and partners can support job seekers with disabilities and other multiple challenges to employment as well as the business community. Search for "Landing Page" to see topical areas of promising practices and effective strategies.

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    Preparing Teens with Disabilities for Employment after High School (What challenges do you face in reaching out to and assisting youth with disabilities to ensure they will be employable after high school? What strategies have you put in place?)

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    Preparing Teens with Disabilities for Employment after High School
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
    Author: Susan Famulare

    Progress on Mental Health

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    Progress on Mental Health
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Promising Partnerships and Collaborations

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    Promising Partnerships and Collaborations
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity

    Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has developed Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide to assist AJCs by providing promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and the current Section 188 regulations. The promising practices are not necessarily mandatory in every case under Section 188 or the regulations but may be considered by AJCs for the purpose of ensuring universal access and equal opportunity.

    On December 2, DOL published the final rule revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). A policy brief from the LEAD Center provides a summary of the final rule from a disability perspective . The brief highlight select provisions in order to assist people with disabilities and other interested stakeholders better understand the policies included in the lengthy rule.
    • Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn about the Section 188 Final Rule and how you can achieve universal access and equal opportunity.
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    Reasonable Accommodations

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    Reasonable Accommodations
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Registered Apprenticeship: A Career Pathway for American Workers

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    Registered Apprenticeship: A Career Pathway for American Workers
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Resources for Serving Disabled Veterans through the Workforce System

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    Resources for Serving Disabled Veterans through the Workforce System
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Resources for Veterans

    Resources for Veterans

    On November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars and during this month, we will provide resources and information on supporting the employment needs of veterans and businesses that hire them. The WorkforceGPS Veterans’ Priority collection site is designed to enhance the workforce practitioner’s ability to provide services to veterans by offering one-stop for information on veterans’ programs, policies, and initiatives throughout the public workforce system.

    As an employer, you can visit the CareerOneStop Business Center for Veterans to find resources and information on hiring a veteran.

    • Share your go to resources for supporting the employment needs of Veterans?

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    Return to Work: Job Accommodation Network Fact Sheet Series. What business strategies are you using to retain valued employees and to enhance the productivity of the workforce?

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    Return to Work: Job Accommodation Network Fact Sheet Series.
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Strategies and Resources to Create a More Diverse Workforce

    Strategies and Resources to Create a More Diverse Workforce

    It’s one thing to say you are going to create a more diverse workforce that includes qualified employees who experience a disability and those with multiple challenges to employment, but it's another to know where you can access strategies and resources to help you do it. The Business 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide was developed to provide both public and private businesses, human resource personnel, hiring managers and supervisors with relevant federal, state and local level information around their legal obligations. The guide also offers resources that can assist in identifying, funding, and implementing effective accommodation strategies, to create a more diverse workforce. Take the time to check them out!

    • Share your strategies and resources to create a more inclusive environment.
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    Strategies for Serving Disabled Veterans in the American Job Center

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    Strategies for Serving Disabled Veterans in the American Job Center
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Strategies for Supporting the Mature Worker

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    Strategies for Supporting the Mature Worker
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Supporting Integrated Intake and Effective Case Management in the Workforce System – What tools and resources are you using to integrate intake processes and create high quality case management?

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    Taking Advantage of DOL Employment Services

    The US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) programs, resources and online tools help workers in all stages of the job and career development.  Available online resources include:  Assessing Yourself, Deal with a Job Loss, Explore Career Options, Find a Job, Gain Experience and Credentials, Know Your Rights as a Worker, Resources for Veterans, and Youth.
    • What employment services do you use:  CareerOneStop, MyNextMove, Worker Reemployment Portal, Job Corps, Jobs for Veterans Act or others?
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    Ten Employment Myths about the ADA

    Ten Employment Myths about the ADA

    Many employers misunderstand the Americans with Disabilities Act and are reluctant to hire people with disabilities because of unfounded myths. This seventeen-minute video responds to concerns expressed by employers, explaining the ADA in common sense terms and dispelling myths about this often overlooked pool of well-qualified employees.

    • Check out more information and technical assistance on the ADA at ADA.gov!

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    Ticket_to_Work_Employment_Network_Resources

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    Time for a 30-Second Training

    A Mental Health Awareness 30-Second training series that is! May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great opportunity to share a series of 30-Second Trainings on mental health developed by the National Disability Institute's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Training and Technical Assistance Team. A 30-Second Training is designed to increase awareness and promote knowledge around mental health that includes useful information and resources for follow up. So, check them out and let us know what you think?

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    Training Resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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    Training Resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Transportation-to-Work Solutions

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    Transportation-to-Work Solutions
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Understanding and defining disability. What are good disability etiquette principles?

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    Understanding and defining disability.
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Understanding Obligations or Accommodations for a Job Seeker with a Disability

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    Understanding Obligations or Accommodations for a Job Seeker with a Disability
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Using the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) (How have you used the JAN website and/or telephone services? What were you able to accomplish or learn with the assistance of JAN?)

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    Using the JAN, How have you used the JAN website and/or telephone services?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
    Author: Susan Famulare

    Veterans Services in Job Centers

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    Veterans Services in Job Centers
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Webinar: The Workforce Connection Initiative: SSA and DOL Partnership in Action

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    What Accommodation Policies and Practices does your One-Stop have in place?

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    What Accommodation Policies and Practices does your One-Stop have in place?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    What are your best practices for hiring people with disabilities?

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    What are your best practices for hiring people with disabilities?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    What dedicated economic advancement strategies are you using to give people with disabilities expanded access to workforce development opportunities?

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    What does “Universal Accessibility” mean for people with disabilities in the One-Stop Career Center?

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    What does Section 188 mean to WIOA services?

    The effective date of the Section 188 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38) Final Rule is January 3, 2017. Section 188 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, or, for beneficiaries, applicants, and participants only, citizenship status or because of an individual's participation in a program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA. This means that Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA as well as by the one-stop partners listed in WIOA Section 121(b) that offer programs or activities through the one-stop/American Job Center system.
    • To learn more about what Section 188 means to WIOA services, visit to read the fact sheet and get answers to frequently asked questions.
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    What Is in store for 2013?

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    What Is in store for 2013?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    What is your go to resource for employers around accommodating mental health disabilities?

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    What is your go to source for your recruiting, hiring and training needs?

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    What is your go to source for your recruiting, hiring and training needs?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    What Strategies is your One-Stop Using to Meet Customer Needs for Employment-Related Transportation Service?

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    What Strategies is your One-Stop Using to Meet Customer Needs for Employment-Related
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    What tools and resources do you have in your WIA youth services toolbox?

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    What tools and resources do you have in your WIA youth services toolbox?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    What type of financial literacy/education programs does your One-Stop Offer?

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    What type of financial literacy/education programs does your One-Stop Offer?
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:15 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

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    Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    Workforce System Strategies Implementation Tools

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    Workforce System Strategies Implementation Tools
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck

    WorkforceGPS Communities and Collections

    Communities offer you the chance to find resources on specific topics, programs, or initiatives--all while engaging with peers on those matters that most interest you. For example, check out the Disability and Employment Community of Practice.

    Collections are curated resources on a specific topic, program, or initiative to make it easier for you to find information that helps you with strategies, planning and implementation. Visit the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Collection Site and search for “Landing Page” to find some tools and resources to help expand the capacity of AJCs to improve employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
    • What is your go to WorkforceGPS Community and/or Collection Site?
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    Workplace Accommodation Toolkit

    Workplace Accommodation Toolkit

    The Job Accommodation Network has developed an online tool to help businesses successfully recruit, hire and retain applicants and employees with disabilities. The Toolkit provides inclusive practices at various phases of the employment life cycle for hiring managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, accommodation consultants, and allies of employees with disabilities.

    • Add this to your collection of go to disability and employment resources and let us know other ideas to help build a more inclusive workforce?

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    Workplace Accommodations: Non-Visible Disabilities (Have One-Stop Center staff and partners, or employers that you work with expressed concerns over accommodating non-visible disabilities? If so, how have you addressed these concerns?)

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    Workplace Accommodations: Business Concerns (What are the biggest concerns you hear from businesses in terms of implementing accommodations? How do you help address those concerns?)

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    Workplace Accommodations: Business Concerns (What are the biggest concerns you hear
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:14 PM
    Author: Susan Famulare

    Workplace Solutions

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    Workplace Solutions
    Posted On: 06/09/2014 at 07:16 PM
    Author: Laura Gleneck