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How can AJCs promote tax credits on disability employment?

Businesses accommodating or hiring employees with disabilities may qualify for tax credits and deductions. There are several federal tax incentives available. They include the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Disabled Access Credit, and Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction. How can the American Job Centers (AJCs) promote these initiatives?

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Disability Focus Employer Tax Incentives
Posted On: 03/07/2018 at 11:09 PM
Author: Jayson Gleneck

How can disability statistics support your work?

Applying disability statistics can be a useful tool to identify the specific barriers faced by the disability population in joining the American workforce. This information can shed light on the past, present, and where the future trend is going. Knowing this data can help front-line practitioners make more informed planning decisions by effectively identifying service delivery gaps.

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Statistics on Financial Instability Should be Considered
Posted On: 05/15/2018 at 10:22 PM
Author: Michael Morris

How can the workforce system achieve Universal Access?

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.
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Customer Focus
Posted On: 11/06/2017 at 07:28 PM
Author: David Jones

How can you use Storyboards in Staff Training?

The US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration in collaboration with partners released storyboards, AJC Customer Flow Scenarios to provide additional technical assistance to 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.
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Test Role Play During Staff Meeting
Posted On: 12/18/2017 at 03:23 PM
Author: David Jones

How did you celebrate NDEAM?

Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation." Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
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Posted On: 11/06/2017 at 07:23 PM
Author: David Jones

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.
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Being Inclusive to All
Posted On: 11/16/2017 at 05:16 PM
Author: Jayson Gleneck

What strategies are implemented to cross-train staff?

Based on joint interagency guidance titled, "Vision for the One-Stop System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)", a high-quality one-stop center train and equip one-stop center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and business in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers.

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Accessing Your Disability Partners
Posted On: 02/08/2018 at 02:33 PM
Author: Laura Gleneck

Where can you find facts on the ADA?

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.
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The U.S. Access Board Website
Posted On: 12/01/2017 at 05:07 PM
Author: David Jones