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Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (June 29, 2015)

Monday, June 29th, 2015

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public on July 13 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT, and on July 14 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. During the meeting, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work on draft chapters for the interim report. The Committee will also hear from expert panels that will address issues with provider transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. The Committee will also acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its connection to competitive integrated employment. Finally, the Committee will hear from a panel of providers about their experiences with sheltered workshops under section 14(c) of the FLSA. There will be a public comment period on July 13 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM EDT. Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by July 2, 2015. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice.

Living in the Community Means Working in the Community — ODEP Blog

June 22 was the anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C., the Supreme Court decision that affirmed that all people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in their communities. In a blog called “Living in the Community Means Working in the Community,” Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, discusses the importance of integrated employment in allowing people with disabilities to thrive in their communities.

ODEP Collaborative Hosts Online Dialogue on Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Issues

Are you interested in promoting policies that expand ill or injured workers’ access to timely and effective health, rehabilitation and employment services? ODEP’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative wants to hear from you. From now until July 2, 2015, the Collaborative is hosting an online dialogue on “Expanding Access to Evidence-based, Early Intervention (EBEI) SAW/RTW Services and Supports.” Akin to a virtual town hall, the online event is designed to gather thoughtful input on policy recommendations aimed at improving SAW/RTW services and supports, which, for some, can mean the difference between working and not working. The event is being facilitated by ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative.

PEAT Presents “PEAT Talks” Virtual Speakers Series — July 16, 2:00-2:30 PM EDT

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has announced its new virtual speaker series which showcases organizations and individuals who are working to advance accessible technology in the workplace. Held the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 PM ET, “PEAT Talks” are designed to be energetic and interactive discussions highlighting a spectrum of exciting work. Featured speakers will deliver a 10 to 15 minute talk and then field questions from attendees. The July 16 talk will be with Dennis Lembree of Easy Chirp, a Twitter web application that features the ability to “tweet” accessible images.

EARN Releases June 24 Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network’s (EARN) latest newsletter was released on June 24, featuring information on the inaugural Disability Equality Index results, an Employer TA Center publication on employer tax incentives, three online learning opportunities, and more. EARN is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities, which is funded by ODEP under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.

Join the Conversation on Federal Policies to Promote Accessible Technology and Employment

As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is hosting its latest video conversation: “If you were President for the day, what specific policy action would you promote or change to increase the use of accessible technologies in the workplace?” See what Bobby Silverstein (Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville), Angela Hooker (Cascade Technologies), Mike Paciello (Paciello Group), and Jay Wyant (Minnesota CIO Office) had to say and add your own thoughts today, in the form of either a YouTube video or simple written text.

Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment. Volunteers are needed to act as WRP recruiters for the upcoming recruitment season, which runs from October 27 through November 17, 2015. Recruiters must be federal employees who can commit to conducting at least 10 30-minute phone interviews with students from across the country, and to evaluate each student candidate in writing. The required recruiter training is conducted online and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Registration is open until August 10, 2015. To register, visit the WRP website and click on the recruiter registration button.

Proposed Priority-Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has proposed a priority to establish a Workforce Innovation and Technical Assistance Center. This action is taken to provide training and technical assistance to improve services under the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program for individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, and to implement changes to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed into law on July 22, 2014. A Notice of Proposed Priority (NPP) was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Comments must be received by Monday, July 21, 2014. Please consult the NPP for instructions to submit comments.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public on July 13 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT, and on July 14 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT.

During the meeting, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work on draft chapters for the interim report. The Committee will also hear from expert panels that will address issues with provider transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. The Committee will also acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its connection to competitive integrated employment. Finally, the Committee will hear from a panel of providers about their experiences with sheltered workshops under section 14(c) of the FLSA.

There will be a public comment period on July 13 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM EDT. Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by July 2, 2015. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

ODEP’s Business Sense: The Logical Approach to Solving Workplace Limitations (June 22, 2015)

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

All of us need the right tools and supports to do our jobs effectively, whether it’s a computer, a desk lamp, a flexible schedule or one of countless other productivity enhancements that power our on-the-job performance. While one can argue that such workplace supports are leveraged by every employee, every day, we most often hear them referred to as “reasonable accommodations” in the context of workers with disabilities.
Accommodations make it easier for an employee with a disability to successfully perform the duties of his or her position. And until recently, accommodations were most often thought of in relation to specific disabilities. However, in the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008, that approach is changing for the better. Instead of focusing on an employee’s particular disability, smart employers are considering just the resulting limitation that might be preventing the employee from performing to the fullest. And now, there’s a new tool to help all businesses do just that.

The ODEP-funded Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently launched a new feature on its website called “Accommodation Information by Limitation A-Z.” This tool allows users to find accommodation ideas by searching for the type of limitation an employee is experiencing, regardless of the underlying diagnosis. For example, instead of searching under a particular mental health condition to assist someone whose medication is causing distraction, the user can search using the keyword “concentration” to find an accommodation solution. Similarly, the term “speaking” will identify accommodation ideas for someone who has difficulty projecting his or her voice — regardless of why.

Linda Carter Batiste, one of JAN’s principal consultants, explores these issues in a recent Disability.gov blog post, but reinforces that, in addition to the new limitation feature, JAN’s database can still be searched by disability and by topic. “Sometimes it’s necessary to know the type of disability involved in order to come up with effective accommodations,” she writes. “But when it’s not necessary, you can save time by just focusing on the limitation.” It’s a logical approach that is often the quickest pathway to a mutually beneficial workplace solution.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (June 19, 2015)

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

DOL Launches Disability Historical Timeline for ADA 25th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled a disability historical timeline called “Advancing Equal Access to Opportunity” as a start to its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The timeline highlights the laws related to disability employment from 1920 to the present. In addition to the timeline, DOL is featuring personal stories submitted by workers with disabilities who have been affected by the ADA in their lives and careers. Meredith Ausenbaugh, an intern at DOL, has written a blog on “3 Things You Can Do to Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA,” including submitting your own story to be shared on the site.

BLS Releases Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2014

On June 16, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2014. The data on persons with a disability are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that provides statistics on employment and unemployment in the United States. The collection of data on persons with a disability is sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Webinar to Address Shifts in Disability Inclusion since the ADA — July 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

The ODEP-funded National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities will host a webinar on July 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT, focused on the shifts in thinking on disability inclusion that have occurred since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA: Leading Corporate Voices on the Value of Disability Inclusion” will address how companies recognized as top employers for people with disabilities now actively work to align disability inclusion with their corporate goals and brand, both internally and externally. The event is approved for one HR general recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute.

PEAT Survey on Job Application Accessibility Will Close July 1

Interested respondents have until July 1 to participate in the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology’s (PEAT) nationwide survey about the accessibility of online job applications. All people with disabilities who have recently searched or applied for employment and/or completed pre-employment assessments online are reminded to participate before the end of the month. PEAT, an initiative funded by ODEP, launched the survey last fall in efforts to better understand accessibility needs related to online job seeking and inform future efforts. The survey is anonymous and takes just a few minutes to complete.

Workforce Recruitment Program 2015 Awards Ceremony and Networking Event — July 28, 4:00-6:30 PM EDT

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO), will be hosting the 2015 Workforce Recruitment Program Awards Ceremony and Networking Event on July 28, 4:00-6:30 PM EDT, at the National Youth Transitions Center, 2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC. During the ceremony, the Judith C. Gilliom Outstanding WRP Awards will recognize selected participants for outstanding performance and demonstrated accomplishments in support of their agency or component mission. A networking session for federal interns and employees with disabilities will also be part of the event. To register for the WRP Awards Ceremony and Networking Event send an email to OSD.ABILITY@mail.mil. Sign language interpreting services will be provided. Other accommodations may be requested via email upon RSVP.

Do Ask, Do Tell: New Report Addresses Strategies for Encouraging Self-Disclosure

A new report developed by The Conference Board with support from the ODEP-funded Employer TA Center explores research related to disability disclosure in the workplace and identifies strategies that can be used by federal agencies as well as federal contractors. Based on the results of a survey of 98 employers and extensive interviews with experts on workplace disability issues, “Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify” concludes that many organizations can and must do more to build a disability-friendly culture conducive to disclosure. It also features a case study that illuminates effective practices employers in both the public and private sector may be able to replicate.

Senate Appropriations Committee 2016 Budget Markup Process

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee markup of the “Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016″ is scheduled for July 23, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT, at 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. For information, contact 202-224-7257.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (June 12, 2015)

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

White House Announces Disability Advocacy Champions of Change Competition — Deadline June 18

The White House is seeking nominations for the White House Champions of Change for Disability Advocacy award. The Champions of Change program recognizes the efforts of individuals across the country who are taking action to create and foster change in their communities. Nominees for the award can be both long-time local disability rights advocates and young leaders with disabilities who are dedicated to disability advocacy and advancing the legacy of the ADA for the next 25 years to come. Nominations are due by midnight EDT on June 18. On the nomination form, the Theme of Service should be selected as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

PEAT Initiative Launches “PEAT Talks” Virtual Speakers Series — June 18, 2:00-2:30 PM EDT

The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has announced a new virtual speaker series to showcase organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace. Held the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 PM ET, the “PEAT Talks” series will feature energetic and interactive online discussions highlighting a spectrum of cutting-edge accessible technology work. The first “PEAT Talk,” scheduled for Thursday, June 18, will welcome Neil Giacobbi, Executive Director of Public Affairs at AT&T who will be speaking about the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge, a three-month global software development competition designed to create new innovations that improve the lives of people living with disabilities. The coming months will bring an esteemed line-up of “PEAT Talks” speakers who will each deliver a 10- to 15- minute talk and then field questions from attendees.

LEAD Center Updates Application for Self-guided Discovery Training and Technical Assistance — Deadline June 15

The LEAD Center is distributing updated instructions about applying for Self-guided Discovery training and technical assistance. The deadline for applications is June 15. The presentation slides and transcript from a webinar about the program are now available. If you have any questions, please contact LEAD Center Project Director Rebecca Salon at rsalon@ndi-inc.org or LEAD Center Project Coordinator Brittany Taylor at btaylor@ndi-inc.org.

EARN Releases June 11 Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network’s (EARN) latest newsletter was released on June 11, featuring information on PTSD Awareness Month, an EARN web resource on the ADA and workplace safety, the schedule for America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels, and more. EARN is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities, which is funded by ODEP under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.

CFPB Launches ROADS to Financial Independence Initiative

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced a new initiative, ROADS (Reach Outcomes. Achieve Dreams. Succeed) to Financial Independence, to provide financial counseling services to people with disabilities who are working or transitioning into the workforce. The initiative will integrate financial counseling services into employment, independent living, and other support services programs. Participants will receive financial tools and training tailored to their needs. ROADS to Financial Independence will operate in six communities through 19 participating organizations. These communities are in Austin, Texas; Birmingham Alabama; Finger Lakes, New York; Seattle, Washington; and throughout the state of Delaware and the Greater Washington, DC Metro Area.

Small Business Administration Boosts Access to Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a dedicated new communications service that allows deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to communicate with the agency directly in American Sign Language (ASL), rather than through typed text or other third-party intermediary services. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet launched the customer service initiative on June 10, alongside Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, President of Gallaudet University. The service is part of the SBA’s continued efforts to make services and programs more accessible to all communities.

DOJ Releases “ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a new technical assistance document, “ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments,” to help State and local government officials understand how title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to their programs, activities, and services. This 16-page illustrated guide addresses general nondiscrimination requirements, such as provisions relating to program accessibility, service animals, communicating with people with disabilities, wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices, and policies and procedures. The document also addresses how the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design apply to the built environment, including existing buildings and facilities, new construction, and alterations.

EEOC to Host 18th Annual EXamining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) Training Conference

The EXamining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) Conference is sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Training Institute. EXCEL is a national training conference for federal and private sector Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) managers, supervisors, practitioners, Human Resource (HR) professionals, attorneys, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialists, and will be held in Washington, DC, on August 10-13. The theme of this year’s conference, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the EEOC, is “The EEOC @ 50: Building on a Legacy, Looking to Future Innovation.”

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Disability Invitational Hiring Fair (June 2015)

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is hosting an Invitation Only Hiring Event. We are seeking talented individuals for various Department of Labor positions within the District of Columbia and DOL Regions across the United States. To be considered for these positions, applicants must have a Schedule A letter and meet the minimum qualifications for the positions.

The positions will be open June 15th and close on June 19th. Individuals found best qualified for the position(s) will be invited to interview with an agency representative at a location designated by the hiring agency between July 6th and July 10th, 2015.

For more information and to view the more than 20 positions available visit the Disability Invitational Hiring Fair website. Note that individuals will not be able to apply until Monday, June 15.

NTI Environmental Justice Training at 2015 APTA Rail Conference (June 2015)

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The National Transit Institute (NTI) will offer its Environmental Justice training at the APTA Rail Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 24. The course focuses on how to satisfy the requirements of the Executive Order 12898, US DOT Order 5610.2(a) and FTA Circular 4703.1 on Environmental Justice. The course offers hands on practical pointers for reviewing EJ considerations in transportation planning and project development, while providing the basic tenets of the principles of EJ through the evolution of Civil Rights.

Objectives of the training:

Identify the difference between Title VI and Environmental Justice
Discuss the importance of environmental justice and how it affects transportation decision-making
Discuss how environmental justice considerations are incorporated in transportation planning and project development
Understand the compliance process for planning and implementing under NEPA

Audience:

FTA staff, transit agency staff, Regional/Metropolitan Planning Organization, and State Department of Transportation.

Length:

1.5 Days

Registration:

http://ntionline.com/courses/courseinfo.php?id=272

Contact:

Please contact Ginny Stern at gstern@nti.rutgers.edu or at 848-932-6592 for questions regarding the offering.

OFCCP Posts New Web Page Providing Visa Denial Information (June 2015)

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

In response to contractor inquiries, OFCCP has posted a new Web page that provides information related to entry visa denials by foreign governments, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, for contractors’ employees or potential employees. The page explains how contractors contact OFCCP and the State Department, as required by OFCCP regulations, should the company’s request for a visa for an employee be denied on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It also provides resources to learn about the visa requirements of various countries, and information regarding what a company may do to obtain assistance if it has difficulty obtaining a visa.

The Visa Denials by Foreign Governments Web page can be found on the OFCCP Web page at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/LGBT/VisaDenial.htm.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/ofccp.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (June 5, 2015)

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

JAN Announces New Accommodation Information by Limitation Website Feature

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently launched a new section on its website called “Accommodation Information by Limitation A-Z.” The new section allows JAN website users to find workplace accommodation ideas by the type of limitation an employee is experiencing, regardless of the underlying disability. This feature joins the current A-Z options to search by disability and by topic.

LEAD Center Webinar on Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services – Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on WIOA — June 24, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

Join the LEAD Center on Wednesday, June 24, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT, for the third webinar in a four-part series, “WIOA from a Disability Perspective.” This month’s webinar, “Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services,” will address cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities. All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Brittany Taylor at btaylor@ndi-inc.org.

LEAD Center Releases May 2015 Issue of Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The May 2015 update features stories on a newly proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rule related to offering financial incentives for workplace wellness participation, Virginia’s passing of the ABLE Act, a new study of the type of health care used by people with intellectual disabilities and more.

Discussing a Trauma-Informed Policy Framework

Adopting a trauma-informed framework was the topic of an article, “Creating a Trauma-informed Policy Agenda,” published on May 15, 2015 in “Stress Points,” the quarterly eNewsletter of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The article discussed the federal inter-agency group called the “Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma,” and examined policy advances made at both the federal and state levels. “The growth and success of these federal and state initiatives suggest that it is time to elevate the conversation about violence and trauma to a national policy discussion,” asserted the authors, Carol Boyer, MA, from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, and Andrea Blanch, PhD, and Mary Blake, CRE, both from SAMHSA.

New LEAD Center Guest Blog Post on Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities

Mary Hartley, lead consultant for 21 and Able, recently penned a guest post at the LEAD Center Blog titled “Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success.” Hartley discussed how parents and supporters of young adults with disabilities can assist in the process of transition to employment. She stressed that parents and supporters themselves should make a transition — from educating themselves on issues for children to learning about issues for adults with disabilities — and should encourage community inclusion and work experience for the transition-age youth they support.

Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice — June 24, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM EDT

The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is hosting the Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice on June 24, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM EDT, at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. The symposium will examine the state of the science and interactions among employment research, practice and policy in terms of how research-based knowledge can affect practice and policy, and how practice and policy can influence research. Federal government representatives, researchers, individuals with disabilities and their representatives, employers and workforce professionals are welcome to attend. Registration deadline is June 16.

Smithsonian Institution Prepares to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

In a post on Disability.Blog, Krista Flores, Program Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program, outlines activities planned at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 40th anniversary of VSA. The Smithsonian events will take place July 24-26 with exhibits, workshops, hands-on activities, films and an ADA birthday party, among other festivities. From July 16-26, the Kennedy Center will celebrate the anniversaries of the ADA and VSA with 11 days of free programming highlighting the history, art and culture of the disability community.

USBLN® and Wells Fargo Officially Launch America’s First Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and Wells Fargo & Company have announced the launch of America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), the country’s first disability rights mobile museum. America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is an accessible self-contained motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies. The DRMW provides a unique opportunity to learn the fascinating history of the disability rights movement. The museum will also be joined by the ADA Legacy Tour, a national bus tour that has traveled more than 14,000 miles commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To commemorate the launch, Wells Fargo and USBLN® will host a two-day event that will kick off in Charlotte, NC on June 8. The tour will continue through November 8.

OFCCP Posts New Sample Affirmative Action Programs Web Page (2015)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

OFCCP has posted a new Sample Affirmative Action Programs Web page that contractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) may find useful. The new page contains sample transition year Section 503 and VEVRAA AAPs that show how a contractor might satisfy the regulatory AAP requirements in its initial year. The sample AAPs are for illustrative and technical assistance purposes only and do not represent the only appropriate or acceptable AAP format. OFCCP will soon also post sample four-year Section 503 and VEVRAA AAPs that show how a contractor might develop Section 503 and VEVRAA AAPs containing three years of applicant and hiring data.

A sample Executive Order 11246 AAP is also on the new Web page.

The Sample Affirmative Action Programs Web page can be found on the OFCCP web page at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/AAPs/AAPs.htm.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/ofccp.