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Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (February 13, 2015)

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WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting Presentations and Public Testimony Available

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its first meeting January 22-23 in Washington, DC. Several panels of experts discussed various aspects of competitive integrated employment, and organizations and individuals gave public testimony. The panelists’ presentations and the public testimony are now available online. The next WIOA Advisory Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 23-24 in Washington, DC.

Webinar on Creating Resilient Workplaces Now Archived

The webinar titled Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers, presented by the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Employer TA Center in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, has been archived and is now available for viewing. This webinar features expert speakers from federal and federally funded technical assistance centers who discuss key considerations for implementing safe and productive workplaces. It also highlights how fostering such workplaces — ones where employees feel comfortable disclosing disabilities and health concerns without fear, stigma or worry — allows all employees to receive the productivity tools (also known as reasonable accommodations) and supports they need to optimize their performance and deliver on the job.

PEAT Posts New Accessible Workplace Technology Resources

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has added several new educational resources to its website PEATworks.org. Features include an interview with leaders of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) — a new organization working to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession — as well as an interview with the Federal Communications Commission’s Jamal Mazrui about his professional and personal experiences working to advance accessible technology. Another new feature is a blog post by accessible technology expert Jim Tobias on the value of PEAT’s TechCheck tool, a resource that helps organizations assess their accessible technology efforts and find tools to develop them further. Funded by ODEP, PEAT is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption and promotion of accessible technology.

FCC Announces Disability Advisory Committee Membership

On February 10 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the membership of the new Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) and the date of the first meeting. In addition to the Chair, thirty-six members and 3 ex officio government representatives were named to the committee. The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission. The first meeting of the DAC will be held on March 17 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET, at the FCC’s headquarters, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554. The meeting will be open to the public and webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live. Notice of this meeting will be published in the Federal Register.

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