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Office of Disability Employment Policy News Brief (Jan. 5, 2018)

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Careers in the Arts Online Dialogue — Ends January 8

If you haven’t had the chance to join our Careers in the Arts Toolkit online dialogue, it’s not too late. Over the last several weeks, dialogue participants have submitted 154 comments and 106 votes on 38 innovative ideas for resources that would benefit people with disabilities pursuing education, training, and employment opportunities across arts disciplines. Don’t miss this chance to submit your ideas, comments, and votes before the dialogue closes at midnight on January 8. Join us now to discuss the strategies, challenges, and solutions that will create better employment opportunities for people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts.

CDE and EARN to Host January 17 Twitter Chat on Disability-Inclusive Culture

Workplace disability inclusion is about more than hiring; it’s about facilitating a disability-inclusive culture across an organization’s employment lifecycle, from application to onboarding to advancement. On January 17, at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Campaign for Disability Employment will host a Twitter chat with featured guest the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion to discuss “Inclusion@Work,” EARN’s employer policy framework outlining seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage, learn, and share how these components can be put into practice by businesses both large and small. Join using the hashtag #CDEInclusion.

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice Monthly Webinar — January 10

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice Webinar Series is structured to augment the technical assistance areas of primary focus in Employment First systems change: Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment. During this month’s CoP webinar, “Provider Transformation Staffing,” participants will learn about strategies to recruit, train, and retain staff that support the Employment First mission of the agency. Rick McAllister will discuss approaches to enhancing recruitment efforts. He will share a training paradigm that builds skills and supports retention with a focus on the value of competency-based staff development. The webinar will be held January 10, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

PEAT Talks: Expanding Accessibility Awareness in Higher Ed — January 18

Technology companies dedicated to accessibility often face the challenge of preparing designers, engineers, and researchers to think and build inclusively. Similarly, academic programs in design, engineering, and HCI are seeking ways to better prepare students to address the needs of diverse populations. In this PEAT Talks webinar, to be held January 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Oath’s Senior Director of Accessible Media Larry Goldberg and Facebook’s Director of Accessibility Jeff Wieland will discuss how Teach Access is working with industry, academia, and advocacy groups to expand the quality and quantity of undergraduate programs that teach the fundamentals of accessibility. Participants will learn why the accessibility teams at Facebook and Oath (formerly Yahoo) created Teach Access, what its key goals and objectives are, and what initiatives they are currently working on.

New ODEP Policies in Practice Profile — Roxanna Arce-Tyndale

Roxanna Arce-Tyndale is a hair stylist at the BlueBell Salon in Bethesda, Maryland. Roxanna, who recently returned to work after taking several months off following hip replacement surgery, has been a stylist at a range of salons across the Washington, D.C., area during her 20-year career. She enjoys interacting with her clients and was happy to be able to get back on the job. “Working is part of what gives me purpose, and being able to rejoin the workforce really helped with my recovery, both mentally and physically,” she says. Her advice to anyone who needs to take time off to address a medical issue is to communicate openly with employers and co-workers to simplify the process.

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