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Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (November 10, 2014)

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Assistant Secretary Martinez Speaks to Work Without Limits Conference as NDEAM Comes to a Close

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez was in Massachusetts on October 30, where she spoke at the 2nd annual Work Without Limits conference, which convened 350 employers, service providers, people with disabilities and family members. Work Without Limits is a network of employers and others committed to closing the employment gap between people with and without disabilities in Massachusetts. The event also marked the end of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is celebrated every October. “Although NDEAM is technically over, I encourage employers and workers across the country to continue to work towards more inclusive workplaces every month, and every day of the year,” said Martinez.

Out & Equal Workplace Summit Welcomes Assistant Secretary Martinez

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez was in San Francisco on November 5 to take part in the 16th Annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit — an event focused on achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Martinez’s remarks explored early collaborations between the LGBT and disability rights communities, and recent efforts by DOL and the entire administration to further civil rights for both.

Time for a TechCheck: Join ODEP’s PEAT for a Webinar — November 10, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

On November 10, the ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will be hosting a webinar titled “Time for a TechCheck — Assessing the Accessibility of Your Workplace Technology” from 2:00-3:00 PM EST. The online event will feature PEAT’s Jim Tobias, who will show employers how to take stock of their accessible workplace technology policies, determine the goals they should reach, and plot the steps they can take to reach them. The webinar will also include an overview of TechCheck, a free, interactive tool that helps organizations evaluate their accessible technology efforts and find resources to develop them further.

ODEP’s ePolicyWorks Nominated for Technology Award

ePolicyWorks, a web-based approach to policymaking developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways, has been nominated for the prestigious FedScoop 50 Award. The Awards honor exceptional leadership and champions in the federal technology workspace. ePolicyWorks was nominated for Tech Program of the Year. In addition, ODEP’s Michael Reardon, who heads up the initiative, was nominated under the Federal Leadership category. ePolicyWorks advances the conversation about employment and disability by providing cutting-edge, accessible tools to facilitate collaboration, promote action, inform decisions and produce results. Over the last year, ePolicyWorks has expanded to harness even more new tools and innovations, and its latest phase includes additional issue-based collaborative workspaces focused on technology and transportation; the use of accessible crowdsourcing tools for idea generation and stakeholder input; and public-private partnerships to improve the accessibility of social media content and platforms.

Job Accommodation Network Issues Its Quarterly E-News

The JAN E-News is a quarterly online newsletter that keeps subscribers informed about low-cost and innovative accommodation approaches; the latest trends in assistive technologies; announcements of upcoming JAN presentations, media events, trainings, and webcasts; and legislative and policy updates promoting the employment success of people with disabilities. Topics this quarter include making pre-employment testing accessible, requests for medical documentation and the ADA, accommodating employees with keratoconus, and newly released JAN resources. To subscribe to the E-news, send an email to subscribe@AskJAN.org. When subscribing, please include the email address at which you want to receive the newsletter.

LEAD Center Publishes 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 latest update features stories on proposed HUD regulations to expand supported housing for people with disabilities, a new Senate HELP Committee report on barriers to economic self-sufficiency, a review of recent state transitions plans, and much more. Each monthly update is published to the Resource Center found on the LEAD Center website. Subscribers who sign up to receive LEAD Center news and information will receive notice of each newly published update.

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