The Tennessee Works Partnership (TWP) is focused on obtaining equal access to employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tennessee Works toolkit developed for employment professionals working with people with disabilities.
The Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups, including veterans, who have consistently faced challenges in finding employment. This video provides basic information on WOTC and how the program can be used to increase employment opportunities for veterans, to the benefit of both veterans and employers.
The 2013 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) database is a recruitment resource for employers seeking a diverse workforce that includes employees with disabilities. The database is a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. The database contains profiles of postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans. Private sector employers can access the WRP by making a toll-free call to 855-275-3276 or visiting http://www.AskEARN.org. Federal employers can access the new database online at https://wrp.gov.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a series of free video vignettes, as part of its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum. The launch of the video series coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about disability employment issues as well as to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" To download fact sheets and activities from ODEP's soft skills curriculum, visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/.
The Webinar will provide a general overview of communication accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act. The variety of auxiliary aids and services that can help to expand communication access in the workforce system will also be reviewed. One of the most effective strategies that the American Job Center (AJC) network (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers) can use to expand communication access involves building partnerships with state/local deaf and hard-of-hearing agencies. Examples of why this strategy is so critical to the AJC network effectively serving this diverse population will be highlighted. The AJC network generally has a clear understanding that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, all state/local governments are required to take steps to ensure that communications with customers who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or with other disabilities are as effective, or functionally equivalent to communications available to others. This is evident by workforce centers across the country lawfully adding the following phrase on all written forms of communications to the public: “We Provide Auxiliary Aids Upon Request”. But what does this phrase actually mean and what kinds of auxiliary aids and services should be readily available or provided to ensure “effective communication”? Read more CLICK HERE FOR SUPPORT
People with disabilities continue to be disproportionately underemployed, unemployed, and living in poverty. This webinar will provide "real life" examples to demonstrate Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Wagner-Peyser system challenges to people with disabilities accessing the public workforce system, along with solution-oriented strategies to help American Job Center staff address these challenges. CLICK HERE FOR SUPPORT
Over the past 10 years, there has been tremendous growth in entities known as social enterprise businesses. This approach has been particularly promising in creating new opportunities for individuals with disabilities in emerging and growth industries. This report, by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and the Kessler Foundation describes how social enterprise businesses may be an innovative way to create new work opportunities for people with disabilities by pursuing both profitability and a social impact.
The NTAR Leadership Center at Rutgers University conducted this research to identify employer and market driven initiatives to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities. Using a case study approach, NTAR Leadership Center researchers selected 13 diverse examples from around the nation of partnerships between employers and trusted workforce intermediaries with a track record of helping employers recruit, hire, train, and retain employees with disabilities. The goal of this research was to identify successful elements of these strategies and offer lessons that can be learned by employers and employer organizations, workforce development and disability service organizations, and federal, state, and local policymakers
In 1900, the percentage of the American population older than 50 was 13%; in 2000, it was 27%; and it is expected to surpass 35% in 2020. From 2002 to 2012, the fastest-growing segment of the labor force is Americans aged 55 and older. As Baby Boomers approach retirement, younger generations are simply not large enough to completely fill the pipeline in their absence; employers will need strategies to effectively employ, retain, and accommodate older workers.
According to 2008 disability and employment statistics, an estimated 10.4 percent (18,312,900) of working age adult (21-64 years of age) individuals reported a disability. Of that number, 39.5 percent were employed, compared to 79.9 percent of persons without disabilities, representing a 40 percent employment gap. People with disabilities represent a largely untapped labor pool.
The 2010 Harris study continues to identify that businesses do not sufficiently utilize the public sector employment programs to source their labor needs. Most local and state rehabilitation providers focus on the individuals and services (supply side) instead of reaching out to businesses to understand their needs(demand).This Webinar will engage the audience on issues such as tracking data for businesses, building networks to assist the demand side, share ideas from businesses learned from the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Bridges to Business Employment Model.
This presentation is designed to provide customized training to Disability Program Navigators on the various Electronic Tools supported by the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Workforce Investment. Attendees will benefit from an overview of products and tools using the O*NET System and CareerOneStop.org. Specifically, information about the following products will be highlighted: (1) Career Exploration Assessments; (2) Navigating the O*NET database; (3) Military Crosswalk; (4) Skills Search; (5) Re-Employment Portal; (6) Employer Locator; and (7) State Job Banks and Labor Market Information.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) have released a joint publication, Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways. This resource highlights successful career pathway models that create relevant, challenging learning environments for students and are designed to increase American employers' access to highly-skilled, qualified workers. Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs in multiple industry sectors, documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced.
The New York State Department of Labor has announced the award of more than $2 million in stimulus funding for a new Emerging and Transitional Worker Grant program. The grants, awarded in the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions, are part of a larger, $15 million statewide stimulus investment to give those with little or no connection to the workforce the skills necessary to successfully obtain employment and advance in their careers.
Please join Seth Harris, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor; Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA); and Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) for a "listening session" focused on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, and its impact on programs and services for people with disabilities. If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have speech disabilities captioning may facilitate your participation in this Webinar. Captioning services will be offered to individuals attending the listening session in person as well as attendees participating remotely via the webinar. In addition to the live and webinar captioning services offered, registration for captioning service through the Federal Relay Conference Captioning is also available. Please note the Federal Relay Service requires at least 48 hours notice (2 working days) to guarantee coverage. For more information, visit http://www.workforce3one.org/page/webinarcaptioning
This report shows how Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and Public Health Management Corporation, along with their behavioral health employees, have benefited from implementing a new work-based learning curriculum which articulates with a collegiate certificate and Associate?s Degree through Philadelphia University. This initiative is under the auspices of the national Jobs to Careers initiative. The work-based curriculum and individual lesson plans were successfully implemented with diverse populations of youth and adults in mental health, drug and alcohol, and developmental disability inpatient and residential settings. The applicability of the curriculum and accompanying lessons for other behavioral health employers is very promising.