The unemployment rates for youth with disabilities are significantly higher as compared to their peers without disabilities due to a range of factors from attitudinal barriers to inaccessible programs and services. To ensure all youth, including those with disabilities, have access to career planning services, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) encourages seamless coordination between state and local agencies, workforce providers, and other providers to help youth with disabilities realize their career goals despite the individual challenges they may experience. During this webinar, the presenters will highlight program designs, service delivery strategies, and lessons learned on leveraging collaborative partnerships to develop comprehensive programs and to coordinate supportive services during program participation and after job placement. This session is the 6th webinar of the Enough is Known for Action series, which is designed to provide states and communities with guidance and inspire strategic planning before and during WIOA implementation which began on July 1, 2015. The full series is available here. Hosts:Carmen Rodriguez, Federal Project Officer, USDOL ETA, Region 1 Cassandra Shoffler, US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Mindy Larson, Senior Program Associate, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, Institute for Educational Leadership
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) has pursued asset development and financial capability activities to customers with disabilities accessing American Job Centers (AJC) through five rounds of grant awards to 26 states. An important and successful strategy to improve financial health to these and other low to moderate income AJC customers has been the delivery of free tax preparation on-line and on-site services established by the Internal Revenue Service such as FreeFile and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Another resource is the MyFreeTaxes Partnership has helped millions of taxpayers claim valuable tax credits and received refunds of more than $10 billion nationwide since 2009. This webinar will cover how the DEI has helped to expand MyFreeTaxes across the public workforce system nationwide, including: The impact of free tax preparation on employment outcomes The crucial connections made by AJCs to bring free tax preparation to the veteran community; and The significant increase in awareness and access to free tax preparation by taxpayers with disabilities. If you are having any issues with registering for this event, please click the following link to visit our Member Support page: CLICK HERE
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL) invites state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide input on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Pub.L. 113–128). ETA will gather input through this webinar via a “chat feature” in order to most efficiently gather thoughts and ideas from webinar participants. The topic for August 26, 2014 is Consultation with Consumers, Advocacy Groups, and Direct Service Providers on Services for Individuals with Disabilities. More information about the Act and specific discussion questions for this topic can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA. Should you encounter any issues with registering, please click the following link to visit our support page: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/1001132142513971405/info
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 Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects goal is to provide workers with disabilities access to free tax preparation assistance and other asset building strategies to increase their economic and social well being.
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 provided 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 were also reviewed.
Provided "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. People with disabilities continue to be disproportionately underemployed, unemployed, and living in poverty.
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
Described the need for workplace accommodations to assist older workers age in place, illustrated the available accommodations for older workers; and highlighted the Job Accommodation Network’s resources and website, vis-?-vis older workers.
Session about no/low-cost workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities; highlights useful resources for the public workforce system; and demonstrates how the Job Accommodation Network works.
Engaged an audience on issues such as tracking data for businesses, building networks to assist the demand side, and sharing ideas from businesses learned from the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Bridges to Business Employment Model. 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 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.