Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work
Volume 8, Number 8
Welcome to Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work, the electronic newsletter of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). The newsletter and the NCWD/Youth website offer information to improve programs and services for all youth and especially youth with disabilities.
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New Podcast Series - “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success”
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
(NCWD/Youth) has just released a new podcast series for parents and families
titled, “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success.” The podcast series
includes the following four episodes:
This podcast series provides ideas for parents and families on activities
they can do at home and include in their child’s Individualized Education
Program (IEP) to ensure he or she develops skills needed for job success by the
time he or she completes high school. Learn
more and listen to the podcasts.
Info Brief for Families on Soft Skills for Job Success Now Available in
NCWD/Youth's Info Brief, Helping Youth
Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families, is now
available in Spanish. This brief provides guidance for parents and family
members on ways to help young people prepare for job success by working with
them and encouraging them to develop soft skills. "Soft Skills" are
common sense skills that are important in all aspects of life and have been
identified by employers as particularly important for success at work. Read the
brief in Spanish, Ayudando a los
jóvenes a Desarrollar Habilidades Sociales para tener Éxito en el Trabajo:
Consejos para los Padres y las Familias.
NCWD/Youth Blog Posts
blog features current and relevant information related to the Guideposts for Success, Youth Development and Leadership, Innovative Strategies, Professional
and more! See below for blog posts from August 2011.
ODEP International Year of Youth Blog Posts
U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s International
Year of Youth blog series features posts about youth in the employment arena
and highlight DOL’s numerous activities that relate to youth. See below for
blog posts from August 2011.
USDOL Issues Guidance on Workforce System
Participation in Ticket to Work Program
Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Agency and Office of Disability
Employment Policy released Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 06-11,
“Increasing the Public Workforce Development System’s Participation In The
Ticket to Work Program for Disability Beneficiaries.” The TEN’s purpose is to provide
updated information to the state workforce agencies, local workforce investment
boards, and One-Stop Career Centers on the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency
Program, including changes to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s)
policies for Employment Networks.
NTAR to Host Webinar on Outcome-Driven Services in the Workforce
On September 14, the NTAR Leadership Center, a national technical assistance center funded by
the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, will host a webinar entitled “Outcome-Driven
Services in the Workforce Investment System.” This webinar will highlight multiple examples from the
field as we explore strategies designed to refine the One-Stop's capacity to effectively
serve businesses. The webinar will explore strategies that meet the
needs of the diverse sectors of its community, including both large and small
businesses representing a full cross-section of industry. These strategies
include the variety of business-oriented services available in a community,
coordinated around a single point of contact for ease of use by the business
customer. They are strategies that allow the workforce development system
to act as a foundation for economic growth in its community, while more readily
fulfilling its purpose to connect career seekers with economic opportunity and
for the webinar at NTAR’s website.
Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases 2011 Kids Count Data Book
Over the past decade, the economic well-being of low-income children has
returned to the same level as the early 1990s, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds. According to the foundation's annual Kids
Count Data Book – America’s Children, America’s Challenge: Promoting
Opportunity for the Next Generation, the official child poverty rate
increased some 18 percent from 2000 to 2009, which means the number of children
living in poverty grew by 2.4 million during the decade. While the Data Book found that five of the ten indicators of child well-being have improved since
2000 — including infant mortality rate, child death rate, teen death rate, teen
birth rate, and the percentage of teens not in school and not high school
graduates — three areas saw declines, including the percentage of babies born underweight,
the child poverty rate, and the percentage of children living in single-parent
families. Each year the foundation’s Kids Count report examines current
data in ten different indicator areas.
OPM Invites Public Comments on “Pathways for Students and Recent
Graduates to Federal Careers” Proposed Rules
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management requests public input by October 4,
2011 on its proposed rules for the federal government’s new Pathways Programs.
Established by Executive
Order 13562 in December 2010, the Pathways Programs consists of three
excepted-service programs tailored to recruit, hire, develop, and retain
students and recent graduates. OPM has issued proposed Pathways program rules
to improve recruiting efforts, offer clear paths to Federal internships for
students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for
recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development
opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal
service. Read more about the proposed changes to each of the three
To submit comments electronically, visit
the Proposed Regulations website or see instructions
for other submission methods.
President Signs Executive Order to Promote Diversity
and Inclusion in Federal Workforce
August 18, President Obama signed an executive order entitled “Establishing a
Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in
the Federal Workforce.” The order will promote the federal workplace as a
model of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. The order will
establish a government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion
in the federal workforce; develop a government-wide strategic plan and guidance
for agency specific plans in this area to be issued within 90 days; identify
appropriate practices to improve the effectiveness of agency efforts; and
establish a system for reporting regularly on agency progress implementing
their plans. The plans shall identify strategies to remove barriers to equal
opportunity in the federal government’s recruitment, hiring, promotion,
retention, professional development, and training. Within 120 days after
the government-wide plan is released, each agency is required to issue its own
agency-specific Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
Read the executive order at the
White House’s website.
National Center for Learning Disabilities Releases State of Learning
The National Center for Learning Disabilities released "The
State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends, and Indicators".
This biennial publication includes key facts and current statistics,
information on learning disabilities in secondary schools, postsecondary
education, and the workforce. About five percent of public school students (2.5
million) in the U.S. have a learning disability, of which, almost two-thirds
are male. And only about one-third of students with a learning disability are
provided with assistive technology to support instruction and learning. The
report's conclusions underline the overlying challenges ahead and outline some
directions to move to improve outcomes for individuals with learning