Disclosing Disability: What You Need to Know Webinar Now Archived
Jennifer Thomas from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) participated in a webinar entitled Disclosing Disability: What You Need to Know. The archived webinar is now available on the website of the Employer Assistance and Resource Network. The webinar, aimed at jobseekers, employees, and employers, was co-sponsored by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Job Accommodation Network, and the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. The webinar featured several of NCWD/Youth's resources on disability disclosure.
NCWD/Youth Hosts YouthACT Training
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth and its funder the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy recently launched a new youth development and leadership initiative called the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). The five teams selected as the first YouthACT cohort will participate in a series of small group trainings where they will learn more about youth leadership, disability history, and systemic issues affecting youth as they transition from education to employment. YouthACT aims to improve the capacity and engagement of youth with disabilities and their allies as leaders and partners in improving transition policies and practices within their local communities.
ODEP Releases Kick Start Your ILP Resource Aimed at High School Students
A new toolkit aimed at high school students and called Kick Start Your ILP has been released by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. An individualized learning plan (ILP) is both a document and a process that helps students, including students with disabilities, to define and explore their career goals and shape their decisions about their courses and post-secondary plans and activities. Kick Start Your ILP includes an explanation of ILPs, a year-by-year checklist of steps to follow, and tips to pull it all together and make the most of an ILP.
ODEP Publishes New Study on Health Care Transition and Employment
Because the ability to manage one's health is critical for attending school, learning, and transitioning into employment, ODEP commissioned a study in 2012 to better understand the relationship between disability (including chronic health conditions), health and wellness, and transition and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. In addition, the study examined the role that health care providers play in establishing employment expectations.
Despite growing recognition of the importance of health care transition as youth move from school to work and independent living within the health care community, the study revealed that youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities face a number of challenges in accessing health care transition services. In addition to explaining how several provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have significant potential to transform healthcare transition planning, the study addresses the need to:
- underscore the interdependence between health, wellness, and employment through education and outreach to youth, their parents, and other caring adults; and
- equip health care providers and other youth service professionals with professional development opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to guide youth through a coordinated, self-determined, cross-disciplinary transition planning process.
To learn more about the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing purposeful health care transition planning and its impact on employment for youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities, view the full policy brief.
ODEP and the Corporation for National and Community Service Release Policy Guidance Letter to Increase Inclusive Volunteerism
Volunteerism and work-based learning (both paid and voluntary) can provide critical preparation for all youth as they transition from school into the world of work. The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Corporation for National and Community Service have collaborated to create policy guidance and highlight resources to promote national service as an option for all youth, including youth with disabilities. Read the full text of the letter and NCWD/Youth’s Infobrief Use of Social Security Work Incentives to Promote Work-Based Learning in Youth Employment and Training Programs, which covers this topic at length.
The HSC Foundation, PPC, and IEL Release Roundtable Report on Health Care Transition
In the summer of 2012, The HSC Foundation, in partnership with Physician-Parent Caregivers (PPC) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), which houses NCWD/Youth, hosted a model multi-stakeholder roundtable to discuss how to advance health care transition in an era of post-health care reform, dwindling medical resources, and a struggling economy. The roundtable discussion topics included: 1) Meeting the healthcare needs of youth and young adults with chronic conditions and disabilities; 2) Transformation of primary care in health care transition; and, 3) Improving the health care workforce for health care transition. Read the Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable Report here. NCWD/Youth’s Policy Brief Transition’s Missing Link: Health Care Transition also addresses this topic, drawing on a number of recent health care-related reports to identify policy strategies for improving health care transition for youth with chronic conditions and disabilities.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Issues Final Rule on Medicaid HCBS Programs
On January 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to ensure that Medicaid’s home and community-based services (HCBS) programs provide full access to the benefits of community living and offer services in the most integrated settings as part of the Affordable Care Act. The final rule amends the regulations for the 1915(c) HCBS waiver program to improve the quality of services for individuals receiving HCBS. Specifically, it establishes requirements for home and community-based settings in Medicaid HCBS programs operated under sections 1915(c), 1915(i), and 1915(k) of the Act, defines person-centered planning requirements, provides states with the option to combine multiple target populations into one waiver to facilitate streamlined administration of HCBS waivers, clarifies the timing of amendments and public input requirements when states propose modifications to HCBS waiver programs and service rates, and provides CMS with additional compliance options for HCBS. More information is available in the fact sheets regarding the HCBS final rule.
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices
On January 8, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts, and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. The guidance package provides resources for creating safe and positive school climates, which are essential for boosting student academic success and closing achievement gaps. The resource package consists of a Dear Colleague guidance letter, a Guiding Principles document, the Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources, and the Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations.
OPM Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Hiring Report of People with Disabilities
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, people with disabilities were hired at a higher percentage than at any point in the past 32 years. Additionally, people with targeted disabilities were hired at a higher percentage than at any time in the past 17 years. According to the Employing People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch report, in FY 2012, federal employees with disabilities represented 11.89 percent of the overall workforce, including veterans who are 30 percent or more disabled. 16.31 percent of new hires in FY 2012 were people with disabilities (up from 14.65 percent in FY 2011). OPM is responsible for providing regular reports on the progress of Federal employment for people with disabilities in compliance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13548—Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities.
Massachusetts to Close Sheltered Workshops for People with Disabilities
Massachusetts has issued a plan for moving people with disabilities out of segregated, sub-minimum wage sheltered workshops. Under Massachusetts’ plan, entitled Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts, the state’s administration on developmental disabilities has ceased all new referrals to sheltered workshops beginning on January 1, 2014 and will close all existing sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Individuals currently working in sheltered workshops will transfer either to employment above minimum wage or to community-based day programs by June 30, 2015.
MENTOR Releases The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring
The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring was commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T, and written by Civic Enterprises in partnership with Hart Research. This report is informed by the first nationally representative survey of 1,109 young people ages 18-21 on the topic of mentoring, as well as a literature and landscape review with insight from a variety of key leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and education.
Job Accommodation Network Offers Free Federal Contractor Webcast Training Series
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will provide three free 1.5 hour-training sessions in its 2014 Federal Contractor Winter Webcast Series. In March 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)’s new Section 503 regulations will take effect for thousands of federal contractors and subcontractors. This webcast series will provide an overview of the basic requirements, practical tips for compliance, best practices for affirmative action, and time for participants' questions and answers. The first session, Section 503 Basics and Practical Tips, will be held on January 29.
OMB Approves Voluntary Disability Self-Disclosure Form
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the revised form for voluntary self-identification of disability status by applicants and employees with disabilities who work for organizations covered by regulations within Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. The form also includes a reasonable accommodation notice and a definition of disability determination with a non-exhaustive list of examples.
CLASP Releases Policy Briefs on Promoting Opportunities for Young Men of Color
CLASP released three new briefs designed for community leaders, advocates, and youth organizers. The briefs are part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise initiative focused on promoting opportunities for the health and success of middle and high school-aged boys and young men of color.
America’s Promise Alliance and Peace First Seeking Nominations for Peace First Prize
America’s Promise Alliance and Peace First have launched the second Peace First Prize celebrating young people leading change in their schools and communities. The Peace First Prize recognizes impressive young people for meaningful peacemaking work that creates lasting good in a community, neighborhood, or school. It is open to people ages 8–22 and will be awarded to five to ten young leaders who have demonstrated compassion, courage, and the power to create collaborative change. Winners will each receive $25,000 over two years and entry into the Peace First Fellowship program to support their peacemaking work.
National Drug Facts Week Approaching
National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. NDFW 2014 will be held January 27 - February 2, 2014. Through community-based educational events and activities, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about the harmful effects and consequences of drug use on their brain, body, and behavior, with resources including the NDFW Info Sheet.
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