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December 2017

Ticket to Work Hosts Webinar on Debunking Myths about Disability Benefits and Work

On Tuesday, December 12 at 3 pm EST, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)'s Ticket to Work Program will host a WISE webinar on disability benefits and work opportunities. This webinar will share facts and myths about Ticket to Work and discuss how to keep Medicaid or Medicare after replacement of a Social Security benefits period with job earnings. It will also describe how to receive cash benefits after swapping out for an employer paycheck without reapplying for the program. 

NTACT Webinar Highlights Lessons from Re-entry Programs for Young Offenders with Disabilities

On December 14 at 3 pm EST, the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) will host a webinar on supporting opportunities for youth with disabilities re-entering from the criminal justice system. This presentation will discuss barriers and challenges faced by youth with disabilities re-entering into K-12 education and community life. It will also highlight three model demonstration projects funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education to support this population group. The webinar will share lessons learned and outcomes from four years of implementation of these demonstration projects.

The 2018 Rising Leaders Initiatives Application Open

The USBLN's Rising Leaders Initiative is a career development program for students and recent graduates with disabilities through linkages with business professionals from USBLN corporate partners. Applications are now open for the 2018 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program and Rising Leadership Academy. Deadline to apply is December 18, and the application can be found online at 2018 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program and Rising Leadership Academy Form

ODEP Hosting Two Online Dialogues on Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is currently hosting two online dialogues related to disability employment through December 15th. The first online dialogue is called, "Work Matters: Laying the Groundwork for States as Model Employers", and it calls on disability, service provider, and employer communities to help inform disability employment policies within states. This dialogue will be open for participation through December 15th. The second online dialogue, "Careers in the Arts Toolkit Online Dialogue", is a joint collaboration between ODEP, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Art Beyond Site (ABS) and will take place on December 15th. It is intended to circulate ideas about resources that may benefit people with disabilities who hope to pursue education, training, or employment opportunities in the arts. This dialogue will be used to inform NEA's development of a toolkit for individuals with disabilities pursuing careers in the arts.

November 2017

New PACER Resources on Postsecondary Education

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment has developed a number of new family-friendly publications to help families prepare their youth for postsecondary education:
Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: What Parents Can Do Now (pdf)
Talk to Your Child About Postsecondary Education or Training: A Checklist for Parents (pdf)
Set a Postsecondary Education or Training Destination and Map a Course to Get There (pdf)

ODEP Releases #ApprenticeshipWorks Guides

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released its #ApprenticeshipWorks Guides for Youth, Educators/Service Providers, and Business. The guides introduce these three stakeholder groups to the benefits of inclusive apprenticeship opportunities that support full access for people with disabilities. ODEP's blog this month also features a post on apprenticeships and disability titled Apprenticeship and the American Dream. This post examines numerous advantages of apprenticeships in the modern economy for both employers and job seekers, including people with disabilities. The focus on apprenticeship as a strategy for connecting job seekers with skills they need to secure good jobs aligns with the 2017 Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America.

National Apprenticeship Week

The week of November 13-19 is National Apprenticeship Week, which educates about apprenticeship and offers leaders in business, labor and education an opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and how they help prepare a highly skilled workforce for employers in their communities. Combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs help bridge skills gaps and bring new and more diverse talent into the workplace, including people with disabilities. Learn more about National Apprenticeship Week or read a blog post about disability-inclusive apprenticeship

DOL Announces Membership of Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced members of the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The Task Force includes representatives from businesses, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions with substantial workforce development experience in addressing the nation's skills gap. The mission of the Task Force is to identify new strategies and approaches to incentivize and promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors in which apprenticeship is underutilized.

The National Council on Disability (NCD) Releases Report Focused on Disability & Poverty 

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released its Annual Report addressing the links of poverty, disability, and unemployment at its quarterly meeting. The report examines seven elements that shape economic independence for people with disabilities: employment, education, financial assistance and incentives, healthcare, long-term services and supports, transportation, and housing. NCD is an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and federal agencies on policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Blog Features PEAT Buy IT Guide

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT)'s new "Buy IT Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology" is featured in an October blog post by Deque Systems. The Buy IT Guide, an online resource, helps employers integrate accessibility and usability into their IT procurement processes. The blog features an interview with Corinne Weible, deputy project director for PEAT, and it discusses National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and PEAT resources.

JAN Promotes Awareness of ADHD Accommodations

The newest post to the Job Accommodation Network's blog focuses on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. This post by Melanie Whetzel (Lead Consultant on the Cognitive/Neurological Team) discusses implications of the 2017 theme, "Knowing Better: ADHD Across the Life Span". Whetzel emphasizes that awareness of ADHD at all stages of the life course is important so that people can better understand how to self-advocate for accommodations at home, in school, and in the workplace. Her post highlights examples of challenging situations faced by employees with ADHD and potential solutions.

Inclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion has unveiled a new online resource called "Inclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization." Developed in collaboration with ODEP, this resource outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace and provides strategies for achieving them. EARN is also producing an upcoming series of seven podcast interviews with employers with exemplary track records in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

ePolicyWorks Launches New Blog, Inaugural Feature on Autonomous Vehicles and People with Disabilities

ODEP's ePolicyWorks has launched a new blog on "Conversations on Policy". The blog supports sharing of strategies by federal officials, policymakers, public and private entities, and members of the public that engage stakeholders in policy development. The first post to the new blog explores the potential of autonomous vehicles for employment and independence of people with disabilities.

CPSD Webinar Explores Implications of Section 511 and Pre-ETS

On October 11, the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), Institute for Educational Leadership, and Youth Technical Assistance Center jointly hosted a webinar on transition services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The event titled "Emerging Implications of Section 511 and Pre-Employment Transition Services of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act" explored the impact of ongoing policy implementation on youth with significant disabilities and families. A recording of the webinar is available online.

OSERS Releases Blog Post on PROMISE Project 

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has released a blog post on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) project. The post discusses how PROMISE supports long-term employment and educational outcomes by reducing reliance on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and promoting better outcomes for youth transitioning from high school to adult life. The post explores the background of PROMISE, project success stories, and related resources.

WINTAC to Host Webinar Focusing on Career Pathways in the Job Center

On December 12 (12-1:30 pm PST), the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) will present a webinar on career pathways. This webinar will discuss career pathways as a structure for facilitating collaborative labor exchange and building connections with business sector boards. It will also examine partner roles and tools and supports for effective engagement of people with disabilities.

SPARC and Transitions RTC to Host Webinar on Undocumented College Students

The Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) and Transitions Research and Training Center (Transitions RTC) are hosting a webinar on the effects of psychological distress and exclusion on undocumented youth on November 8 (12:00 to 1:00 pm EST). This presentation by Rosalie Torres Stone will examine how undocumented status affects the psychosocial well-being of college-age students. It will also discuss social supports to alleviate associated mental health stressors.

ASAN Announces 2018 Autistic Scholars Fellowship

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is requesting applications for its Autistic Scholars Fellowship, which provides four to six autistic college students with $5,000 tuition scholarships. The scholarships promote leadership opportunities, and help the students create systemic change on their college campuses. Students eligible for the fellowship must establish or participate in a leadership role within a disability rights student organization, work to promote Autistic culture and community, and take steps to improve disability accessibility and inclusion on their campuses. Applicants for the scholarship must be autistic individuals who are willing to publicly identify as autistic. They must also have a strong interest in disability rights advocacy and activism. Scholarship applications for the January 2018 scholarship period are due on Sunday, November 19. 

BroadFutures Video Addresses Unconscious Bias Toward People with Disabilities

BroadFutures, a project of the Youth Transitions Collaborative at the HSC Foundation's National Youth Transition Center, has released a new video entitled Unconscious Biases: Shattering Assumptions. This animated narrative describes personal and societal biases that shape how the workplace and various communities view disability.

November is National Career Development Month

The National Career Development Association (NCDA) sponsors National Career Development Month during November. This year's theme is "Leading the Way to a Future of Possibilities". The month's activities include the 52nd annual Poetry Poster Contest. Applications from K-12 students and adult students are due by November 13, 2017. Participating students must mail in their entries by that date, or submit a PDF or JPEG of their poster online at: http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Cjjw2Am8IthTpxwQXu5Pk8r4I_GFEj2SOmUPyeFch5k/edit?ts=59933457

October 2017

IEL’s RAMP Receives Recognition as Featured OJJDP Grantee

On Thursday, October 26, the National Mentoring Resource Center released a newsletter recognizing IEL’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) as the featured OJJDP Grantee. RAMP is a strengths-based, career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities which was developed using guidance from NCWD/Youth’s Paving the Way to Work Guide. RAMP is also recognized on the National Mentoring Resource Center’s website. You can find out more about RAMP here.

NCD Releases Report on Disability & Poverty

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report to Congress and the President on poverty and disability. The report addresses why people with disabilities are often destined to live in poverty and experience high unemployment despite existing federal regulations and public policies that were intended to improve their lives. The report focuses on seven factors that are crucial for enhancing the economic independence of people with disabilities – education, employment, financial assistance and incentives, health care, long-term services and supports, transportation, and housing. The NCD report on poverty and disability is available for download at: https://ncd.gov/progressreport/2017/national-disability-policy-progress-report-october-2017.

NCWD/Youth Video Features Youth Action Council on Transition

NCWD/Youth has released a video about the National Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). In the video, youth and adults representing the three cohorts who have partnered through the YouthACT initiative share their hopes for youth, their accomplishments, and their perspectives on working together. YouthACT is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life. Learn more about YouthACT at http://www.ncwd-youth.info/YouthACT-Profiles

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Releases New Blog on Apprenticeships

On Friday, October 20, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a blog about apprenticeships and disability, titled Apprenticeship and the American Dream. The blog examines the many advantages of apprenticeships in today’s economy for both employers and workers, including individuals with disabilities. These advantages include the potential for high-wage jobs, paid on-the-job training, and lack of student debt that apprenticeships can offer. The blog also highlights the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s #ApprenticeshipWorks video series about how apprenticeships can work for everyone.

September 2017

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, join NCWD/Youth (@ncwdyouth_iel) for two upcoming Twitter Chats!

On Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm EST, we're collaborating with the Coalition for Community Schools (@CommSchools) at the Institute for Educational Leadership to discuss ways that community schools can better support youth with disabilities. The #CSchats are designed to engage Community Schools Coordinators in sharing strategies for providing all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life. For October, they've invited NCWD/Youth to the conversation to highlight strategies and resources for supporting students with disabilities who attend community schools, including how to support their career development and transition to employment. Use hashtag #CSchats to join the conversation.

On Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm EST, NCWD/Youth will host a #NDEAMyouth chat with youth and adults (educators, youth service professionals, families) about ways to support career development among youth with disabilities to increase their career awareness and success in employment. We'll talk about identifying career interests and strengths, exploring career options, building career readiness skills, navigating decisions about disability disclosure and requesting accommodations, and obtaining work experience. We also want to hear what you're doing to celebrate NDEAM in your community or organization. Use hashtag #NDEAMyouth to share your perspective, strategies, and resources.

New NCWD content.NCWD/Youth Brief Offers Strategies for Integrating Career Development into Youth Development Programs

NCWD/Youth has released a brief aimed at assisting youth development and leadership programs with increasing career development opportunities for youth. The brief describes how organizations can assess the extent to which they currently provide quality career development opportunities and suggests ways to integrate more career development skills-building into youth programs. By incorporating more career development activities into their work, youth development and leadership programs can ensure that youth acquire competencies they need not only to enter and succeed in employment but also to make informed decisions and manage their future career.

New NCWD content.NCWD/Youth Presents on Career Pathways for College Students with Disabilities

On September 12, NCWD/Youth co-presented a workshop with the Onondago Community College on "Building Pathways to Careers for College Students with Disabilities" at the Council for Opportunity in Education Annual Conference. The workshop features inclusive, integrated education and career training strategies being implemented by the ODEP-funded Pathways to Careers Demonstration projects at OCC (Syracuse, NY) and Pellissippi State Community College (Knoxville, TN). The projects assist students with disabilities with acquiring skills and credentials for high wage, high skill employment. The PowerPoint presentation from this workshop is available online. 

Register Now for September 21 Webinar on Universal Design for Learning in College

NCWD/Youth is hosting a webinar on September 21, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern that features strategies for supporting college faculty in implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Every student learns differently, so postsecondary education faculty and staff need to appeal to a variety of ways students think, learn, and problem solve independently and effectively. In order to increase the use of UDL in college courses, the Onondaga Community College (OCC) has implemented a UDL Academy for faculty for the past two summers. In this webinar, OCC staff will share their approach to professional development and ongoing technical assistance to support UDL implementation throughout the college. Presenters from Onondaga Community College include Christopher Hromalik, Professor of Modern Languages; Nancy Carr, Director, Office of Accessibility Resources; and William Myhill, Project Director, Onondaga Pathways to Careers. To attend, register at: https://iel.adobeconnect.com/udl-academy/event/registration.htmlThis webinar is part of a series of webinars for postsecondary education faculty and staff being hosted by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). Past webinars are archived at http://www.ncwd-youth.info/webinars#Postsec.

ED and DOL Announce the Publication of WIOA Revisions

The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor jointly announced the publication of technical revisions to the joint policy guidance titled, "Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs" published on December 19, 2016. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has made corresponding changes to TAC-17-01: Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs.

August 2017

ODEP #ApprenticeshipWorks Video Series Available Online

The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s #ApprenticeshipWorks Video Series highlights how apprenticeship can work for job seekers and employers. The video series features apprentices with and without disabilities and their apprenticeship sponsors. These inclusive apprenticeship programs in high-growth industries like information technology and healthcare show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone. Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced versions.

New NCWD content.NCWD/Youth Releases InfoBrief on Designing Professional Development for Youth Workforce Development

This Info Brief from NCWD/Youth describes strategies and considerations for designing and delivering professional development for youth service professionals at the state and local levels. It also highlights strategies, required resources, and lessons learned from three different professional development initiatives. The brief informs the decisions of organizations, agencies, and funders as they consider how to invest in professional development efforts within the workforce development system and other youth program contexts.

NTACT Releases a Quick Guide on Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth in Transition

This new Quick Guide from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) describes strategies for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse youth in the transition planning process. NTACT's Quick Guides address topics relevant to students with disabilities at the secondary level, and walk through key strategies, resources, and tools for different audiences.

EARN Publishes New Workforce Recruitment Program Success Stories

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion has published profiles of Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) participants on its Success Stories webpage.  WRP is a free service managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense that connects employers with highly qualified postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. 

ABLE Act Online Dialogue Report Now Available

The final summary reportfor "The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes Online Dialogue" is now available. This virtual crowdsourcing event hosted by the LEAD Center and ODEP's ePolicyWorks explored how ABLE Act accounts can help youth and adults with disabilities achieve employment and financial self-sufficiency. 

NCD Releases Report on College and Mental Health

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a new report on the status of college mental health services and policies in the U.S. This report provides recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges and universities to improve college mental health services and post-educational outcomes for students with mental health disabilities.

PDK Poll Results Reveal Attitudes on Public Education

Survey results from Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of Public's Attitudes Towards Public Schools indicate that Americans believe local public schools should provide wraparound services, including mental health programs and after-school programs. The report shows public interest in educators helping students develop their interpersonal skills while limiting standardized testing. Respondents also place a strong importance on developing career skills, licensing, and certificate programs. PDK has annually conducted this survey of public schools since 1969.

Webinar on Creating Inclusive Higher Education Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities

On September 14, the Viscardi Center will host a webinar about effective approaches for providing employees with mental health disabilities supports they need to perform their jobs well. This webinar will also discuss how to create an inclusive work culture that fosters mental health and well-being.

July 2017

 YouthACT Team Profiles Highlight Youth Leadership & Advocacy

NCWD/Youth has published profiles of the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) teams. YouthACT is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life. The profiles feature seven of the teams who were competitively selected to participate since the initiative began in 2013. Each team tells their story of how they have worked together to promote youth voice, advocate for issues important to them, and bring about positive change in their communities. 

June 2017

LEAD Center Releases New Employment First Tool: VR Rates and Services

The LEAD Center's Employment First Web Portal has released a new tool on Vocational Rehabilitation Rates and Services to support individuals and families. This tool breaks down services offered by each state's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency, and describes standard rates paid for the performance of those services. The VR Rates and Services State Profiles ensures access to updated information on modified VR rates as VR agencies are modifying rates to align with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

JAN Offers Just-in-Time Training Modules

The Job Accommodation Network has created the Multimedia Training Microsite with a suite of Just-in-Time modules to support workplace training on accommodation issues. These self-contained resources feature videos and publications on topics of interest to individuals or large training sessions on accommodation in the workplace. Topics covered in these modules include the Interactive Process; Disability Awareness to Increase Your Comfort, Confidence, and Competence; Ergonomics in the Workplace; and All About JAN: Resources in Spanish.

SEED to Provide Support to the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force

The State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is providing policy expertise to the new Kentucky Work Matters Task Force. SEED's partners include the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures. ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy joined Governor Matt Bevin for an announcement about this collaboration earlier this month at a press conference in Frankfort with federal and state officials and key stakeholders. The 23-member task force brings together key departments of Kentucky's state government and private-sector representatives to address barriers to employment. It also promotes workforce inclusion among targeted constituencies, including people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and others.

ED Releases Technical Changes to IDEA Regulations  

On June 30,  the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the Federal Register. These final regulations make technical conforming changes to implement statutory amendments to IDEA by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The final regulations can be read online at the Federal Register's public inspection site.

ED Releases Updated Transition Resource Guide

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education (ED) has released an updated Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. The guide supports activities to ensure all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with skills and knowledge needed to be engaged in the 21st century workforce. The updated guide now aligns with Public Law No. 115-13 concerning implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

White House Releases Executive Order on Apprenticeship

On June 15, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order (EO) No. 13801 on Expanding Apprenticeships in America. This EO states a goal of five million new apprenticeships in line with the recently proposed budget item of $200 million in apprenticeship funding. EO 13801 can be read online at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/15/presidential-executive-order-expanding-apprenticeships-america.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Career and Technical Education Legislation

This month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by voice vote. The legislation would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and improve resources and support for career and technical education programs in K-12 and postsecondary education.

Disability Integration Act of 2017 Introduced to Congress

The Disability Integration Act of 2017 (H.R. 2472) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to ensure wider access to community-based services for people with disabilities. This bill would ensure that people with disabilities can receive Long-term Services and Supports in their communities rather than in institutional or nursing settings. 

PEAT Webinar Features Neurodiversity and Workplace Technology

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology will host a "virtual talk" webinar on July 20, 2017 (2 to 3 pm EST). The webinar will feature Shea Tanis, the Associate Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. Tanis will discuss why technology and information access is a critical right for everyone. She will also describe how technology solutions are improving employment opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities, including those with neurodiverse individuals.

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Workforce Studio introduces a Podcast series

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Workforce Studio is a disability employment podcast produced by the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). This podcast features success stories of people with disabilities, their journeys in accessing Vocational Rehabilitation services, and obstacles they navigated to achieve independence and employment. The podcast's hosts are WWRC Director Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, who is the executive director of the WWRC Foundation. The Foundation distributes these podcasts through iTunes and from the VR Workforce Studio.

May 2017

GAO Recommends Ways for SSA to Strengthen Its Efforts to Encourage Employment for Transition-Age Youth

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to encourage employment for transition-age youth.  Youth with disabilities under age 18, receiving SSI benefits increased about 44 percent from 2000 through 2016. Youth age 14 to 17 with disabilities face many challenges achieving self-sufficiency as they transition to adulthood. GAO examined the strategies used by SSA to encourage employment for transition-age youth on SSI and the extent to which SSA helps ensure these youth receive vocational rehabilitation services. The report described recommendations for how SSA could improve its efforts.

PEAT Enhances a Free Tool to Assess Workplace Technology Accessibility

The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) has enhanced TechCheck, a free, interactive tool that helps organizations evaluate their accessible workplace technology efforts, and find resources to develop them further. TechCheck gives users a confidential benchmarking “snapshot” of the current state of their workplace technology, recommended accessibility goals, and steps they can take to achieve them. Updated features of the tool include automatic scoring and a customized list of resource links based on user responses. TechCheck is a valuable resource for employers seeking to build or fine-tune an accessible workplace technology initiative.

JAN Study Shows Workplace Accommodations Remain “Low Cost, High Impact”

The Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) most recent annual study, “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact” indicates that the majority of workplace accommodations cost nothing, while for those that do, the typical small expenditure pays for itself in the form of reduced workers’ compensation and training costs, and increased productivity and morale. Employers in the JAN study, which has been conducted since 2004, represented a range of industry sectors and sizes and contacted JAN for information about workplace accommodations, the ADA, or both.

WINTAC Releases Webinar on Customer Centered Design and Common Service Flow

The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center’s (WINTAC) webinar on customer centered design and common services flow features lessons learned from Workforce Investment Act (WIA) implementation from the customer, what every customer should expect, the benefits of common tools and supports, examples of common service flow, and lessons learned from other initiatives (Pre-Employment Transition Services) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

SAMHSA Publishes Webinar on Youth Leadership Building Resiliency

In February, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a webinar focused on how youth leadership directly benefits engagement and resiliency. This webinar was co-sponsored by the Transitions Research and Training Center (Transitions RTC) and focused on what encompasses leadership, why youth leadership and youth perspectives matter, and strategies to build youth leadership opportunities.

SAMHSA Highlights Being #HeroesOfHope for Mental Health and Learning Modules

Each year on May 4, SAMHSA coordinates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of young people’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a youth’s healthy development. This year’s theme, “Partnering for Help and Hope,” using the hashtag #HeroesOfHope focused on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders. SAMHSA’s National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention has released a module series with interactive, self-paced training on comprehensive and evidence-based school mental health program implementation.

New America Examines States’ ESSA Plans for Family Engagement

New America published an article on ESSA that highlights the importance of family engagement. The article makes recommendations to states and districts to adopt policies that enable educators to make such connections with families. It also outlines how states that have submitted ESSA plans are addressing family engagement.

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Patricia D. Gill has been working for over 15 years to improve the competence and capacity of workforce development professionals as both a skilled trainer and as a national leader of various professional development initiatives. Her work as a trainer started with the Chicago Youth Agency Partnership. Patricia then joined the Academy for Educational Leadership, where she played an integral role in developing professional development curricula for youth workers and supervisors.

 

Patricia currently directs the Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities initiative, a project of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development.

 

What sets Patricia apart is her talent for designing and delivering professional development opportunities that are truly engaging for adult learners and full of practical strategies and easy-to-use tools. She is adept at creating tools and activities that workforce development professionals can use with ease in their day-to-day work with youth.

 

While many people can offer information to professionals, Patricia brings the information to life in ways that enable the learner to understand, retain, and use what they learn to improve their work.

 

Patricia D. Gill has been working for over 15 years to improve the competence and capacity of workforce development professionals as both a skilled trainer and as a national leader of various professional development initiatives. Her work as a trainer started with the Chicago Youth Agency Partnership. Patricia then joined the Academy for Educational Leadership, where she played an integral role in developing professional development curricula for youth workers and supervisors.

 

Patricia currently directs the Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities initiative, a project of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development.

 

What sets Patricia apart is her talent for designing and delivering professional development opportunities that are truly engaging for adult learners and full of practical strategies and easy-to-use tools. She is adept at creating tools and activities that workforce development professionals can use with ease in their day-to-day work with youth.

 

While many people can offer information to professionals, Patricia brings the information to life in ways that enable the learner to understand, retain, and use what they learn to improve their work.

 

Patricia D. Gill has been working for over 15 years to improve the competence and capacity of workforce development professionals as both a skilled trainer and as a national leader of various professional development initiatives. Her work as a trainer started with the Chicago Youth Agency Partnership. Patricia then joined the Academy for Educational Leadership, where she played an integral role in developing professional development curricula for youth workers and supervisors.

 

Patricia currently directs the Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities initiative, a project of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development.

 

What sets Patricia apart is her talent for designing and delivering professional development opportunities that are truly engaging for adult learners and full of practical strategies and easy-to-use tools. She is adept at creating tools and activities that workforce development professionals can use with ease in their day-to-day work with youth.

 

While many people can offer information to professionals, Patricia brings the information to life in ways that enable the learner to understand, retain, and use what they learn to improve their work.

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