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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 areport 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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