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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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