Employment News

NDEAM 2017

A variety of agencies and organizations released new resources, posted blogs and videos, and promoted observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October:

The U.S. Department of Labor blog post “Inclusion Drives Innovation” highlights the theme of this year’s NDEAM.

Employers and others can show their support for NDEAM by displaying this year’s official poster, in both English and Spanish, which is available for free download or can be ordered in hard copy through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) NDEAM 2017 Resource Toolbox.

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) launched Buy IT!, an online guide to help employers build accessibility and usability into their information and communication technology (ICT) procurement processes. Featuring background and sample language, the guide offers step-by-step guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in RFPs, and validating the accessibility of product choices to reduce the technology-related barriers facing many employees, job seekers, and customers with disabilities.

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) shared resources and research findings to help support job seekers, employers, and employment and vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) posted a video on how Service Dogs Make a Difference in the workplace.

A Presidential Proclamation recognizes the skills, talents, and contributions of workers with disabilities.

“Why the Tech Industry Needs People with Disabilities — and Vice Versa”

Jennifer Zhang, Microsoft’s accessibility program manager, said “It is absolutely vital and important to have people with disabilities in your company.”

“Worried About Ageism? Ask Your Older Workers: ‘How Can I Help?’”

This article encourages employers to engage with older workers and make sure they know the door is open to requests for reasonable accommodations.

National Survey Reveals Gaps in Employer Approaches to Recruiting, Hiring, Accommodating, and Advancing Workers with Disabilities

A recent survey indicated a “major gulf” between employers’ perceptions of how successfully they are including workers with disabilities, and the kinds of policies and practices actually needed to do so.

Performance Management for State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth

This new brief illustrates how state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies can use performance management tools and processes to leverage their data systems to improve their programs.

Global Report: Disabilities and Inclusion

This report presents data on the employment experiences of people with disabilities in the U.S., and compares them to those in the U.K., Germany, India, Japan, and Brazil.