Economic indicators flattened in September for Americans with disabilities, amid signs of softening of the overall labor market, according to the September 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). For the start of Disability Employment Awareness Month, this sobering news reminds us of the importance of people working in the field of disability employment and the work they do to support people who are striving to work.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of $4 million for a four-year cooperative agreement to operate a policy development center focused on youth with disabilities. The center will build on the work of the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) posted a blog on "Memory Difficulties in the Workplace." The blog explains that many types of disabilities can have an impact on memory and may require reasonable accommodations. JAN consultants can help brainstorm potential solutions for individualized workplace needs.
This article offers advice on ways that employers can better support employees with regard to mental health, and shares common myths about mental health and employment.
As part of its collaboration with the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently published a feature in the September/October 2019 issue of State Legislatures Magazine on policies that help workers stay-at-work/return-to-work. The article, “Staying in the Game: With Record Low Unemployment, Lawmakers Want to Help Injured and Ill Workers Get Back on the Job Quickly,” highlights examples of policies and programs states are implementing to help ill and injured workers return to the workforce, as well as federal efforts such as the RETAIN Demonstration Projects.