Demand for all types of health care aides is on the rise. A new program funded through the D.C. Department of Disability Services called “The DSP Academy” was launched earlier this year to help people with disabilities train to become Direct Service Providers. This program is part of an effort to help meet the caregiver shortage across the country.
The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance and Training Center (OIB-TAC) has made available a new set of on-line courses designed for staff who work with older individuals who are blind. The OIB-TAC, located at the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi University provides training and technical assistance to designated state agencies and others serving older individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
This article urges businesses to, “…make an extra effort to connect with workers with disabilities, a ready, capable, and sizable workforce 20 million people strong.” It highlights the importance of disability inclusion in the workplace, as well as some of the obstacles faced by persons with disabilities in obtaining employment.
The Campaign for Disability Employment released a free DVD package to accompany its Working Works public service announcement (PSA). This resource includes an accessible, talking menu DVD with various versions of the PSA, along with three discussion guides to help spark conversations about stay-at-work/return-to-work issues among co-workers, employers, and healthcare professionals.
Human Resource, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Diversity and Inclusion professionals can use a variety of innovative practices to help in hiring employees with disabilities. This new Employment Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) policy brief describes key elements of affirmative action programs, examples of how employers have implemented them, and the legal context that permits them to do so.