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June 11, 2019
“Many Are Replacing Disability Checks with Paychecks”

This article reports on an increase in the numbers of individuals with disabilities who “traded disability checks for paychecks.” Though it is “still unusual for people to leave the [Social Security] disability program and return to work” the numbers have climbed steadily since 2013.  

New Guided Group Discovery Materials for Youth and Veterans

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center announced the release of two additional versions of Guided Group Discovery (GGD) materials. The GGD process assists job seekers in identifying employment options that would be a good fit for themselves and for an employer.

The Guided Group Discovery for Youth materials have been adapted to include activities and information relevant to youth and others who may have more limited work and life experiences.

June 11, 2019
“Court Reinstates Suit About Boy Bringing Gluten-Free Meal into Colonial Williamsburg Tavern”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated the ruling of the lower court in the case of J.D. v Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The case arose when a restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg refused to allow a boy on a strict gluten-free diet to eat a meal he had brought from home. The lower court granted summary judgment to the Williamsburg Foundation, and an appeal was heard by a panel of three judges.

The majority said there were issues that a jury should resolve, noting that the plaintiff had presented a great deal of information about both the necessity of bringing his own food and the reasonableness of the restaurant allowing him to do so.

June 11, 2019
“Investing in Better Outcomes for Students with Disabilities”

This blog post features best practices, provides resources, and highlights opportunities that vocational rehabilitation agencies and school districts have to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

June 11, 2019
Webinar Series: Promoting Independence and Access Through Responsible Design

Melissa Anderson, PE, formerly a Transportation Engineer for the U.S. Access Board, will present this four-part webinar series designed to improve the understanding of why and how to provide accessible pedestrian facilities in the public right of way.

Part 4: Ensuring Access on Public Right-of-Way Projects: June 11

National Dialog on Subminimum Wage

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), passed in 1938, mandated protections for most workers across the country, and guaranteed a minimum wage. However, it also included a provision in Section 14(c) that allows subminimum wage for some people with disabilities.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting an online dialog to gather perspectives, ideas, and experiences with Section 14(c).

May 28, 2019
“Dog Days in Dorms”

This article examines the increase in the number of requests to have emotional support animals living in dormitories at post-secondary educational institutions.

May 28, 2019
“6 FAQs on Measles in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know”

This article provides answers to questions about how employers can appropriately prepare for and respond to the spread of measles and the risk presented in workplaces.