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Fall 2017

Customized Employment - Opening Doors for People on the Autism Spectrum
November 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (12 – 1pm AZ)

This webinar will provide an overview of the customized employment process including its utility in facilitating competitive, integrated employment outcomes for people with complex disabilities such as autism. Success stories and information about integration of customized employment strategies into vocational rehabilitation systems will be presented. A Webinar from AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group.


ODEP Releases #ApprenticeshipWorks Guides
Apprenticeship is a growing strategy for connecting more workers with the skills they need to get jobs. ODEP’s efforts in apprenticeship promote inclusive program models that fulfill employer needs by attracting a diverse array of candidates, including people with disabilities. Now ODEP has released its #ApprenticeshipWorks Guides, which introduce youth, educators, service providers, and businesses to the benefits and opportunities of inclusive apprenticeship.

ODEP Launches WIOA State Plan Matrices Tool
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act State Plan Matrices tool has been launched as part of the Employment First web portal. To create this resource, ODEP analyzed WIOA state plans based on 12 elements with an employment focus. To view the information, visit the Employment First web portal, select any state, and click on the “WIOA Profile” header. On the profile page, you can look at each employment-focused element individually, download a full PDF of the WIOA profile, or download the entire WIOA state plan.

Buy IT! Offers Guidance on Purchasing Accessible Technology for Your Workplace
Implementing accessible technology in your workplace means buying accessible tech in the first place. Just in time for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology has launched “Buy IT!: Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology.” This free online resource helps employers and their resource purchasing staff build accessibility and usability into their information technology (IT) procurement processes. Featuring background and sample language, Buy IT! offers step-by-step guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in your RFPs, and validating the accessibility of your product choices. As such, it addresses a crucial step in reducing the technology-related barriers facing many employees, job seekers, and customers with disabilities by helping businesses buy and implement technology that works for everyone.

BroadFutures Video Addresses Unconscious Bias Toward People with Disabilities
BroadFutures, a project of the Youth Transitions Collaborative at the HSC Foundation's National Youth Transition Center, has released a new video entitled Unconscious Biases: Shattering Assumptions. This animated narrative describes personal and societal biases that shape how the workplace and various communities view disability.

JAN Publishes New Blogs and Consultants’ Corner
With new blogs and a Consultants’ Corner publication, the Job Accommodation Network is keeping up to date with hot topics in the field of accommodations. Blog topics include “All Disabilities Matter in an Inclusive Workplace” and “Workplace Supports for Employees with Breast Cancer.” The Consultants’ Corner takes on the issue of “Getting to Work on Time.”

Podcast FrameworkInclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion has unveiled a new online resource called "Inclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization." Developed in collaboration with ODEP, this resource outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace and provides strategies for achieving them. EARN is also producing an upcoming series of seven podcast interviews with employers with exemplary track records in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

NCWD/Youth Publishes Info Brief on “Designing Professional Development for Youth Workforce Development”
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth published an Info Brief describing strategies and considerations for designing and delivering professional development for youth service professionals at the state and local levels. “Designing Professional Development for Youth Workforce Development” highlights strategies, required resources, and lessons learned from three different professional development initiatives. The brief informs the decisions of organizations, agencies, and funders as they consider how to invest in professional development efforts within the workforce development system and other youth service systems and program contexts.

2017 Study on the Cost of Workplace Accommodations
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released the 2017 update to its annual study of Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact. The research, which has been conducted annually since 2004, found that the majority of workplace accommodations (59%) cost nothing. Those accommodations which do involve cost are typically small expenditures which pay for themselves in reduced insurance and training costs, as well as increased productivity and morale.