Archive for July, 2012

July 17th, 2012

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New NGA Leader Makes Hiring People With Disabilities a Priority

Delaware Governor Jack Markell will use his year as chair of the National Governor’s Association (NGA) to focus on ways states can increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, he announced during the closing session of the NGA annual meeting, which took place in Williamsburg, Virginia, last Sunday. We had mentioned Governor Markell’s participation in [...]

July 16th, 2012

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Religion Writer Discusses Inclusion of People With Disabilities

While the 2012 updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act expanded accessibility and accommodation with regards to commercial and municipal spaces, as well as programming offered in these entities, houses of worship continue to be largely exempt from adhering to the same guidelines. That does not mean, however, that churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc., are [...]

July 13th, 2012

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Outsourcing vs. Offshoring: What Does It Mean for People With Disabilities?

Yesterday’s examination of the increasing number of hours put in by temp workers and how it impacts the overall picture of the U.S. job market would not be complete without a discussion of another aspect that seems to be in transition: outsourcing. In some ways, outsourcing is like a large-scale hiring of temp employees to [...]

July 12th, 2012

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Rise in Temp Jobs Signals Economic Transition

Some analysts are looking hard for positive trends amid the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest unemployment report, and they’re hoping that one such indicator is the increase in temporary employment. As USA Today reporter Paul Davidson notes in his July 10 article, while U.S. employment figures essentially remained stagnant by adding only 80,000 new jobs [...]

July 11th, 2012

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Community Inclusion Programs Strive for Viability in Minnesota

Last weekend’s edition of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press featured two stories by reporter Bob Shaw examining employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the state of Minnesota. Together with accompanying galleries from staff photographers John Doman and Jean Pieri, each article provides a level of nuance not often found in daily newspaper coverage of [...]

July 10th, 2012

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Real People, Real Jobs: Success Stories of People With Disabilities

If you’re the type of person who looks for comfort in numbers, don’t visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) web site today to look at the latest job statistics for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for this population rose almost half a percentage point in June, just as it did during the [...]

July 9th, 2012

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Report: Fed Programs for People With Disabilities Working?

We’ve spent a lot of time recently praising the federal government’s number of initiatives to improve career training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. But a report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at the end of June wonders whether more necessarily equals better. The subtitle of the 91 page Employment for People with Disabilities [...]

July 6th, 2012

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Affordable Care Act Expands Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

It’s been a little more than a week now since the United State Supreme Court ruled that the majority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (referred to as ACA) was constitutionally allowable. People with disabilities will be impacted by the decision as much as any single group of individuals; and, by and large, [...]

July 5th, 2012

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Review of ODEP Guide for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Workplace (conclusion)

The new Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) guide, Business Strategies That Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion (PDF) wraps up with the section “Grow Success: Accountability and Continuous Improvement Systems.” The section includes practices for providing personnel training and setting up mechanisms by which success can be assessed at regular intervals. Accountability is the root [...]

July 3rd, 2012

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Review of ODEP Guide for Inclusion of People With Disabilities in the Workplace (Part 6)

Where section three of the Office of Disability Employment Policy guide, “Business Strategies That Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion” (PDF), focused on physical accommodations in the workplace for employees with disabilities, the section entitled, “Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information and Communications Technology,” pertains to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools a company implements [...]

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