“America’s Workforce: Empowering All”
WASHINGTON, DC - In keeping with the U.S. Department of Labor’s commitment to ensuring an American workforce for Americans of all abilities, this year’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be “America’s Workforce: Empowering All,” the Department announced today.
“President Trump’s administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs. A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Over the past year, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has significantly declined. Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.”
Since 2002, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce.
Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
Completed applications must be submitted to AAPD no later than 5pm ET on Monday, November 6, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is currently recruiting to fill 100 Energy Assistance Worker vacancies throughout the Commonwealth.
Nature of Work: This is full-time seasonal employment interviewing applicants and performing related
clerical work in taking and processing claims for assistance under the Department of Human Service’s
Energy Assistance Program. An employee in this position will participate in on-the- job and formal training
courses. Job duties include interviewing applicants seeking assistance for payment of residential energy
bills; completing application forms; validating data; performing data entry of information acquired; and
contacting appropriate vendors for payment of energy bills.
In order to be considered, applicants must meet Pennsylvania Residency requirement and pass the Civil
Service test for Energy Assistance Worker. The starting salary for the position is $16.79 per hour.
Public Meetings and Comment Opportunities on 2-Year Modification of VR Services Portion of the Commonwealth's WIOA Combined State Plan
The Department of Labor and Industry (Department), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), announces a period of public comment on its proposed Year 2 of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Commonwealth's 4-year Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan (Plan). Given the multi year life of the Plan, states must revisit State Plan strategies regularly, reassess their effectiveness and labor market relevance, and, when needed, recalibrate these strategies to respond to the changing economic conditions and workforce needs of the state. The VR Services Portion is the blueprint for the provision of VR services to persons with disabilities living in this Commonwealth. This notice is provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the WIOA of 2014.
The OVR is required to develop and implement its VR Services Portion as part of the Plan, whereas, at minimum, states must submit a modification to the Plan at the end of the first 2-year period of any 4-year plan. These revisions take the form of updates to existing descriptions, previously known as attachments. The Plan from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020, is currently in effect and is a compliance document on file with the Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration and United States Departments of Labor and Education.
The OVR must obtain public input prior to amending the VR Services Portion of the Plan under 34 CFR 361.20 (relating to public participation requirements). As referenced in 34 CFR 361.20(a), which requires public meetings to be held throughout the state, ''public meeting'' means a gathering of people in a physical or virtual (as in the case of videoconferences or teleconferences) location to gather valuable input from individuals with disabilities, community rehabilitation programs and other stakeholders.
Mark your calendar! In recognition of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ODEP's Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and Job Accommodation Network (JAN) are hosting a Twitter chat on July 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET. Titled “#ADA27CDE — Celebrating 27 Years of the ADA: The Role of Accommodations in Workplace Inclusion,” the chat will feature special guest Tracie DeFreitas, a Lead Consultant at JAN. Don't miss this chance to engage with Tracie and others in an online discussion about the basics of accommodations and the critical role they play in maximizing employee productivity and creating a disability-inclusive workplace culture.
To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #ADA27CDE.
• Follow the CDE on Twitter
• Follow JAN on Twitter
If you would like information on how to participate in a Twitter, or tweet chat, The Mindful Social Media Coach blog has a great post to help - How to Participate in a Tweet Chat.