News

Disability Employment Shows Improvement – Disability Scoop

From Disability Scoop: “The number of Americans with disabilities who are employed is on the rise, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The agency’s monthly jobs report indicates that unemployment among those with disabilities dipped to 9.3 percent in June, an improvement over the 10.1 percent recorded the month prior.

While an increasing number of people with disabilities are on the job, however, this population continues to struggle when compared to the workforce as a whole. Overall, the economy added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate for the general population fell to 5.3 percent.”

Read more via Disability Employment Shows Improvement – Disability Scoop.

News

Two New WIOA Policy Briefs Now Available: A Look at the Proposed Rules Regarding Title I and Title IV

Today, the LEAD Center published two new Policy Briefs, outlining and summarizing the April 16th Notices of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Title I and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):

Public comments are due to the agencies, as directed in the individual notices, within 60 days of the April 16th publication date.  Read more: Two New WIOA Policy Briefs Now Available: A Look at the Proposed Rules Regarding Title I and Title IV.

Events, News

ACCES-VR: Announcing State Plan Public Meetings on Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services

The New York State Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015).

To assist in the development of the State Plan, individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, employers and services providers are invited to attend the public meetings to provide comments on the provision of vocational rehabilitation services. The public comment period extends from January 26, 2015 through February 23, 2015.

The current State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services is available for review.

Suggested Questions for Discussion:

  1. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires joint planning in the provision of services. How should ACCES-VR and the Department of Labor collaborate in providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities?
  2. How can New York State improve employment outcomes for youth? What is ACCES-VR’s role in the process?
  3. What can ACCES-VR do to educate the business community about hiring individuals with disabilities?
  4. How can supported employment services be improved?

For more information and a schedule of locations, click here.

News

Disability.Blog: Job Search Tips from the Pros

From disability.blog: “When it comes to job hunting, it is often best to consult the professionals. Job and career counselors are certified specialists in their field and know from experience, with their own clientele, what works best and what does not. They also know the nuances of different stages of the job hunt and different industries.

Not everyone can afford a career counselor or has access to free job placement services. Therefore, I asked my job counselors, who helped more than 400 people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) return to work last year, about their best suggestions for getting a job.

Every one of them began with “Preparation is the key to success!” So take these tips to bring out the best qualities you have to offer an employer!”

To read more job search tips, click here.

Events

ALERT: 11/24 Conference Call – Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services present:

Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Please Join the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services for a Conference Call with Workforce Development Stakeholders

Monday, November 24, 2014

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm EST
Toll Free: 888-982-4692
Passcode: 2921187

Register at http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/343/

This will be a conference call with the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Portia Wu, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Johan Uvin, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Janet LaBreck, and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg.

The purpose of this call is to share our joint vision for the implementation of WIOA and discuss critical steps that can be taken now by states, local areas, and partners to ensure successful implementation.

During the call, you may send questions to DOL.WIOA@dol.gov