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This new PACER publication offers several culturally appropriate practices to use with youth and families as they transition from high school to higher education, employment, and independent living.  

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The Office of Employment Policy (ODEP) has updated the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) pages on its agency website. The new pages provide detailed background information on SAW/RTW issues, including ODEP's latest research and publications on the topic. They also feature links to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget requests for the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration proposing a new SAW/RTW state demonstration project.

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People with disabilities represent the third largest market segment in the U.S. As with any customer segment, one of the best ways for a company to tap into it is to ensure it is represented in its workforce. Employers who want to learn more about how to effectively reap this “disability dividend” can read “Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion.” Developed with input from a range of employers with exemplary track records in disability employment, this ODEP resource outlines a range of promising policies and practices for recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities, all framed around seven core components of an inclusive workplace.

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“Small Business & Disability Employment: Steps to Success” is a toolkit created by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). This resource provides practical guidance for small businesses on how to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. It also describes approaches business associations such as local chambers of commerce and business leadership networks — can use to educate their members on the issue and raise awareness in their communities. Highlighting innovative and sustainable strategies, the “Steps to Success” provides a platform for the exploration of best practices for increasing the capacity of small businesses to employ people with disabilities.

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PEATWORKS: TechCheck


By Employment Network, 2017-06-08

TechCheck is a free, interactive tool that helps organizations evaluate their accessible workplace technology efforts and find resources to develop them further. TechCheck gives users a confidential benchmarking “snapshot” of the current state of their workplace technology, recommended accessibility goals and steps they can take to achieve them. Features include automatic scoring and a customized list of resource links based on user responses, making TechCheck a natural step for employers seeking to build or fine-tune an accessible workplace technology initiative.

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Within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a provision stating that all comprehensive American Job Centers (AJCs) and affiliated sites must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, including information and communication technology (ICT) designed, procured, maintained, and used by AJCs, as outlined in WIOA’s Section 188. For many AJCs, addressing accessible technology issues may be new territory. With that in mind, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the LEAD Center worked together to create “American Job Centers and Digital Access: A Guide to Accessible Information and Communication Technology.” This guide is designed to promote the importance of ICT accessibility issues and point out helpful “how to” resources to help AJCs ensure that their ICT is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. 

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The LEAD Center has released a brief titled, “The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities.” This brief explains how provisions in the ABLE Act can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs to further competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. The brief has a list of the provisions of the ABLE Act, their impact on the financial self-sufficiency and employment opportunities of persons with disabilities, and recommendations on how to best utilize the ABLE Act to maximize these outcomes.

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The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has published a new Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. The guide provides information that can help both families of youth with disabilities and professionals better understand how State Education Agencies, school districts, and vocational rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities.

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For students thinking about going on to postsecondary education, one important step is to visit college campuses. See PACER’s new publication with tips for families on visiting college and university campuses.

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"How We Made It Happen: Interviews with Parent Leaders about their Kids Going to College," is a new publication from Think College and PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment featuring advice from parents on how they helped start new college programs for youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, including their own sons and daughters. The Think College Insight brief features useful information and candid quotes from parent leaders from across the country about the steps they took to see that their children could fulfill their dream of attending college.

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