Two New Resources for Employers on the Employment of Persons With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), has released two new resources on the employment of persons with disabilities. 

Comprehensive Reference for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

To meet the need for a comprehensive, portable, and easy-to-understand guide for employers who are looking to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities, ODEP just released its new Four-Step Reference Guide. The online version of this valuable resource covers topics such as Incentives & ROI, Recruiting, Interviewing & Hiring, and much more. And be sure not to miss the last three pages, which contain a wealth of links and other resources for employers.   Diversifying Your Workforce, A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring & Retaining Employees with Disabilities is available now online and will be available later this year in print.

Employers’ Use of Accessible Technology to Improve Employment for People With Disabilities

The second resource is a follow up to last year’s Roadmaps for Enhancing Employment of Persons with Disabilities Through Accessible Technology (Roadmaps I).  Roadmaps I affirmed current successful business policies and practices and identified new strategic policies and practices. The Roadmap for the business community identifies the actionable steps that can be taken by the business community to facilitate the widespread adoption of these policies and practices by businesses. Roadmaps I was released on January 31, 2008.

Roadmaps II provides an overview of federally funded accessible-technology (AT), programs; a summary of some of the barriers that affect the use of AT by individuals with disabilities; and recommendations to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities though AT. The report was launched in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 2009 Annual Conference of AT-Act Programs on April 21.

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Two New Employment-Outreach Programs from the ODEP

Honoring Veterans By Supporting Their Reemployment Efforts

National Disability Employment Awareness Month