The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network is pleased to host the February ADA Audio Conference Series Session titled:
Employer Practices to Improve Employment Outcomes: Considerations across the Employment Process
February 21, 2017
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time
There is a significantly reinvigorated interest among businesses in identifying effective ways to hire and retain individuals with disabilities. This interest is being driven by regulatory requirements for federal sub-contractors and organizations within the federal sector itself as an employer. In addition, technology is opening possibilities to move the needle on employment for individuals with disabilities – new assistive technologies and accessibility features for existing ones, new technology applications in business that require specialized talent, creating opportunities for people with differences like autism, and virtual offices and mobile technologies which enable work by anyone, anytime, anywhere. Knowing which policies and practices across the employment process will be most effective is imperative to respond to and advance these current business strategy-driven interests. In this presentation, an overview of effective workplace disability inclusive practices across the employment process will be presented; included will be recruitment and hiring, career advancement and retention, compensation and benefits, accessibility and accommodation, diversity and inclusion, and metrics and analytics. The information presented is empirically derived, taken from a series of interlocking research projects to examine the most effective ways to minimize disability discrimination and maximize workplace disability inclusion. The implications of these employer practices for business, as well those providing training and technical assistance consultation services to employers, will be discussed.
Featured Speaker: Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at the Cornell University ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) School
Registration is Free. The session will be closed captioned.
Register on-line at: www.ada-audio.org (Will be required to establish an account if you do not already have one to register)
Questions? 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or email@example.com
Attached is a flyer announcing upcoming training sessions on community health and safety. As people with disabilities become more included in their communities, they have access to greater resources and opportunities. Increased opportunities can also bring additional risks and challenges.
Funded by The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and Employment First, The Center for Disability Empowerment developed the Speak Up ~ Stay Safe: Community Health and Safety Training. Sessions will be offered around Ohio for both parents/professionals and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Topics will include the following: healthy relationships and boundaries, sexuality and dating, abuse, bullying, harassment, human trafficking, alcohol, drugs, weapons, and online safety. We encourage people to come to the training sessions to learn more about materials, resources, identifying and reporting abuse, and empowerment. (Note: CPDUs are available)
Please share this information and flyer with your networks to spread the word about this important opportunity.
Registration is required at http://www.planetreg.com/SpeakUp-StaySafe
Sessions coming soon include:
Dayton (Feb 7 and 21)
St. Clairsville (March 2 and 13)
Athens (March 9 and March 23)
Cleveland (March 28 and April 11)
Akron (March 30 and April 20)
Toledo (April 4 and 25)
Findlay (April 18)
Cincinnati(May 2 and 16)
Delaware (May 9 and 23)
Columbus (May 18 and June 1)
Portsmouth (May 25 and June 6).
Technical Assistance Workshop
Ohio Arts Council's
Artists with Disabilities Access Program
Get a detailed overview of the ADAP grant components, application process, and tips to help you tell your story!
Friday, February 17
10:00am - 12:00pm
Visionaries + Voices
Northside Gallery + Studio
3841 Spring Grove Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Space is limited.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or
The ADAP grant is a program of
2017 Grant Deadlines
for activities occurring
July 2017 through June 30, 2018:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Provides technical assistance for ADAP on
behalf of Ohio Arts Council.
**This is not a VSA Ohio grant.**
Click here to read the Guidelines (pdf)
Click here to view the application as a Word document.
Click here to visit the OAC's online grant system, ARTIE, and start your grant.
What the program supports:
The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities - and organizations that serve them - the resources they need to further their artistic development. Creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio, and developing an artistic career is a long-term process. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career.
Individual Artist Information:
Creative and performing artists who have a
disability, are residents of Ohio, and who are not students may apply. Artists may apply as an:
No matching funds are required.
Funds may be used for a variety of expenses, including professional development, supplies, professional services, and travel. Consult the Guidelines for a full description of the types of activities which can be funded. Professional Artists will need to include support materials demonstrating you are a professional artist.
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of any discipline or other nonprofits that provide arts programming may apply.
Organizations may apply for a variety of expenses and initiatives which are dedicated to advancing the artistic careers of artists with disabilities.
Current OAC operating support grantees must demonstrate how the proposed project is separate from or an outgrowth of ongoing programming.
How to Apply:
**VSA Ohio will provide assistance if you cannot access a computer to complete the online application.
Contact VSA Ohio at 614.241.5325 with accessibility needs or to receive ADAP materials in an alternative format.
VSA Ohio, 77 S. High Street, 2nd floor, Columbus, OH 43215
Job Accommodations Network (JAN) has published a new document that addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about disability disclosure and employment. Information is relevant to both individuals with disabilities and employers.
See Disability Disclosure and Employment.
Additional information and resources related to disability disclosure are at AskJAN.org in the A-Z section, under the topic of Disclosure.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” This publication, in a question-and-answer format, explains the workplace privacy rights and the potential legal right to reasonable accommodations for people with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other mental health conditions.
Read the EEOC publication
The newest addition to products from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) , is the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit, an online platform with the information businesses need to create inclusive workplaces complying with disability-related employment laws. It includes sample accommodation procedures, examples of policies and forms from leading U.S. businesses, training presentations, role-play videos and best practices for creating an inclusive workplace.
The Toolkit addresses various phases of the employment life cycle for recruiters, hiring managers, and supervisors; human resource professionals; or accommodation consultants.
Access the Toolkit.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Association Provision of the ADA prohibits employment discrimination against people who do not have disabilities but who have known relationship or association with a person with a known disability. This means that an employer is prohibited from making adverse employment decisions based on unfounded concerns about the known disability of a family member or anyone else with whom the applicant or employee has a relationship.
For more information, see: Questions and Answers about the Association Provision of the ADA.
A new free online course called An Introduction to Technology Accessibility in the Workplace is available from NTAC-Mississippi State University.
Featured are different types of technology that are traditionally inaccessible, including additions and modifications that can be made to improve access for someone with a visual impairment. Screen readers and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones are evaluated and continuing education credits are available.
See this and additional courses at http://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/courses/
Starting February 23rd, 2-2:45pm, , the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities has lined up a series of free webinars, each captioned. The eight-lecture series features a diverse range of employment topics including transition-aged youth, law and policy, job accommodation, work and disability benefits, service delivery, disability disclosure, and findings from current studies of employment and physical disabilities. The series Features Customized Employment as an Evidence-Based Practice to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Aged Youth with Physical Disabilities. Register and see additional webcasts here:
Attend this free webinar on Feb. 16, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Federal Government as a Model Employer: Understanding Changes to Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. Panelists will address the importance of self-identification in the context of new hiring goals, as well as how the new rule impacts the federal job application process and reasonable accommodation procedures, in particular personal assistance services. This event is approved for 1.5 HR general re-certification credit hours. Participation is free, but registration is required.
A news blog on issues in the community of people with disabilities and accessibility.
Derek Mortland, ADA and Community Outreach Coordinator