The [AT] Connects Blog

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted By Anne Long | Apr 22, 2013
Submitted by Jane Gay, Director of IPAT

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an online Veterans Employment Toolkit aimed at helping employers, managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, and EAP providers support employees who are Veterans or members of the Reserve or National Guard to increase Veterans' retention of employment and facilitate their success in the workplace. The online toolkit provides information about the value Veterans bring to the workplace, material describing the military experience and culture, common challenges Veterans may experience in readjusting to civilian life, and how to support individuals in that transition. The toolkit also addresses how to offer help to Veterans with disabilities including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Veterans Employment Toolkit also includes resources for Veterans who want to obtain employment, learn how to make important career decisions, and excel in the workplace.
http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/





2013 AT Act Entities Directors Meeting and AT and Employment Summit

Posted By Jason Paradis | Apr 22, 2013

The RESNA Catalyst Project will host an Employment Summit May 8-9, 2013 for all AT Act Entities at the Bethesda, Maryland Hyatt Regency. Two Project Director Meetings will be conducted in conjunction with the Summit. The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs and the RESNA Catalyst Project will co-host aStatewide AT Program Directors May 6-7, 2013. In addition, there will be a Financial Loan Best Practices Institute May 7, 2013 for AFP/Telework/Title 1 loan program staff. All three meetings are open to all AT Act Entities! CEUs will be available for most sessions. More information on CEUs will be explained at the meetings and posted on this page after the meetings.

RESNA Meeting Registration and or Hotel Booking.
If you have not already registered for the RESNA Meeting, please complete the below registration form for any of the meetings, and email to Paul Galonsky,pgalonsky@resna.org. Book your hotel room athttps://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=9696971.


Department of Labor Issues Brief on AT in the Workplace

Posted By Anne Long | Apr 18, 2013

From the Association for Assistive Technology Act Programs:

Department of Labor Issues Brief on AT in the Workplace

On March 28, the Department of Labor released two issue briefs for state and federal policy makers, employers and health care industry leaders on retaining critical talent.  While one issue brief focuses on retaining aging health care professionals without sacrificing patient care, the other provides recommendations that employers and policymakers adopt early interventions to prevent disability-related job loss by providing workers with assistive technology and other workplace accommodations.  Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Kathy Martinez, stated, “By promoting workforce flexibility, harnessing widespread advances in assistive technology and using other types of workplace accommodations, we can slow the mass exodus of older workers in health care and other industries, and continue to benefit from the knowledge and skills they bring.”  For more information, visit: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/OlderWorkers.htm.