The [AT] Connects Blog
| Oct 23, 2014
September 2014 was a busy month for Apple, at least on the mobile front. On September 9 the company announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They also unveiled their long-anticipated AppleWatch. The watch--at the time of this writing its accessibility or lack thereof has not yet been definitively established--will not be available until sometime in early 2015. The two new iPhone models were released on September 19, two days after the public release on September 17 of the new iPhone operating system, iOS 8.
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| Oct 16, 2014
The NIDRR-funded AbleData project has released two new information products on assistive technology (AT). Try AT Products Before You Buy (PDF) outlines how users can gain hands-on experience of AT products via a demonstration at an AT center, a home trial, or short-term loans. How AT Can Help You at Play (PDF) offers tips on choosing the right AT to help staying active with a disability.
| Oct 16, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced the launch of PEATworks.org—a comprehensive web portal spearheaded by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).
From educational articles to interactive tools to expert interviews, PEATworks.org has something for everyone. We encourage you to stop by, explore, and get excited about accessible technology.
Check out PEATworks.org today!
The PEAT Team
| Oct 15, 2014
The Disability Employment Tracker from the National Organization on Disability helps companies across a range of industries assess their readiness to launch or expand their hiring of people with disabilities and veterans. The tool is designed to assist employers who want to expand the diversity of their workforce. It examines climate & culture, employment lifecycle, […]
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| Oct 09, 2014
You are cordially invited to attend the release of the 2014 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and the Fourth Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC*. Both events will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 in the Capitol Hill area**.
9am -10:30am: The Compendium release briefing to include a workshop on the sources and uses of disability statistics.
10:30am - 12pm: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project: Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities to present new findings and challenges.
12pm - 1:30pm: Lunch (optional) provided free of charge for all in-person participants.
1:30pm - 4pm: The Research-to-Policy Roundtable: advocates, policymakers, and researchers discuss ways that research can assist policymakers in developing programs, policies, and legislation that support people with disabilities.
*For individuals who cannot attend the Compendium Release Briefing in person, this session will be available live via webcast. Individuals who register to attend online will receive more information and a link to the public webcast a week prior to the event.
**The location and venue has not yet been confirmed but will be in the the Capitol Hill area. Once confirmed, all registrants will receive an email with details.
In addition to the live webcast, the video will be archived and available for viewing a later date. View last year’s event >
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 866.538.6521, or join our mailing list to stay up-to-date.
| Sep 29, 2014
ODEP News Release: [09/11/2014]
Contact Name: Laura McGinnis or Tania Mejia
Phone Number: (202) 693-4653 or x4686
Email: McGinnis.Laura.K@dol.gov or Mejia.Tania@dol.gov
Release Number: 14-1699-NAT
$8.4M in continued funding to improve employment opportunities
for people with disabilities announced by US Labor Department
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced a total of $8,422,574 in continued funding for organizations that develop models, provide technical assistance and share best practices to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
"Individuals with disabilities have skills and experiences that employers need," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "These federal grants will help connect these workers with employers and put them on the path to economic self-sufficiency."
The recipients and the amount of funding they are receiving are:
- The Add Us In initiative will receive a total of $2,774,116. The eight recipients who are participating in this initiative are: 1) the National Organization on Disability in New York; 2) The WorkPlace Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut; 3) the TransCen Inc. in Rockville, Maryland; 4) the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago; 5) the University of Missouri — Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri; 6) The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma; 7) the Integrated Recovery Network in Los Angeles and 8) the World Institute on Disability in Berkeley, California. Each of the recipients is leading a consortium working to identify and develop strategies to increase the capacity of small businesses, including those in underrepresented and historically excluded communities, to employ youth and young adults with disabilities.
- The West Virginia University Research Corp. in Morgantown, W.Va., is receiving $2,499,901 to operate the Job Accommodation Network. JAN is a free and confidential consulting service that provides individualized worksite accommodation solutions and technical assistance spanning the complete range of disabilities and job functions to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation. It also provides information about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
- The Institute for Educational Leadership in the District of Columbia is receiving $1,099,984 to operate the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. These funds will be used to continue the center's work building capacity within and across youth service delivery systems to improve employment and postsecondary education outcomes for youth with disabilities. The center will have three areas of focus going forward: 1) career exploration, management and planning; 2) youth development and leadership; and 3) professional development.
- The National Disability Institute in the District of Columbia is receiving $1,098,573 to operate the National Center on Leadership for Employment and Advancement of Citizens with Disabilities. These funds will support the LEAD Center's ongoing efforts to conduct policy and research initiatives focused on improving employment outcomes and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, these resources will enable the LEAD Center to continue developing policies and guidance on best practices in retention and return-to work, customizing employment, and conducting policy analysis to ensure that American Job Centers nationwide are able to effectively serve job seekers with disabilities.
- The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America in Arlington, Virginia, is receiving $950,000 to operate ODEP's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology. PEAT is a multifaceted initiative working to advance the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption and promotion of accessible technology.
ODEP works to increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities by developing and influencing policies and practices. For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/.