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Employment First: A Key Component in Community Inclusion

This is the U.S. Department of Labor blog post, authored by Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. Read More ›

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

June is Pride Month and the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America project is highlighting books that explore the relationship between work and the LGBT experience. New additions to the list, which include Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" and Brian McNaught's "Gay Issues in the Workplace," show how members of the LGBT community advocated for greater protections against discrimination and harassment while demonstrating the societal and economic benefits of a more diverse and inclusive workplace.  

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Justice and Identity

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by the Secretary of Labor Tom Perez on June 30, 2014.  In his blog he asserted that our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest and the American Dream excludes no one.

As we celebrate Pride Month and approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Labor Department is reaffirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all. That’s why we are updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination 

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Presidential Proclamation - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014

Lesian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United State. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. Read More ›

"Same Struggle, Different Difference" - Opportunities for Togetherness

June is Pride Month, and in his June 19 post on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog site, Dylan Orr, Chief of Staff for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, draws parallels between the LGBTQ+ and disability communities in terms of struggle and support.Read More ›

Promoting Good Mental Health for Today's Workforce - and Tomorrow's

The author of this blog post is Rhonda Basha, the leader of the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) Youth Policy Team. Rhonda writes about the department's efforts to help people with mental illnesses contribute their considerable skills and talent to America's workforce.Read More ›

Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development - An Informational Comic

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its research partners have found that Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs)  positively impact all youth's self-determination, leadership abilities, and awareness of career opportunities.  In this info-comic, high school senior Shelly learns how to take charge of her future by using an ILP.

Shelly Saves The Future (pdf)

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Fostering a Culture of Inclusion

On May 7, 2014, Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, posted a blog, Fostering a Culture of Inclusion, which focuses on helping federal contractors create an inclusive work environment for people with disabilities.Read More ›

Disability Employment: It Starts With You

A recent Special Olympics survey, National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force, reveals that only 44% of adults with intellectual disabilities are in the labor force.Read More ›

Celebrating Women with Disabilities: An Interview with Kathleen Martinez

Women have always faced discrimination compared to their male counterparts and that extends to employment which is especially challenging to women with disabilities. However, there have been some positive changes. In this blog post U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Kathleen Martinez, gives you career guidance and encouragement. Please join Kathleen Martinez to celebrate women with disabilities. Read More ›

Employing Individuals with Autism: Information and Customized Employment Ideas April 10

Autism Speaks and Job Path will present Employing Individuals with Autism: Information and Customized Employment Ideas on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Avenue and 34th Street, Conference Room 018.Read More ›

Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair March 5

The following announcement is from the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Think Beyond the Label will hold an online career fair on March 5, 1-4 p.m. EST.

The event will connect companies to qualified candidates with disabilities from Think Beyond the Label's online community of candidates and its partnerships with employment services agencies and student organizations nationwide.

Job seekers will have the opportunity to 

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NYS Division of Equal Opportunity Development (DEOD): Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The following article, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prepared by the New York State Division of Equal Opportunity Development (DEOD), helps you to understand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how it affects your business, how employers can provide reasonable accommodations and how it affects your job search.Read More ›

AAPD Summer Internship Program Applications Due February 5, 2014

The following information is from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has announced its Summer Internship Program. The program is open to college students, graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or veterans who self-identify as an individual with any type of disability.

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Fulbrighter at the Library: Fotis Flevotomos Studies the Connection Between Art and Vision

Fotis Flevotomos, still frame from the video "Looking for a Face"I first met Fotis Flevotomos in June 2011. He had come to New York from Greece to speak on his creative process at The New York Public Library's Low Vision and Blindness Resource Fair. An experienced artist, he was able to do so many things with ease—produce art; pack, transport, and display art; speak articulately about his work as a panelist; and even find a reasonably-priced place to stay in midtown 

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Ideas for Associations and Unions

The theme of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is "Because We are Equal to the Task." This is the voice of America's workers with disabilities reflecting they have the education, training, experience, abilities and determination to be successful in the workplace.

Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Seretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, in her official blog of the U.S. Department of 

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Ideas for Educators and Youth Service Professionals

Job hunting for youth has been increasingly challenging in recent years as there are more experienced, educated adults who have become unemployed as a result of the recession and are seeking employment. The Youth Employment Rate is especially low for youth with disabilities as reported in the Current Popluation Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Censue Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In an effort to raise awareness on disability employment for youth, 

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2013

The following information is from the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the 

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A Sensory Sensation!

We just finished the 67th Street Library's first programs specifically focusing on sensory development and made to be encouraging to children of all abilities. The quest-themed program is called "Mysterious Matter Adventures" and includes sequencing practice, art, and scientific exploration. It was limited to eight families per session to minimize chaos and allow for individual attention.

Visual Schedule

We started out with a visual schedule and reviewed the order of steps in the program to minimize anxiety and confusion about what would be happening. I read a 

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Design for a Lifetime, or: "What Do We Do About the Bathtub?"

Would you consider New York City "age-friendly"? That is, is it a place where people of all ages—including the very old—can feel comfortable, safe, and happy?

One million people aged 65 and over call New York City home, and a half-million more are expected to swell those ranks by 2030. New York City's top-notch public transportation system and rich access to cultural institutions contribute toward making it a place where these folk will want to stay; most are not planning to leave for southerly climes anytime soon, if ever.

 

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