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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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Diverse Perspectives: People with Disabilities Fulfilling Your Business Goals

The following article provides invaluable information on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce and in the marketplace. It is a publication of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

By fostering a culture of diversity, or a capacity to appreciate and value individual differences, in all aspects of their operations, employers benefit from varied perspectives on how to confront business challenges and achieve 

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The Job Market for People with Disabilities: A Personal Journey

The Job Market for People with Disabilities is a personal journey of Steve McEvoy who was born with mild to moderate cerebral palsy and non-verbal learning disability. In the beginning of this article he mentioned four hallmarks that hold the best chance of improving the discouraging unemployment rate that people with disabilities face. Here is his Personal Journey:

The unemployment rate of people with disabilities has far outpaced that of people without disabilities. In order for people with disabilities to transition to employment, they need an awareness of how 

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PTSD Awareness Month: Remembering the Disabilities We Can't Always See

June is PTSD Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of PTSD and its effective treatments so that everyone can help those affected. PTSD is an anxiety condition that can develop in response to exposure to an extreme traumatic event such as military combat, violent personal assaults, terrorist attacks, disasters or accidents. And while PTSD is not unique to veterans and military service members, it is often characterized as one of the "invisible wounds of war" and a "signature 

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Seeing with the Senses Art Exhibition

Come see and even touch this new art exhibition, created by adult students from the Metropolitan Museum, drawing class called "Seeing Through Drawing."

The students all have low vision or are blind, and created many of the works while listening to verbal descriptions of major works of art. There are works in pastel, collage, tape drawing, paint, wicky stick, sand, hi marker, and printmaking. The exhibition is part of the program that took place at the Andrew Heiskell Library on Saturday, June 

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Memorial Day: Commemorating and Remembering Our Veterans and Those Who Serve

May 27th is Memorial Day. Did you know that this U.S. federal holiday goes as far back as the American Civil War in the 1860s?

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, occurs ever year on the last Monday of the month of May and is the day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

For the past two centuries, the U.S. has been involved in many wars domestically and aboard. Many service men and women have put aside their jobs, families and lives to defend our country and principals of freedom during 

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The Art of Drawing When One is Blind or Has Low Vision

With my hand, I touch the outside, or contour, of a small ceramic jug, a container for cream. I slowly trace the curve of the rim, continuing to the pointed lip. I put down the jug, and pick up a piece of charcoal or a soft pastel. I draw round curves, recreating what I see in my mind's eye, moving my hand across the paper, keeping pace with my inner vision.

"Jug and Green Glass," iPad drawing by Dana SimonI return to the small jug and begin again; tracing the contours of the round, squat body. But alas, when I try to return to the spot on the paper to begin 

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