28 Years of the ADA: Jobs for All Americans

Body:  blog-20180726-ADA.png   This Administration is committed to ensuring all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs. As we pursue this goal, it is important to reflect on policy that significantly expanded the opportunity to work for millions of Americans. This...

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The Workforce Recruitment Program: Where Success Comes Full Circle

Body:   Lauren Karas (center front) poses with colleagues at the USBLN 2016 annual conference. During my junior year at Elon University, I was searching for a summer internship in the District of Columbia, reviewing  job openings, and pursuing  numerous leads when...

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World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact

Body:  blog-20171130-WorldAIDSDay.jpg   Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual opportunity for people across the globe to celebrate our successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and reflect on the work that remains. It’s also a time to support people...

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Apprenticeship and the American Dream

Body:  Click here for a video featuring Derek Schwartz. Today there are more than 6 million job openings in the United States, and more than 500,000 people with disabilities are seeking jobs. What this tells us is that job creators are...

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The ADA at 27: Strengthening the American Workforce

Body:  President Bush signs the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990.   Wednesday marked the 27th anniversary of a milestone in our nation’s history − the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Signed by President George H.W. Bush, this...

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Mental Health at Work

Body:    blog-20170518-mentalhealth.jpg   As a person with bipolar disorder, mental illness feels like a balancing act. In order to stay healthy, I have to be sure to take my meds, get enough sleep, and stay attuned to my mood....

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All About Skills: Tapping the Power of Neurodiversity

Body:  blog-20170426-brain.jpg   Neurodiversity. It’s a term that’s increasingly familiar to those in the workforce diversity and inclusion sphere, and for good reason. It’s about the strategic integration of people with neurological disabilities into all workplaces, and its practice can...

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Laying the Path for Career Success

Body: Planning for life after high school can be both exciting and overwhelming. Should you get a job? Register for training? Go to college? For youth with disabilities, there may be additional things to consider, such as whether to disclose their...

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A Dispatch from the Front Lines of Innovation

Body: Last week, I had a rendezvous with innovation. I paid my first visit to the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference — commonly known as “CSUN” in honor of its sponsor, California State University, Northridge — and I was...

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Let’s Get to Work!

Body: In October, I attended the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS, the largest HIV/AIDS-related gathering in the nation. Now in its eighteenth year, the goal of this conference has remained steadfast since the start: to increase and strengthen the diversity of...

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Why I Wrote the Americans with Disabilities Act

Body: Editor's Note: This has been cross-posted from the Washington Post online. You can view the original here. In January 1987, I sat down at a word processor in my small office at the National Council on Disability and began writing...

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Why This Counts: How BLS data support the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Body: Editor's Note: This has been cross-posted from the BLS blog. You can view the original here. This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Its goal is...

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Onward!

Body: Editor's note: This guest post by former Sen. Tom Harkin has been cross-posted from the disability.gov blog. You can also view a recap of the commemoration of the ADA25 here. It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since...

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Reasonable Accommodations: A Great Way to Improve Your Workplace

Body: Not long ago, my colleagues and I received a call from a manufacturing employer facing a workplace challenge. One of his employees − a manager with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder − was having performance problems on the job. He was a...

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Ensuring Equal Opportunity at American Job Centers

Body:  The cornerstone of the Department of Labor’s workforce development system is a network of American Job Centers, which are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. With nearly 2,500 AJCs located throughout...

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Living in the Community Means Working in the Community

Body:  Today is the anniversary of a watershed moment in disability rights history − the “Olmstead decision.” With this ruling, the nation’s highest court affirmed that those of us with disabilities, including the most significant disabilities, have the right to...

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History-Shaping Skills

Body:  Curtis Pride on inclusive hiring in Major League Baseball, via Vimeo.   I love this time of year, when we count down to warmer weather and all the quintessential signs of spring. It’s also the time we celebrate Deaf...

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