In August, the Department of Labor announced two final rules to improve the hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities.
One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, or VEVRAA. The other updates requirements under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. You can read Secretary Tom Perez’s blog post about the rules here.
Join the department (@USDOL) for a Twitter chat this Friday, Sept. 13, from 2-3 p.m. EDT to discuss these new rules. You’ll have the chance to ask policy experts questions about what these rules mean for federal contractors and for job seekers.
Officials from the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) will participate in the conversation, as well as special guests from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and The American Legion.
Tweet using the hashtag #AccessJobs to join the discussion between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT Friday, or to submit your questions in advance. You can also submit questions by emailing them to OFCCP-Public@dol.gov. If you can’t make it to the chat, a recap will be posted in the blog.
We look forward to tweeting with you!
Editor’s note: The following are some simple tips for making tweets accessible.
- Make sure your profile page includes alternative contact options, like an accessible “contact us” form or toll-free phone number, or an email link to somebody who can assist people with questions.
- Let screen reader users know what to expect by including a short prefix before tweets that have photos [PIC], videos [VIDEO] or audio [AUDIO].
- Link back to pages with full captions or transcripts of the photo, video or audio.
- To increase readability, place #hashtags or @mentions at the end of the tweet.
- Avoid using unfamiliar or hard-to-pronounce acronyms when possible. If space allows, spell them out.
- For multi-word hashtags, capitalize the first letters of each section of a compound word (#LikeThisExample).
- If possible, test your tweet with assistive technology before posting it.
More guidance on social media accessibility is available at www.HowTo.gov.
Twitter is designed to reach a broad audience. Twitter in its native form, however, may not be fully accessible for everyone. If you do not already have a preferred Twitter client meeting your accessibility needs, one of the following free Twitter clients/platforms may be able assist:
- Android: Plume for Twitter
- iOS: Official Twitter App
- My Amaze multiple browser accessibility plug-in by Deque
- TwInbox for Outlook
Tags: #AccessJobs, federal contractors, ODEP, OFCCP, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, people with disabilities, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Twitter chat, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, VETS, VEVRAA, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974