Tag: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Resolving to Expect the Best

Filed in Disabilities by on January 16, 2015 0 Comments
Resolving to Expect the Best

For so many of us, January is a time to reflect on what has passed and set goals for the year ahead. Of course, those proverbial New Year’s resolutions can often be cliché—not to mention difficult to stick to—but they’re a helpful way to frame my priorities for the months to come. It recently struck […]

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Ensuring “Opportunity” Extends to All

Ensuring “Opportunity” Extends to All

Last summer, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first major reform of the nation’s job training system in more than 15 years. The inclusion of the word “opportunity” is significant – it reflects a big step forward for our nation’s workforce system and the job seekers and employers it serves. […]

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Charting a Pathway to a Technology-Accessible Workplace

Filed in Disabilities by on December 20, 2014 0 Comments
Charting a Pathway to a Technology-Accessible Workplace

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on the disability.gov blog. View the original here. Someone recently asked me to name the one thing I couldn’t live without at work. My answer? Technology. I couldn’t do my job – or live my life – as effectively as I do now without information and communication technology (ICT). Considering that […]

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How Accessible is Applying for a Job? Please Share Your Experience

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by on December 11, 2014 3 Comments
How Accessible is Applying for a Job? Please Share Your Experience

Job-hunting isn’t what it used to be! Back when I started out in the workforce, looking for a job meant picking up the phone to ask about job openings, and mailing (yes, snail mailing, with a stamp) paper copies of my resume and cover letter. But times have certainly changed. Today, everything seems to be […]

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Let’s Get to Work!

Filed in Disabilities, Workforce Development, Workplace Rights by on December 1, 2014
Let’s Get to Work!

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 the nation’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training and collaboration. What has evolved […]

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Laying the Path for Career Success

Filed in Disabilities by on November 13, 2014 0 Comments
Laying the Path for Career Success

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 disability or how to manage personal assistance services. These decisions are a lot easier when […]

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Disability Employment Champions of Change

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

Today I had the distinct pleasure of attending a White House event to honor Disability Employment Champions of Change, who have done extraordinary work to promote workplace inclusion and to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. One of the highlights of the event was the screening of a new public service announcement Who I […]

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Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Workplace Rights by on October 2, 2014 0 Comments
Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

At one point in my life, I was an employee, college student and mother to a very young son. What made it all work was flexibility, especially on the part of my employer. (As I recall, my son was less flexible, but I suppose that’s par for the course with a toddler.) Of course, I […]

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Number Power

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Jobs by on September 10, 2014 1 Comment
Number Power

In my former career as a special education transition teacher, I was constantly measuring the change and growth of my students. I maintained a binder on each student that contained their individualized goals along with various data collection forms on which I tracked their progress. This information was crucial to education program planning and my […]

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Ladders of Opportunity: Helping All People Climb on Board

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on August 29, 2014 0 Comments
Ladders of Opportunity: Helping All People Climb on Board

Like all employees, I rely on a number of things to do my job well. Depending on the day, these might include technology tools, credible information and data, and collaboration with colleagues, to name just a few. But there is one thing I use every day, something without which my current employment would not be […]

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