Employment for People with Disabilities
Paralyzed Veterans of America supports efforts to remove policy and programmatic barriers that keep people with disabilities from pursuing work that is rewarding and from participating in the American dream.
Because many Paralyzed Veterans' members receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Paralyzed Veterans is particularly concerned with work disincentives in the SSDI program and works closely with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to address those barriers to economic self-sufficiency. For more information about CCD, visit www.c-c-d.org.
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RespectAbilityUSA.org Releases Disability Employment Tool for State Governments
A new resource is available to state governors, legislators and workforce planning boards as they work to comply with the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The "Disability Employment First Planning Tool” provides a list of best practices for state governments to consider as they build programs designed to expand employment of people with disabilities. The planning tool can benefit states in a number of areas, including efforts to make the best of limited resources, incorporating disability employment into a state workforce strategy, finding and supporting businesses on disability employment, and becoming a model employer by increasing the number of people with disabilities working in state government.
Labor Department Issues Disability Employment Checklist for Federal Contractors
The Department of Labor Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 enables federal contractors and subcontractors to answer a series of yes/no questions about their company’s recruitment and hiring policies and practices. The checklist is designed in part to encourage contractors to reach out to the Department of Veterans Affairs and disability groups like Paralyzed Veterans of America for help with compliance, recruiting and hiring.
EEOC Issues Guide for Veterans Employment
This guide describes how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to recruiting, hiring, and accommodating veterans with disabilities, and briefly explains how protections for veterans with disabilities differ under USERRA and the ADA. The guide also provides information on laws and regulations that employers may find helpful if they want to make recruiting and hiring veterans with disabilities a priority.
Resource Guide for Employers
The White House introduced February 2015 a new Resource Guide for Employers for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. Aside from leveraging the guide to reach out and hire individuals from the disability community at large, businesses can also reference a specific section in the guide about hiring veterans with disabilities.