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One–Stop Toolkit Resources of the Week Technical Assistance Project E–Mail listserv

February 19, 2010

Good morning everyone! 

Below please find the website(s) and publication(s) of the week, as well as other resources that we hope will be useful as you work on systems change activities to help improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. 

Hey, have you checked out the National Disability Institute’s new website yet?  Well, if not, you can by going to, [ http://realeconomicimpact.org/ ], and learn about information to connect you to the Real Economic Impact Tour and other economic empowerment initiatives.  If you are a part of the disability community, this website shares common goals: to work, save, and build assets – to be a part of the economic mainstream! If you are part of the asset building community, this website can help connect you to people with disabilities, help you market to an untapped customer base, and shape products and services that are affordable and accessible.

On “Real Economic Impact,” you can read blogs, discover savings tips on Money Mondays, join a fan base on Facebook and Twitter. Check out What’s New and Upcoming Events in cities across the country. Become informed on public policy developments in our nation’s capital and sign up for the free newsletters Washington Insider and Real Economic Impact.  You can also Ask experts questions and GetREAL answers that will help you create your personal roadmap to financial freedom. 

To subscribe and / or view past resources of the week archives, access: [ www.onestoptoolkit.org ] and click on the link to "Resources of the Week" on the right hand side of the home page.


Laura Gleneck
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NDI Technical Assistance Team
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ONE–STOP TOOLKIT TABLE OF CONTENTS

Resource of the Week Highlight for Disability Program Navigators ]

For Your Information ]

[ Upcoming Events of Interest ]

Resources of Interest ]

Real Economic Impact ]

Websites of the Week ]

Publications of the Week ]


Resource of the Week Highlight for Disability Program Navigators

Good morning Navigators,

This week we are going to have you “navigate” through the Table of Contents to learn about information, tools and resources about universal design AND assistive technology and accommodations.  It will be worth your time as these materials can help you build the capacity of the system to better serve job seekers with disabilities.  While you are navigating, look at the Promising Practice information brief under Real Economic Impact on Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency of Job Seekers with Disabilities.  Read the Brief to learn about strategies, resources and examples we learned from Disability Program Navigators on how the One-Stop Career Center system can help support jobseekers with low-incomes during tax season.

Happy Friday!


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

United States Department of Labor announces results of 'Tools for America’s Job Seekers Challenge' - Career Exploration Tools
Employment and Training Administration News Release
February 4, 2010

[ http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20100146.htm ]

In this news release, the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration shared the results of its Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge. The top rated sites have been identified in each of six categories - general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, Web 2.0 and "other" - are now available at
[ http://www.careeronestop.org/jobseekertools ]

Over the course of the next few weeks, the One-Stop Toolkit Resources of the Week will highlight these categories in more detail beginning with this issue.

Career Exploration Tools
[ http://www.careeronestop.org/JobSeekerTools/CareerExplorationTools.aspx ]

These career exploration websites focus on career exploration including but not limited to occupational exploration, occupational assessment tests, career coaching, industry exploration, and counseling services.

The tool descriptions below were provided by the tool vendors. Descriptions do not reflect the opinions of the Department of Labor or any of its grantees or contractors. CareerOneStop is not responsible for ensuring the content provided by the tool venders is complete or entirely factual. These tools were recommended by the public and the Department of Labor does not formally endorse any online job tool.

ASVAB Career Exploration Program - [ www.asvabprogram.com ]
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a tool designed to help 10th, 11th, 12th grade and postsecondary students make career decisions. This free program includes the world’s most widely used multi-aptitude test battery and an interest inventory.

Career Coach - [ www.womenemployed.org/index.php?id=38 ]
Career Coach is a free online career development tool that helps adults explore career options, define career goals, identify education and training resources, and make a step-by-step plan to reach their goals.

CareerNoodle - [ www.careernoodle.com ]
CareerNoodle provides a suite of engaging, authoritative, and easy-to-use career exploration and planning tools for middle, high school and college students. Utilizing active and constructivist learning theories, combined with advanced Web technologies, CareerNoodle was created with a user-centered design process that included the participation of hundreds of guidance counselors, educators and students across the nation.

CareerOneStop - [ www.careeronestop.org ]
CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success, featuring the broadest and deepest collection of information about careers on the Web. We have information and tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

FastWeb - [ www.fastweb.com ]
The leading scholarship search provider for students. As a scholarship matching service, FastWeb matches users to scholarships based on their qualifications. The site also provides information and guidance as students find their college or first job from current news on financial aid, scholarships, college, jobs and internships, and student life.

Great Job! - [ www.greatjobus.com/secure/login/register_dol.aspx ]
Great Job! is an online community for job seekers built for state/local workforce boards by Business Access. It allows WIBs to offer an unlimited amount of online resources and a social network to their mid- and high-level job seekers with easy enrollment and detailed tracking of activities.

JobTitled - [ http://jobtitled.com/ ]
JobTitled is focused on helping everyone make better career decisions through the use of analytics. It’s a place to learn more about your career path and what else is out there. We believe career analytics is a powerful tool that opens up new ways of thinking about your career and the working world.

Kuder Journey – [ http://kuderjourney.com/ ]
Kuder Journey offers proven, web-based tools and reliable resources to help America’s job seekers plan for a career, make a career change, and keep their career on track.

Monster Career Advice - [ http://career-advice.monster.com/ ]
A wealth of information from thought leaders and industry experts on Job Hunting Strategies, Resumes & Letters, Interviewing, Salary and Benefits, In the Workplace, Career Development and Advice Forum.

Monster Career Benchmarking - [ http://my.monster.com/career-assessment/dashboard.aspx ]
Enables users to compare themselves to others in the job market. Information includes salary and compensation, work-life balance, education and benefits.

ACTION: Share, Brag Or Complain About One-Call Services In Your Community, State Or Region!
United We Ride
[ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YHF9NML ]

Please share your experience and knowledge with others who are considering one-call services for their community by clicking on the following link:
[ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YHF9NML ]

The survey will remain open until midnight on March 2.

As part of a project funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Federal Transit Administration, The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) will use the survey results to prepare a guide to one-call services.  The survey aims to know how one-call services function in different communities and the variety of ways communities and regions can establish one-call services.

Participation in the survey will help many communities and individuals across the country.  For more information, contact Sheryl Gross-Glaser at grossglaser@ctaa.org or 202-386-1669.


UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

2010 Listening Tour to Address Critical Employment Issues Facing People with Disabilities.
[ http://www.disabilitylisteningtour.com/ ]

The United States Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its Federal partners will hold a series of six Listening Sessions across the country on disability employment.  Agencies invited to participate in the Listening Sessions include the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Women's Bureau (WB); the Social Security Administration (SSA); the Department of Education (ED); the Office of Personal Management (OMB); and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  

These sessions seek input particularly from:

ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez is spearheading the 2010 ODEP Listening Tour to gain rich insights into both systemic barriers and best practices to obtain input in three key areas:

  1. More effective ways to increase employment of women, Veterans and minorities with disabilities;
  2. Identification of Federal and state systems that are effectively collaborating to achieve successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities; and
  3. Three top issues on which the Federal government should focus to support an increase in labor force participation of people with disabilities.

LISTENING TOUR CITIES* (with link to registration)

February 24 - Atlanta, GA
Open to members of the public residing in the United States Department of Labor's REGION III
[ https://www.disabilitylisteningtour.com/register/index.php?cityclicked=Atlanta ]

March 3 - Boston, MA
Open to members of the public residing in the United States Department of Labor's REGION I
[ https://www.disabilitylisteningtour.com/register/index.php?cityclicked=Boston ]

* The listening tour events in Region IV, Dallas, Region III, Philadelphia, Region V, Chicago and Region VI, San Francisco, have already taken place.


RESOURCES OF INTEREST

Job Accommodation Network: Accommodation Ideas for Veterans
[ http://www.jan.wvu.edu/topics/veterans.htm ].

Links to accommodation ideas from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) include

Tip Sheet: What is Assistive Technology
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

[ http://www.resna.org/content/index.php?pid=153 ]

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. (29 U.S.C. Sec 2202(2).  Access the URL to learn more about Who Uses Assistive Technology and Who Benefits from it.

Disability Supplier Diversity Program
United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN)

[ www.usbln.org ]

The United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is pleased to announce the launch of the Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP)! This program offers businesses that are owned by an individual(s) with a disability, including service disabled veterans, an exciting opportunity to increase their access to potential contracting opportunities with major corporations, government agencies, and one another. The USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program is a certification program for businesses owned by individual(s) with disabilities. Businesses that obtain certification as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) are eligible for increased contracting opportunities with USBLN® DSDP Corporate Partners.

To learn more about this new program, access the Disability Supplier Diversity Program Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.usbln.org/pdf-docs/DSDP_Frequently_Asked_Questions.pdf.

Fact Sheet: Braiding and Blending Funding for Business Start-Up
START-UP/USA Self-Employment Q and A Fact Sheet

[ http://www.start-up-usa.biz/resources/content.cfm?id=849 ]

Most individuals who want to start a business will need financial assistance. Some people may rely on personal savings, loans from family members, loans from financial institutions, or micro-enterprise loans. In some instances, bank loans have very high interest rates or require collateral, and individuals with disabilities may not qualify. Therefore, they may need to "blend or braid funding" from an array of resources, including those that are specifically available to individuals with disabilities. These resources include but are not limited to case management assistance, employment support services, and funding specifically for individuals with disabilities in achieving employment outcomes. The agencies that provide these supports operate under different federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies and service arrangements.

The Fact Sheet provides answers to the following questions:


REAL ECONOMIC IMPACT


Fact Sheet: How Will Participating in an IDA [Individual Development Account] Affect a Person’s Eligibility for Disability Benefits?
Assets for Independence (AFI) Fact Sheet

[ http://idaresources.org/files/How Will Participating in an IDA Affect a Persons Eligibility for Disability Benefits.pdf ]

Two of the largest Federal programs that pay monthly cash benefits to qualified individuals with disabilities are the Title II Disability benefit program (also commonly referred to as Social Security Disability or SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI . In addition to income support, these programs also provide beneficiaries with access to health insurance and a variety of incentives to encourage and support work. While the Title II and SSI programs share a common disability requirement and process for determining disability, they are very different programs when it comes to their purpose, non-disability eligibility requirements and their treatment of work, earnings, and resources. Based on these important differences in program rules, answering the question “How will participating in an Individual Development Account (IDA) affect a person’s eligibility for disability benefits and monthly benefit amounts?” requires first understanding which of the Social Security benefits a participant receives.

Promising Practice: Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency of Job Seekers with Disabilities
United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
Disability Program Navigator Initiative

[ http://disability.workforce3one.org/view/2001004859369635038/info ]

Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) throughout the country have developed and implemented successful strategies in the public workforce system to promote the employment and economic self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities. This Information Brief highlights how DPNs are improving access to financial education; home ownership ad entrepreneurial programs, and increased use of the Earned Income Tax Credit to expand economic opportunities of job seekers with disabilities.  One very successful strategy has been facilitating the One-Stop Career Centers to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

Access the URL to read the full Brief to learn about more strategies, resources and examples of how the One-Stop Career Center system can help support jobseekers with low-incomes during tax season.


WEBSITES OF THE WEEK

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
[ http://www.cast.org/ ]

Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies. Its staff includes specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, K-12 professional development, and more.

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.

Universal Design Learning Tools
[ http://www.cast.org/learningtools/index.html ]
Access the link to learn more about the following universal design learning tools

National Center for Universal Design on Learning
[ http://www.udlcenter.org/ ]
Founded in 2009, the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, a program of the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), supports the effective and wide scale implementation of Universal Design on Learning (UDL) through a variety of activities, including this website.

In doing so, the Center is committed to providing essential information on:
* What is UDL?
* How can I demonstrate the value of UDL to others?
* Who is implementing UDL? And where?
* What research supports the framework?
* How can I connect to others in the UDL field?

MyVetwork
[ http://www.myvetwork.com/ ]

MyVetwork is the online social networking community custom designed to be the most valuable and sustainable community of individuals in the United States military - whether active duty, retired or veteran - and their spouses, families and friends. MyVetwork is provided at no cost to individual users. 

MyVetwork's objectives for individual users are twofold:
1) To provide our United States military and those who care about them with a means to interact with and support each other in ways that range from the lighthearted and entertaining to deep and meaningful connections that they wish to sustain.

2) To create an interactive exchange where a broad variety of experts - including veterans of earlier conflicts - provide timely news of particular interest to military personnel, distributed in sophisticated, graphically exciting format; job and career advice; information about educational opportunities, advice regarding health care, access to coaching and mentoring services, and a variety of other resources valuable to recently separated veterans demobilizing from the military, whether they are recuperating from injury, moving on to further their education, or planning careers in public or private sectors.


PUBLICATIONS OF THE WEEK

Job Accommodation Network: Updated Accommodation and Compliance Series Publications

JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition or topic and provides information about the condition or topic, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information.

The Accommodation and Compliance Series is a starting point in the accommodation process and may not address every situation. Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee's individual limitations and accommodation eedns. Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail.

For information on assistive technology and other accommodation ideas, visit JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) at [ http://www.jan.wvu.edu/soar ].