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2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s (NDEAM) theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM is observed each October. It is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The department's Office of Disability Employment Policy chose this year’s theme by holding a national online dialogue for which hundreds of people registered to send in their ideas.
Do you have questions about other issues such as where to get help with your job search, how working may affect your Social Security disability benefits, employment programs for Veterans or where to get help writing your resume? Read Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment for information on these and many other employment-related topics.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed into Law
President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and congressional and workforce leaders came together on July 22 as the president signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The signing came after the bill's passage in Congress with strong bipartisan majorities in both houses. The new law marks the first major update to federal job training programs in more than 15 years and will help to streamline and coordinate workforce and adult education programs at the federal, state and local levels. That same day, Vice President Biden released his report, "Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity," which lays out specific actions the administration is taking to ensure federal investments in skills training are leading people toward good jobs. Many of the principles in the report were incorporated into WIOA, and those principles will serve as the foundation for future job training investments. Perez thanked several thousand stakeholders in the workforce development communities the next day for their work leading to the development of the law and acknowledged the important work ahead to effectively implement it. On July 24, Perez joined Obama on a visit to Los Angeles Trade Technical College to discuss how WIOA will expand the role of community colleges in preparing workers for in-demand jobs.
• Read the Blog Post
• Learn About WIOA
• Learn About Job-Driven Training
Social Security Administration Publishes Disability Awareness Initiative
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has newly published their disability education and awareness initiative, "The Faces and Facts of Disability." This program integrates videos, factsheets, and quizzes to teach the public regarding what the Social Security Disability insurance is, while dispelling any fallacies about the program or what disability is about. The videos demonstrate how individuals with disabilities are able to live happy lives, fully integrated into the world of employment. Additionally, there are outreach materials, including social media content and web widgets, for groups and organizations to become more informed. To read more, visit:
Using Public Programs to Move People Out of Poverty:
Many people with disabilities want to work, but fear losing access to critical programs like Social Security or health care under Medicaid and Medicare. This training is designed to dispel myths about working and disability programs.
Social Security eligibility process works;
Income from employment impacts continued eligibility for cash assistance from Social Security, health insurance from Medicare and/or Medicaid, and other public health programs;
Recognize key Social Security Administration work incentives and how they can be utilized to support individuals with disabilities in employment;
Obtain a “conversational knowledge” of the impact of employment on public benefits and how best to communicate these concepts to beneficiaries to support them in employment;
Identify and direct to programs providing benefits counseling services such as the South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network.