The ODEP Funds a New Center to Improve Workplace Policies for the Disabled
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently announced the availability of a $1.85 million grant for the purpose of operating the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities. They are accepting applications from organizations and businesses through August 11, 2014.
The New Center’s Purpose
The ODEP aims to improve America’s workforce by ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunities. One of the ways they accomplish this is through improving workplace disability policies. ODEP assistant secretary of labor Kathy Martinez explains, “Employers want the best from their employees, and a key strategy is to adopt workplace policies and practices that encourage people to bring their best selves — their whole selves — to work.”
The new National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities plans to arm employers with the knowledge and strategies necessary to recruit and retain disabled persons. It also hopes to reignite their commitment to these practices.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s press release explains that there are three general ways in which the center will carry out their purpose:
- Analysis – they will analyze disability employment policies and practices gathered from employers.
- Research – the center will also research employer engagement strategies to determine the most effective practices.
- Outreach – they will also provide outreach and tech support for certain employers including federal agencies, federal contractors, small businesses, and state governments.
With these improved resources, it’s possible that people with disabilities may have better opportunities to contribute their skills and talents to society.
Help for Disabled Workers
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