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Submitted by Margaret Mulligan
Q: I’m looking for training about employment and people with disabilities. Money and time are tight. Any suggestions?
A: Yes! JAN, the Job Accommodation Network, has recently posted its 2010 schedule. No need to leave your office or open a checkbook! These 1-hour webinars are offered at no cost, and JAN webinar registration is quick and easy! I recommend you sign up early, as there are a limited number of spaces and they usually go quickly. Sign up for one or for all!
February 9, 2010 - Current Events in Accommodations
March 9, 2010 - Accommodation Ideas for Employees with Traumatic Brain Injuries
April 13, 2010 - Employer Best Practices
May 11, 2010 - Accommodations for Individuals with Mental Health Impairments
June 8, 2010 - Assistive Technology Update
July 13, 2010 - ADA Update
August 10, 2010 - Employer Best Practices
Don’t forget that your Navigator is still around and available to provide training and technical assistance! Also, check our Calendar of Events for additional training opportunities.
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Work Opportunity Tax Credit Website
Submitted by Sara Muempfer
In April of 2008, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor provided the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) with grant funding to participate in The National Technical Assistance and Research Leadership Center to Promote Employment and Economic Independence for Adults with Disabilities (NTAR Leadership Center). NTAR is part of a national effort to improve employment for adults with disabilities.
In addition to receiving leadership guidance, technical assistance and resources through NTAR participation, MDOD provided Harford Community College with funding to create a series of 6 webinars focused on essential workplace skills. These webinar trainings will work towards increasing the success of employed individuals with disabilities and are available at no cost.
Below are the dates and topics that will be covered in the Essential Workplace Skills webinar series. All of the webinars will be from noon - 1 p.m.
January 22, 2010 - Communication of Accommodation Concerns
January 28, 2010 - Effective Interpersonal & Communication Skills
February 12, 2010 - Resolving Conflict for Job Success
February 23, 2010 - Human Resources, Your Supervisor and You Part I
February 25, 2010 - Human Resources, Your Supervisor and You Part II
TBD - Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Employment Success
March 11, 2010 - Goal Setting for Job Retention & Advancement
Through Maryland’s Community College network, this series will be made available to businesses interested in providing this training to their existing workforce, to include employees with and without disabilities. In addition, these trainings will be marketed to the workforce development community for utilization in One-Stop Career Centers, Division of Rehabilitation Services field offices, community service providers, community college career services offices and other interested organizations who would like to provide their job seekers with Essential Workplace Skills training.
Webinars will be archived for future use. To register for one or all of the webinars, visit mdodevents.webex.com and click on “register” next to the title of the webinar you wish to attend. For more information regarding this webinar series, visit MDOD's website or contact Sara Muempfer (email@example.com or 443-248-3583).
Submitted by Sara Muempfer
On December 16, 2009, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) held the latest “No Spare Marylander” Workshop for job seekers with disabilities at the Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD.
This full day Workshop was a collaborative effort between the staff of the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC), DLLR, MDOD, Maryland’s Disability Program Navigators, and the Division of Rehabilitation Services. In addition, Anne Arundel County community members and the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network participated in Workshop panel presentations and break-out sessions.
Executive Director of the AAWDC, Kirkland Murray, welcomed Workshop participants and provided the group with a brief economic overview of the Anne Arundel County region; to include the many, diverse job opportunities due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) at Ft. George G. Meade. Next, MDOD Secretary Catherine Raggio led personal discussions with each of the Workshop participants about their perceptions, goals and ideas about employment. George Failla, Deputy Secretary Director of MDOD, led an interactive “Jeopardy” game about the history and timeline of disability laws and their important impact upon employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Following this discussion, three employed individuals with disabilities shared their personal success stories. All of these individuals showcased each of their unique personal histories and how they used resources, tools and plain old perseverance to achieve their goals.
During lunch, a panel consisting of local agency leaders talked about Workforce Center, DORS and Benefits Counseling services for people with disabilities within their respective agencies. In addition, participants were informed about the Schedule A hiring authority that assists job seekers with disabilities to potentially obtain federal employment noncompetitively. Finally, the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network, a business-led organization working to increase employment opportunities of individuals with disabilities on the Eastern Shore, spoke to Workshop participants about employer expectations, helpful hints in landing a job, and tips to keeping a job.
The afternoon activities consisted of break-out sessions to include a “ready-to-go” resume, federal job application and employment education and tips, mock interviews and benefits counseling for job seekers wanting to work while maintaining health benefits.
Participants walked away from the Workshop energized to continue their job search… with a flash drive to include their updated resume and several other job readiness resources and a professional portfolio to keep track of their job search documents.