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I recently researched three disability organizations in the countries of Afghanistan, India, and Kenya to find out the differences and similarities between what they and RespectAbility do. Upon exploring them, I realized the unifying thread that was the Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities. I believe that the U.S. should immediately ratify the treaty. [click to continue...]

Data Corner for March 2023

Last month, we shared monthly employment data from the BLS. In this month’s Data Corner, we examine the National Trends In Disability Employment (nTIDE) and their work tracking employment for people with disabilities. We will also explore some educational data that shows some encouraging progress. In February 2023, the labor force participation rate for people [click to continue...]

The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA) was introduced in February 2023 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MA). The bill is designed to end the exception to [click to continue...]

Each month, RespectAbility’s Policy Department testifies on multiple plans and pieces of legislation, providing our insight, perspective, and advocacy. This month, we are pleased to share recent testimony to the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board’s February 2023 meeting, and testimony to the Workforce Arizona Council regarding Public Comments on [email protected] Job Center [click to continue...]

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that we are equipping our readers with the best and most up to date strategies for workforce inclusion, we are pleased to share on January 24, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated resource explaining ADA requirements for individuals with hearing disabilities in the [click to continue...]

Policy Apprentices are ambassadors for the policy work of RespectAbility and will support the broad work of RespectAbility’s Policy Department. Assigned projects will help to advance our nation-wide policy agenda, educate candidates for public office about disability issues, and support existing state-based coalition building strategies. Apprentices will work substantively to contribute to RespectAbility’s work by [click to continue...]

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