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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Employer Disclosure, Return to Physic Work Disclosures, Hazard Pay and Equality of Work.

• Employers need to disclose to their employees with disabilities as well as jobseekers with disabilities about what safety precautions they have taken to address COVID risks in the workplace. These need to include plain language summary and materials not in English.

• Before any return to a physical workspace occurs, employees with disabilities need to be educated on safety best practices and be given adequate workspace... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

No Shame, No Stigma - Mental Health in the Workplace

• No Shame, No Stigma – Ensure that workers with disabilities receive information about free mental health supports during this crisis. In a time of crisis, isolation and sickness, it is no wonder that millions more Americans are reporting mental health conditions. From increasing rates of depression to widespread symptoms of chronic stress, Americans' mental health is being strained like never before. As such, workforce... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

ODEP Should Collect Promising Practices in Remote Work/Telecommuting

• ODEP should work with employers to review, collect and compile best practices or emerging trends when it comes to working from home/remote work/telecommuting. 6 months passed of this pandemic should have given employers enough time to explore and identify promising practices related to managing a successful remote workforce. Further, employees with disabilities who have been lucky enough to be retained and succeed in... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Identify Reasonable Accommodations to Support Individual's Choice

An important part of supporting self-determination is ensuring that the job seeker has the needed accommodations that protect their health. For many, that might be a request to work from home, have access to additional protective equipment, or work in a part of the facility less exposed to the public. Employers play an important role in providing the accommodations, but job developers can support the request and identification... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Flexible Scheduling and reasonable accommodations

Submitted on behalf of Shyla P.

Flexible scheduling of work days as well as reasonable accommodations must be pursued and allowed in workspaces and employment settings . Reasonable accommodations and Essential functions of employment may need to be redefined for people with disabilities now and beyond. States should include and be encouraged to promote pandemic planning for employment with competitive integrated settings... more »

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

The Hidden Job Market

These past few months I have learned how to leverage the power of LinkedIn and have been sharing my knowledge with job seekers. I've been helping them with optimizing their profiles and coaching them on networking techniques. I also use LinkedIn to conduct employer research and career exploration activities. Personally, I too have developed new relationships with recruiters and hiring managers using the same techniques.... more »

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

Cohort Models to Provide Service and Social Support to Jobseekers with Disabilities

• Utilize a Cohort model to provide services to jobseekers with disabilities. Not only has the COVID-19 precipitated massive waves of unemployment for millions of Americans, it has also resulted in a great degree of social isolation. Especially when it comes to providing services to jobseekers with disabilities virtually, there may be considerable valuable in grouping people with disabilities together into cohorts or... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

• Employers should ensure that job descriptions make it clear if working from home/remote work/telecommuting is possible

Decreasing potential exposure to the virus is the most direct way of addressing the health risks involved with the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, employers have a responsibility to make it absolutely clear to jobseekers if the job can be performed remotely. If an employer does not make that clear, job developers should automatically encourage the employer to clarify immediately.

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

Employers Disclosure of Reasonable Accommodations since COVID-19

Job developers should ask employers about existing efforts around reasonable accommodations and employers should disclose what accommodations policies they have implemented since COVID-19 hit. No matter the present circumstances, the ADA and relevant workplace regulations remain in effect. Especially, those around providing accommodations to workers with disabilities. As such, job developers need to ask about what efforts... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

DOL/OSHA Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Risks

• Launch a DOL advisory panel under OSHA composed of employers, subject matter experts, workers with disabilities and workers with pre-existing conditions to address workplace risks. An advisory panel that reflects both personal experience and professional expertise could well be positioned to further refine and recommend policy ideas, regulatory changes or other actions to be taken by the federal government.

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Works with BLS to add COVID-19 risk information to the SOC System

• Coordinate with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to add COVID-19 risk information to future versions of the Standard Occupational Classification System. With the pandemic having last over 6 months, epidemiologists and statisticians should possess enough raw data to be able to meaningfully make statistical estimates about risks of exposure to the coronavirus. The SOC system already collects a lot of data about different... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

Access to Information, Equipment, and Social Distancing Tools

The American Foundation for the Blind recently released the findings of the Flatten Inaccessibility research study, which investigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on 1,921 blind and low vision participants. Participants repeatedly shared their frustrations with their lack of access to specific information about COVID-19, in addition to challenges with technology tools used to access employment and other life... more »

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