AMERICAN JOB CENTER TOOLKIT TABLE OF CONTENTS (02-15-2013)


For Your Information ]

  • Providing Permanent Housing and Services to Low-Income People with Disabilities

Disability and Employment Discussion Forums: What is on your mind? ]

  • Check this section out each week to learn about current discussions

Upcoming Events of Interest ]

  • Webinar: Reaching the Disability Community - Best Practices from Our Partners
  • WEBINAR: Promoting Economic Advancement - Implementing Free Tax Prep Services
  • Webinar: Build the Pipeline: Effective Disability Outreach and Recruitment
  • Annual National APSE Conference: Race to Success - Employment Comes First!
  • Webcast Archive - Hiring, Retaining, and Accommodating Workers with Disabilities: Best Practices
  • Webcast Archive: Harnessing the Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices For Use as Reasonable Accommodations

Resources of Interest ]

  • CareerOneStop Mobile Web Applications
  • Job Accommodation Network Expands Ways to Access Its Services
  • Job Accommodation Quarterly E-News

Real Economic Impact ]

  • Free Tax Help Locations
  • Top 10 Ways to Get Help from IRS.gov
  • America Saves Week: February 25 - March 2, 2013

Websites of Interest ]

  • MyFreeTaxes.com
  • Monster.Com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind

Publications of the Week ]

  • Training Tomorrow's Workforce: Community College and Apprenticeship as Collaborative Routes to Rewarding Careers
  • January Disability Employment Statistics

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Providing Permanent Housing and Services to Low-Income People with Disabilities
[ http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/02/20130212b.html ]


The United States Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have contributed nearly $98 million in funding to 13 state housing agencies so they can provide rental assistance for low-income people with disabilities. The funding will help prevent homelessness and placement of people in institutions. The funding comes from the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, which makes it possible for low-income people with disabilities to live in integrated settings instead of nursing homes.


Access the web link to read the February 12, 2013 news release, which includes a listing of the thirteen state agencies that have been awarded a rental subsidy through HUD's demonstration project.


DISABILITY AND EMPLOYMENT DISCUSSION FORUMS

Are you part of the discussion? Workforce3 One Disability and Employment Community of Practice: New Discussion Forum on Disability and Workforce
[https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/discussions ]

 

The discussion forum is a place where workforce professionals can share ideas, communicate with peers across the country, and read what others are saying and thinking around disability and workforce issues. Each week, the forum will post a new topic for discussion. This is your forum - a place to comment on important issues, learn about best practices, and find out what others have to say.


How do you use the Job Accommodation Network Services?

[ How do you use the Job Accommodation Network Services? ]


The Job Accommodation Network has added two new ways to contact its consultants for assistance with job accommodation inquiries. In addition to calling, emailing, using online chat, or using social networking tools to reach JAN services, users can now Text JAN at (304) 216-8189, or contact JAN via Skype at janconsultants.

  • How are you using the Job Accommodation Network services in your American Job Center?

UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

Webinar: Reaching the Disability Community - Best Practices from Our Partners
National Disability Institute
February 20, 2013 from 3pm to 4pm Eastern Time


Over the past 8 years, the National Disability Institute (NDI) has travelled around the country, working diligently to establish strong partnerships and to uncover the creative strategies employed to achieve the phenomenal work accomplished by Real Economic Impact (REI) Network partners.


This webinar will highlight a few of these partner organizations and discuss the effective strategies they currently utilize to reach out to, to serve, and to collaborate with their local disability community.

The webinar will be facilitated by NDI staff with presentations by representatives from:

  • WorkSource
  • Goodwill
  • United Way
  • a State Disability Organization

REGISTRATION AND FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click [ here ] for online registration. Please note that real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar or the registration process, please contact Katie Metz at kmetz@ndi-inc.or or 904-716-7936.


WEBINAR: Promoting Economic Advancement - Implementing Free Tax Prep Services
National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Advancement of People with Disabilities
February 27, 2013 from 3pm to 4:30pm Eastern Time
[ https://leadcenter.webex.com/leadcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=667117339 ] 


This webinar will offer attendees an overview of three free tax prep models, how to choose a model, whom to partner with, practical steps to implementing a free tax model in American Job Centers, and a story from the field.


Target Audience: Workforce Investment System and related stakeholders


REGISTRATION AND FOR MORE INFOMRATION
Click [ here ] to access online registration. This webinar will be captioned and a link to download the presentation will be sent to registrants 24 hours prior to the webinar. To request any other reasonable accommodations, please contact Brittany Taylor at btaylor@ndi-inc.org within 48 hours of the webinar.


Webinar: Build the Pipeline: Effective Disability Outreach and Recruitment
Employer Assistance and Resource Network
February 28, 2013 from 2pm to 3pm Eastern Time
[ http://askearn.org/webinar_registration.cfm ]


This webinar will focus on building the pipeline of employees utilizing effective outreach practices and strategic recruiting strategies, and will explore building relationships with academic and community organizations, developing internal developmental programs and policies, specific talent resourcing, and the value of formal tracking and reporting procedures.


The webinar is based on the United States Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy's guide for employers, "[ Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion ]."


REGISTRATION AND FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click [ here ] for online registration and more details regarding the webinar.


Annual National APSE Conference: Race to Success - Employment Comes First!
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 24th through 27th, 2013
[ http://www.apse.org/conference/ ]


This year's conference will feature a wide array of high quality breakout sessions on the latest innovations in employment of people with disabilities. Featured strands will include State-of-the-Art Practices in Integrated Employment; Transition from School to Adult Life; Public Policy and Funding; Leadership and Personal Development; Consumer, Family and Self-Advocacy.


Visit the web link for more information including online registration.


Webcast Archive - Hiring, Retaining, and Accommodating Workers with Disabilities: Best Practices
Job Accommodation Network
[ http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/ ]


During this January 22nd webcast, Michelle Maybaum, Sr. Manager, Employee Relations with Qualcomm, Incorporated, shard how Qualcomm has implemented best practices in hiring, retaining, and accommodating talented workers with disabilities. The session also included Qualcomm's approach to hiring and retaining wounded and injured service members.


Access the weblink and scroll down to the January 22nd archive to link to the webcast and to view and download the transcript and PowerPoint presentation.


Webcast Archive: Harnessing the Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices For Use as Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
[ http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/index.htm#Dec12 ]


In this Webcast, Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Consultants discussed the accessibility features of popular types of mobile technology and discussed how to incorporate mobile devices, accessories, and applications into an accommodation plan. More and more workplaces are relying on smartphones and tablets to optimize employee productivity. Join JAN to learn how these devices can also be used as assistive technology to accommodate individuals with sensory, motor, and cognitive impairments.



RESOURCES OF INTEREST

CareerOneStop Mobile Web Applications
United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
[ http://www.careeronestop.org/cos-mobile-apps.aspx ]



The United States Department of Labor's CareerOneStop website now offers five mobile web applications you can use on your smartphone, tablet computer and other mobile device. These mobile apps can help you locate an American Job Center near you, search job listings and find local education and training programs.


Job Accommodation Network Expands Ways to Access Its Services

http://askjan.org/links/contact.htm ]

 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has added two new ways to contact its consultants for assistance with job accommodation inquiries. In addition to calling, emailing, using online chat, or using social networking tools to reach JAN services, users can now Text JAN at (304) 216-8189, or contact JAN via Skype at janconsultants.

Access the web link for a full list of methods that you can use to contact JAN and request consultation or information services. It includes tips on what information JAN needs to help you in a timely manner.


Job Accommodation Network Quarterly E-News
ENews: Volume 11, Issue 1, First Quarter, 2013

http://askjan.org/ENews/2013/Enews-V11-I1.htm ]

 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) E-News is a quarterly online newsletter. Its purpose is to keep subscribers informed about low-cost and innovative accommodation approaches; the latest trends in assistive technologies; announcements of upcoming JAN presentations, media events, trainings, and Webcasts; and legislative and policy updates promoting the employment success of people with disabilities.


Access the web link to learn more about the following e-news items:

  • JAN Goes to Guam, "Where America's Day Begins!"
  • Accommodating Pregnancy in the Workplace
  • Annual Requests for Medical Documentation and Long-Term Accommodations
  • The DSM-V and the New Category of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Harnessing the Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices for Use as Reasonable Accommodations
  • National Wear Red Day
  • ODEP Launches Media Campaign Encouraging Youth With Disabilities To Pursue Career Goals
  • JAN Releases New Resources
  • E-vents
  • JAN Exhibit and Training Schedule
  • Subscribe to JAN Newsletter

REAL ECONOMIC IMPACT

Free Tax Help Locations


Find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site
There are thousands of VITA sites located across the country. You may find a site near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887. [ http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ ]


Find a Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) or AARP Tax-Aide Site
A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide Program. To locate the nearest TCE site or AARP Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.
[ www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action ] 


Top 10 Ways to Get Help from IRS.gov
Internal Revenue Service Tax Tips 2013-08

http://www.irs.gov/ ]


When you're looking for tax information, you want to find it as quickly and easily as possible. That's why the IRS redesigned its website. It's now even more user friendly. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit IRS.gov:


1. Get 24/7 Access.  Whether you do your taxes during the day or burn the midnight oil, IRS.gov has the tax forms and answers you need when you need them. It's accessible all day, every day. The Interactive Tax Assistant is a helpful tool that will answer many of your tax law questions. Several tax forms, publications and information are also available in Spanish.


2. Use Free File.  Anyone can prepare and e-file their taxes for free with IRS Free File. Offered exclusively at IRS.gov, Free File's brand name software or fillable forms do the work for you. If you made $57,000 or less, you qualify to use free tax software. If your income is more than $57,000 or you feel comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms. This option provides the electronic versions of IRS paper forms.


3. Try IRS e-file.  Whether you do your own taxes or hire a preparer, IRS e-file is the safest, easiest and most popular way to file a complete and accurate tax return. Since 1990, taxpayers have e-filed more than one billion returns. If you owe taxes, e-file gives you options to file early and pay by the tax deadline. If you are due a refund, you should receive it in less than 21 days.


4. Check Your Refund Status.  You can track your refund using the enhanced "Where's My Refund?" tool. It's quick, easy and secure and has a new look this year. You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return. You can check your refund status four weeks after you mail a paper return. The tool includes a tracker that displays the progress of your return in three stages while it is processed. Once IRS approves your refund, "Where's My Refund?" will give a date to expect your refund.


5. Make Payments Electronically.  E-payment options are a convenient, safe and secure way to pay taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit or debit card or enroll in the United States Treasury's Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. 

6. Use the EITC Assistant.  The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for working people who earned less than $50,270 in 2012. The credit can be worth as much as $5,891. Check your eligibility using the EITC Assistant tool. You may be among the millions of eligible workers who get the EITC this year.


7. Get Tax Forms and Publications.  You can view and download tax forms and publications any time. It's the easiest way to get IRS forms and publications.


8. Figure the Right Withholding.  The IRS Withholding Calculator will help to ensure you don't have too much or too little income tax withheld from your pay.


9. Request a Payment Agreement.  Paying all your taxes on time avoids penalties and interest. However, if you cannot pay your taxes in full you may be eligible to use the Online Payment Agreement Application to request an installment agreement.


10. Get the Latest Tax Law Changes.  Learn about tax law changes that may affect your tax return. Special sections of the website highlight changes that affect individual and business taxpayers.


Additional IRS Resources:

 

IRS YouTube Videos:

IRS Podcasts:

America Saves Week: February 25 to March 2, 2013
[ http://www.americasavesweek.org/ ]


America Saves is a national campaign involving more than 1,000 non-profit, government, and corporate groups that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. Overall management for the campaign is provided by the non-profit [ Consumer Federation of America ] (CFA). CFA is comprised of over 270 consumer education, advocacy, and cooperative organizations dedicated to advancing the consumer interest.

Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Typically thousands of organizations participate in the Week, reaching millions of people.


Access the web link to view and download the America Saves Toolkit and to learn how your organization can get involved.



WEBSITES OF THE WEEK

MyFreeTaxes.com
[ hhttp://myfreetaxes.com/ ]

 

The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals available in both "English" and "Spanish". It's easy, safe, secure and 100 percent free. Powered by the [ Walmart Foundation ] - in cooperation with [ Goodwill Industries International ], [ National Disability Institute ], and [ United Way Worldwide ] - the MyFreeTaxes Partnership's online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped 4.5 million families claim nearly $6 billion in tax credits and refunds since 2009. Tax filing software provided by H&R Block.


The 2013 MyFreeTaxes Partnership campaign, now in its fifth year, provides free tax preparation and filing assistance to individuals and families who qualify in three distinct ways:

  • First, we provide easy, fast secure federal and state tax filing online through our software partner, H&R Block At Home. Your work is saved at every step. Start filing online now and come back later! Already started?
  • Second, we connect community members to local in-person tax preparation and filing assistance. These are our free local tax help centers.
  • Third, National Disability Institute has built inclusive disability capacity for individuals and organizations to increase accessibility of free tax filing.

This national campaign empowers working individuals and families with low-to-moderate income to access free tax  preparation and filing assistance services online at home, at a community center or with the help of a nonprofit partner.


From January through April 2013, more than 400 community organizations will help perform outreach, recruit and train volunteers, and provide free tax preparation and filing assistance services to help others. Our partner organizations in towns and cities across America develop sustainable and economically empowering ways to help their clients with the benefits of free tax preparation.


The website includes a wealth of resources and tax saving information to include:

  • Get Organized
  • Tax Checklist
  • Files Taxes Free Online and/or In Person
  • ...and more
  • Tax Saving Info
  • Tax Credits for Working People, Families, Students
  • ...and more
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • The home page includes information on how to locate "Free Tax Filing in Your Area" by entering a zip code.

Monster.Com First in Industry to Make Website Accessible for Blind
[ http://www.monster.com/ ]
[ http://www.about-monster.com/content/monstercom-first-industry-make-website-accessible-blind-users ] (News Release)

 

Monster.com, after working closely with teams from the National Federation of the Blind and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, announced that it will enhance its website and mobile applications to make them accessible to blind job seekers. Monster Worldwide's Chief Information Officer Mark Conway said, "Although portions of our site were already accessible, we all agreed we could do more." Monster.com provides job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management products and services in more than 40 countries.


Access the web link to view the full news release.



PUBLICATIONS OF THE WEEK

Training Tomorrow's Workforce: Community College and Apprenticeship as Collaborative Routes to Rewarding Careers
Center for American Progress, Urban Institute

[ http://www.urban.org/uploadedpdf/1001360_training_tomorrow.pdf ]


Apprenticeships in the United States are preparing over 500,000 workers for careers. Although the United States apprenticeship system is small relative to those in other countries, it is highly successful in raising earnings and productivity. Can these benefits be incorporated into community college and other postsecondary settings? What is the current state of apprenticeship-community college collaboration and what steps can expand such collaborations? This paper examines these questions, capturing the diversity of apprentice-community college collaboration and areas in which the two systems do and do not interact.


January Disability Employment Statistics
United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


[ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t06.htm ]


Disability employment statistics for January show that the unemployment rate rose to 13.7 percent among people with disabilities, up from 11.7 percent in December. The percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 20.8 percent, and the percentage of people with no disability in the labor force was 68.9 percent.


Click [ here ] to view the Youth Employment Rate numbers for January 2013.


Disability Employment Initiative

This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under Contract Number DOLJ131A22067. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.