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HLAA Signs onto Consumer Groups’ Comments Filed with the EEOC

Jul 30 2014

HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on The Federal Sector’s Obligation to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities.  Our comments highlighted the needs to provide accommodations on request and in a timely manner, and propose that the Federal Government establish a centralized funding system for accommodations.

Read our comments.

HLAA Invited to National Governor’s Association Briefing on Employment

Aug 27 2012

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) invited HLAA to join with other advocates for people with disabilities for a briefing on employment and people with disabilities. The NGA initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities will focus barriers to employment for people with disabilities. The initiative will address the roles that both state government and business can play in supporting employment for people with disabilities.

HLAA is pleased to be able to bring the perspective of people with hearing loss to the National Governor’s Association.

DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy - Launches Disability Related Challenge

May 25 2012

DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy has launched its first disability-related application challenge. In announcing the challenge, Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez said that “using today’s technology, we hope to inspire creative and innovative solutions to the pressing employment-related problems faced by people with disabilities.”

DOJ Settles ADA Case with Illinois State Police

Dec 14 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported a Title I settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the Illinois State Police to eliminate policies that automatically exclude cadet job applicants who use hearing aids or who manage their diabetes with insulin pumps has also been added and is now available. 

For more news from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the ADA, visit http://www.ada.gov/new.htm

$3.8 Million Employment Funding for People with Disabilities

Oct 3 2011

WASHINGTON — On September 28, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced a total of $3,787,000 in continued funding for organizations managing consortia that develop models, provide technical assistance and share best practices to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

$21 Million in Disability Employment Funding Awarded to 7 States

Oct 3 2011

WASHINGTON — On September 27, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $21,166,560 for seven states under the Disability Employment Initiative to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The initiative is jointly funded and administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy.

EEOC Settles Disability Discrimination Suit

Sep 14 2011

Assistant Teacher with Hearing Loss to Receive $100,000

Baltimore:  One of the largest metropolitan Jewish community centers in the country will pay $100,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC had charged that the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) in Rockville, Maryland, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it demoted and fired an assistant teacher because of her hearing loss.

Read the U.S. EEOC media release.