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Employment of Persons with Disabilities

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July 26, 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In recognition of this historic event, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will conduct a six-city Listening Tour to address critical employment issues facing people with disabilities.

Assistant Secretary of Labor Martinez and SHRM President & CEO Lon O’Neil
sign a partnership agreement to foster employment opportunities for persons with disabilities during SHRM’s Leadership Conference, November 2009.

U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez is spearheading the tour, which is designed to solicit ideas from employers and others on three key topics:

1.      More effective ways to increase employment of women, veterans and minorities with disabilities;

2.      Identification of federal and state systems that are effectively collaborating to achieve successful employment results for people with disabilities; and

3.      Top priorities on which the federal government should focus to support an increase in the employment of persons with disabilities.

The first two cities on ODEP’s listening tour are:

  • Dallas, TX on January 21;
  • Philadelphia, PA on January 27;
  • Chicago, IL on February 11 

SHRM members who are interested in attending and/or submitting testimony for these sessions can register by clicking HERE and accessing the links highlighted in yellow. 

Other ODEP 2010 Listening Tour cities scheduled for February and March include San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston; however, specific dates and locations are not yet set. 



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