Oct. 14, 2003 -- This week's E-Letter, like all our October E-Letters, will focus on employment.
Tomorrow, Oct 15, is Disability Mentoring Day. This is the fifth year for the annual event, which has grown from a small Washington, DC-based activity conducted by the White House with about 3 dozen students to a program hosted by The American Association of People with Disabilities involving 4,000 students nationwide and over a dozen corporate sponsors. More information is available at http://www.dmd-aapd.org/
The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act and the Work force Investment Act -- all federal laws passed in the last 15 years -- have been aimed at getting people with disabilities into the workforce.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research funds a number of projects with a focus on employment, as we saw in last week's E-Letter. One of those is the Program on Employment and Disability at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, which is currently NIDRR's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities. "Our coordinated research, training, and dissemination activities are aimed at deepening the understanding of policy makers and other stakeholders about how the economy, public policies, and other socio-political factors affect the employment and economic self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities," says the Center (info at http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ped/dep/rrtc.html -- to get a good overview of the information you can obtain from this site, visit http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ped/