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The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which was published in the December 9 edition of the Federal Register.


If you’re hard of hearing, you know that it’s especially difficult to hold a conversation in crowded, noisy places like restaurants and parties, even when you use a hearing aid. The hearing aid amplifies the conversations and noises from the tables and people around you along with the voices of the persons you want to talk with.

A hearing impaired smart phone user has found a creative solution to this common problem, reports the New York Times. By attaching a directional microphone to an iphone, pointing it toward the person you are talking with and using a pair of in-ear earphones, that background noise can be limited, he found.


There are many programs and services in place to assist disabled veterans with financial support and finding employment. Navigating the complex interaction between multiple programs and public agencies can be a daunting task. To help, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Griffin-Hammis Associates has prepared a comprehensive guidebook tool. It outlines how cash benefits for disabled veterans are impacted by working and identifies government sponsored job placement and training options for veterans.


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Job Search Workshop Can Help Make 2013 The Year You Find A New Job

AbilityLinks and RR Donnelley presented a unique and intensive hands-on job search workshop last July. Due to high demand, this successful event will be repeated in Wheaton, Illinois. Job Seekers with disabilities will learn the best techniques for improving their resume, have a chance to practice essential interview skills with human resource professionals and learn latest strategies for leveraging the internet to find a job. Tickets for this free event went quickly last time so don’t wait: Click this link to register today.


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and AbilityLinks marked the occasion by hosting a virtual job fair the week of October 1, 2012. Thanks to all the employers and more than 180 job seekers that participated in this online event and made it a success. .


By staying informed about the latest hiring trends you increase your chances of finding employment. These occupations are projected to have the largest number of job openings during the 2008-2018 time period.  Many are occupations, a segment of the labor market that continues to grow.  You can often find training programs related to these occupations at your local community college or One Stop Career Center.


About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report shows that 41 percent of those age 21 to 64 with any disability were employed.


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