Secretary of Labor  Perez Examines "Progress Made and Challenges Ahead: 23 Years of the Americans  with Disabilities Act"

Asserting that "the Americans with Disabilities Act is one  of our nation's proudest civil rights triumphs," Secretary of Labor Tom Perez  lays out his vision for the employment of people with disabilities in a blog  post commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the ADA.

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Assistant Secretary  Martinez Explores the Importance of Diverse Perspectives

In a blog post entitled "Diverse Perspectives: A Competitive  Advantage," Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability  employment policy, discusses how employee diversity helps businesses perform  better. Notes Martinez, "As a leader, I'll always choose a solution that represents an amalgam of opinions and  insights rather than the one that approaches a problem from only one angle. Because in business, as in society at large, diversity drives innovation."

•  Read the Diverse Perspectives blog

Perkins School  Welcomes Assistant Secretary Martinez

During a visit to the Perkins School for the Blind on July  19, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy Kathy  Martinez spoke with 100 students and staff about her experiences growing up  blind and the support she received from people in her life that helped her  overcome society's low expectations about her abilities and potential. That evening, she addressed about 300 parents  at the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments  National Conference, where she touched on themes of expectation and  achievement.

•  Read the DOL Newsletter story
•  Read the Perkins School news story

Assistant Secretary  Martinez Discusses Youth Transition at National Council on Independent Living  Event

As a speaker at a preconference event for the National  Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference on July 23, assistant secretary  of labor for disability employment policy Kathy Martinez addressed a group of  about 100 on the topic of transition and employment for youth with  disabilities. Martinez emphasized the  need to "change the paradigm" to encourage youth with disabilities to work  rather than end up in the "cycle of dependency" on disability benefits.

•  Read the DOL Newsletter story
•  Visit the NCIL website

Workforce Recruitment  Program Seeks Federal Recruiters

Do you want to have a personal impact on the hiring of  people with disabilities? The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), the primary  pipeline bringing college students and recent  graduates with disabilities into federal employment, is seeking federal  employees to conduct phone interviews with  students this fall.

•  Learn how to be a WRP recruiter
•  Read about the WRP

Employer Assistance  and Resource Network's EARN|Exchange Blog Interviews Bobby Silverstein on the  Americans with Disabilities Act

The EARN|Exchange blog spoke with Bobby Silverstein, one of  the architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, about the implementation  of the ADA over the years and the effect it has had on employers and people  with disabilities.

•  Read the Bobby Silverstein interview

US Department of  Justice Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Week

"Celebrating Enforcement of the ADA: An Anniversary Week  Blog" looks at the role played by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in "enforcing  the ADA and opening up the gateways to full participation and opportunity for  people with disabilities."

•  Read the ADA blog