October 22, 2012 | Issue 34  

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?"
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Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2013
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013, and the increased payments to SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2012. The average monthly benefit that a Social Security Disability beneficiary receives, $1,113, will increase to $1,132.
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Assistive Technology Series, “Meet Sam”
The Family Center on Technology and Disability and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of their new assistive technology awareness series, “Assistive Technology in Action.” This fully-captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community. The first video in the series, “Meet Sam,” features Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.
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Labor Department Launches Virtual Toolkit on Workplace Flexibility
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has launched an online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit to provide resources and a unique approach to workplace flexibility. Workplace flexibility is a universal strategy that helps workers with complex employment situations become more productive. The toolkit adds a new dimension — an emphasis on flexibility around job tasks and what work is done.
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Webinar on Community Service as a Pathway to Employment (Free)
Date: October 31, 2012
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Social Security Administration will hold a webinar to discuss volunteering and community service as a path to employment for Social Security disability beneficiaries. A panel of experts will provide information on ways to make community service a part of your career path. Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
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Self-Advocacy Online
The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at the University of Minnesota and the Arc have partnered to support a Web site for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. "Self-Advocacy Online,” an educational and networking tool, includes multi-media lessons on topics such as: living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives; a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories; and a national listing of self-advocacy groups.
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