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Webinar: Using BLS and Census Disability Statistics for Employment and Training Decisions

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On May 24, 2012 (EST)

This U.S. Labor Department (DOL) Employment and Training Administration Webinar will tell you everything you need to know about finding, understanding and using employment-related disability statistics to apply for grant funding, as well as to plan, design, operate and assess the effectiveness of your programs. 


Click here to register for this Webinar, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 2 to 3:30 pm Eastern time.   


The two presenters are the leading U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Census Bureau experts on disability statistics.  This Webinar will 1) explain the importance of BLS and Census Bureau disability workforce statistics for enhancing employment and training programs; 2) highlight the findings from the latest disability studies and explain any differences among them; 3) provide tips on how users can get the disability data from the four main sources; and 4) describe the new disability definitions. 


Since persons with disabilities are one of the principal targeted populations for employment programs, a wide audience can benefit from this Webinar.  We will also demonstrate how to use two of the Census Bureau’s most important customized data tools, which will be of great value to anyone seeking to use state and local data. 


BLS and Census have recently issued two important disability reports, and another important BLS study is due in 2013.  Experts from these two agencies will highlight the most important employment-related findings from these recent studies, and preview the kinds of insights expected from next year’s report.  In addition, a representative from DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will also be on hand to answer questions about this forthcoming survey. 


This Webinar will also explain how to obtain workforce statistics on persons with disabilities from the four main Federal data sources, and provide a guided tour through the Census Bureau’s two customized tools (AmericanFactFinder and Table Creator) — from which states and localities can obtain a wealth of disability (and other employment) data. 


Since all but one of major Federal surveys have recently introduced a new definition of disability, replacing one that was widely recognized as inadequate, we will explain the new definition and clarify which years can be selected for historical analyses. 

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