During these unprecedented times, there have been disruptions to normal work routines and daily activities. While some of us are acclimating to telework, others have been furloughed or lost jobs, and many apprenticeships have been put on hold.
During this time of uncertainty, the Apprenticeship Inclusion Models (AIM) initiative continues our focus on fostering the development of inclusive apprenticeship models. We believe that it matters more than ever:
- Although not all economic sectors can support remote work, the information technology sector can readily transition to remote training and work processes that support inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.
- While many sectors of the American economy prepare to reopen, we can plan for an inclusive restart to move forward when the time is right.
- Amid ongoing discussions on how people work and interact in the workplace, we can also work to ensure that the “new normal” supports more inclusive practices.
We have compiled the following resources to support your work and well-being and help you continue to advance inclusive apprenticeship programs accessible to youth and adults with disabilities:
- Coronavirus Website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- The ADA and Managing Reasonable Accommodation Requests from Employees with Disabilities in Response to COVID-19 (Job Accommodation Network)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19), Stress, and Mental Health Conditions (Job Accommodation Network)
- Mental Health Toolkit (Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion)
- Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting & Presentation (Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology)
- Tips for Being an Effective Teleworker (Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology)
- Coronavirus and other Disability Focused Federal Resources (WorkforceGPS)
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are here to help.
The Apprenticeship Inclusion Models initiative team