[tabi] Fw: [leadership] FW: Disability.gov Launched Today - New and Redesigned with Social Media

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  • Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:50:38 -0400

----- Original Message ----- From: "Eric Bridges" <ebridges@xxxxxxx> To: <leadership@xxxxxxx>; <acb-l-digest-sc.1238423837.kakmkpbbinilnldpohmp-ebridges=acb.org@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 2:10 PM
Subject: [leadership] FW: Disability.gov Launched Today - New and Redesigned with Social Media




From: Stephanie Bostaph [mailto:Stephanie_Bostaph@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 1:55 PM
To: ebridges@xxxxxxx
Subject: Disability.gov Launched Today - New and Redesigned with Social

Dear Eric:

The U.S. Department of Labor today launched Disability.gov, a redesigned
federal Web site that connects the more than 50 million Americans with
disabilities to thousands of trusted resources on disability-related issues,
programs and services. Formerly known as DisabilityInfo.gov, the site has
been completely redesigned and updated with new social media tools, such as
a blog and a Twitter feed, to encourage feedback and interaction among
visitors. Disability.gov is not just for Americans with disabilities, but
also for parents of children with disabilities, employers, workforce and
human resource professionals, veterans, educators, caregivers and many

Disability.gov features comprehensive information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and
local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil
rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment;
health; housing; technology; and transportation.

We ask that you please let your constituents know about Disability.gov. You can do this by sending an e-mail to your networks; placing a news item about the site on your Web site, blog or Twitter feed; or by including an article
in the next issue of your newsletter. We would be happy to supply you with
any additional communications materials you may need. Please let us know if
you would like us to send you a press release, fact sheet, talking points,
sample Twitter posts or news articles.

IMPORTANT: If you are currently linking to
www.DisabilityInfo.gov from your Web site, please take a moment to update
your link to
www.Disability.gov. If you are not currently linking to us, we hope that
you'll add this to your Web site. To link to Disability.gov, visit our Link
to Us page (
www.disability.gov/link_to_us). Please let us know if you have any
questions. We hope you enjoy the new site and find it useful.

Many thanks for your support!

Stephanie Bostaph

Communications Specialist

Concepts PR

(703) 229-2849

sbostaph@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sbostaph@xxxxxxxxx>

News Release

U.S. Department of Labor                                           For
Immediate Release

Office of Public Affairs July
23, 2009

Washington, D.C.
Contact: Jennifer Kaplan

Release Number: 09-834-NAT                                   Phone:
202-693-5052 or 202-693-4676

Disability.gov offers social media tools, upgrades to complement information
from 22 federal agencies on disability-related programs and services

Launch of revamped site to coincide with Americans with Disabilities Act's
19th anniversary

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Labor has re-named and re-launched
DisabilityInfo.gov as Disability.gov.  The site offers comprehensive
information about programs and services to better serve more than 50 million
Americans with disabilities, their family members, veterans, employers,
educators, caregivers and anyone interested in disability-related

The new Web site will integrate content from 22 federal agencies and be
managed by the Labor Department.  The former DisabilityInfo.gov site has
been revamped with social media tools to encourage interaction and feedback,
and new ways to organize, share and receive information. Visitors will be
able to sign up for personalized news and updates, participate in online
discussions and suggest resources for the site. New features include a
Twitter feed, Really Simple Syndication feeds, a blog, social bookmarking
and a user-friendly way to obtain answers to questions on such topics as
finding employment and job accommodations. Additional tools will be added
during the months ahead.

"The new Disability.gov site is bigger, better, faster and stronger than the
old site," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Far more than just a
directory of federal resources, Disability.gov is a meeting ground for
Americans to learn, respond and communicate about a wealth of critically
important disability-related topics."

The site is organized into 10 subject areas: benefits, civil rights,
community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health,
housing, technology and transportation. By selecting a category, visitors
are directed to useful information on federal and state government programs
and services, news and events, grants and funding opportunities, and more.

"The Department of Labor is pleased to be the managing partner of
Disability.gov and to help advance the independence and full participation
of people with disabilities in the workforce, the classroom and their
communities," said Kathleen Martinez, assistant secretary for the Labor
Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Disability.gov contains thousands of links to reliable information from its
federal agency partners, as well as educational institutions, nonprofit
organizations, and state and local governments.

ODEP is leading a 21st century federal response to the historic
underemployment of people with disabilities.  In collaboration with other
government agencies, public and private employers, and additional
stakeholders, ODEP facilitates the development and implementation of
innovative policies and practices necessary to achieve a fully inclusive
workplace.  ODEP's work primarily falls into three categories:  employers
and the workplace; workforce systems; and employment-related supports, which
include education and training, health care, reliable transportation,
affordable housing and assistive technology.  For more information, visit
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ConceptsPR/621daffd39/2987d3d83b/f55950391f> .

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