(@maryw026)

1. Successful Strategies

Outside the box

Talking with employers about possibility of working together without much specificity gives the employer opportunities unity to come up with ideas. Too often IMHO professionals try to pigeonhole a Dooley rather than start broadly and let the employer take the lead in developing I get jobs.

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(@brunobruce)

1. Successful Strategies

Weakness to Federal/State Special Disability Employment Prgms

Upgrade All Federal and State Special Disability Employment Programs to must use for college graduates(not can use options). On May 1990, I graduated California State University, Northridge. From 1990 to Today 2016, I have received no hire success on All Federal and State Special Disability Employment Programs due to their weak activity options to use, discriminations, and no hire enforcement to for California LEAP,... more »

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(@christine.engstrom)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Communication

There are those individuals with hearing and speech disabilities that have a hard time communicating especially in stressful situations. Dysfluency issues arise in the initial phone /face to face interviews, communicating with clients, etc. which make employers very hesitant to even give the person a chance. Well qualified people with all the requirements (BS degrees, Certifications, etc.) are not able to find decent... more »

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(@barbee1012)

1. Successful Strategies

Tax credits or incentives

Some successful employment opportunities have come from parents or professionals who start businesses designed to train and employ people with disabilities. (there are several in Colorado) Enact legislation to provide tax credits or other incentives to start businesses which employ people with disabilities. Do case studies on these successful business models and disseminate this information to the broader community... more »

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(@sharonaustin)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Provide online work interfaces with longer work sessions

Specifically, much of what slows down people with certain disabilities is the fact that they work a little more slowly. The consequence is that they often get kicked out of online work sessions, due to the way network administrators set time limits. If there could be some sort of toggle approved for those with bona-fide disabilities, they would be more productive simply because they wouldn't spend so much time logging... more »

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(@theresia.kody)

1. Successful Strategies

Employer backed training

When a business has the opportunity to create or be a part of the creation of a training program, the business is more likely to hire individuals from the training. If the business cannot hire an individual upon completion of the training, the business is MORE likely to refer the qualified individual to another employer who is looking to hire. Also, if when a business can be part of a training (ie. internship, shadow),... more »

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(@barbee1012)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Competitive Productivity & Communicating Benefits

Some employers are hesitant to employ people with disabilities due to fears they won't be as productive as a "typical" peer. Forums to educate business leaders might include: Chambers of Commerce, annual meetings for certain professional organizations, etc. Perhaps these presentations can be done in collaboration with local colleges who offer educational programs or majors related to disabilities, business, human resources... more »

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(@kporter)

1. Successful Strategies

Transition to Community Employment

Concerned about lack of programs that really 'put people to work' in our community, and after searching nationally for programs that would address both the individuals' and employer needs, we looked at the top workplace employability skills that lead to success on the job and other areas of life, like communication, teamwork. problem solving, initiative and self-starting, planning and organising. self-management, learning... more »

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(@david.hoff)

1. Successful Strategies

Integrating Individuals into Industry Credential Programs

When we talk about Career Pathways, it's critical that we focus on skill development and credentials. A strategy that I feel is under-utilized, is supporting individuals with significant disabilities in training programs that result in industry-recognized credentials in the trades, health care, and other industries. The idea is to integrate individuals into existing training programs (not create something separate),... more »

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(@nmatherly)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Work with local employers

IDEA: If there is an employer in your area looking for a certain skill set, work with local schools or rehab agencies to teach job-seekers the specific skills needed for employment with that particular employer.

BARRIER: Many of my clients do not want to go back to school. They feel they are done with school and should be working.

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(@angie4dolls)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Improving Employment Outcomes

There are many people like myself with developmental disabilities that have at or above average intelligence that need help with: educational, vocational, home and community based services who are often found ineligible for services or the services do not exist to meet our needs. The federal government needs to be more focused and prepared to address these needs. There must be greater investment in our public education... more »

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