Adults/young adults who have skills sets that are marketable but lack reliable transportation miss out on opportunities.
2. Barriers and Challenges
Barriers and Challenges
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1. What barriers do service providers encounter in successfully creating and implementing career pathways programs that include individuals with disabilities?
2. What are some barriers people with disabilities face in pursuing a career and/or participating in career pathways programs?
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Including medical supports for students with special healthcare needs seeking employment will allow students with medical conditions to participate in the workplace.
The high cost of sign language interpreter services creates a "cost-disincentive" for employers of deaf people. Public funding of VRI is needed to remove that barrier. (Consider the Video Relay Services now available at no cost to users). This remains a serious employment barrier for deaf people.
I live in a suburban/semi-rural area with limited public transportation. My son relies on a door-to-door para-transit service that only operates M-F during mostly daytime hours. The service is somewhat unreliable and arriving late to work can cause issues. He works in food service, and would have more job opportunities if he had access to transportation for evenings and weekends. In areas with public transportation,... more »
This is not an idea. It is a need for good ideas for support for toileting for workers that cannot manage for themselves for many reasons.
The state Vocational Rehab agency expects that my son would go through the normal process of getting a job. Due to severe anxiety, he would have to be introduced to job slowly and then be hired after the anxiety dissipated (6 weeks) and he could then be "hired" or chose not to continue if job was not correct.
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 »
There is such a stigma attached to this population. Employers need to be educated and informed about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
Extensive, online psychological assessments tend to screen out many applicants with autism or developmental disabilties who can't read between the lines to understand what a question is really asking. I would love to see a full ban on these types of screening tools. If that's not possible, perhaps employers could extend an option to their applicants to allow program staff assist them as they complete the tests. That would... more »
VR agencies should not be backlogged. We need help now. Not in a couple years.
Believe it or not, sometimes, the very offices that are meant to help those with disabilities are themselves inaccessible. I've heard this from those with disabilities, and was actually pretty incredulous when I did hear it from them. Here's an article that has some background. http://www.npr.org/2016/11/04/500216584/one-arizona-group-goes-to-court-for-the-disabled-more-than-1-500-times I *think* part of the problem... more »
Its vital to get into the community to connect with as many employers as possible. Offering training and education on subjects such as disability, assistive technology, work site accommodations, resources, etc...could go a long way in opening doors for careers they wouldn't have known were options for individuals with disabilities.
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 »
Employers and Workers with disabilities can't connect effectively. We need to open the gates between employers and persons who want to work and decline the funneling effect of eligibility. .
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.