Here's an article that has some background.
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Here are some questions to consider for this topic:
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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There is such a stigma attached to this population. Employers need to be educated and informed about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
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 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.
VR agencies should not be backlogged. We need help now. Not in a couple years.
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. .
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.
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.
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.