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 »
1. Successful Strategies
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1. What positive or innovative techniques have you developed to implement inclusive career pathways for youth and/or adults who face barriers to employment, including people with disabilities?
2. How does (or how might) cross system collaboration make resources available to support inclusive career pathways? (Please provide examples if you have some.)
3. What are you doing or what would you suggest to increase awareness and outreach about career pathways programs and services so that jobseekers with disabilities can take advantage of career pathways opportunities?
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We need to focus on educating Human Resource Managers on employing individuals with disabilities. Once you have their willingness to work with you, then you can enlist them in helping to create a more inclusive environment.
Make sure you include members of the disabled community in the discussion when developing career pathways. This seems like common sense, but many boards, committees, etc....make decisions that impact groups of people that are not even represented in the discussion.
In Philadelphia, PA there is an integration model taking place to enhance career pathways. PA CareerLink Philadelphia coordinates office space so an OVR counselor can have an office in the one-stop 1-2 days/week for job seekers who self-ID. When job seekers are WIOA registered (The person can work 30+ hours/week), they have access to trainings through the one-stop. One way to enhance this model would be to have a "fast... more »
Too often, people look at companies purely as employers. Staff supporting individuals need to learn to speak to businesses: understand what business cycle the company is in, know the pain points of the business, assess gaps, know business lingo. When staff supporting individuals do this successfully, they are able to better advocate for individuals. Teach the individual the difference as well. When the interaction is... more »
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 »
Volunteer opportunities can be used to build skills during transition years and also as a stepping stone to paid employment.
It's my firm belief that mobile devices ARE assistive technology in and of themselves in certain respects. iPhone products with Voice Over, android devices have accessibility features, and most phones of course allow voice input for search -- a HUGE time saver for those who have difficulty typing.... 1. They enable those with disabilities to communicate from wherever they are, rather than having to come to a particular... more »
If a student has a goal which may not be attainable, perhaps tweak it to honor their interest, rather than disregarding. I still remember the story of a young student who wanted more than anything to be in the military but would not be able to pass the physical. His supporters, rather than saying he couldn't do it, found him a job at a recruiting center that allowed him to work in his field of choice.
There is a organization called Respectability USA which exclusively works in the area of improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. On their website are reports and toolkits that address these issues and what to do to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Second, I attended a webinar about a vocational program called Project Search which is a vocational training and transition... more »
Use of person-centered planning will ensure what students with disabilities need individually in order to be successfully employed.
Use of Structured Learning Experiences and/or Community Based Instruction in school years during transition will ensure future employment success.
Look at evidence-based best practices for use of AT in employment. Note that IEPs must consider the use of AT as well. There are even some loaner or recycle AT agencies to help with cost.
there are several tax credits employers can take advantage of by hiring PWD.
As a person with a disability with limited resources, one needs employment services that look at one's strength's and builds upon those. Not just planning around one's disability.