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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(@sharonaustin)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Ensure Wheelchair Ramps are at locations that support services

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 »

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(@sharonaustin)

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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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(@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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(@jhasse)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Self-reflection: Key to Employment for PWDs

In September, 2016, 19.8 percent of individuals with a disability 16 years old and older participated in our nation's labor force, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That figure for people without disabilities was 68.7 percent. Here's how we could make some real progress in raising that employment rate among individuals with disabilities in the United States: Provide individuals with opportunities for self-reflection... more »

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(@afhigley)

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Screening Applications

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 »

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(@barbee1012)

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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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(@barbee1012)

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Transportation: Training & Availability

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 »

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(@tbrigham)

2. Barriers and Challenges

Educate employers

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.

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(@nmatherly)

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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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(@smildredmaxwell)

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parent of adult with HFA with extreme anxiety

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.

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