(@jeichler)

1. Successful Strategies

ACCOMMODATION vs TRUE TEAMWORK

I think we are going about this all wrong. It's all about teaching people how to be good co-workers. We live in a world where the people who are atypical are expected to fit in and function, often at a level that makes no sense to them and causing significant underutilization of what they could actually offer if given the opportunity. Why not provide opportunities throughout the educational system (preschool through college... 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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(@barbee1012)

2. Barriers and Challenges

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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(@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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(@lisabjester)

1. Successful Strategies

Career Fair as way to educate employers

One strategy that has been successful for me with my students is attending career/job fairs. This gives the students an opportunity to practice their conversation and social skills and allows me time to network with hiring professionals and share my students abilities and career goals. Many of my students have been able to secure jobs through this strategy.

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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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(@michelle.halman)

1. Successful Strategies

Business / School Partnership

A school could partner with a large, local business. Relationships may already exist between the business and VR. Teachers and Administrators don't have to reinvent the wheel to build one for themselves - ask VR for assistance. A business could: 1. Provide Career Mentoring for students 2. Hold a practice job fair at the business 3. Be a guest speaker in a classroom 4. Provide workplace tours 5. Practice interview... more »

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(@deborahl)

1. Successful Strategies

Raise Parental Expectations for Inclusive Employment

Parents participating in this discussion have high expectations that their adult children will work in inclusive settings doing work that reflect their strengths and interests. This is NOT the case for many many families. Even if parents do have such expectations they may not have a clue about how to ensure that their son or daughter with significant disabilities receives the supports they need in the workplace. Parent... more »

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(@tbrigham)

1. Successful Strategies

STEM Camps

We held 2 STEM camps in different parts of the state over the past summer and plan to do it again. The camps included career exploration information with guest speakers in STEM areas, utilizing a Think Through Math program and working with a technology program to build and race cars, computer design and print t-shirts/buttons. The youth had a blast and it was a success. We partnered with the local high school to utilize... more »

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(@afhigley)

2. Barriers and Challenges

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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(@afhigley)

1. Successful Strategies

Part-time Seasonal Employment

Retail jobs are often those that are the most flexible and the most available to my two young adults with autism. After a year working in a big box store, my daughter with autism found that she could not tolerate the stress of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or holiday sales. Another big box store in the area offers part-time seasonal work for back to school. It's been great for her. She worked the summer and early fall,... more »

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(@jo.pwd.adv.1)

1. Successful Strategies

Honed VR services

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.

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