(@tbrigham)

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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)

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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)

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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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(@familyvoicesnj)

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Assistive Technology

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.

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(@angie4dolls)

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Resources on Successful Strategies

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 »

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(@familyvoicesnj)

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Redfine employment goals based on student interest/ability

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.

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(@sharonaustin)

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Fund more mobile devices AS assistive technology

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 »

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(@theresia.kody)

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Employer backed training

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 »

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(@theresia.kody)

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Know the BUSINESS

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 »

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(@theresia.kody)

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One-Stop Integration

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 »

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