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 »
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 »
there are several tax credits employers can take advantage of by hiring PWD.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
Community work based learning- I have found that observing students in natural environments doing work provides 2 benefits. 1) I can learn more about the student's skills, strengths, interactions, independence, preferences for work, and acceptance by community and 2) I can obtain pictures of the students doing actual work (showing experience) that I can then use when approaching future employers.
Including medical supports for students with special healthcare needs seeking employment will allow students with medical conditions to participate in the workplace.
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.
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 »
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. .
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 »
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.