Adults/young adults who have skills sets that are marketable but lack reliable transportation miss out on opportunities.
2. Barriers and Challenges
Barriers and Challenges
Here are some questions to consider for this topic:
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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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.
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 »
VR agencies should not be backlogged. We need help now. Not in a couple years.
There are those individuals with hearing and speech disabilities that have a hard time communicating especially in stressful situations. Dysfluency issues arise in the initial phone /face to face interviews, communicating with clients, etc. which make employers very hesitant to even give the person a chance. Well qualified people with all the requirements (BS degrees, Certifications, etc.) are not able to find decent... more »
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 »
The high cost of sign language interpreter services creates a "cost-disincentive" for employers of deaf people. Public funding of VRI is needed to remove that barrier. (Consider the Video Relay Services now available at no cost to users). This remains a serious employment barrier for deaf people.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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. .
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.
There is such a stigma attached to this population. Employers need to be educated and informed about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.