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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Weakness to Federal/State Special Disability Employment Prgms

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 »

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