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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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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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Outside the box

Talking with employers about possibility of working together without much specificity gives the employer opportunities unity to come up with ideas. Too often IMHO professionals try to pigeonhole a Dooley rather than start broadly and let the employer take the lead in developing I get jobs.

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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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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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To address this question: What training and technical assistance do you think agencies need in order to successfully create and implement inclusive career pathways? In my community, I would like to see my clients have the ability to be trained in: *cash handling, *computer skills beyond social media, Microsoft office *handyman skills like painting and simple plumbing, *customer service, *auto repairs, ie: oil change ...more »

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Provide online work interfaces with longer work sessions

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 »

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ABLE Coordinator- Teacher for a community based program 18-21

Close connections with Vocational Rehabilitation. This allows me to easily move from unpaid work trials into paid work opportunities for my students. I establish conversations and familiarity with our transition counselor through weekly meetings with myself and my students in my classroom. I obtain applications and records to promoted eligibility determination long before I am ready for students to access VR funded ...more »

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Include community members in the dialogue!

Make sure you include members of the disabled community in the discussion when developing career pathways. This seems like common sense, but many boards, committees, etc....make decisions that impact groups of people that are not even represented in the discussion.

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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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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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