2. Barriers and Challenges

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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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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Career Fair as way to educate employers

One strategy that has been successful for me with my students is attending career/job fairs. This gives the students an opportunity to practice their conversation and social skills and allows me time to network with hiring professionals and share my students abilities and career goals. Many of my students have been able to secure jobs through this strategy.

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Appropriate Skills Training for Higher Functioning Candidates

As the rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder increases, there needs to be job training opportunities appropriate for those higher functioning individuals with disabilities. Workforce development programs are geared toward very high-functioning (ACCES-VR) and very low-functioning (NYSARC) candidates. There are many in between, who cannot participate in mainstream training programs, and have no interest in yard maintenance ...more »

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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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Career Assessments for Youth

Engaging youth and adults into completing career assessments which break down all areas of likes and dislikes (i.e. type of light, odors, environment, etc.) the individual would like or not like to work in, will assist with the discovery process. To have youth participate in job shadows in order to view the ins and outs of the "ideal" job will assist with career understanding.

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