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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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Redfine employment goals based on student interest/ability

If a student has a goal which may not be attainable, perhaps tweak it to honor their interest, rather than disregarding. I still remember the story of a young student who wanted more than anything to be in the military but would not be able to pass the physical. His supporters, rather than saying he couldn't do it, found him a job at a recruiting center that allowed him to work in his field of choice.

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Resources on Successful Strategies

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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Improving Employment Outcomes

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 »

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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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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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