3. Training and Technical Assistance

Training Ideas

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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FURTHERING EDUCATION

There should be a college that accepts a child's "diploma" without it being costly for the parent(s) and or the child wanting to further his/her education. Being a mother of a child who does not have a "normal diploma" but wishes to attend college, and is being told that a GED would need to be obtained in order to attend or where it is accepted is very costly it's disappointing, and frustrating. Parents with kid(s) that ...more »

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SOFT SKILLS

A person can have the most technical skill, however if s/he is lacking the ability to work with Suzy on a project s/he could be fired. There needs to be training for individuals on soft skills. I have conversations with friends without disabilities in regards to their soft skills; when I discuss their reactions in the workplace, they realize that it wasn't appropriate and there's a need to develop certain soft skills. ...more »

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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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Communication

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 »

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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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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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Educate employers

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.

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Transportation: Training & Availability

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 »

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