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Welcome to the Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways Online Dialogue

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The LEAD Center is currently developing strategies and practices to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities, and others who face barriers to employment, in inclusive career pathways initiatives.

Inclusive Career Pathways are programs and approaches designed to support people whose career options have been limited because they lack the academic and/or technical skills necessary to complete the credentialing requirements of many key high-demand high-growth career opportunities. Inclusive approaches bring together employers in key industries with community colleges, disability partners, government agencies, community partners, and social service agencies to develop and implement strategies for overcoming the workforce barriers faced by people with disabilities, returning citizens, people without a high school diploma and/or little-to-no post-secondary education, English language learners, and others who might require additional support.

The goal of this National Dialogue is to give you the opportunity to inform the LEAD Center’s work. Start by considering the following question and sharing your successes and experiences with career pathways initiatives, as well as, your ideas and thoughts on how they can be structured to best address the needs of people with disabilities. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Ideas that can support access to career pathways are organized into the following topics:

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

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 »

Submitted by (@brunobruce)

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Topic: 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 »

Submitted by (@sharonaustin)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

Educating and Enlisting the Help of Human Resource Managers

We need to focus on educating Human Resource Managers on employing individuals with disabilities. Once you have their willingness to work with you, then you can enlist them in helping to create a more inclusive environment.

Submitted by (@katharine.levandowsky)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

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.

Submitted by (@jcollins)

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Topic: 2. Barriers and Challenges

Education for employers

There is such a stigma attached to this population. Employers need to be educated and informed about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

Submitted by (@agaray)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

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 »

Submitted by (@theresia.kody)

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Topic: 3. Training and Technical Assistance

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 »

Submitted by (@bgcmdirector)

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Topic: 3. Training and Technical Assistance

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 »

Submitted by (@theresia.kody)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

Know the BUSINESS

Too often, people look at companies purely as employers. Staff supporting individuals need to learn to speak to businesses: understand what business cycle the company is in, know the pain points of the business, assess gaps, know business lingo. When staff supporting individuals do this successfully, they are able to better advocate for individuals. Teach the individual the difference as well. When the interaction is ...more »

Submitted by (@theresia.kody)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

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 »

Submitted by (@theresia.kody)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

Volunteer opportunities for skill building

Volunteer opportunities can be used to build skills during transition years and also as a stepping stone to paid employment.

Submitted by (@familyvoicesnj)

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Topic: 1. Successful Strategies

Fund more mobile devices AS assistive technology

It's my firm belief that mobile devices ARE assistive technology in and of themselves in certain respects. iPhone products with Voice Over, android devices have accessibility features, and most phones of course allow voice input for search -- a HUGE time saver for those who have difficulty typing.... 1. They enable those with disabilities to communicate from wherever they are, rather than having to come to a particular ...more »

Submitted by (@sharonaustin)

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