Employment for People with Disabilities

    Disability Employment Training Center

    "The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) created the Dinah Cohen Training Center for Disability Employment & Inclusion, a one-stop resource for comprehensive multi-media training on disability inclusion. The Center offers employers and others interested in disability employment strategies access to a variety of training on strategies, policies, and practices for advancing inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. It features a wide range of tools and resources for live workshops on disability-inclusion best practices, including PowerPoint presentations with accompanying speaker notes, videos on a variety of disability inclusion topics, online trainings, and archived webinars."
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    ADHD vs Executive Function Disorder and Employment

    From the desk of Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS, Lead Consultant – Cognitive/Neurological Team "On a recent conference call I had with an employee and his supervisor regarding accommodations for the difficulties the employee was having on the job, the issue of executive functioning versus ADHD came up. As we talked about the limitations and the job difficulties, I mentioned that the employee probably had limitations associated with executive functioning, based on what he was citing as his most problematic job tasks. He stated that he had been diagnosed with ADHD, but never with issues involving executive functioning. It is a common misconception that executive functioning is a diagnosis when it is more of a description of the brain’s self-management system. Individuals with cognitive difficulties or disabilities will often have problems with executive functioning - in other words, their brains may not be proficient in managing the tasks that are required of them. So while ADHD is a specific diagnosis, executive functioning deficits are very closely connected, but aren’t diagnosed as such."
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    Project Search

    "Adult Project Search is a program offered by the Arc of Monroe, that provides employment education, and workplace exploration, for individuals with developmental disabilities. Interns are fully immersed in a business for three 10-12 week sessions. The program includes an hour of classroom instruction, followed by hands on work experience. The goal is to have interns employed at the end of the year."
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    December 2018 EARN Newsletter

    The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released its December newsletter. Highlighted are EARN's participation in the Disability and Veteran Inclusion Summit in St. Louis and a webinar on "Best Practices in Inclusive Employment" for the Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act Center; the most recent meeting of the Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability focused on service and emotional support animals in the federal workplace; EARN's MarCom Platinum Award, and more Also included is information on planning an accessible holiday party.
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    Disability Employment - Working Works

    The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE)—of which EARN is proud to be a member—recently launched its latest public service announcement (PSA). “Working Works” features four individuals sharing why they work and the important roles different people, including their employers and health-care professionals, played in helping them continue to do so after injury or illness. Among these individuals is Cal Ripken, Jr., who holds Major League Baseball’s record for most consecutive games played. The CDE is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
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    Click this link to see the PSA in Spanish
    Click this link to see the PSA in English

    Disability Employment - Solution Showcase Videos

    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently launched a new series of videos showcasing various common job accommodation solutions for workers with a variety of disabilities. Topics for the first three aptly named “Solution Showcase” videos include smartpens, speech recognition and telephone amplification. The videos were developed with assistance from the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology. Like EARN, JAN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
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    Journey beyond the Spectrum to a Woodworking Success

    Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that has a wide-ranging symptoms for people. Difficulties in social interaction, communication, and focus on certain interest can limit people with autism and may further lead to behavioral challenges. But this isn’t the case for everyone. Despite unique challenges, there are people with autism that are able to live beyond their diagnosis and enjoy a full and meaningful life. And such is the case for woodworker Gregory Chabolla.
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    Preparing Youth for Employment

    The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth's (NCWD/Youth) webinar entitled "What School Leaders Need to Know" is available online. Based upon content from a brief published by the Institute for Educational Leadership, the webinar explains the changing legal landscape for preparing transition-age youth with disabilities for employment. School leaders may find it useful for understanding their responsibilities under recent case law to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers. Students, families, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disability agency personnel, and community rehabilitation providers may also benefit from this overview.
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    Workplace Inclusion Article

    The website Moneyish published an article titled "9 Simple Ways Your Workplace Can Be More Inclusive of People with Disabilities." The story featured interviews with disability employment experts who examined ways that employers can hire and retain people with disabilities. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy offered her insights, emphasizing that it is important for the senior leadership of a business to send a strong message about the value of people with disabilities in the workplace.
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    JAN Job Accomadation Network

    The Job Accommodation Network has launched a newly updated website. It provides a more user-friendly layout with easier access to JAN's publications, toolkits, training modules, and other resources. JAN also released its latest Enews, which can be accessed through the website. This issue of the newsletter features articles on narcolepsy, heart conditions, sarcoidosis, fibromyalgia, and more.
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    Click this link to Read the JAN ENews: Summer Issue 2018.

    John's Crazy Socks

    John has Down syndrome, but that hasn’t held him back. He’s the co-founder and face of John’s Crazy Socks, an online sock store that donates a percentage of its sales to charities that help others with disabilities. With sales booming after just four months in business, John’s story is an inspiring example of creative entrepreneurship.
    Click this link to read a story about John's Crazy Socks.
    Click this link to go to the store John's Crazy Socks.

    October 2018 EARN Advancing Workforce Diversity Newsletter

    Click this link to read October 4th, 2018 EARN Newsletter.

    A Solid Foundation - Rochester Construction Training Center provides hands-on training in skilled trades to help students get jobs

    Meghan McDermott, Democrat and Chronicle staff writer reports that "After he retired from a career in the construction trades, L. Andrew Evans kept hearing a common refrain about the youth of today. “I’d hear people in the circles I’m in say ‘why don’t they get a job, why are they just hanging out?’ ” said Evans, a Rochester-area master builder, businessman and entrepreneur. “But you’ve got to ask the next question. ‘Get a job doing what?’ They’ve got no skills, so they go to a prospective employer and they can’t tell that employer they have any skills or training in any area.”"
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    How to Help a Teenager Be College-Ready

    "Being admitted to college doesn’t mean a student is ready for it. Parents can encourage kids to step up their levels of personal responsibility while still in high school."
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    High School Students should attend their CSE meetings

    "There’s a very simple and common sense reason why IDEA 2004 requires that students with disabilities be invited to attend every IEP meeting where postsecondary transition goals will be considered: It’s their lives. This resource page will connect you with resources you can use to involve students with disabilities in planning their own transitions. "
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    Assistive Technology Solutions for Employees with Speech Impairments

    "Have you ever wondered how a person who hears but doesn’t speak uses the phone? Of course there are TTY and speech-to-speech relay services, but what if relay methods don’t meet the employee’s needs? What if the nature of the work requires a more direct and confidential method of communicating? There are devices for phone and face-to-face communication that are designed for individuals who do not speak at all or who find speaking very challenging called AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication). AAC devices, also called speech-generating devices, are an example of a type of technology that can be used by individuals who have difficulty speaking. JAN has general information about AAC devices as well as information about AAC with telephone access."
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    Accommodating Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) in the workplace

    "Social anxiety or social phobia is one of the most common mental health issues in America today. The cognitive/neurological team at JAN receives a number of calls concerning anxiety disorders, many specifically relating to the difficulties people have with being around and interacting with others in the workplace."
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    How to Apply for SAT and ACT Accommodations

    Students with disabilities are eligible for accomadations and modifications on PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Many students come to DeMarle INC for testing so that, if a disability is found, that the student will be able to get accomadations on those exams.
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    Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work

    The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has published "Promoting Quality Individualized Learning Plans throughout the Lifespan: A Revised and Updated ILP How to Guide 2.0," which expands upon the resources in NCWD/Youth's earlier ILP How to Guide. This guide provides a combination of practical career development resources and activities for implementing quality ILPs and strategies for gaining buy-in and developing capacity at the local level to facilitate the ILP process. It also provides examples of how to ensure that ILPs are implemented with quality. The guide also expands upon the NCWD/Youth's earlier ILP How to Guide by addressing more age groups and settings, including elementary and secondary school, postsecondary education, workforce development programs, and other non-school settings.
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    Employer Financial Incentives

    Employers can capitalize on the value and talent of people with disabilities through federal and state government financial incentives. These incentives serve to encourage hiring individuals with disabilities, and support modifications and accommodations that enhance workplace accessibility and productivity of workers with disabilities. The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion has compiled an easy guide to these programs on its website.
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    EARN Newsletter 3/2018

    The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion released its March 21 newsletter. Highlighted in this issue are recent articles on disability employment issues in the Disability Management Employer Coalition's magazine and USA Today, a recent meeting of the Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability, upcoming web events, and more. The AskEARN.org Spotlight features an EARN publication on self-identification of disability in the federal sector.
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    Connections: Employment For People With Disabilities - Project Search

    WXXI - A discussion about employment for people with disabilities focusing on Project Search
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    Social Jobs Partnership

    Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has announced an innovative partnership that leverages the combined audience and expertise of officials from the U.S. Department of Labor, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The initiative provides important employment resources to job seekers through the use of social networks. As part of the announcement, Facebook officials debuted a social jobs partnership page that highlights available training programs, educational opportunities and job search resources.
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    Click this link to go to the Facebook page.

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