This Podcast is sponsored by the Social Security Administration: For many people with disabilities, getting a job means working with an employer to create workplace supports and adjustments when appropriate. These supports - known as job accommodations - allow people with disabilities to do job duties and be as productive as possible. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation both during the hiring process and on the job. Common examples of job accommodations may include things like assistive technology, changes to work settings or adjusted work schedules. But how can a person with a disability go about obtaining job accommodations for work? The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a great place to start. Listen to or download the transcript for this episode of Ticket Talk in which three JAN resources are discussed that can help individuals be successful on a path to financial independence. To access this podcast, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/ticket-talk-podcast-three-resources-that-can-help-you-obtain-job-accommodations
This pdocast interview is a follow-up to the Workforce3One Webinar ("The Workforce Connection: SSA and DOL Partnership Action") held on October 20, 2011. This interview is with Dan O'Brien, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment Support Programs, Social Securirty Administration. DOL/ETA and SSA have partnered to increase the active participation of the public workforce development system in SSA’s Ticket to Work (TTW) Program. Many of SSA’s disability beneficiaries use the One-Stop Career Centers to find work but do not chose to self-identify as persons with disabilities. The workforce development system is missing out on the potential funding stream that the Ticket program can provide and the ability to expand its capacity to serve SSA's disability beneficiaries. SSA, working with DOL/ETA, has streamlined policies and procedures to facilitate the public workforce system becoming Employment Networks (ENs) and actively involved in the TTW Program.
Most customers with multiple challenges to employment need a variety of supports in place before they can benefit from the services and resources available through WIA intensive services. The Integrated Resource Team (IRT) Model provides an option for seamless service delivery to jobseekers with multiple resource needs. In this model, the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) acts as a convener, assisting the customer and the staff in identifying community partners, contacting them, and then negotiating a shared employment plan. Listen to this podcast to learn how this model can help eliminate duplication of services, and proactively encourage the most effective application of services.
Knowledge workers who have specialized skills, especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), will fill many of the fastest-growing jobs in America. In the population of youth ages 15 to 24, 11 percent of individuals have disabilities. However, in the STEM workforce, only 5 percent of individuals have disabilities. Listen to this podcast to learn more about programs that promote STEM learning opportunities for students with disabilities, including AccessSTEM, a very extensive E-mentoring community that helps students develop job-search and interview strategies, and ENTRY POINT, a 10-to-12 week summer internship experience for college students with disabilities.
Since 1983, The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), has provided consumer assistance with the many aspects of the ADA job accommodation process, as well as information about ADA amendments act and other disability-related laws, at absolutely no cost. JAN serves employers ranging from major corporations to small businesses, as well as individuals in various stages of work-related processes. Listen to this podcast to learn more about JAN’s portal of resources, including general accommodation ideas, resource contacts, guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the searchable online accommodation resource (SOAR), and the ADA library.
The number of veterans seeking services from local One-Stop Centers has been greatly increasing. However, the traditional funding resources to support those services have been decreasing. Learn how partnerships between One-Stop Careers centers, Disabled Veteran Outreach Programs (DVOPs), and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVEPs) have helped to a whole new toolkit of resources, contacts and information, improve the quality of the special events that bring goods and services to veterans, and expand the resource capacity of all three organizations.
In 2000, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) changed its approach to meeting the individual taxpayer’s needs for tax education, awareness and assistance by establishing an office called SPEC – Stakeholder Partnerships, Education, Communication. When the IRS/SPEC decided to expand their outreach to disabled veterans, they came to ETA and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Listen to this podcast to learn more about how ETA has been working in partnership with the IRS and VA to ensure that people with disability, including disabled veterans, receive the assistance and proper tax benefits that they are entitled to, and to promote the use of earned income tax credits, financial literacy, and asset development.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to be self-employed as the general population. Small business ownership and self-employment options can lower the historically high unemployment rate of persons with disabilities. Listen to this podcast to learn about inclusive entrepreneurship, a strategy for assisting people with disabilities to become entrepreneurs, and the types of inclusive entrepreneurship programs available through One Stop Career Centers that help individuals start operating and sustaining their businesses.
ETA funded two WIRED regions to pilot integrating disability into their WIRED projects. Learn how the Connecticut/New York Region and the Colorado Region focused on integrating people with disabilities as a valuable resource and pipeline of workers in their WIRED regions.
A report issued by Mathematica found that One-Stop Career Centers are not only serving a very large share of persons receiving Social Security disability benefits, but are also achieving positive employment outcomes, and higher earnings and retention rates. Listen to this podcast to learn how an ETA Technical Assistance project is helping SWIBs, LWIBs, and One-Stop Career Centers play to their strengths, become ENs, and implement the Ticket to Work program.
Need a quick, effective way to provide information to employers regarding employees with disabilities? 30-Second Training is a quick, educational PowerPoint show that you can send out electronically or use in presentations, and serves to increase knowledge and awareness of disability and employment topics. Listen to this podcast to learn more about this tool for employers, and how it can offer an archived way to access resources on ADA compliance and hiring people with disabilities.
The very first stage in the career planning process is to conduct some sort of assessment. Assessments act as a foundation for career transition planning, and can determine matches or fits related to abilities and transferable skills. Learn more about the O*NET suite of assessments, including the ability profiler, interest profiler, and importance profiler, and how these tools can help assess an individual customer’s needs.
The Social Security Administration published new regulations and established new processes that make it easier for One-Stop Centers and Workforce Investment Boards to become Employment Networks (ENs). Listen to this podcast to learn more about these regulations, and hear first hand from the Iowa Workforce Partners about their experience as an EN, as well as suggestions that will aid you in becoming active with this program.
Sadly, a significant number of youth with disabilities do not graduate from high school. These youth frequently enter supplemental security income beneficiary roles, but rarely leave the roles and get employed. This podcast will highlight the Colorado Youth WINS project, a project seeking to assist youth in becoming as independent as possible using a workforce-based model.
This podcast will follow the preview showing of a video, “Making Employment Connections for Job Seekers with Disabilities.” The purpose of this video is to highlight how the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) facilitated the establishment of an Integrated Resource Team (IRT) within the One-Stop Career Center (Worksource Center, Portland, Oregon) to blend and braid resources around an individual customer with disabilities’ employment needs. The IRT brings various partners from a myriad of agencies/organizations across multiples systems to leverage resources, coordinate services, and reduce duplication to better serve the customer with a disability and/or multiple challenges to employment. This video tells the story of how the IRT approach worked to assist a customer who is deaf, receive training from hi local community college and a paid internship, with the goal of finding a higher paying job,
This podcast will follow the preview showing of a video, Disability Program Navigators (DPNs): Coordinating Quality Employment Services to Disabled Veterans. The purpose of this video is to highlight how DPNs facilitated the One-Stop Career Center (Montgomery Works, Wheaton Maryland) becoming a universally accessible, welcoming services delivery site, where all people (including people with a range of disabilities) can feel welcome, receive seamless, integrated, accessible and quality services that ultimately results in quality jobs -- non-stereotypical, pays above minimum wage, provides career pathways, etc. The One-Stop Career Center customer featured in this video is a disabled veteran. The podcast interview will show the positive impact of the DPN on the: One-Stop Career Center system’s ability to serve customers with disabilities (e.g., through staff training, disseminating resource information, coordinating with other One-Stop partners, linking to community-based partners, outreach to employers, providing accessibility through assistive technology, accommodations, etc.); and customers with a disability -- a job. In addition, the interview will focus on promising practices that can be replicated throughout the One-Stop Career Center system.
This podcast will follow a segment of a workforce3one webinar connected earlier this year on the Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) partnering with the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) staff to provide access to the full array of services available to disabled veterans though the public workforce system. The Idaho State will be asked to provide follow-up on what has been happening in the state in this area since the Webinar aired almost a year ago. In addition, a newly released Information Brief on this topic will be posted and discussed. Gordon Graff has been the State Lead for the Idaho DPN project since it was initially funded three years ago. His position is locate din the Idaho Department of Labor. Idaho has used ARRA funds to supplement the funding for the DPN program. Gordon is an expert on developing local partnerships to coordinate and leverage resources to promote employment of customers with disabilities in the One-Stop Career Center system.