An Issue Brief on Work Incentives (Feb.2012)

  • This issue brief on work incentives provides current information on the status of people with disabilities who work and may receive SSI cash benefit and/or continue to use Medicaid. This brief may be helpful to explain current policy and trends in work incentives.

“Employment and Self-Determination” Video

  • “Employment and Self-Determination” is the second in a series of topic-related videos for the National Gateway to Self-Determination. Self-advocates tell in their own words why self-determination is essential for employment and how it has impacted their own experience in the workplace. "Employment and Self-Determination” provides a snapshot of self-determination and employment from the perspective of individuals with disabilities using unscripted comments.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

  • The NCWD/Youth website provides current, quality information related to youth with disabilities and employment. Information includes publication; resources, including strategies and related links; and much more. NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.

The Influence of Families on the Employment Process

  • The authors of this issue of Tools for Inclusion interviewed 16 people with intellectual disabilities and their families and employment staff to discuss how they make decisions about work and how family members support them. This issue shares their thoughts and feelings, along with tips to help families be more involved in employment.

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families

  • “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success” discusses the importance of soft skills and suggests strategies parents and families can use to help develop these skills. The skills addressed include communication, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, and lifelong-learning. Separate family strategies and tips are provided for each skill group.

YiPPE: Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment

  • YiPPE is an intensive and fun parent/youth leadership and self-determination training program. Youth ages 14-21 and their parents engage in activities to help them learn the skills necessary to transition from being a high school student to assuming adult roles in the community. YiPPE focuses on self-determination in education, employment, health care, community living, and relationships. Parents and youths learn in parallel and then come together to apply skills and participate in partnership activities. The curriculum is free.

Partners in Policymaking: Partners in Employment

  • This self-study course is created to answer all your questions regarding finding, attaining and keeping a job that matches your abilities and skills. It will help you to understand what skills employers are looking for as well as the hiring process individuals go through. It will assess your strengths and interests to find a job suitable to you. This course also helps individuals create a resume and prepare for job interviews. Once you attain the job, this course can help you avoid and overcome workplace hurdles.

  • This version includes icons and visuals to help people understand concepts : http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/employment-ez/index.html

Increasing Disability Employment in the Federal Government: A Toolkit for Federal Agencies on Implementing Executive Order 13548

  • This past July, President Obama signed the Executive Order 13548. This act intends to change the environment within the federal government by allowing more persons with disabilities the opportunity to work in federal agencies. This toolkit is designed to help employers of federal agencies increase the employment of people with disabilities. The five steps to promote this act, included in this guide, are: training, creating a welcoming environment, recruitment, hiring and retention. After reviewing this toolkit, employers will be more knowledgeable about employing people with disabilities and be able to successfully integrate them into their agencies.

ICI Boston, Research to Practice Brief: Vocational Rehabilitation Services Received by Youth with Autism: Are they Associated with an Employment Outcome?

  • This Research to Practice Brief explores the differences in VR services received by youth with autism compared to youth with other disabilities. Researchers identify services that are most closely associated with an employment outcome for youth with autism, and determine what percentage of people from this group are receiving these successful services

Impact Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities

  • Although women are included more frequently in the workforce now more than ever, some issues still arise that need to be addressed. These articles examine the importance as well as the challenge of work, especially for women with disabilities. They also explore the transition process and offer useful strategies to ease the process and help women achieve the career of their dreams. These articles aim to inspire women with disabilities to actively pursue a meaningful job that will help them become more independent, make a difference and achieve their goals. Download the articles for free at the link above.

Pathways to Positive Futures

  • This web site offers young adults the information, tools and resources to seek out employment and vocational opportunities available to them. Some of these tools include information on going to college, networking and important job skills to ensure young adults with intellectual disabilities are awarded the same and equal opportunities. This site includes informational fact sheets, publications and many other useful resources.

Great Expectations: Preparing Your Child with Developmental Disabilities for Employment Success

  • This useful handbook offers parents the tools and resources needed to ensure their child will be prepared for the unique challenges presented when entering the workforce. By presenting different opportunities and supports available to parents and young adults, this guide allows users to understand the dynamics of the workplace. By knowing what to expect early on, parents can help their child reach his or her highest potential.

The Campaign for Disability Employment Toolkit

  • The Campaign for Disability Employment, a collaborative of leading disability and business organizations funded by ODEP, recently unveiled a series of new products designed to promote the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities and dispel negative stereotypes about disability and employment. The Campaign for Disability Employment’s website offers an Employment Toolkit that provides videos, posters, print ads, and much more for free. Head to the website to start seeing what you can do!

Real Work for Real Pay: Inclusive Employment for People with Disabilities. Inge, K., Revell, G., Brooke, V., & Wehman, P. (2006).

  • This revolutionary book provides theories and practices to implement positive change in the workplace for people with disabilities. The contributing authors present the perspectives of employers, work arrangements, and the formation of strong partnerships. This is a must-read guide for providing meaningful employment opportunities.

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities. Griffin, C. (2003).

  • This guidebook shows how self-employment for adults with significant disabilities can work and offers the realistic, useful advice needed to get a small business off to a strong start. It includes instructions such as a step-by-step guide to building a business plan, complete with illuminating case studies and examples and many other real-life examples.

Self-Directed Employment: A Handbook for Transition Teachers and Employment Specialists. Martin, J., Mithaug, D., Husch, J., Oliphint, J., & Frazier, E. (2002).

  • This easy-to-understand book on self-determination in the work place offers step-by-step processes and strategies to help people with disabilities make their own employment choices. The book includes sample resumes, work-place scenarios and information on accommodations.

Essential Skills to Getting a Job

  • This guide offers a framework of what skills employers are looking for in potential job candidates. It refers to studies conducted of 461 business leaders and gives job-seekers the tools necessary to identify their skills in the workplace. Some of these important skills include networking, professionalism, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. This inclusive guide will provide individuals with everything they need to know about obtaining meaningful employment.

More Than a Job is a web-based training model detailing The Self-Determined Career Development Model

  • This model was designed to provide people with disabilities the knowledge and skills they need to compete for jobs they want with the potential for career advancement, higher wages, and benefits. Developed in partnership with the Kansas Rehabilitation Services system and the University of Kansas KUCDD, two modules contain a wealth of information about a logical, step-by-step pathway to a job, with a number of strategies and supports outlined for ease of use.

Promoting Self-Determination and Self-Directed Employment Planning for Young Women with Disabilities

  • An outline of the self-determined career development model. This model is intended to empower young women with disabilities to gain employment through self-regulated planning.

Self-Determination in Employment for Persons with Significant Disabilities:  Creating a Customer Directed Approach

  • A paper by Mast, Shumpert, and Callahan is posted at the web link below. It details ideas about customized employment and highlight a case study of Daniel, a 28 year-old man  who was able to get a job in a law firm library doing support work.  The steps to employment are listed and a plan for locating employment is shared.

Security Administration Protection and Advocacy Programs

  • This Program is for advocates for people with disabilities who want to obtain gainful employment. The Ticket to Work Program gives individuals information and advice on employment services. The program helps people in the areas of special education and transition, health care, disability benefits, rights and responsibilities and transportation.