The ADA: Supporting Inclusion for Employees (Part 1) - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities in the workplace by prohibiting discrimination, requiring reasonable accommodations, and protecting the confidentiality of employees and job seekers. In this presentation, we will discuss how the ADA protects employees, explain what the law requires of employers, describes what reasonable accommodations are and how to provide them, and shares some dos and don'ts of discussing disability in the workplace. Participants will also learn about resources they can use to increase the inclusion and productivity of employees with disabilities.
Virtual Customized Employment Strategies for Chaotic Times Providing high-quality employment outcomes requires developing and maintaining a good momentum of support. If the employment process stops, people and the system lose confidence often resulting in services being ineffective. During the pandemic and beyond, we need to keep the employment process moving so people with disabilities can attain and maintain valued jobs.
Employment Equity for People with IDD Across the Lifespan By Derek Nord, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University Bloomington
A Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) is a written plan of action for pursuing and getting a particular type of job. A PASS describes the steps you will take, and the items and services you will need to reach your work goal. When you have an approved PASS, Social Security does not count the money you set aside to help you reach your work goal, when determining your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Federal employees in many agencies have spent the majority of this year working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. This major shift in workplace culture has forced agencies to rethink a range of daily processes, including conducting virtual interviews with prospective hires and onboarding new employees without having them set foot in an office. Congress and agencies have also looked at the benefits of recruiting remote workforce with in-demand skills that might not otherwise seek out government work.
ADA National Network Learning Session: A Closer Look: COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities Project - COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many groups, including the 61 million people in the United States living with a disability. As part of the COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities project, we invite you to join us for a webinar focused on strategies, and solutions for people with disabilities as they continue to live, learn, work, and play during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Research Brief: The Voice of Families: Exploring Perspectives on the Pathways to Integrated Employment Like anyone else, youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) want to participate fully in the life of their community. Although there are many different avenues for community inclusion, finding a good job may be among the most impactful. A satisfying job provides opportunities to develop new friendships, share one’s talents, meet the needs of others, learn new skills, and assume valued roles. Moreover, a regular paycheck provides resources for meeting personal needs and makes involvement in other community activities possible. A good job can make a powerful difference in the lives of individuals with IDD!
To better understand customized employment practices, researchers conducted five focus groups with 28 professionals, including national experts and people who implement customized employment for people with disabilities. The research revealed the best practices for employment specialists to follow while assisting individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment
Scoping Review of Cost Analyses of Employment Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
When we evaluate the outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in achieving competitive integrated employment, it is important to consider the cost-benefit of those services. Cost-benefit is an analysis of how much it costs to achieve a certain beneficial outcome. For CIE, we can calculate this in terms of how much it costs and benefits the individual worker or we can think about it in terms of the overall return on investment from the perspective of a taxpayer. The purpose of this scoping review was to analyze and synthesize the research on these cost-benefit analyses and what they tell us about different types of vocational services provided to individuals with IDD. This review looked at not only research articles, but also “grey literature” or reports, policy documents, and other ways that these cost-benefit analyses might have been published that might not have been published in a research journal. The review resulted in a total of 26 studies in addition to those other reports and documents. The main findings of the review were that services that were integrated in community businesses had the most benefit for how much they cost (from both the worker and the tax payer perspective) and lower benefits for sheltered workshops and services that segregated individuals with IDD.