Transition Strategies for Youth with Disabilities
Mathematica Policy Research has released three new reports on how transition services are being used for youth with disabilities. The goal of these services is to help youth with disabilities-particularly those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- find employment and earn higher wages. Mathematica’s reports focus on which services are the most promising according to the current base of evidence.
Online Participant Workbook
Guided Group Discovery assists job seekers who face barriers to employment in identifying jobs that would be a good fit for them and an employer. The LEAD Center released the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook to help these job seekers in their search. This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment. Each participant receives a private link that allows them to add to, edit, or review their information at any time. The Workbook can also be printed out to review with counselors, teachers, and others. The Online Participant Workbook is a companion piece to a suite of LEAD Center resources for Guided Group Discovery.
This brief is the first in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model1. It examines the background of circumstances under which Employment First efforts began in seven states, and introduces each state’s values, mission, and goals around increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. States may use the lessons in this brief to develop an Employment First policy, or to evolve existing efforts.
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Source: ThinkWork https://bit.ly/2JzWMSQ
ThinkWork is a research and training center focused on advancing employment for individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities (IDD). ThinkWork has published this brief as the first in a series of briefs on the implementation of Employment First policies. The principles of Employment First state that individuals with IDD can perform work, should should be paid at minimum or prevailing wage rates for this work, and that providing work-specific supports should be the top support priority.
The relationship between employment and health and health care among working-age adults with and without disabilities in the United States
Source: The relationship between employment and health and health care among working-age adults with and without disabilities in the United States: Disability and Rehabilitation: Vol 0, No 0
Purpose: To better understand the relationship between employment and health and health care for people with disabilities in the United States (US).
Methods: We pooled US Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (2004–2010) data to examine health status, and access to health care among working-age adults, comparing people with physical disabilities or multiple disabilities to people without disabilities, based on their employment status. Logistic regression and least squares regression were conducted, controlling for sociodemographics, health insurance (when not the outcome), multiple chronic conditions, and need for assistance.
Results: Employment was inversely related to access to care, insurance, and obesity. Yet, people with disabilities employed in the past year reported better general and mental health than their peers with the same disabilities who were not employed. Those who were employed were more likely to have delayed/forgone necessary care, across disability groups. Part-time employment, especially for people with multiple limitations, was associated with better health and health care outcomes than full-time employment.
Conclusion: Findings highlight the importance of addressing employment-related causes of delayed or foregone receipt of necessary care (e.g., flex-time for attending appointments) that exist for all workers, especially those with physical or multiple disabilities.
- Implications for rehabilitation
These findings demonstrate that rehabilitation professionals who are seeking to support employment for persons with physical limitations need to ensure that overall health concerns are adequately addressed, both for those seeking employment and for those who are currently employed.
Assisting clients in prioritizing health equally with employment can ensure that both areas receive sufficient attention.
Engaging with employers to develop innovative practices to improve health, health behaviors and access to care for employees with disabilities can decrease turnover, increase productivity, and ensure longer job tenure.
The free Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) app is designed to streamline the disability accommodation process. The MAS app serves as a first-generation mobile case management tool to help employers, service providers, and individuals effectively address accommodation requests in the workplace.
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The app will support talent management, human resources, and/or accommodation staff to create inclusive workplaces by facilitating the process of accommodating applicants, candidates, and employees. The app will also support service providers to help people with disabilities better manage the accommodation process. In addition, the app will enable people with disabilities to develop an accommodation request letter, send the request, and track the progress of the request.
These reports complement and provide greater depth to the topics found in the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and Annual Disability Statistics Supplement. Each report provides statistics on the prevalence and employment of people with and without disabilities for each county in any given state in the US. Reports include a background and interpretive text specific to each state and are intended for advocates, policy-makers, and researchers to support programs and services for people with disabilities.
Source: County Reports | Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The NIDILRR-funded project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability recently debuted a new web resource, Work-Life Balance & Disability, resulting from the project’s exploration of individual and organizational factors that support effective work-life management among employed people with disabilities. The site includes personal stories, plain language research briefs, and other resources. A polling feature enables collection of data to help inform future projects related to the well-being and employment success of people with disabilities. The site will continue to be updated with new polling questions, featured publications, and more stories from employed people with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is requesting input on the portfolio of grants supported under the Rehabilitation Training Program, specifically those supported under the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, Rehabilitation Short-Term Training, and Innovative Rehabilitation Training authorities to determine whether the activities funded under the Rehabilitation Training Program are aligned with the goals of the Department and the needs of State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. We will use the information gathered in response to this request for information (RFI) to determine whether any changes are needed in designing and implementing grant activities under this program, including the specific mix of activities supported each year.
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Here are ten individuals who would like to tell you what work has meant to them. “We Can Work.” New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC4FQpn0Fko.
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February 14, 2018 The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has released its 2017 report, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy.
Source: PCPID Releases Report on Direct Support Workforce | ACL Administration for Community Living
Direct support professionals (DSPs) provide services and supports that empower people with intellectual disabilities to live in the community.
In the report, PCPID notes that DSPs promote participation in the U.S. economy “by helping people with an (intellectual disability) get jobs and by enabling family members to work.” The report describes the current state of the DSP workforce as a “crisis,” noting that the average DSP wage is $10.72, most work two or three jobs, and the average annual DSP turnover rate is 45%.
The report also explores:
- How these issues affect individuals, families, and human services systems.
- The factors that contribute to these issues
- Promising practices to strengthen the direct support workforce
PCPID serves in an advisory capacity to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) promoting policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities. The committee includes representatives from several federal agencies and 13 citizen members.
Read the full report (PDF) or a plain-language version (PDF).