EMPLOYMENT

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2/16/2023

Iowa Promotes Competitive Integrated Employment through Participation in ASPIRE

Iowa was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, as one of seven states participating in the second round of the ASPIRE Initiative-Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment. Iowa is one of four states that participated in the first round of the initiative, with the overall goal of promoting competitive integrated employment for individuals with mental health conditions by aligning state policies, programs, and funding.

 
 

1/12/2023

Kentucky Employment First Welcomes Katie Wolf Whaley as New Council Chair

On December 2nd, 2022, Kentucky welcomed Katie Wolf Whaley as the new chair of Kentucky's Employment First Council. Employment First practices the idea that competitive integrated employment should be considered the first and primary option for people with disabilities who are eligible and desire to be employed. Simply put, it is the idea that everyone has the right to work!

 
 

11/21/2022

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) celebrates 10 years of TennesseeWorks

A little over 10 years ago, a group of motivated and caring people worked with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) to form what they chose to call TennesseeWorks, and this group had one goal in mind: to increase the number of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are employed in Tennessee.

 
 

10/17/2022

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) co-authors: Early work experiences are important for subsequent employment for youth with disabilities

A primary purpose of special education is to equip students with disabilities for a flourishing future after graduation. Yet, the employment outcomes of youth with disabilities have continued to lag far behind their peers without disabilities. Researchers found that, in most studies, youth with disabilities were much more likely to obtain work after participating in a school- or community-based intervention. These researchers identify the strategies most likely to be effective and suggest areas for improvement in the quality of future studies. These findings and more may be found in an article written by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) co-authors and published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation*.

 
 
Mississippi Version of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster with theme Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

9/19/2022

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022

By: Jerry R. Alliston

Throughout the month of October, The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is hosting a series of activities in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). National Disability Employment Awareness Month is part of an annual awareness campaign designed to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's national theme is "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation." Each year, IDS receives permission from the Department of Labor to adapt the national poster into a Mississippi focused one featuring youth and young adults with disabilities.

 
 

9/19/2022

The 2022-2023 Work-Based Learning Application is Available Now!

Project TAPP-Teaching, Autism, and Practitioner Preparation.Our team provides a series of workshops, followed by 3 months of follow-up support, to paraprofessional and teacher teams working with students with autism in Texas.During follow up, we provide check-ins, resources related to the workshops, and individualized support based on need.

 
 

9/15/2022

The "I Generate Rural Opportunities for Work" (iGROW) Project

The "I Generate Rural Opportunities for Work" (iGROW) Project is a one-year pre-employment and leadership-training program for up to 20 students with disabilities who are currently enrolled in middle school and high school (ages 14-22). The purpose of the program is to provide a training environment to support students with disabilities to gain the necessary skills and experiences in work readiness in order to successfully transition into postsecondary education and/or competitive integrated employment.

 
 

8/3/2022

ToTAL Summer Enrichment Academy 2022

For the first time since 2019, the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) Summer Enrichment Academy provided in-person options to youth and young adults wanting to increase their employability skills. Beginning in 2018, IDS, through its Transition of Teens to Adult Life (ToTAL) Program, has hosted youth and young adults for a multi-week training and internship experience during the summer.

 
 
Speed coaching event, UCLA PEERS for Careers program

8/1/2022

PEERS for CAREERS

There will be an estimated 700,000 autistic adults aging into adulthood over the next 10 years. Yet, a staggering 80% of autistic adults are unemployed. The UCLA PEERS for Careers program was developed to address the challenges faced by autistic young adults in their transition from college to career and to create a scalable solution to employment barriers faced by autistic individuals to serve as a model of higher education training for colleges across the country.

 
 

7/26/2022

IGROW Project at Texas A&M University Student Highlight

The future is looking pretty sweet for this amazing young lady! M.W. spent her summer exploring the world of baking and bakery ownership with Liz Smith of Country Road Baking Co.

 
 

4/1/2022

In Twenty-Two Cents an Hour, Doug Crandell Uncovers the Harsh Reality of People with Disabilities in the United States Who are Forced to Work in Unethical Conditions for Subminimum Wages with Little or No Opportunity to Advocate for Themselves

Doug Crandell is Public Service Faculty at the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia UCEDD and the author of several books and novels, most recently They're Calling You Home. Doug's new book Twenty-Two Cents an Hour will be available starting APRIL 15, 2022

 
 

4/1/2022

WIHD Develops Post-COVID Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience

WIHD took on the challenge of strategic planning during these uncertain times in order to be well-positioned to respond to whatever scenarios may arise over the coming years. This effort culminated in the development of what we are calling our Post- COVID Roadmap.

 
 
Dr. Dalun Zhang headshot

2/14/2022

Dr. Dalun Zhang Awarded Funding for the Capacity Building Project from the Texas Workforce Commission

The purpose of the project is to expand transition services to students with disabilities from age 14 to 16. Traditionally, student have not been eligible to receive pre-employment transition in the vocational rehabilitation system until they reach 16 years of age.

 
 

2/11/2022

Employment First Missouri: Expanding Community Employment Efforts for People with Disabilities in Missouri

Employment First Missouri believes that everyone has the right to earn a living wage in a job of their choosing, based on their unique talents, gifts, skills, and interests. Employment First promotes integrated employment as the primary goal for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Missouri.

 
 

2/10/2022

iGROW - New Funded Grant

The "I Generate Rural Opportunities for Work" (iGROW) Project is a one-year pre-employment and leadership-training program for students with disabilities who are currently enrolled in middle school and high school (ages 14-22). The purpose of the program is to provide a training environment to support students with disabilities to gain the necessary skills and experiences in work readiness in order to successfully transition into postsecondary education and/or competitive integrated employment.

 
 
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