Racial & Social Equity in Employment: Challenges and Solutions

Access and attitude begins with education not further division

Two things are wrong with this discussion right out the gate. First, as a disabled individual and a well known advocate whom has worked on these issues at all levels of government, to include working on the founding charter of the Federal Office of Diversity and Inclusion at OPM, I can tell you that the disabled/impaired community does not see themselves or identify the discrimination they face as having any race or racial... more »

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The Value of Internships for People with Disabilities

Throughout time, people have been able to succeed in their profession due to entering their "field of fascination", through a internship opportunity or by volunteering. Many celebrities including CNN's Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulous, and many more have advanced in their chosen career through the experience of an internship. It can be the turning point in the direction of their true passion... more »

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Social Security Disability Insurance Impact on Employment

Challenge: Many people with disabilities are being leveraged by SSDI to turn down job opportunities and promotions because of Substantial Gains Activity requirements of SSDI and Medicaid. SGA means that if a person with a disability goes even $1 the earnings cap then they lose all benefits. This creates a lose-lose situation where the person with a disability loses equity and the government pays the high tax price for... more »

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Proposed Draft of the Home and Community Based Access Act (HAA)

Disability Community Resource Center is a local and statewide source of nonprofit advocacy and social services provision to intersectional, cross-disability residents across the lifespan.

The current HCBS system through Medicaid HCBS waivers is an artifact of a law over 55 years old that fails to address community-based supports for older adults and intersectional, cross-disability residents. The current waiver system... more »

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Rethinking Retention for People with Disabilities

One of the vitally important goals we face as professionals is supporting people with disabilities to land jobs in their chosen field. This journey can be comparable to climbing Mt. Everest! There is preparation, training, practice, and developing a positive mind set to persevere in the face of numerous obstacles to reach the pinnacle, their job-and planting the flag! Now with prize in hand, employees deserve the retention... more »

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This will not help with equality

I have seen different ideas and suggestions that have failed to try to create unity and equality in the workplace over the 68 years of my life. They have never helped, but only caused business quality to diminish.

You cannot FORCE people to like others...

you will only instill resentment in others for seeing unqualified people replace them just because of this effort. I am older and disabled and I definitely believe... more »

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Easterseals New Jersey Comments

Written by Daniela Rivera - Director of Community Employment Services - Easterseals New Jersey

 

What do the caseloads you're working with look like? Are there people of color served? Does it match the overall demographics of the area served?

• Our caseloads have an equal amount of POC and White individuals. The areas in which each live meet the overall demographic of said area.

 

What do employers encounter when... more »

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Education: Disability/Neurodiversity Inclusion Training

We shun the things we don't know, but include the things we do....As an opinion: Education - One of the things I think is lacking in society today is communication. People do not communicate to share information on common topics and ideas, therefore intellectual knowledge becomes non-existent to everyone without the shared experienced which shape knowledge and understanding. Some people make the natural assumption that... more »

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The Power of Resilience in Jobseekers with Disabilities

Advocates who are dedicated to advancing the lives of people with disabilities whether it be parents, supported employment staff, vocational rehabilitation counselors or employers know that building resilience is a key to success. When we have setbacks, one can experience disappointment and even depression. The ability to connect, support and empower are essential and can change a persons life in a positive direction.... more »

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Update SSA Unearned/Earned Income Excl & SSA Wage reporting syst

While minimum wages have been raised over the years, and there is talk of a $15 minimum wage, the Social Security Administration has not raised the unearned ($20) and earned income ($65) exclusions since SSI was started and SGA was only ~$200 in 1975 ($85/200 = 42.5%). SGA is now $1320. Therefore, to keep in line with the original 42.5%. Exclusions should be approx. $561 total. By raising these two income exclusions to... more »

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Employment for people with Mental Health & Behavioral Challenges

School aged children and teens with mental health conditions and behavioral challenges are not considered as having a disability and are therefore are excluded from transition and other programs that may help them to be employable. Many drop out of school and/or leave home and eventually become homeless and experience further abuse and adverse experiences that make it difficult for them to recover from trauma. As opposed... more »

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Additional Educational Opportunities

Exposure to more opportunities in life, work, learning, collaboration, networking, personal growth at all ages; from early childhood into adulthood, the level of needs changes with a person's growth and maturity, especially in formative years. USDOL can help increase programs and access to creative programming that uses a combination of all learning styles: visual, auditory, tactile, etc. Inequities start at birth and... more »

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Increase Technology Accessibility and Compatibility

Incorporate educational standards and requirements for IT-related courses, degrees, and careers to ensure standard education is provided to increase the understanding and options for accessibility software and software products. Increase collaboration between the companies who create software for people with disabilities, schools, and other stakeholders. USDOL can emphasize these collaborations to help bolster the education... more »

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Access to Entrepreneurship

Work with nonprofit organizations, businesses schools, and companies to fund and support people of color to become business owners. Work with experienced business leaders to provide mentorship to an entrepreneur. A great example of this is the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), which has been helping small businesses for years and they have the knowledge and the experience of helping people open... more »

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