Reaching Jobseekers and Employees with Disabilities in Underserved Communities

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Peer-Led Outreach and Education

We believe one of the most effective ways to reach underserved communities is to connect with people in their own communities, in their own language and with a common understanding of the barriers to, and potential of, services and programs. Additionally, when the entity providing the information is able to provide a first-hand account of the experience and outcome of programs, they also... more »

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Employers Still Discriminating Against People with Disabilities

In the U.S., it is unlawful for businesses to discriminate against job applicants based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or any other protected characteristic outlined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). An employer will include in its job posting an equal opportunity employer (EOE) statement to show a business's commitment to diversity and inclusion... more »

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ADA is not being enforced; widespread disability discrimination.

There is still widespread disability discrimination in employment in the United States. Even the federal government — Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, Veterans Affairs, EEOC — discriminates against job applicants. Schedule A is used by many departments as a screening tool to deny employment, not as an affirmative action program. Even JAN will not provide assistance with federal employment. Use of Schedule... more »

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Tech Filing

One of the long term biggest barriers in our field is documentation. Keep the receipts for service is a crucial and critical aspect in service provision. But should not be a hinderance in service provision. With the changes that Covid has put in our worlds it is more apparent to me that we need a super advance overhaul on how we keep track, file, send, etc. with our documentation. In our field, the on hand service providers... more »

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This is a very important topic. A lot of barriers to employment to people with disabilities are in the mindsets of the employers. To be effective the mindset of mainly Employers may have to change. For instance, employers should know and care about the importance of providing additional assistance to those with learning disabilities. Jobseekers and employees with disabilities in underserved communities can learn job duties... more »

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Employees with Disabling OCD

As someone who has a diagnosis of OCD, I can say firsthand that it has impacted my job performance. Something that I think would greatly help those who suffer from OCD or other mental illnesses would be if employers did occasional trainings on mental health. This would not only help those with mental illness better care for themselves, but it would raise awareness throughout companies and hopefully decrease the likelihood... more »

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Reaching out to parents locally.

PARENTS: Wherever there is an opportunity to reach out to parents and family members about job opportunities and employment assistance, do it. It could be at a school soccer game. It could be when the teacher is talking virtually or in a meeting with the parents about another topic. Ask for 5 minutes. Tell the parents/family members about employment first and what it can mean. Give each person a one pager explaining what... more »

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Revamp and reinforce Schedule A

The Schedule A program is inconsistent across federal, state and local agencies, departments and components. What could have been an incredibly valuable tool in ensuring affirmative action for employment with Jobseekers and Employees with disabilities, has become inconsistent and most hiring managers are unaware of how to utilize Schedule A.

I recommend revamping the program by introducting more consistency across the... more »

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Improvement in Sharing Resources

In my life I have worked hard, and still am to try to improve the employment situation for people who are blind and for people of other disabilities. But there has been no improvement for decades in filling the workforce with people with disabilities. I work at an AbilityOne agency, and we hire people who are blind. Other AbilityOne agencies hire people of all sorts of sever disabilities.

I've read many ideas that the... more »

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Make SSI automatic and deemed income to the disabled person

One thing that has stuck in my head since my children were small and diagnosed with ASD, was the fact that post-Olmstead, we, as parents are required to hospitalize/institutionalize our children who are already Medicaid certified by a Qualified Mental Retardation Specialist or Qualified Intellectual Disability Specialist in our state Medicaid Plan according to the functional indexes for ADLS/IADLS used by the SSA to certify... more »

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Partnering with Schools and Medicaid and SSI would help outreach

Many disabled people both under age 22 and age 22 and above, are on government assistance such as SSI and Medicaid. It would be a very good idea to increase outreach efforts by doing a joint mailing with these statements and include some type of flyer or information for these folks. It is rather hard to disseminate this information unless you are on every platform such as movie/entertainment such as Amazon Prime Video,... more »

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Stereotypes and the lack of acceptance

Most disabilities do not require a wheelchair so when those who are disabled shatter preconceived notions, the hiring manager is shocked and most likely will not hire the individual as their own biases have been altered and it gives a threatening feel to the company. Identifying disability on an hiring application also does not guarantee an interview with a government agency as they usually will seek out military or other... more »

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MOST PEOPLE IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES DO NOT EVEN RECOGNISE THAT THEY HAVE A (MENTAL) DISABILITY TO START WITH AND REQUIRE CLINICAL THERAPY FOR THE ISSUE OF ONGOING TRAUMA AND VICTIMIZATION.

CAMPAIGNS ARE REQUIRED TO REACH THESE COMMUNITIES OF THE ISSUE OF MENTAL ILLNESS.

THESE ISSUES OF MENTAL ILLNESS ARE USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAME ISSUES OF LIFE IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES THAT USUALLY INVOLVE LACK OF HOUSING,... more »

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