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Reducing barriers to stakeholder engagement

Reaching underserved communities requires hearing and acting on the needs and ideas of those communities. Thus, programs and research funded through the Department of Labor should require effective coordination with diverse stakeholder groups and representatives. Yet, many of those stakeholders have limited resources to participate in engagement activities. The Department should consider offering appropriate compensation... more »

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Connecting disability resources to workforce development

The Department should provide more targeted resources that support disability inclusion in general workforce programs, especially apprenticeships. In addition to requiring disaggregated data collections to understand disparities, the department can: provide trainings; ensure workforce programs and their employer partners know about the Job Accommodations Network, EARN, PEAT, and other technical assistance programs; and... more »

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Strengthening Rehabilitation Programs For Blind/VI Job Seekers

Research has shown that rehabilitation of people who are blind or have low vision is more successful when provided by an agency with categorical services provided by professionals specifically trained to work with clients with vision loss. DOL should, as a partner in VR provision, encourage states to conform and maintain this successful mode of service delivery.

People complain about how much more it costs to rehabilitate... more »

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Equity Webinars that Connect Disability History, Civil Rights

Addressing equity issues and racial justice in the context of workforce development, is critically important, yet many professionals do not know where to begin to where to begin their education on equity issues. For our organization, it begins as part of the onboarding process for new interns and staff. For example, new hires are assigned as a extensive reading list to provide them a foundational understanding of racial... more »

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A 13th year to close the educational gap left by the pandemic

The pandemic has adversely impacted students with disabilities in the state of Texas. The loss of instructional time has made valuable employment transition skills nonexistent due the pandemic and shortened school year. High school seniors, especially high school seniors with disabilities have run out of time to complete their high school diploma and take advantage of school to work transitional services.In public schools... more »

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Disability Rights California Comments

Paid Internships

After high school or college, people with disabilities want to be able to enter the job market in a field of employment that they are passionate about. People with disabilities are not a monolith and want to participate in a range of employment options.

Similar to people without disabilities, having opportunities to get paid while interning can be a major benefit. Interns should be valued, because what... more »

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Create Standard Occupational Code

We need a Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Employment Support Professionals (ESPs). While there are many titles across disability service providers, skill sets of staff who support individuals in employment is different than Direct Support Professionals (who also do not have a SOC).

 

APSE, the only membership organization with a strict focus on competitive integrated employment, has a credential for staff to become... more »

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One for all and all for one.

The federal government is implementing all sorts of old and new programs. Trying to keep one step ahead of a slowly recovering economy. One for all and all for one goal in mind. If the federal govt can supplement unemployment. Can they not, with the help of employers. Make wages all the same. Across the board, for blue-collar workers? Let the govt supplement the employer for every disabled or disadvantaged worker. Let... more »

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By verifying grants the stakeholders have sayso

So I live in very low income housing and the H/A revives grant money from hud for our community,but they do not provide the stakeholders to even have say so.ive been elected 3 times to our resident council each time they have never provided the Supportive services we are intiltle to.and they right contract that now they get their sec 3 workers from a job connect thru the unemployment office instead of low income residents,they... more »

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Jobs and training Amazon effect

I think when looking at all jobs the problem is Gen Z and some Millennials just do not have any experience especially when it comes to many industrial industries! Things like wood and metal shop are not taught in many schools. The employers have to come to the employees with a no experience to hire them by offering them a comprehensive in house training option. These Gen Z individuals live on the cell phone. They are... more »

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Form a DOL version of CAP to provide support

DOD has a program that has become the standard in providing and identifying accommodation in the military. Other federal department look to this program, https://cap.mil/, for guidance and support. DOL should form one of its own to provide similar guidance and assistance to the private sector and public sector.

In addition, DOL could also combine with the Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community to identify and provide... more »

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Early Intervention is Key With Mental Health Disability

I think it's now more important than ever to pivot the narrative on mental health and the workplace. Mental illness is a progressive disease, and one in which early intervention can go a long way in not only helping employees lead more fulfilling/productive lives, but could potentially reduce the number of individuals who ultimately become disabled. In my experience, the (limited) availability of mental health services... more »

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Update SSI Unearned/Earned Income Exclusions/

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%). SGA is now $1320.

By raising these two income exclusions to reflect Cost of Living increases since then, more individuals will have less fear over losing... more »

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