Reaching Jobseekers and Employees with Disabilities in Underserved Communities

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As a person with a disability and on the spectrum, it has been great to read all of these suggestions. Many of us are high functioning to the point most people would not really know, but with some basic accommodations for employers to follow, we can have the opportunity to be productive positive members of the work force. So here are some ideas I have.

First many people with intellectual disabilities, are first picked... more »

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Racial & Social Equity in Employment: Challenges and Solutions

No Real Racial & Social Equity On Government Jobs

The USDOL should extend the programs to all Federal, State, & Local Government Institutions and stop removing disabled employees (by closing departments to remove the disabled) and reopening the department once they are removed. That's what happened to me. Whatever the USDOL decides to do it should apply to them first.

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Expanding Data Collection

The Arc of the United States endorses the comments of the CCD Employment Task Force regarding the importance of data collection. As we seek to expand opportunities for competitive integrated employment, we must ensure that we are expanding opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) of all races. The Arc recommends that the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division collect demographic... more »

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Providing Assistance to Employers, Workers, and Other Stakeholders

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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Examples of Racial & Social Equity in Employment

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Basically basically the program is a community service an employer finds an opposite pair from his color his age and even political views and team them up with someone that can use a solution from the company's service. A survey data questions can be asked so that one can learn more about others..( if there is a back log of old customers that the company wants to re integrate with or finding new customers however the... more »

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Reaching Jobseekers and Employees with Disabilities in Underserved Communities

Geographic equity and transportation

Transportation is consistently one of the top three barriers that people who are blind face in obtaining and retaining employment. Just as a start, equitable transportation requires ensuring that public transportation services are reliable, affordable and convenient; where public transportation is inconvenient, vouchers or discounts for private transportation options are available; and people have the orientation and... more »

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Diversity in workforce and business organizations

Company and community culture play an important role in creating high achievement expectations for people with disabilities. In order to change culture, it has been recognized that disability leadership within a program or community is beneficial. Likewise, diverse disability leadership (that also incorporates racial, gender, and economic diversity) on corporate and nonprofit boards, chambers of commerce, and workforce... more »

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Not everyone is aware of the opportunities available

Connecting with different kinds of community organizations is important for promoting higher expectations and ensuring access to opportunities for people with disabilities. Some underserved communities may place significantly more trust in faith-institutions, local schools, and community business organizations than government programs, so reaching those communities with opportunities to engage with service providers,... more »

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Identifying Disparities

According to the American Community Survey, significant disparities exist in the employment outcomes of people who are blind or have low vision based on individual intersectional characteristics. For example, Black and Native American working-age people with vision loss are less likely to report being employed than White and Asian respondents (about 42% of B/LV Whites are employed compared to about 33% of B/LV Blacks).... 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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Increase Diversity and Foster Open/Welcoming Environments

The best way to elicit feedback from communities is to include diverse voices from that community on advisory councils. The DOL watchword at all levels should be, "Nothing about us without us."

One surefire way to foster communication is to create a welcoming, respectful, and collaborative atmosphere. Without this, nothing will help since the community will soon see the futility of bothering to move forward in that direction.... more »

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Digital Accessibility in the Workplace

First and foremost, one of the largest barriers to blind and low vision citizens in all aspects of life is the lack of accessibility. On computers, people who are blind/low vision can function comparably with their sighted peers if the software and web have been built with accessibility in mind. Labeling buttons and form fields are critical to effective, equitable navigation and use of these essentials of modern life.... more »

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Successful Examples for Blind/VI Employment

Both the Randolph-Sheppard Program and the Ability One programs have been successful employment options for people who are blind. These specific programs have the ability to allow people who are blind to be gainfully employed along with benefits.

Currently as the result of the pandemic, many blind vendors employed through the Randolph Shepard Act have found their businesses struggling. The number of federal employees... 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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