(@tania.morawiec)

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Self-identification, Mentorship & Advancement

Providing opportunities for optional self-identification and mentorship across organizational levels may help support employees who have disabilities and promote advancement. Coaching and disability awareness promote acceptance and may positively impact work culture leading to a more inclusive environment and more strategic development of KSA's tied to promotions. Self-identification, coaching and mentorship opportunities... more »

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(@rsalon)

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Promoting Customized Employment in State Government

State Human Resources departments and state agency hiring managers could increase the number of youth and adults with disabilities in their workforce by customizing jobs. Customized employment is a proven practice that benefits employers and people with disabilities by creating a match between the contributions of the employee with a disability and the needs of the employer. State vocational rehabilitation agencies, developmental... more »

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(@theresia.kody)

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Cultivate and standardize RETENTION efforts, as well as advancement

There should be more efforts on retention and advancement. I think it's easy for someone to hire (although not the cheapest), but it takes much more effort for a business to retain and support advancement. Thinking about disability employment specifically, there are way too many people with disabilities doing very basic jobs; I've asked some large employers who showcase the "disability" numbers of their workforce and... more »

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(@chrisj.sheetingerky.gov)

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Supported Self-Employment as Customized Employment

The idea is to combine the pieces of self-employment and supported employment to make self-employment available to those with the most significant disabilities. This also allows for more self-employment ventures for consumers that work with Vocational Rehabilitation. The Person-Centered Job Selection and the Feasibility Study would be utilized to get to know the individual and their job goal, while the Business Plan... more »

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(@tony.gantenbein)

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remove barriers in state hiring practices

One strategy for states to become model employers for people with disabilities is to remove barriers in state hiring practices that keep people with disabilities out of state employment. If states are finding some hiring managers tend to overlook people with disabilities who have the knowledge, skills and abilities during the standard competitive selection process, offer an alternative. One example of this is the MN Connect... more »

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(@rcarmody)

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work partnerships

States contract with significant employers to provide goods & services to the state. State purchasing department should strongly encourage perspective bidders for state contracts to reach out to employment programs for people with disabilities. It would be good business for those employers to make a commitment to a diverse workforce that include people with disabilities. State agencies/employment agencies have the conversation... more »

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(@david.darcangelo)

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Uniform Definition of Disability for Data Collection

Disability is defined differently by a variety of laws, regulations, programs, etc., and still further from state to state, agency to agency, company to company, etc. We should endeavor to have a uniform definition of disability for data collection purposes.

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(@adamsrayi)

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School to Apprenticeship pipelines

Not only having ample opportunities for paid apprenticeships for people with disabilities, but providing a path way to them from schools. High school is a crucial time for students with disabilities, 400,000 students with disabilities drop out of school every year. And having a plan and a place to go post graduation can go a long way to keeping them in school, as well as providing a program where they can get an early... more »

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(@andrewsydlik)

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Reaching Out to Students

This might already have been addressed in the comment about civic education, but I think part of the issue is making disabled people aware of employment opportunities, and at as a young of an age as possible. To this end, engagement with high schools and colleges would help. Job fairs, guest lectures to classes, exchanging information with disability services offices on campus, etc. For example, the federal government... more »

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(@spinnockjam02)

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Percentage of persons with disabilities in the workforce

Employers, agents of the state, contractors with government encouraged to set aside a percentage of their staff requirements for persons with disabilities. Employers, agents of the state and contractors who do so are recognized in similar fashion to the way restaurants are recognized and examples are noted in state of the state address by governor.

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(@moderatornadia)

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Using Civics Ed Requirements to Facilitate Internship Opportunities

Some states address civics education in the state statute.it would be interesting to see states take the next step in creating on-the-job opportunities to help students at all levels better understand the civics. These opportunities could lead to permanent full-time or part-time positions at the state and local levels.

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