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Accessible Transportation

Using Electronic Surrogates to Provide Transportation Access

The essence of transportation is not about moving. It is about providing access to people, places, things, and services. The growing use and sophistication of information and communication technologies allow us to consider greater use of electronic surrogates to supplant actual trip making to give us most or all of the benefits of actually moving ourselves and things around. The advent of additive manufacturing (i.e.,... more »

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Voc Rehab Support for Entrepreneurship - Comment

In addition to providing financial support to consumer for education, vocational rehabilitation programs can provide support for entrepreneurship training programs or help cover the fees for business start-up. In places where consumers can get special certifications for their business (like MWBE status), vocational rehabilitation can help with that. Fundamentally, there needs to be a culture within voc rehab that permits... more »

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Inclusive Banking - Comment

Maybe pursuing banking regulations on community business funding allotments to go to 'inclusive' (disabled, veterans, drug addicts, homeless, ex-conviction) business financing, This is where a community can provide an effective helping hand, counseling and business community networking to invest in future successes. If banks can support these groups that need the most hand holding for success, it can only help improve... more »

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Employer Awareness - Comment

Roberta Etcheverry (@re0000) In terms of making employers aware of programs such as this, I have a few ideas. One way would be to work through the various insurers and have it be required that a notice about the program is included with all policy renewals. Another idea would be to have notice about the program provided at the time of issuing a business license to companies with employees. There are also organizations... more »

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Negative Incentives - Comment

Jennifer H. Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM (@jhchristian) There are two separate issues here. Having a formal written program does not mean it will be used. When I worked in Alaska, I was a member of the group that wrote the Municipality's Anchorage's RTW policy. When we finished, the HR person who led the effort told me "There, that's that." I asked how we were going to implement it going forward. She said "I have no intention... more »

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Job Placement Assistance - Comment

Jennifer H. Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM (@jhchristian) 3 months ago I think that what workers really need is assistance with finding a new job. The IPS model of vocational rehabilitation listens to what people want to do and then finds them jobs. That's what they need most. Getting paid to look for work on your own doesn't work well if you don't have good job finding skills. Why spend the time and money preparing people... more »

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Employer Assistance - Comment

Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE (@rick00) One incentive to consider is to offer the employer assistance with preparing functional job analyses of the injured workers job and other open positions to populate relevant occupational data that can be matched to the abilities of other workers. Ideally, the participating employers would be able to affirmatively recruit from a database of other workers with disabilities. This... more »

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Ergonomic Specialist - Comment

William Massey (@william.massey) As part of our RETAIN Demonstration Project Proposal, Rhode Island DLT recommended an ergonomic specialist be assigned to work with employers to develop recovery duty work and make recommendations for adaptions. Funding would also be available for up to $500 per adaption. Comment Moderator Meredith (@dedona.meredith) 3 months ago ( Moderator ) william.massey Thanks... more »

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TE for Employers - Comment

Evan Rockefeller (@evan.rockefeller) 3 months ago I think instituting programs that provide technical assistance to employers is key. Employers may want to support workers with disabilities but may not know where or how to begin. Example program manuals would be very helpful. I notice that the examples above seem to relate almost exclusively to workers with a job-related injury or illness. I think it would also be helpful... more »

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Success Stories - Comment

Lee Koslow (@lkoslow) I agree with this approach, and to help employers see the benefit of education and technical assistance, we need good stories. This current, tight labor market is the best time to get employers on board with SAW/RTW practices. All businesses want to retain their good employees. One way to get the word out about the benefits of these practices is to provide them with examples of other, similar businesses... more »

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Resource Guides - Comment

Sharyn Hancock (@shancock) It would be good for State DOL and Workforce Agencies to put out resource guides on services that they provide to employers that spell out the ABC's of how they can get training for their employees under WIOA. Incumbent Worker training programs for example as well as programs through Vocational Rehabilitation that provided services for ill or injured employees who do not have to meet the typical... more »

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