Virtual Customized Employment Strategies for Chaotic Times Providing high-quality employment outcomes requires developing and maintaining a good momentum of support. If the employment process stops, people and the system lose confidence often resulting in services being ineffective. During the pandemic and beyond, we need to keep the employment process moving so people with disabilities can attain and maintain valued jobs.
Employment Equity for People with IDD Across the Lifespan By Derek Nord, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University Bloomington
In a cluttered brick building off Currie Street in Richmond, Robert Doss gets to work. His employer, Cabinetry and Construction Inc., moved to the new building near Virginia Union University over the summer and needed someone to organize the space. Enter Robert, a Richmond native with autism.
The VCU Center on Transition Innovations (CTI), part of the VCU School of Education’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, has received a $360,000 ECMC Foundation grant to study the mental health challenges and needs of community college students. “This study is a great opportunity for VCU, especially considering its commitment to transfer student success,” said Elizabeth E. Getzel, CTI director and Principal investigator in the study. “This commitment is evidenced by the establishment of the VCU Transfer Center and the development of transfer maps with four community colleges.”
Project Achieve - Women veterans represent 14% of Virginia’s veteran population, leading the nation with the highest percentage of women veterans. This number is expected to increase over the next 20 years. Despite their presence in Virginia, little is known about the postsecondary support needs unique to women student veterans, particularly those with disabilities such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). To fill this gap, CTI is implementing a demonstration project, Project Achieve, to provide specialized services to women veterans with TBI and SCI in postsecondary education.
The ADA: Supporting Inclusion for Employees (Part 1) - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities in the workplace by prohibiting discrimination, requiring reasonable accommodations, and protecting the confidentiality of employees and job seekers. In this presentation, we will discuss how the ADA protects employees, explain what the law requires of employers, describes what reasonable accommodations are and how to provide them, and shares some dos and don'ts of discussing disability in the workplace. Participants will also learn about resources they can use to increase the inclusion and productivity of employees with disabilities.