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A Way to Get There: Addressing Transportation in Rural Areas

Transportation touches on every aspect of our lives – from attending school, career training, attending community activities and religious services, shopping and banking, obtaining medical care, and engaging in employment. Transportation is essential across the lifespan yet is a service that many people with disabilities are unable to access, particularly in rural areas. As transportation…

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Utah School to Work Project: Working with Youth with Significant Disabilities

Utah School to Work Project has developed eight (8) project demonstration sites, where multi-agency partners work together as a team to coordinate employment services for transition age youth with significant disabilities, who will benefit from a customized approach to employment in pursuing competitive, community integrated employment. These transition teams are made up of multiple community…

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Alison Barkoff

This is the first in a series of podcasts in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). TASH’s interim Executive Director, Serena Lowe talks with Alison Barkoff, the Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation. They have a wide-ranging discussion of employment policy and programs for people with disabilities, but Alison remains rooted throughout…

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Want to Engage Families Better? Just Listen.

“I know I should be thinking about the future, but frankly the prospect of her being employed scares me. She’s very vulnerable. You’ll have to be patient with me and give me information I can understand so I can become comfortable with the idea.” – Jane*, a mother during a parent interview The effective engagement…

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Devon’s Story of Employment – “I love my job!”

I love my job.  I started working at Universal Cells (UCells), an Astellas Pharma company located in Seattle, Washington, in February 2018 as an Office Lab Assistant.  There have been lots of ups and downs with growing pains as the company has expanded. The changes with the COVID restrictions have been challenging. UCells is a…

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People with disabilities want Careers… just like everyone else!

Tia with Dee Muller Katovitch, one of her professors at Syracuse University. Career development is very important to me because I believe that people with disabilities should have the same opportunities as everyone else. If given a chance, people with disabilities can have careers. Right now, there are people with disabilities working in careers. They…

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Katie’s Hurdles and Accomplishments

“People will always tell you, ‘You can’t do it.’ I learned that the hard way, but if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. I want my future employers to know I can accomplish any task they put in front of me.” Like most 22-year-olds, Katie has graduated from a college program,…

PIE States

Wisconsin

LET’S GET TO WORK   Let’s Get to Work will develop and implement policies and practices that elevate community expectations and overall employment outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). To accomplish its goals, the project will use statewide school pilot sites to test a set of evidence-based practices and simulated…

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Tennessee

TENNESSEEWORKS TennesseeWorks is a statewide partnership of agencies and organizations committed to increasing employment for individuals with disabilities. Together, they work to implement policy and systems changes that make competitive employment the first and desired choice for every Tennessean. With a shared vision to increase employment for all Tennesseans with disabilities, workgroups have focused on…