May 22, 2013 | Issue 58  

Case Studies of Emerging/Innovative Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices in Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
The Vocational Rehabilitation & Training Center (VR-RRTC) at the ICI is pleased to share a case study about how vocational rehabilitation practices help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find employment.
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Questions & Answers about Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Title I of the ADA covers employment by private employers with 15 or more employees as well as state and local government employers. Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act provides similar protections related to federal employment. In addition, most states have their own laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of disability. Some of these state laws may apply to smaller employers and may provide protections in addition to those available under the ADA. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the employment provisions of the ADA. This document is one of the series of question-and-answer documents addressing particular disabilities in the workplace.
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Redesigned ADA Website, Goes Live
In the First redesign of the ADA website since 2002, the Department of Justice today launched a redesigned ADA website. The new design incorporates improved navigation and usability features making it easier to find information on ADA technical assistance, enforcement, and regulations. To view the new website or to find more information about the ADA, visit or call the Department's ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY).
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Data Note 44: State Intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies' Service Trends
"Nationally there has not been a meaningful change in the number of people with IDD in integrated employment since 2011." Incorporating the most recent findings from the National Survey of State Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Day and Employment Services, this Data Note discusses trends in integrated employment and facility-based and non-work settings.
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Census Bureau Releases New Publications on Employment and Government Assistance for People with Disabilities
Two recently released publications from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey give us greater insight into characteristics of people with disabilities in America. Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 examines the disability characteristics of the 46 million adults in the U.S. receiving government assistance, such as Supplemental Income (SSI), SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) or Medicaid. In addition, the Disability Employment Tabulation, a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a detailed look at the labor market characteristics for people by disability status, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. Both use data from the American Community Survey, which is one of the only sources for estimates about the disability status of people in the U.S. The survey defines disability using six questions about difficulty hearing, seeing, walking/climbing stairs, remembering/concentrating/making decisions, dressing/bathing, or doing errands.
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2010-2011 National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers: Estimating the Number of Community Rehabilitation Providers in the United States
"Our estimate calculation indicates that there are 5,408 CRPs nationally...that provide employment/and/or non-work services to people with disabilities in the United States in 2009" (Research to Practice Issue 54). This is the second in a series of research to practice briefs based on the 2010-2011 National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The purpose of this brief is to provide a national estimate of the number of CRPs in operation in the United States.
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Join the Conversation for Change: Help Federal Agencies Improve the Transition from School to Work for Youth with Disabilities
A free, public online dialogue to help shape federal strategies for helping young people with disabilities successfully transition from school to work is currently being held through May 27, 2013. Once registered, participants may submit ideas and comments, and rate the ideas that they think are the most important. You may provide input through May 27. The dialogue will be facilitated to ensure that participants experience robust and productive exchange.
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NCWD/Youth Releases "Youth in Action!" Tip Sheets for Young People
As part of their individual development, today's youth need to learn and understand how to take action for themselves as they transition into adulthood. In conjunction with the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, NCWD/Youth has developed a series of "Youth in Action!" tip sheets aimed at helping youth learn and think about important transition issues. Tip sheets include: Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate; Leading Your Transition Planning; Learning Disability History; Getting Involved in Volunteering; Serving on Decision-Making Boards; and Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences. While these tip sheets are designed for youth to read and use, they are also helpful tools for family members, educators, and youth service professionals to use in discussions with youth.
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