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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Knowing It's OK to Say No-Self Advocacy

Normally we are encouraging our individuals to work their hardest and try new things. We are their best advocates to get the job that they want to suit their interests. In the last several months some of that has changed. Prior to pandemic we most likely encouraged our individuals to stick with a job through thick and thin. Now we have found ourselves saying it's ok to stop working if it feels too risky. To our individuals... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Identify Reasonable Accommodations to Support Individual's Choice

An important part of supporting self-determination is ensuring that the job seeker has the needed accommodations that protect their health. For many, that might be a request to work from home, have access to additional protective equipment, or work in a part of the facility less exposed to the public. Employers play an important role in providing the accommodations, but job developers can support the request and identification... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

ODEP Should Collect Promising Practices in Remote Work/Telecommuting

• ODEP should work with employers to review, collect and compile best practices or emerging trends when it comes to working from home/remote work/telecommuting. 6 months passed of this pandemic should have given employers enough time to explore and identify promising practices related to managing a successful remote workforce. Further, employees with disabilities who have been lucky enough to be retained and succeed in... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

No Shame, No Stigma - Mental Health in the Workplace

• No Shame, No Stigma – Ensure that workers with disabilities receive information about free mental health supports during this crisis. In a time of crisis, isolation and sickness, it is no wonder that millions more Americans are reporting mental health conditions. From increasing rates of depression to widespread symptoms of chronic stress, Americans' mental health is being strained like never before. As such, workforce... more »

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Employer Disclosure, Return to Physic Work Disclosures, Hazard Pay and Equality of Work.

• Employers need to disclose to their employees with disabilities as well as jobseekers with disabilities about what safety precautions they have taken to address COVID risks in the workplace. These need to include plain language summary and materials not in English.

• Before any return to a physical workspace occurs, employees with disabilities need to be educated on safety best practices and be given adequate workspace... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Supported Employment trending idea

People with disabilities want to work and feel a part of their community. COVID 19 has certainly challenged this desire to work and be successful In fact, its forced people to become afraid and choose not to work. In our program, we had a lot of individuals who continued working in essential jobs. The support staff needed to provide shifted from focusing on hard/soft skills of the job to maintaining personal safety (wearing... more »

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Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Including health risk assessment as part of the job search plan trending idea

I have heard from some Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs that they are including health risk assessment as part of the job search planning. Along with looking at the client's level of COVID risk, employment specialists are also paying attention to COVID safety practices of employers during job development and sharing that information with their clients. I'm curious to hear how providers are navigating this!... more »

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