The COVID-19 pandemic has made more urgent the need for investment in provider transformation.... more »
For those needing adequate PPE to successfully find and maintain work, consumers and counselors of vocational rehabilitation services must ensure PPE is provided in any vocational service planning. VR agencies should focus on maintaining accessibility in teleworking options. Training options in assistive technology should broaden for all! Incentives should be offered to both job seekers... more »
Access to health care plays a vital role in successful employment For people with disabilities. I urge DOL to work with SSA and state Medicaid bureaus to strengthen access to our Medicaid buy in systems. For many of us who rely on these medicaid buy-in programs, they have allowed us to receive Community First Choice or PCA services in our homes and communities. We do need Medicare and... more »
This pandemic is a perfect time to increase the # of people w/ disabilities in professional office, nonprofit, policy, public sector jobs that can be done from home, work from home should be the norm.
• 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 »
Flexible scheduling of work days as well as reasonable accommodations must be pursued and allowed in workspaces and employment settings . Reasonable accommodations and Essential functions of employment may need to be redefined for people with disabilities now and beyond. States should include and be encouraged to promote pandemic planning for employment with competitive integrated settings... more »
When I did job development during the 2008 recession, I found I needed to do a lot of in person job development in order to develop relationships with employers to advocate for my clients to get hired. Now with COVID-19 safety concerns, I wonder what others in the field are doing to develop new relationships with businesses.