• Easy access to rapid COVID-19 testing needs to prioritized for essential workers and... more »
Many people with disabilities work essential jobs, use public transportation to get to their job, or have underlying conditions. These factors increase the risk of exposure to COVID. How are you helping job seekers navigate the decision of accepting a job or to continue to work the job?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made more urgent the need for investment in provider transformation.... more »
Decreasing potential exposure to the virus is the most direct way of addressing the health risks involved with the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, employers have a responsibility to make it absolutely clear to jobseekers if the job can be performed remotely. If an employer does not make that clear, job developers should automatically encourage the employer to clarify immediately.
• Launch a DOL advisory panel under OSHA composed of employers, subject matter experts, workers with disabilities and workers with pre-existing conditions to address workplace risks. An advisory panel that reflects both personal experience and professional expertise could well be positioned to further refine and recommend policy ideas, regulatory changes or other actions to be taken by the federal government.
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 »