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October 5, 2018
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The Center for START Services

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Employment gives us all a sense of meaning and achievement as reflected through the PERMA (Positive Emotion- Engagement- Relationships- Meaning-Accomplishments) model of well-being and happiness. All people with disabilities, including those who experience mental health needs, should be viewed as valuable members of the workforce.

“Emotional well-being cannot occur without the opportunity for rewarding work- a vehicle for meaning and achievements in your life.” -Dr. Joan Beasley
Wilbert Johnson tells us how he was able to get his dream job and provides tips for fellow job-seekers- from the Rooted in Rights Storytellers Series. Visit rootedinrights.org/WillingtoWork to learn more.

Disability Employment Resources

Real Work For Real Pay: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Employment Policy
from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
ODEP offers a range of resources to help organizations plan NDEAM observances, including not only the official poster in English and Spanish, but also sample articles, a press release, proclamation and social media content.

Supported Employment: Participant Training Manual
from The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
 
Customized Employment: Stories and Lessons from the Field
Customized Employment (CE) represents a nuanced departure from traditional competitive and comparative approaches to developing work. True CE is hard to come by. This collection of examples is offered to point out the sometimes less obvious nuanced methods vital to customization. 

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities – Models for Innovation
Published by the National Technical Assistance and Research Center to Promote Leadership for Increasing Employment and Economic Independence of Adults with Disabilities (NTAR Leadership Center) (Executive Summary)

Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

 
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire