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Real Economic Impact

National Disability Institute

http://realeconomicimpact.org/



and


The Burton Blatt Institute

Syracuse University

http://bbi.syr.edu


One Stop

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October
14
, 2011


Good morning

everyone
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The National Disability Institute

(NDI)

is happy to
bring
you
the One
-
Stop Toolkit

Resources of the Week
. The
Resources of the Week

includes weekly information on
websites o
f interest, funding opportunities, policy development, resources of interest,
publications, and articles that are relevant to increasing the employment opportunities of
individuals with disabilities

th
at we hope will be useful as you work on systems change

activities to help improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.


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ONE STOP

TOOLKIT TABLE OF CONTENTS

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For Your Information



U.S. Department of Labor launches Economic and Employment

Statistics App










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Disability and Employment Discussion Forums: What is on your mind?

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Check this section out each week to learn about current discussions


3


Upcoming Events of Interest



Webinar
--
Ticket to Work for P
eople with Mental Illness: Support on Your

Journey to Employment








3


Resources of Interest



Disability and Employment Community of Practice: Employment Networks

and the Workforce System








4


Real Economic Impact



SmartAboutMoney.org









6



Sixth Annual Real Economic Impact Tour Mayor’s Leadership




Academy Materials









6


Websites of the Week



CareerOneStop Competency Model Clearinghouse




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JobTIPS











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Social Security Administration Online in Spanish





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Publications of the Week



The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology's Impact on Employment

and Opportunities for People with Disabilities





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On the Job: S
tories from Youth with Disabilities





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FOR YOUR INFORMATION


U.S. Department of Labor launches Economic and Employment Statistics App

Smartphone users gain mobile access to latest labor data and news

U.S. Department of Labor News Rel
ease / October 5, 2011

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20111458.htm


[The following is excerpted from the news release.]


The most up
-
to
-
date employment data and economic ne
ws releases from the U.S.
Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and its Employment and Training
Administration now can be viewed using a new mobile application.

The free app
displays real
-
time updates to the unemployment rate, Unemployment Insu
rance initial
claims, the Consumer Price Index, payroll employment, average hourly earnings, the
Producer Price Index, the Employment Cost Index, productivity, the U.S. Import Price
Index and the U.S. Export Price Index as they are published each week, mon
th or
quarter. News releases providing context for the data are also available through the app
and can be viewed within a mobile browser or as PDF documents.


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The new app is currently available for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as Android
phones. The L
abor Department is working to develop versions for BlackBerry and
iPod

devices. Visit
http://m.dol.gov/apps/

to download this and other mobile apps.


DISABILITY AND EMPLOYMENT DISCUSSION FORUMS: WHAT IS ON YOUR
MIND?


Are you part of the discussion? Workforce3 One Disability and Employment
Community of Practice: New Discussion Forum on Disability and Workforce

https://disability.workforce3one.org/p
age/discussions


The
discussion forum

is a place

where
workforce professionals
can share ideas,
communicate with peers across the country, and read what others are saying and
thinking

around disability and workforce issues
.

Each week, the
forum will post

a new
topic for discussion.

This is your forum


a place to comment on important issues, learn
about best practices, and find out what others have to say.


Current Discussions: what do you think?


Under the Ticket to Work Program, how can you leverage resources to support
One
-
Stop Ticket Holders prior to placement?


The Ticket to Work Program is based on the premise of rewarding service providers,
only when a Ticket hol
der assigned to them finds employment at an earnings level high
enough to generate Ticket payments. The Employment Network will then continue to
receive ongoing payments, only if that individual maintains employment at a sufficient
earnings level. While th
e outcome based nature of funding via the Ticket provides a
challenge in terms of both risk and cash flow, it is a misperception that Employment
Networks are not being compensated for the services provided prior to placement


they are just not being compe
nsated at the time these services are being provided, and
will only be compensated if those services result in job placement. However, the lack of
“up front” funding can pose major challenges, and Ticket to Work works best in a One
-
Stop environment if ther
e are other services and funding streams that can be leveraged
to support services to Ticket customers prior to placements. Core services funded via
Wagner
-
Peyser are a likely starting part.



Please share your thoughts and ideas on what resources and servi
ces can be
leveraged to serve Ticket customers prior to placement.


UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST


Webinar
--
Ticket to Work for People with Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey
to Employment

National Work Incentives Webinar

Social Security Administration

O
ctober 26, 2011 / 3:00
--

4:30 PM Eastern Time

http://www.chooseworkttw.net/wise/jsp/wise.jsp


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This
free, national
Work Incentive Seminar Event (
WISE
) on the

Ticket to Work for
People with
Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment will include
information to help people with a mental illness make informed decisions about going to
work. Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Projects, Employment Network,
Vocational Rehabilitation,
and Protection & Advocacy representatives will provide
information about:



Ticket to Work & Work Incentives



Frequently asked questions



Where to find more information



Free support including peer
-
to
-
peer training, mentoring, and benefits counseling
servic
es


REGISTRATION

Access the web link and click on “Show Meeting Details” under Webinar Registration.


RESOURCES OF INTEREST


Disability and Employment Community of Practice: Employment Networks and
the Workforce System

https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001127258797253949


The information, tools and resources in this section are best practices learned from the
One
-
Stop Ticket Success Project and the Disability Emp
loyment Initiative on the Ticket
to Work Program to help increase the awareness of workforce professionals and the
business community. They include the benefits and resources available to help expand
the Workforce System to become Employment Networks to su
pport and expand
employment options for Social Security disability beneficiaries. To learn more about
these two projects access the link to their overviews.


Ticket to Work Program and Workforce Investment Agencies:

Expanding the Workforce System to Become

Employment Networks


The theme for the 2011 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM),
Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities
, promotes the valuable contributions
people with disabilities make to America's workplaces and economy. D
uring the month
of October, Workforce3 One’s
Disability and Employment Community of Practice

will be
showcasing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Ticket to Work Program to help
increase the aw
areness of workforce professionals and the business community on the
benefits and resources available to help them expand the Workforce System to become
Employment Networks (EN) to support and expand employment options for Social
Security disability benefi
ciaries. Since 2000, ETA has issued four Training and
Employment Notices (TEN) on the Ticket to Work Program to provide information to the
public workforce system on the Ticket to Work Program and how it can complement and
enhance the services and support
s available to customers with disabilities that access
the One
-
Stop system.


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Throughout the month of October the

Resources of the Week
will feature resources and
tools

from the
One
-
Stop Ticket Ticket Success Project
, which is
a partnership between
BCT

Partners and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the Uni
versity of
Massachusetts Boston.
This week’s resources include:


Basics of Disability Benefits

This tool provid
es a basic overview of Social Security disability benefits and the
impact of employment on both cash and medical benefits. It can be used both by
One
-
Stop Career Center staff to provide guidance to customers, as well as a
handout for customers. It is inten
ded to provide basic information that will help
allay concerns individuals may have regarding benefit issues, and in turn provide
encouragement to participate in Ticket to Work. The handout makes clear that
benefit experts should be consulted for more comp
rehensive information. This
tool can be used as is. However, it is suggested that Workforce Investment
systems and One
-
Stop Career Centers add additional information to the flyer,
including their specific Medicaid threshold level, and contact information f
or the
local Work Incentive Planning and Assistance project and similar resources.


Texas Benefits Flyer

This is an example of customizing the “Basics of Disability Benefits” tool to a
local workforce area. This is a formatted version of the flyer, with th
e addition of
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (
WIPA
) program

contact information,
the Medicaid threshold information specific to Texas, and other information
specific to Workforce Solutions South Plains, for whom this was created.


Ticket To Work


Basic Recruitment Flyer


This tool is intended as a template for use by One
-
Stop Career Centers and
workforce investment systems in creation of recruitment flyers for the Ticket to
Work. The intent is that Workforce Investment systems will use this templ
ate as a
starting point, and add to it language specific to the One
-
Stop Career Center, and
in addition format it according to their marketing material standards, with the
addition of agency logos, graphics, etc. This flyer would then be utilized as part
of orientation packets for all customers, as well made available in reception areas
and resource libraries. Part of the underlying purpose of this flyer is to encourage
individuals to self
-
identify that they are on
Supplemental Security Income (
SSI
)

or
Soc
ial Security Disability Insurance (
SSDI
)
, and are eligible for
the
Ticket to
Work.


Needs Assessment

This needs assessment tool is to be used at the beginning of the technical
assistance process to determine current One
-
Stop capacity to serve individuals
u
nder the Ticket program, and identify areas to be addressed for the workforce
investment system to successfully operate as an Employment Network. In using
this tool, the overall goal is to gain a sense of the general operation of the
workforce investment s
ystem/One
-
Stop, as well as specific areas pertinent to
services for customers with disabilities and the Ticket to Work. A key objective is
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determining how the Ticket program can be integrated within the existing service
and administrative structures.


Bus
iness Plan Template

This Business Plan template is designed for use by workforce investment
systems/One
-
Stop Career Centers to both outline the mechanisms for building
capacity to operate as an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work, and to
also serve

as documentation of ongoing operational procedures.


The Business Plan consists of six key areas: infrastructure, recruitment,
engagement, service delivery & placement, payment, and financial projections.
While all six areas should be addressed within th
e Business Plan, the format of
this template is flexible. Each of these key areas should be addressed in a way
that is going to best meet the needs of the Employment Network in terms of
building capacity and documenting procedures. Some of the sub
-
headings

may
be more relevant than others for particular One
-
Stops/workforce investment
systems, and additional sub
-
headings can be added if necessary.


Stay tuned as this section of the Community of Practice continues to be populated with
new tools and resources
.


REAL ECONOMIC IMPACT


SmartAboutMoney.org

Dedicated to your financial well
-
being

http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/


Smart About Money
is

designed to help get quick tips on budgeting, reducing debt, and
setti
ng financial goals. The site also
includes

a wealth of information about dealing with
all of life’s financial challenges
: gettin
g
a

first job or getting ready to retire. The site is a
product of the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®)
,

whi
ch is an
independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range
of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach
their financial goals.


Sixth Annual Real Economic Impact Tour Mayor’s Leader
ship Academy Materials

National Disability
Institute

http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/REI
-
Tour
-
Initiatives
-
and
-
Projects/Mayor's
-
Leadership
-
A
cademy.aspx


On September 27
th

and 28
th
, the National Disability Institute held its sixth annual
Mayor’s Leadership Academy as part of its Real Economic Impact Tour in Boston,
Massachusetts. Boston’s Mayor

Menino, his staff and the staff of the Federal R
eserve
Bank
helped to make

this opportunity available. The purpose of the Academy is to
establish an expanded peer support system led by the Mayors and
Earned Income Tax
Credit (
EITC
)

coalitions that compliments and enriches community
-
based initiatives
suc
h as the Real Economic Impact Tour

(REI Tour)
. The
REI
Tour, now going into its
eighth year along with partners in 100 cities

nationwide
, is providing taxpayers with
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disabilities a “gateway” to asset building opportunities. Since 2005, the REI Tour has
hel
ped increase the number of taxpayers with disabilities accessing free tax assistance
from 6 percent to 14 percent nationwide.


Access the weblink to view and download
materials from both
general and plenary
session
s to learn more about asset development
building and strategies.


WEBSITES OF THE WEEK


CareerOneStop Competency Model Clearinghouse

http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/


The Department of Labor

Employment and Training Admin
istration collaborates with
other Federal agencies and workforce development experts from industry, labor, and
education to document the skills and competencies required in emerging and
economically vital industries. The goal is to ensure that workers have

the knowl
e
dge
and skills needed for success in jobs with good pay and advancement opportunities.

The Web
-
based Competency Model Clearinghouse

(CMC) provides ready access to
industry
-
validated models and a collection of resources to support their use.


Pu
blic workforce development staff and providers working with persons with disabilities
and other multiple challenges to employment, should be aware of these competencies
so that their customers can have the opportunity for career pathway jobs.


JobT
IPS

http://www.do2learn.com/JobTIPS//


JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with disabilities explore career
interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain it.

JobTIPS
addresses

the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining,
and keeping a job more difficult for someone. Though

JobTIPS is designed for direct
use by individuals with autism and other disabilities, this program (including all of the
pri
ntables, assessments, and videos) is also suitable for delivery by teachers, family
members, clinicians, mentors, and job coaches.


Social Security Administration Online in Spanish

www.segurosocial.gov


Social Se
curity is a leader in providing information and services online in both English
and Spanish. The
www.segurosocial.gov

website features more than 100 public
information pamphlets, leaflets, and fact she
ets in Spanish. It also allows visitors to
sign
-
up for direct deposit, and locate their nearest Social Security office.

One of the
best features of the site is the
Retirement Estimator

located at
www.segurosocial.gov/calculador
. The
Estimator

allows users to receive an instant,
personalized estimate of future retirement benefits in Spanish.

More exciting services
are coming soon to Social Security's Spanish
-
language website.

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PUBLICATION
S

OF THE WEEK


The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology's Impact on Employment and
Opportunities for People with Disabilities

National Council on Disability (NCD)

October 2011

http://www.ncd.gov
/publications/2011/Oct042011


[The following is excerpted from the National Council on Disability’s Letter of
Transmission to the President.]


This report examines the importance of social media and other information technologies
in connecting people to j
ob opportunities. Not surprisingly, digital barriers to our
networked economy can reinforce rather than break down disproportionately low
employment among people with disabilities. The
report contains fourteen
recommendations designed to open the doors to
digital technologies that can lead to
better jobs for more people with disabilities.

These recommendations focus on: 1)
education, through the current infrastructure of community and technical colleges; 2)
Internet access; 3) working with industry partner
ships; 4) improvements in assistive
technology; and 5) a variety of awareness campaigns. Such campaigns should be
aimed at youth with disabilities; raising business recognition of the potential of the
market that people with disabilities represent; and enc
ouraging entrepreneurs with
disabilities to flourish as part of the larger collaborative community.


On the Job: Stories from Youth with Disabilities

Natural Supports Project, University Center for Excellence in Developmental
Disabilities, Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin
-
Madison

http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/naturalsupports/pdfs/YS.pdf


This
booklet

compile
s

six stories of

youth who benefited from

a different approach.
Rather

than

depending exclusively

on formal supports from their

schools or service
providers

to find and keep their jobs,

these youth

and the adults

who supported
them

drew

heavily upon natural supports

in the workplace and broader

community.

The ways in which they
found

their jobs and the supports

they drew upon each vary.

Within each story,
the authors

highlight

just a few of the factors that

may have led to
their success. It

is truly a team effort and there

are many ways that schools,

family
members, employers,

co
mmunity members, and

youth themselves can each

contribute
to supporting

these youth.


The authors hope that
readers can learn from

these
experiences and be

encouraged to
explore creative

and effective ways to support

rich and satisfying early

employment
e
xperiences for

all youth.