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State Strategic Planning for Employment First

This strategic planning manual helps states develop a strategic process to increase Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for people with disabilities. This manual is designed as a guide for state leadership teams and facilitators working to create a statewide cross-systems Employment First strategic plan. It is intended to help states strategically align their policy and programs to further CIE as the first priority for all individuals with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71430

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AARP Employment Data Digest September 2018

AARP's Public Policy Institute (PPI) publishes a monthly update on employment numbers for people ages 55 and over. This report draws from monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. AARP PPI has recently released its September 2018 version of the digest. The unemployment rate for people ages 55 and older declined to 2.8 percent, but the percentage of long-term unemployed ages 55+ increased to 34.6 percent.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70803

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States Expand Employment and Training Opportunities for People with Disabilities

This recently released white paper explains the barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities and highlights areas where governors can help people with disabilities overcome the challenges they may face in seeking employment. The strategies in this paper were developed following a learning lab meeting with states to discuss ways to take advantage of pools of untapped talent and ensure that workforce development and hiring policies are inclusive of people with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70777

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Employing People with Disabilities: Lessons from Kessler Foundation’s Signature Employment Grants

This paper examines the success of grants given to initiatives that address the employment gap between people with and without disabilities. Independent evaluations identified five elements which were common to successful projects, namely, 1) A focus on changing attitudes about people with disabilities and their ability to work, 2) A person-centered approach to employment, 3) Technological platforms or model documentation, 4) Strong community partnerships, and 5) Wraparound services.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70602

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State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies’ Early Implementation Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services

This report is one of three reports released around the same time from Mathematica Policy Research focusing on how transition services are being used for youth with disabilities. This report examines states' experiences with a new mandate requiring them to provide pre-employment transition services available to all students with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70540

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Potential Strategies to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Youth SSI Recipients

This report is one of three reports released around the same time from Mathematica Policy Research focusing on how transition services are being used for youth with disabilities. This report outlines evidence-based strategies to promote sustained, gainful employment for youth with disabilities who are receiving SSI.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70539

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State Employment First Policies: State Definitions, Goals, and Values

This brief discusses the introduction of Employment First policies in seven states and explores each state’s values, mission, and goals around increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It is a useful tool both for states wishing to bolster their Employment First efforts and for those looking to begin developing Employment First policies.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70503

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National Beneficiary Survey: Disability Statistics, 2015

The National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) supplements the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) records by providing extensive additional data on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries’ and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients’ employment efforts. This publication released in March 2018 presents statistical information about beneficiaries and their employment experiences as gathered in the 2015 survey.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70330

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The Role of SCSEP in Workforce Training for Low-Income Older Workers

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a $400 million federal workforce investment program projected to serve over 67,000 low-income unemployed older adults in program year (PY) 2017. This is the only federally funded program to target older individuals who want to enter or reenter the workforce. The fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget eliminates all funding for SCSEP. This white paper examines the evidence on the value of SCSEP and discusses the potential effects of cutting it.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/69982

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