Employment

Fri, October 24, 2014
Bagging groceries (almost lost to technology which allows customers to scan and bag their own items), mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms or assembling office supplies in factories ... these are a few types of jobs available to people in the disability community. That level of work is expected of them. Now some people in the community really thrive at these jobs and that's wonderful for them. However, not everyone finds lasting purpose in doing that work. The usual attitude to this notion is "at...
Wed, January 16, 2013
The importance of performance measurement in tough fiscal times can't be overstated, but I also don't think there's any more important policy area to which it applies than human services. Recently, I spoke at a conference for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) on the fiscal outlook for 2013. Joining me was Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Both of us predicted that Congress would ultimately...
Thu, August 21, 2014
Coming off of my Huffington Post début while writing for YAI (and hopefully another one forthcoming), I entered the office this morning with a thought: "This feels good!" It is very gratifying to be recognized for your talents, at any level. Then another thought occurred to me: "Keep my ego in balance." Yes, I did get recognized and it is a tremendous honor. I am still me, though, a young professional trying to make his way. I am reminded that the ideas and concepts that I put forth are often...
Mon, February 25, 2013
When my severely autistic son was high school age, the local public school system offered him a placement at the high school. I remember feeling the swell of hope in my throat as I met with the administrators. Nat ... at the high school, one of the best in the country! Up until then, Nat had attended private autism programs most of his school career because there were no district-based programs for him. Born in 1989, Nat was at the beginning of the huge autism wave that was to come. His...
Fri, January 06, 2012
Everyone understands these are tough economic times. All of us know people who are struggling to find employment. But I just came across this article referencing a national survey by the ARC and I just can't get it out of my head.

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