NTAC e.News — December 1, 2009

Asian/Pacific Islander Words of Wisdom

“The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

- Chinese Proverb

Source: http://www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/2009/03/Motivational-Quotes-on-Courage.aspx?p=5

Announcements: NTAC

2010 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities

The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai'i cordially invites you to submit a proposal to the 26th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities on April 12th and 13th, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. To learn more, click here.

Announcements: National and International

US Department of Labor Announces Web-based Collaborative Policy-Making Initiative to Address Disability Employment Barriers

ePolicyWorks is a collaborative, information-sharing initiative among national policymakers designed to address specific barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. The goals of ePolicyWorks closely align with the guiding principles outlined in the President's disability agenda - from strengthening access to and improving the quality of health care, to protecting civil rights and increasing opportunities for employment. Facilitating real-time coordination and communication, ePolicyWorks is an unprecedented effort to tackle today's critical disability employment issues. Read more about ePolicyWorks.

October 2009 Disability Employment Statistics Released

In October 2009, the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 21.7 compared with 70.5 for persons with no disability. The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 16.5 percent, compared with 9.2 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, click here.

What Happens to Medicaid Buy-In Participants After They Leave the Program?

The Medicaid Buy-In program makes it easier for people with disabilities to work without losing health benefits. The program allows states to expand Medicaid coverage to workers with disabilities whose income and assets would ordinarily make them ineligible for Medicaid. This issue brief looks at the prevalence and characteristics of Medicaid Buy-In participants who leave the program, as well as their participation in other public programs and their employment outcomes after disenrollment.

Positions Available

Employment Opportunities Posted on AUCD.org

Several new jobs with locations all across the country have been posted on the AUCD website. To view them, click here.

Several new jobs with locations all across the country have been posted on the US Department of Labor website. To view them, click here.

White House Fellowship

White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. For more information, go to this webpage, and explore links on the left side of that page.

Recent Products

For a complete list of NTAC products, please visit the Products section of our Web site.


2010 AAPD Summer Internship

Each year, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) hosts two Summer Internship Programs for College Students with Disabilities in Washington, DC, providing paid travel to and from DC, paid fully-accessible housing, and living stipends.

2011 Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy give outstanding American mid-career professionals the opportunity to research, travel and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand for seven months. Established by the New Zealand Government in 1995 to reinforce links between New Zealand and the United States, the program aims to advance all areas of public policy by cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience, to build up a network of public policy experts on both sides of the Pacific.

Tips for Teens: Use Your IEP Meetings to Learn How to Advocate for Yourself

Information for teens on how to begin to express their needs and wants by participating in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. At these meetings, teens can learn ways to talk about their disability to others, set goals, build teamwork skills, ask for accommodations and practice other self-advocacy skills. Click here to read more.

Parent Tips for Transition Planning

Information on transition planning (TP) which helps to prepare young people for their futures. TP is required in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with a disability by age 16. Provides tips on how to prepare a student for transitioning from school to further education, employment and independent living. Click here to read more.

U.S. Department of Labor Salutes Veterans

On November 5th, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hosted DOL's annual Salute to Vets. The event featured a panel discussion with Secretary Solis, Veteran and business owner, Dawn Halfaker and Command Sergeant Michelle Jones. More resources for Veterans are available through America's Heroes at Work and the National Resource Directory.

Percentages for FY 2010 Have Been Calculated

Federal Financial Participation in State Assistance Expenditures; Federal Matching Shares for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Aid to Needy Aged, Blind, or Disabled Persons for October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011 are announced.

Institutes / Conferences

Customized Employment

This course held from Feb 1 - Mar 1, 2010, covers the important topics in customized employment. Customized employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on a match between the unique strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability, and the identified business needs of the employer or self-employment.

Research / Publications

An Analysis of Self-Employment Outcomes within the Federal/State Vocational Rehabilitation System

Provides an analysis of self-employment participation and outcomes by individuals with disabilities within the Federal/State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) System. This report, developed by START-UP/USA, provides a snapshot into the extent to which self-employment is occurring within the VR system as an employment outcome.

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