National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI)
NTAC e.News — December 2010
Asian/Pacific Islander Words of Wisdom
“Three feet of ice does not result from one day of freezing weather.”
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.
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Learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Check out these resources about the EITC recently added to Disability.gov. EITC is a federal income tax credit for people who work, but don't earn much money. If you qualify, you could pay less federal tax or even get a refund.
Veterans Hiring Toolkit: Steps to Success
Wanted: Qualified, committed individuals with transferrable skills and real-world experience. Must be able to adapt, learn quickly and work well both independently and as part of a team. Sound like the type of employee you want working for your business? If so, you may want to target transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in your recruitment and hiring efforts. Across the nation, businesses of all sizes and in all industries are increasingly finding that Veterans are a ready source of qualified candidates with the ability to get the job done. To learn more click here.
Institutes / Conferences
Job development is the "process of locating and creating work opportunities for individuals with disabilities". This is achieved by earning an opportunity to engage an employer and from there hopefully moving on to earning a commitment to meet, interview, and hire a specific job seeker. This course covers specific principles associated with job development via online lectures and readings and then requires the learner to take action on his or her behalf to further develop a particular skill. Participants also reflect upon what he or she learned from both the online content and field based experiential activity by sharing personal insights with other course members. To find out more and to register, click here.
22nd National APSE Conference Employment For All
The theme this year says it all...Employment for ALL: Believe It, Achieve It! This conference is an exciting three days scheduled for you with some amazing keynote presentations including Lynnae Ruttledge, Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner, U.S. Department of Education and the third annual leadership community conversation led by Cesliee Coulson and Laura Owens. Breakout sessions will include topics on self-advocacy, transition, autism, mental health, international disability rights & employment, and many more.
Online Course: Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series
APSE and VCU-RRTC are partnering to offer APSE members a $50 discount on the regular registration fee for the Supported Employment Online Certificate Series. Of the $200 registration fee, $50 will go to APSE to support its mission of training tomorrow's employment leaders. Please note that if you drop the course, this $50 is not refundable. To register for the class click here.
Disability Awareness: Increasing Employers Understanding of the ADA, Accommodations & Other Supports in the Workplace
This self-paced seminar covers disability awareness for HR professionals. Learn about stereotypes and misconceptions about people with disabilities; changing attitudes and behaviors that prevent growth of a company or organization; and developing skills that will help staff effectively communicate and work with people with disabilities.
Research / Publications
Teaching Soft Skills Through Workplace Simulations in Classroom Settings
"Soft skills" include the ability to communicate effectively, work on a team and use problem-solving skills. These skills are necessary to succeed in the workplace and can be taught, but they are best learned through role play and simulations of real-life workplace situations. This document discusses how trainers should teach these skills.
Effective Integration of Technology & Instructor-Led Training to Promote Soft Skills Mastery
This document discusses the importance of using technology along with instructor-led trainings on "soft skills" or interpersonal skills, such as job interviewing, communication and problem-solving. In addition to e-Learning and web-based simulations, instructors can assign homework that involves relevant internet research or other online activities.
Personnel Preparation Programs to Work with Infants, Children & Youth with Disabilities
Database of community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, school districts or regional resource centers that will prepare you to work with infants, children and youth with disabilities and their families. Search for programs by state, degree desired, type of career/certification and age of students you will eventually serve. Download the Become a Special Educator poster in PDF format.
The Impact of the Great Recession on Workers with Disabilities - October 2010
This report describes how people with disabilities fared worse in the Great Recession than the general population. Data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) indicate that between October 2008 and June 2010, job losses among workers with disabilities far exceeded those of workers without disabilities. This resulted in the proportion of employed U.S. workers identified as having disabilities declining by 9 percent. The 12 page report can be downloaded in PDF format.
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