National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016

News & Updates from The Outcomes Service

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect on how far our country has come in prioritizing employment for individuals with disabilities. It is also a time to consider methods for continued improvement. According to the 2014 Disability Status Report by the Cornell University Yang Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, the number of individuals with disabilities who were employed in the United States was 34.99%. People without a disability were employed at a rate of 77.69%. The rates for full-time employment were significantly lower. 

The Outcomes Service works with employees and employers to increase opportunities for success in the workplace. Outcomes has resources for employers interested in learning more about diversifying their workforce and why diversification is good for their businesses. In a May 2016 press release, Jennifer Sheehy Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy stated, "By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges."

At Outcomes, we can help.  Please contact me to learn more.  

Thank you!

Supported Employment

Amy Evans, Employment Specialist with the Outcomes Service has been in the field of Disability Services for 11 years. She works with Nathalie and Rachel... 

Nathalie (shown at left) works at a public library. Amy does check-ins to be sure everything is going smoothly for Nathalie and her employer. For instance, Amy assists with the skills needed to master new tasks, communicates with her supervisor to get feedback, offers strategies so Nathalie can work as effectively as possible and attends staff meetings. Amy also provided travel training when Nathalie was hired to help her get to her new job.

Rachel (shown at right) has been working for a private non-profit agency as an administrative assistant for seven years. She is responsible for filing, mail, copying, light bookkeeping, ordering and stocking supplies, data entry, etc. She is very independent in her work so Amy assists her by periodically checking in to make sure that work is going smoothly. She also helps Rachel to communicate effectively with her supervisor and advocate for herself. Amy supports new task training and also provided travel training for Rachel.

For more information about Supported Employment, contact Karen Morgret.
Two New Programs for Students...

Outcomes is working to ready young adults with disabilities for the world of work. This year we launched a summer program and an after school program to provide training and build skills.  Both programs include s ocial skills training with a speech-language pathologist to develop skills for interviewing, conversation, and reading emotions. 
For more information about both programs, please contact Karen Morgret.

What's Next? Life After High School

This fall we began workforce development for high school juniors and seniors to prepare for work or post-secondary education. These 12 week session include career assessments, job preparation, social skills training, self-advocacy, basic literacy and computer skills, employer expectations, job searching, workplace readiness, transition services, and counseling on opportunities for in transition or post-secondary education. The program is held at TLC's Katherine Thomas School in Rockville with field trips to employer sites. DORS-funded for Maryland students and available for a fee to DC and VA students.
Open to students from all area schools. Students are screened for eligibility. 

Workplace Success Program

This summer was the first session of a new program preparing young adults for the world of work. Outcomes, in partnership with CVS Health offered training and hands on experience for young adults with disabilities ready to learn about the world of work. Skill building included working at a CVS store to apply, practice and improve job skills learned at Outcomes. 

JAN is here for YOU!

From The Job Accommodation Network*

Want to learn more about workplace solutions for individuals with disabilities? The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, is the national resource that can provide you with confidential, expert, and accurate technical assistance about job accommodations and employment laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act. Employers, individuals, service providers, and others can use JAN at no cost! Learn more about how JAN can help you increase the productivity of your workplace using low-cost, practical solutions to accommodation situations.

*This announcement was developed by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Preparation of these items was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant Number OD-23442-12-75-4-54. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
10 Things to Know about Safety in the Fall

Excerpted from Disability Connection Newsletter, posted on September 28, 2016

National Preparedness Month. September is National Preparedness Month - a time to prepare your family for handling emergency situations. This year's theme is "Don't Wait, Communicate," and the Red Cross encourages all families to talk about and develop a disaster preparedness plan. An important part of any preparedness plan is having a family communications plan in place. Visit for information on emergency preparedness planning, such as how to plan for individuals with disabilities and other people who have accessibility needs. Also make sure your home has a fully stocked emergency kit. To stay informed, sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts or download free Red Cross emergency mobile apps to have preparedness tools on-the-go. At the end of National Preparedness Month, take part in a national day of action, known as America's PrepareAthon!, by getting involved in emergency preparedness events in your local community and helping to spread the word. Find out about events near you by connecting with your local Red Cross chapter.

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