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Barriers to Employment and SSDI for People Eligible for the Kansas Buy-In

How is the state of Kansas working to ensure that consumers can both work and receive the SSDI benefits that they are entitled to? Attached are several examples of studies done in the state of Kansas where individuals with disabilities were surveyed on important information such as why they delayed applying for disabilities benefits and barriers to finding employment. These findings may be beneficial for consumers as well as employers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52900

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Advancing Person-Centered Living - ccal.org

Person-centered living (PCL) is a way of life centered on personal preferences and values that stress dignity, choice, self-determination and individuality. In one stop, use this national resource to find important information regarding PCL. Resources are directed towards consumers, caregivers, and professionals. This website also provides ways to connect with other consumers and caregivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52896

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Americans Living with Disabilities and their Technology Profile

This study found that Americans living with disabilities were less likely to use the Internet than other adults, with only 44 percent of those with a disability using the Internet. In comparison, 81 percent of adults without a disability used the Internet on a regular basis. The primary reasons responders cited for low Internet use were lack of accessibility and proper accommodations to meet their needs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52894

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Crossroads: Home and Community-Based Services Online Community

Launched this spring, this new online community for advocates working to strengthen and protect home and community-based services unites professionals in the aging and disability fields so that they can share ideas with peers, collaborate, and find resources to enhance efforts in their states. Anyone with an interest in these issues is welcome to join.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52893

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Bending the Employment, Income, and Cost Curves for People with Disabilities

A growing number of individuals with disabilities are leaving the workforce and obtaining SSDI. Statistics show that the household incomes of these workers are falling behind those of workers without disabilities. This brief lays out a two-pronged approach for bending these curves—increasing the employment rate for people with disabilities, reducing their reliance on federal support, and increasing their household incomes—while preserving benefits for those who are unable to work.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52892

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Financial Stability Initiative: Indiana

The Indiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant’s (MIG) Asset Development/Financial Literacy Project is developing a Financial Stability Pilot to engage people with disabilities in financial literacy and asset development programs. The two main goals of the program are to increase the number of individuals with disabilities who are able to access and benefit from asset development and increase collaboration amongst the asset building and disability fields. Use the attachments to learn more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52887

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Our Life Our Choice Newsletter - Idaho

In December, 2010 Idaho put out this first edition of a newsletter aimed at providing outreach to consumers regarding Personal Assistance Services (PAS). This newsletter shares personal stories about individuals who are actively involved in Idaho’s local communities because Medicaid offers PAS. May be replicable by other states looking for ideas on how to share personal stories

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52886

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Business Leadership 2010 Annual Conference - Idaho

The Idaho Business Leadership Network's purpose is to develop and grow affiliates and to build workplaces in order to promote the employment of qualified persons with disabilities. Find several examples of work products from the conference including pre-conference outreach material, the agenda, presentation materials, and a conference evaluation.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52885

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Supported Employment Pre-Service Training - Florida

How is the state of Florida educating Supported Employment providers on the history of Supported Employment, important rules and regulations, and important skills needed in this field? Attached is just one example. Explore this Supported Employment Pre-Service Training Instructor’s Guide for a mandatory 12 hour training held for all providers to learn more about how these individuals are being prepared to provide these needed services. May be replicable by other states with similar programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52884

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Promising Practices from the Joblinks Employment Transportation Program

Workforce boards, job development centers, and community colleges across the country are recognizing affordable, reliable and accessible transportation as being vital to their individual and business customers' success, and they are taking steps to make transportation happen. Visit the links from this site for a sampling of the strategies these workforce development professionals are putting into action.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52881

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