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What Can State Agencies Do? A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide for State Agencies

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has released a new resource titled "What Can State Agencies Do? A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide for State Agencies." This guide offers practical steps that state agencies can follow to promote awareness of disability-inclusive workplace policies and practices, both internally and externally. This initiative is a collaborative effort among various organizations aiming to showcase supportive workplaces that are inclusive for all workers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74887

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Data Spotlight: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Workers with Disabilities in Skilled Trade Professions

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published an article highlighting the representation of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander workers with disabilities in skilled trade professions. The analysis, conducted as part of the Biden-Harris Administration's Good Jobs Initiative, reveals that approximately 56,000 individuals from these communities, comprising 18%, are employed in skilled trade professions. The article explores various aspects, including common trade professions, age distributions by gender, primary industry sectors employing these workers, and wage disparities between disabled and non-disabled individuals across occupational categories.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74619

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Uninspected & Neglected: Nursing Home Inspection Agencies are Severely Understaffed, Putting Residents at Risk

The United States Senate has released a report titled "Uninspected & Neglected: Nursing Home Inspection Agencies are Severely Understaffed, Putting Residents at Risk." The report highlights the investigation conducted by the Majority staff, prompted by Chairman Casey's previous concerns regarding the Special Focus Facilities (SFF) program. Findings reveal that State agencies responsible for monitoring nursing homes’ are grappling with significant staffing shortages and insufficient funding, resulting in delayed inspections and potential harm to residents. The report addresses the historical awareness of these issues, the use of third-party contractors, the impact on quality ratings, the utilization of CARES Act funding during COVID-19.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74618

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How Small Business Trends Influence the U.S. Older Workforce

The AARP has published an article analyzing the relationship between small business trends and the U.S. older workforce. It emphasizes the continued importance of small businesses as a significant source of employment for individuals aged 50 and older, despite the growing dominance of larger corporations. The article provides data on the employment landscape, highlighting the higher representation of older workers in smaller firms compared to larger ones. It also discusses how economic conditions and trends, including the impact of the pandemic, can influence employment opportunities for older workers in small businesses.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74612

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How has COVID-19 impacted disability employment?

The Disability and Health Journal has published a report that explores the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment among people with disabilities. The study evaluates changes in employment-to-population ratios during the COVID-19 recession and recovery, and examines differences in employment trends for disabled and non-disabled individuals across occupational categories (essential, non-essential, teleworkable, non-teleworkable, frontline, non-frontline). The research draws on nationally representative data from the Current Population Survey to highlight disparities in employment outcomes between disabled and non-disabled individuals.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74596

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Understanding Disabilities in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities Toolkit Guide

The National Indian Council on Aging has released a toolkit dedicated to increasing awareness and knowledge of the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native persons living with disabilities. The resource is divided into sections for healthy living, education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and employment resources, assistive technology, housing and facilities, and transportation. It includes suggestions for improving services, providing protections, and utilizing resources in local tribal communities for people with disabilities. Additional information provides overviews on federal disabilities laws, initiatives, agencies, and organizations that support work with Native individuals with disabilities and communities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74476

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2021 Annual Disability Statistics Compedium

The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium provides summaries of statistics about people with disabilities and government programs that serve them. The Compendium presents key overall statistics on topics including the prevalence of disability, employment among persons with disabilities, rates of participation in disability income and social insurance programs, and more. The 2021 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium includes a new section on Voting and Registration, which explores voting and registration of people with and without disabilities in the 2020 presidential elections.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73747

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Wisconsin's ARPA HCBS Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services proposes to reinvest ARPA Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) enhanced funding to implement a statewide grant program with HCBS providers, advocates and stakeholders. These grants will address the workforce crisis, support businesses and programs transition to a model that supports individual with intellectual, developmental, and other significant disabilities find and retain work in competitive integrated employment and other innovative solutions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73666

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2021 National Employ Older Workers Week!

This year, National Employ Older Workers Week (NEOWW) takes place from September 19-25, 2021. NEOWW is held annually to recognize the vital role of older adults in the workforce. NEOWW aims to increase awareness of older workers and develop innovative strategies to support employment. The theme for this year's National Employ Older Workers Week is: "The Future is NEOWW!"

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73136

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Promoting Employment For People With Disabilities Through Statewide Coordination

This guide synthesizes the findings of a series of NGA Center for Best Practices action labs focused on state policies to increase disability employment. During the labs, state teams developed plans to better coordinate services to support workers with disabilities. This resulting document provides best practices on state policies and actions to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72984


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