Inclusive Reskilling and Upskilling Policies

Self employment tech assistance

Provide direct assistance to persons with disability in providing accommodation computer, other hardware and software to support their self employment and/or business startup.  Provide guidance to State Voc Rehab to remove delays and barriers due to not understanding the impacts of Covid on persons with disabilities… including vision, hearing, cognitive and processing of information that is only provided virtually by... more »

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Inclusive Vaccination Policies

Exemption Process for those with disabilities

Provide alternative prophylactic options for exemptions from vaccination for persons with disabilities. Many people have been advised to use proven alternatives to vaccination due to specific medical counter indications for their specific disability to use of vaccines.  There are currently no exemption procedures for these persons. They are especially hard hit by Covid barriers and possible stigma of non- vaccination.... more »

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Inclusive Safety and Health Policies

Access to transportation trending idea

Access to transportation had been limited during COVID-19 and people with disabilities that still have to rely on public transportation for work and medical appointments became disadvantaged. It is important that all our public transportation including: subway, train, bus, mini-vans, boat and its stations and platforms are easily accessible for those that rely on wheelchair, have visual or hearing difficulties. Upgrading... more »

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Inclusive Vaccination Policies

Take it to the Community trending idea

I'm talking about mobile vaccination units. There are many areas of our country that are rural. In that case, in my opinion, states or their counties, or municipalities should create websites where people with disabilities either in rural areas, or those who simply are not mobile can register for a mobile vaccination unit to go to them. This will ensure more of our community gets vaccinated.

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Inclusive Pre-Employment Education and Training Policies

Resources to Help Students w/Disabilities Transition to Employ. trending idea

As students plan for their transition into employment or post-secondary education, not all activities and/or services have continued as they did prior to COVID-19. For example, students may not be able to participate in the same work-based learning programs, including job-shadowing and internships. To address these changes, states should develop resources to share with schools, families and students so they can still... more »

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Accommodating Students w/Disabilities During Distance Learning

During COVID-19, many school districts have been offering distance learning -- a method of education in which classes are conducted over the internet or through written materials at home, without the student attending school in person. To ensure an equal education as mandated by federal law, distance learning providers must accommodate students with disabilities who may face accessibility issues.

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Disruption of Services to Youth with Disabilities

During the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, youth with disabilities may be disproportionately affected by the disruption of services, such as appropriate special education and related services, access to accommodations included in their Individualized Education Programs (IEP), IEP planning and transition services and access to other daily supports and services. As many services and learning opportunities have moved to... more »

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Encourage Participation in Apprenticeship Programs among PwDs

States should consider developing a legislative committee on apprenticeship, or revise existing committees, to address apprenticeship opportunities for people with disabilities, and develop strategies for encouraging greater participation in apprenticeship programs for traditionally underrepresented segments of the labor force.

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Disability-Inclusive Apprenticeship Task Force

Apprenticeship programs can play a critical role in bolstering workforce inclusion by engaging underserved segments of the workforce facing unique barriers to the labor market. Inclusive apprenticeship programs benefit all workers, including people with disabilities. State and local policymakers may want to consider establishing a task force to develop industry-specific recommendations for diversifying apprenticeship... more »

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Communication and Outreach trending idea

Outreach is critical for ensuring that the disability community is engaged in the process of creating an accessible vaccine distribution process, sharing information within the community, increasing vaccine confidence and communicating how individuals with disabilities can be vaccinated with appropriate accommodations. As states improve their distribution process, this active outreach is also necessary to improve awareness... more »

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Transportation to and from Vaccination Sites

Transportation to and from vaccination sites is an important part of the vaccination process. States may want to consider supporting efforts by transportation, public health and emergency medical services sectors in identifying ways to collaborate to ensure all Americans living in urban and rural areas have access to accessible transportation necessary to receive a vaccination.

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Accommodations at Vaccination Sites

State and local policymakers may want to consider adopting procedures at vaccination sites to accommodate individuals with disabilities, including individuals who have difficulties waiting for long periods due to sensory disabilities. For example, some people with autism or who have experienced trauma are sensitive to lights, sounds, smells, or touch, which makes waiting in lines in busy settings and wearing masks for... more »

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Vaccination Registration Websites and Mobile Apps

State and local policymakers should ensure that individuals with disabilities can easily navigate vaccine registration websites and any other digital components of the vaccination process. As part of this, they should ensure vaccination registration websites are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. Additionally, updates about new priority groups and appointment slots should be available in multiple formats,... more »

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