Employment and Community Living

PAY Check interns at Andrea’s Restaurant: “Their textbook is a cookbook.”

PAY Check interns from Jefferson Parish were featured on WGNO this week. They are learning Italian family secrets from Metairie’s finest chef, Chef Andrea Apuzzo, in a paid internship. Watch the full video here:

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ABLE Webinar: Mental Health Awareness Month and the Power of ABLE Accounts

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This article appears as shared by the ABLE National Resource Center.

Join our ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) Ambassadors as they discuss ABLE accounts as a wellness tool for people who have a mental health diagnosis (psychiatric disabilities). Our panelists will share how ABLE accounts empower them to build economic resilience while promoting better mental health outcomes.

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Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

U.S. Capitol on a partly cloudy day

From the National APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First):

The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA, HR2373) was reintroduced by the House Committee on Education & Labor.

TCIEA will provide states and employers with resources to transition workers with disabilities into fully integrated and competitive jobs while phasing out the subminimum wage for individuals with disabilities.

Transformation Bill ScheduleRaise the Wage Act (H.R. 603) Minimum Wage Levels14(C) if Raise the Wage Act is Enacted/Passes14(c) Phase-out under a $7.25 minimum wage
60 percent of the wage upon the effective date$9.50 per hr.$5.70 per hr.$4.35 per hr.
70 percent of the wage 1 year after the effective date$11.00 per hr.$7.70 per hr.$5.08 per hr.
80 percent 2 years after the effective date of the wage in year 3$12.50 per hr.$10.00 per hr.$5.80 per hr.
90 percent 3 years after the effective date$14.00 per hr.$12.60 per hr.$6.53 per hr.
100 percent 4 years after the effective date$15.00 per hr.$15.00 per hr.$7.25 per hr.

For a fact sheet on the TCIEA which includes the information in the image above, click here. For the bill text, click here. For a section-by-section summary, click here.

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Employment and Community Inclusion: Meet Victor

HDC celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, we join the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACCD) to highlight the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. This social media campaign, known as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” or #DDawareness2021, seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

The graphic for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2021 designed by Eileen Schofield.
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Employment and Community Inclusion: Meet Rashad

HDC celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, we join the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACCD) to highlight the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. This social media campaign, known as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” or #DDawareness2021, seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

The graphic for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2021 designed by Eileen Schofield.
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Upcoming Employment First Virtual Core Training

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Virtual 40-Hour Employment First Core Training

LSU Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with the Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (LA-APSE) has an upcoming virtual training class scheduled!

  • March  23-25, 2021 online via Zoom

See the LSU HDC Employment Initiatives Website for more information and to register   

The 40 Hour Employment Core training meets LRS Employment vendor training requirements and OCDD/Medicaid Employment provider rules. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and will take place online via Zoom. The fee for this class is $400 and includes training materials, presentations, and access to resources. A certificate of completion will be issued once identified course assignments have been completed and reviewed.

NEW 2021 State Social Security Threshold Amounts for Medicaid Eligibility

Social Security has updated their Program Operations Manual System (POMS) to include the 2021 charted State threshold amounts used to make 1619(b) Medicaid eligibility determinations.

To refresh your memory about the 1619(b) provisions, visit the resource document on the NTDC website entitled “Understanding 1619(b)”.

National Online Dialogue on Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) encourages you to participate in a national online dialogue, Job Developing for People with Disabilities during Times of Increased Unemployment. DOL is hosting this dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. They want to hear from you—individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, employment specialists, VR counselors, job coaches, and employers. The dialogue will be open through October 18, 2020

The topics include:

1) Addressing health risks

2) Balancing self-determination and health

3) Addressing increased unemployment

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is Increasing Access and Opportunity. This year 2020 marks the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones have events and activities centered on the theme at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)’s National Disability Employment Awareness page.

Also join the Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE) for FREE and PAID events on APSE’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month page.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster Download Page

Free AbleNOW Webinar

Learn more about ABLE accounts to help individuals with disabilities Achieve a Better Life Experience. Registration is open for a free information session on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 12-1 p.m. ET. This webinar will cover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7592949528941623052

For more information about ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program, visit the website at: https://www.able-now.com/