Supported Employment

Celebrate NDEAM with HDC

Do you have plans to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October? HDC can help you celebrate this national event! We are keen to partner with local organizations and businesses to show your network that workers with disabilities can be loyal and dedicated assets to any team.

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disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair October 12

disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

Come meet dozens of employers ready to hire at the virtual disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair on Wednesday, October 12th 9 AM – 12 PM, hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Healthy Blue. Job Seekers can scan the QR Code below or click here to register.

QR Code to Register for LRS Job Fair October 12, 2022
Scan QR Code to Register for LRS Job Fair October 12, 2022

Employers for disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

Looking to hire? Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) is recruiting employers for a virtual disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair on Wednesday, October 12th 9 AM – 12 PM. The Job Fair will be hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Healthy Blue. Interested employers please contact Brenda Bohrer at email bbohrer@lwc.la.gov or phone (225) 219-2982. Registration for job seekers will be announced shortly.

Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities with Blending, Braiding and Sequencing

ODEP New-in-Brief

A federal joint communication “Resource Leveraging & Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities” was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy along with seven other federal agencies. This communication encourages state and local partners to proactively implement resource blending, braiding and sequencing across systems to improve Competitive Integrated Employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities.

Reporting Life Changes to Social Security

Social Security Administration Logo

Social Security’s latest blog post discusses the why and how to report life changes when you receive benefits:

Why It’s Important to Report Life Changes to UsSocial Security Matters (ssa.gov)

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In Memory of Mark Martin

HDC is sad to share the news that Mark Steven Martin passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Mark devoted his entire career to serving individuals with disabilities.  He was committed to helping people with disabilities gain education, employment and the tools needed to reach their goals. For the final several years of his career, Mark served as Director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. The original notice can be found here.

Competitive Integrated Employment: Positive Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

White man who appears to have Down syndrome working at computer

Positive outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who obtain Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) were reported in a new research study (https://idd.vcurrtc.org/resources/content.cfm/1424 ) in the areas of economics, psychological health, and physical health. The research findings are summarized in the postcard below. Benefits were also identified in many other “quality of life” areas including self-determination, personal independence, autonomy and maladaptive behaviors.

* This summary and postcard are for general information and reference purposes. The original article is owned and copyright protected by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Citation: Taylor, J., Avellone, L., Brooke, V., Wehman, P., Inge, K., Schall, C., & Iwanaga, K. (2022). The impact of competitive integrated employment on economic, psychological, and physical health outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 1-12.

Learn more about this article and others by visiting the VCU-RRTC on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities https://idd.vcurrtc.org/  

The VCU RRTC-IDD Journal Article Database catalogs journal articles on employment of people with disabilities. Each article has been reviewed and summarized by staff. The summaries are provided in order for you to determine if you would like to review the original research.

Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes postcard (text at link)

Free Webinar: Introduction to ABLE

ABLEnow Webinar

Registration is open for a free information session on Thursday, October 28, at 11 a.m. ET. This webinar will cover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the ABLEnow program.

NOTE: ABLEnow is the name of the ABLE account program administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The ABLE account program administered by the State of Louisiana is available here.

NDEAM: America’s Recovery, Powered by Inclusion

America's Recovery, Powered by Inclusion

Celebrate NDEAM 2021 and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy

Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams for a virtual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 20th anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Location: Streaming online. Please register to receive the accessible event link:

Explore DOL’s work to ensure that AMERICA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS POWERED BY INCLUSION.

This exciting event will feature insightful dialogues and a video showcase highlighting strategies in action for an equitable, disability-inclusive recovery.

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