Upcoming Webinar on Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right for You
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, join us for the national Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, “Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right for You.”
WISE webinars are a great first step for people who have a disability and are ready and able to benefit from the social and financial rewards of employment, so share this event with Social Security disability beneficiaries and encourage them to attend.
During the webinar, we’ll discuss:
- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives;
- The different types of service providers that are available; and
- How to learn more and choose a service provider that’s right for you and your work goals.
ODEP’s Apprenticeship Works Video Series
Apprenticeship works for job seekers looking to punch their ticket to the middle class and for businesses seeking skilled workers who can thrive in the global economy. The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has just released a video series featuring apprentices with and without disabilities (Recruits) and their apprenticeship sponsors (Sponsors) in high-growth industries like information technology, healthcare, and marine engineering. These apprentices and their sponsors show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for them and how it can work for other job seekers and businesses across the country. #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone.
View the videos here: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/Apprenticeshipworks-video-series.htm. Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced version.
New Supported Employment Trainings
40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training
LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies and includes three full days of classroom instruction and fieldwork assignments. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The fee for this class is $350.
(If you would like to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)
Lafayette at LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 (View Map/Get Directions)
March 6-8, 2018
New Orleans at LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom #452 (View Map/Get Directions)
April 17-19, 2018
Baton Rouge at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue (View Map/Get Directions)
May 8 – 10, 2018
5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training
These training classes, co-sponsored by Louisiana APSE, meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their staff. Each of these classes counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD, and CESP renewal accreditation. The LRS requirement for staff for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every three years. Each class takes place on one day scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The fee for these classes is $75 per training class.
(Please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed. if you would like to schedule any additional 5 Hour SE Training Classes in your region)
- Lafayette at LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 (View Map/Get Directions)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits
New Orleans at LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom #452 (View Map/Get Directions)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits
Baton Rouge at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue:
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement
Thursday, May 10, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits
You’re Hired! Laura Nata talks with Sue Killam on Supported Employment
On November 28, Sue Killam talked with Laura Nata of Families Helping Families Jefferson about supported employment in a Facebook video entitled You’re Hired.
RSA Announcement: Frequently Asked Questions on Competitive Integrated Employment
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to publish Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment.” This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)). The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.
WIOA Assessment Tool
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents an extraordinary opportunity for the public workforce system to transform and improve the quality of life for job seekers and workers through an integrated, job-driven system that links diverse talent to our nation’s businesses.
The WIOA Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is an interactive, self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system plan for this transformation and prepare for implementation of WIOA. The QSAP will help you identify areas of strength and focused areas for improvement in your workforce system and connect you to targeted resources that can help you to prepare and plan effectively. OPEN QSAP
Supported Employment Upcoming Trainings
In collaboration with Louisiana APSE, HDC provides 40 Hour Core training. This training meets LRS and OCDD vendor training requirements and incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies. The class includes three full days of classroom instruction plus fieldwork assignments. The fee for this class is $350. One day classes valid for 5 Hour Continuing Education are also available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Shreveport, January 9 – 11, 2018, at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, 800 W. 70th Street
- Baton Rouge, January 16 – 18, 2018, at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue
Governor Edwards Proclaims October “Disability Employment Awareness Month”
Gov. John Bel Edwards proclaimed October as “Disability Employment Awareness Month” in Louisiana. In collaboration with Louisiana Workforce Commission and Families Helping Families, the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs will be traveling the state on an Employment First Tour, beginning October 10 in Lafayette. This is an opportunity for the office to host roundtable discussions regarding the integrated, competitive employment for people with disabilities. See the video message from Louisiana Governor Edwards for National Disability Employment Awareness Month:
“Disability Employment Awareness Month is a great way to emphasize the importance of the contributions of persons with disabilities in moving Louisiana forward,” said Gov. Edwards. “Our businesses and communities can greatly benefit from the integrated, competitive employment of persons with disabilities.” To illustrate the benefits and commitment to having an inclusive work culture, various activities are being held throughout Louisiana.
Employment First Roundtables will be held on the following dates:
- October 10 8:00am Lafayette Heymann Convention Center, 1373 College Road
- October 12 12:00pm Lake Charles Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive
- October 13 10:00am Monroe Public Safety Center, 1810 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
- October 16 12:15pm New Orleans Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive
- October 20 10:00am Covington Northshore Pastoral Center, 4465 Hwy 190 E Service Road
- October 24 10:00am Gray Terrebonne Parish Library, 4130 W Park Avenue
- October 27 10:00am Pineville Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street
- October 31 12:15pm Shreveport Wyndham Garden Inn, 1419 East 70th Street
A calendar for the Diversity Job fairs being held across the state can be found here. Also, the topic for GOV Talks this month will be Employment First, and it will be held in the Press Room of the 4th floor of Louisiana’s State Capitol on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 11 am. To RSVP please email Jolan.Jolivette@la.gov. For more information, click here.
HDC Presents PAY Check at National APSE Conference
The model for HDC’s PAY Check Pilot Project was presented this past June at the National APSE (Association for Persons Supporting Employment First, www.apse.org) Conference in Portland, Oregon. The presenters are pictured here in Portland overlooking the Hawthorne Bridge and include: Sue Killam, Nicole Kiernan, Amarachi Ukachu, Rebecca Ellis and Philip Wilson. The highlight of the presentation was the successes of the current students who are now all working at the University Medical Center in New Orleans. The PowerPoint can be found here. The presentation concluded with the video below showcasing the students.