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Employment News

Governor John Bel Edwards Signed State as Model Employer Executive Order

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an Executive Order this Monday creating  the State as a Model Employer Taskforce, which will develop policies and strategies to improve within state government the rate of hiring, recruitment and retention of Louisianans with disabilities.

The State as a Model Employer Task Force will have the following duties:

  • Develop policies, strategies and services designed to achieve the seven percent employment target.
  • Establish a five-year plan with annual goals that will enable the state workforce to reach parity with the percentage of working age people with disabilities in Louisiana.
  • Provide guidance and other support to agencies and institutions of higher education of higher education on recruitment, retention, accommodation and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Click here to read the governor’s executive order.

Over the past year the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs have held workgroups, roundtables, and other events in collaboration with diverse and varied stakeholders about Employment First, which is an initiative of stakeholders designed to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Due to those efforts, in collaboration with diverse and varied stakeholders, Louisiana has been selected to receive Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) as a Vision Quest (VQ) State for the 2018 fiscal year under the United States Department of Labor’s, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This technical assistance will further the efforts to increase competitive, integrated employment outcomes for all individuals with disabilities.

Also, in the Governor’s Office, they know employing people with disabilities is great for businesses, communities, and Louisiana. If you are a person with a disability, they want to hear your story about where you work and what you do. There are so many positive employment stories which need to be shared, and we would like to publicly highlight our hard working citizens and their employers. Please go to the following link and complete the form with your information and story: http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/form/home/35

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Louisiana State Parks Now Hiring Persons with Disabilities

 

The Louisiana Office of State Parks is currently hiring throughout Louisiana.

JOB DETAILS:

  • 82 seasonal openings available
  • Custodian, Groundskeeper and Front Desk
  • Personnel positions
  • Schedule: 24 hours/week throughout the summer
  • Salary: $8.50/hour

Applications are available at each state park location.

HOW TO APPLY:  For a full listing of state park locations, please visit

https://crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/maps/

For more information about Louisiana Rehabilitation Services,

visit http://Louisiana Workforce Commission

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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. 

Register online today or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

 

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

     –>>  Click here to register for 40 Hour Core Training  <<–

 

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)

  • 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

  • Alexandria at The Arc Rapides, 1700 Ashley Avenue (View Map/Get Directions)

    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, May 17, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits

 

–>>  Click here to register for one or more of the 5 Hour Core Training  <<–

 

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 lstazi@lsuhsc.edu 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

–>>  Click here for more information to register  <<–

 

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OceKZBLC4UM.

“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.govFor more information, click here.