Posted on November 13, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Mark Hagen
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
I’ve been thinking of this quote by President Abraham Lincoln often this past year. We are one week removed from one of our nation’s most acrimonious and divisive elections. Pundits and “experts” are taking credit, assigning blame, and assessing what went wrong or what went right – dependent, of course, on one’s political leanings.
I happened to be in Washington, D.C. on Election Day.
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Public Policy, Spiritual Life | Tagged: Achieving Better Life Experiences Act, Bethesda, campaigning, deficit, developmental disabilities, election day, elections, employment, Medicaid, national healing, political, prayer, spending, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 2, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
As we start Disability Employment Awareness Month many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are successfully employed, but as a whole, unemployment among people with disabilities still remains high. One reason for this is the barriers they face to employment.
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: developmental disabilities, disabilities, discrimination, employability skills, employers, employment, hiring, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, unemployment, workplace | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 27, 2012 by bethesdablog
By David Morstad
I am fresh from a Leadership Retreat within my own organization.
Its theme was innovation – how to foster it, how to more effectively create a culture in which it might flourish, and maybe just how to stay out of its way. One of the focal points of the week was a morning of conversation with representatives from two businesses with no real connection to the field of developmental disability support services: GE Healthcare and Trek Bicycles.
What do these two companies, both high preforming and highly innovative, do when it comes to encouraging and benefiting from the innovative process? A couple of important ideas emerged from the conversation. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: Advocacy, communities, Developmental Disability, disabilities, employment, GE Healthcare, innovation, Public Policy, sheltered workshop, Trek Bicycles | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 20, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Lynn Wiles
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Employers describe “soft skills” as those that cannot be taught but that are intrinsic to good workers.
When polled, the three soft skill traits most often identified as “desirable” among workers by almost 1,000 U.S. and Canadian employers were:
- Motivation,the inherent drive one has to work.
- Reliability,equated with doing one’s tasks consistently.
- Dependability,which differs from reliability as defined by employers to encompass consistent attendance and punctuality. It is being able to be counted on. Continue reading
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Professional Development | Tagged: Bethesda Lutheran Communities, developmental disabilities, disabilities, employers, employment, hard skills, intellectual, Portland, soft skills, work | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 28, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
Recently I came across the following article in The Baltimore Sun. The writer of the article said:
“The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s mobility program for the disabled looks like an expensive and unnecessary luxury. On a recent 20-minute trip to West Baltimore I spotted three of these vans that were either empty or had only a single passenger. This program must cost millions of dollars; how can we possibly afford it? If there is a justifiable need surely it can be met more efficiently by a private carrier. It seems there could be a good story here about an opportunity to cut excessive government spending.”
In the past few months I have written blogs on the topic of community accessibility for people with disabilities, so this article hit a nerve with me, especially when the writer said “looks like an expensive and unnecessary luxury.” Continue reading
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Innovation | Tagged: accessibility, ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, disabilities, disabled, education, employment, government spending, healthcare, paratransit, paratransit service, transportation | 4 Comments »
Posted on May 22, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Ellen Hierl
I have been immersing myself in supervisor and leadership materials recently in preparation for a project on leadership. The more I read the more convinced I am that leadership does not equal supervision. In fact, I think we deceive ourselves when we think that supervisors are naturally the leaders of the people they manage. Continue reading
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Innovation | Tagged: employment, group home, job, leaders, leadership, supervision, supervisors, supporting people | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 8, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
Sometimes, it is easy for people – even people with disabilities – to be lulled into believing that disability is a virtually impenetrable barrier to success. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation | Tagged: Chris Burke, Connie Horn, Corky, David A. Patterson, Disability, down syndrome, employment, inability, Jim Abbott, Life Goes On, Robert M. Hensel | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 18, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Mark Hagen
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed new regulations which would require federal contractors and subcontractors to have seven percent of their workforce comprised of people with physical disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities or mental illness. This regulation would add official hiring goals to existing regulations that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities in hiring and recruiting practices. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation, Public Policy | Tagged: Department of Labor, disabilities, Disability, dwarfism, employment, employment regulations, epilepsy, hiring, intellectual disability, mental illness, paralysis, physical disabilities, r-word campaign, regulations, think beyond the label | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 16, 2012 by bethesdablog
By David Morstad
Upon meeting someone for the first time, one is inclined to ask two simple things:
What’s your name?
What do you do?
The two big questions. Second only to our name, it seems that our job speaks to our identity in the eyes of others and, at least to some extent, serves to make us complete. For those of us providing disability support services, the message is clear: It’s about jobs. Such is the conclusion – and the mission – of the recent Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) 2011 Summit, the theme of which was, “Real jobs – It’s everyone’s business”.
When it comes to work, people challenged with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to emerge from a service model designed to provide activity and look (at least a little) like real work: Sheltered workshops. Continue reading
Filed under: BethesdaBlog 2012, Innovation | Tagged: alliance for full participation, Bagenstos, business, Department of Justice, disabilities, Disability, employment, Institute for Community Inclusion, institutions, job, jobs, olmstead, segregated, sheltered workshops | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 10, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Cathy Ficker Terrill
The states currently looking at managed care for community long term care for the DD population as a pilot are Vermont, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin. These states do not plan to use commercial health management organizations (HMO’s) to act as the managed care organization (MCO).
In Arizona and Vermont a state agency functions as the MCO. In Michigan and Wisconsin, the states purchase Medicaid long term care through risk based contracts with local MCO’s, formed largely from existing local service delivery systems. Continue reading
Filed under: Public Policy | Tagged: Cathy Ficker Terrill, developmental disabilities, disabilities, employment, group homes, health, health care, health management organizations, HMO, inclusion, managed care, MCO, Medicaid, Public Policy, support | Leave a comment »