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: Public Policy, Advocacy, Developmental Disability, employment, innovation, disabilities, GE Healthcare, Trek Bicycles, sheltered workshop, communities | 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 »