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SANYS Comments on OMRDD's June 09, 507 Plan

1. Introductory comments--President David Liscomb
2. How can we support more employment?
-- Presented by Shameka Andrews
3. What steps can we take to make the system more person centered? -- Presented By David Liscomb
4. What is working? -- Presented by Marilyn Stata
5. Final Written Statement--From Me to We! Yes We Can! -- Presented by SANYS Executive Committee
6. Individualized Supports Think Tank 2009 Recommendations--June 09

OMRDD Comprehensive Plan Forums—June,  2009
Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)
Response to Question 4: How Can we support more employment?
Submitted for SANYS by Shameka Andrews

Good Afternoon Commissioner Ritter!

My name is Shameka Andrews. I work for the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State as a Statewide Advocate. Thanks for this opportunity to share SANYS’ Board of Director’s and many self-advocates point of view on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Here are some of our recommendations.

  • Use person-centered planning processes to help people discover their interests, talents and goals for employment.
  • Increase supportive work opportunities especially for those who need more intensive supports.
  • Begin to transition funds from facility based day services to community based jobs supports; we spend too much money in NY on segregated day services and not enough on employment and other opportunities in the communities where people live.
  • Work with state and provider organizations to encourage them to hire more people with disabilities; we have a lot to offer.
  • Increase opportunities for included volunteering which can lead to employment opportunities.
  • Increase opportunities for self-employment.
  • Provide more information and training for MSCs, job coaches and individuals with disabilities to make sure people understand work incentives. Many people are afraid to lose benefits and are discouraged from earning money.
  • Encourage and support individuals to attend job-readiness workshops and self-advocacy trainings in their communities. Many organizations and local libraries offer free computer classes, resume writing, and interview skills workshops.
  • Study the effectiveness of job coaching; some people may only need personal and physical assistance to be successfully employed.
  • Encourage people to participate in Mentoring Day programs and internships offered by many organizations.
  • Use peer mentoring to help people be successful at work.

 

Thank you


 
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