The Riot!

The Riot is about self-advocacy. We offer a newsletter, a blog where self-advocates can share opinions, an online art gallery, toolkits, games and services to help individuals become stronger self-advocates. We cover topics that are important to self-advocates. And we really don’t like silly rules that just keep people down.

We are serious about self-advocacy issues, but we also want to make you laugh and feel good about life. Join us to celebrate the strengths of self-advocates. Help take on the barriers that stand in the way. Most of all, let’s work together to help people live the life they want with the support they need.

http://www.theriotrocks.org/

Self-Advocacy Online

Self-Advocacy Online in an educational and networking website for those involved in making change for people with disabilities. Through our online Learning Center, you can build your skills in many areas of self-advocacy. And the national self-advocacy map will connect you with other across the country working on similar issues.

http://www.selfadvocacyonline.org/

Kansas Personal Assistance Supports and Services (K-PASS) Self- Direction Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Assist Individuals in Self-Direction

The Kansas Self-Direction Toolkit provides individuals with disabilities the information and tools needed to self-direct any component of their personal assistance services.

Consumers, case managers, service coordinators, family members and others will like the Toolkit’s step-by-step format with a mix and match option that puts you in control of the information you want and need to self-direct your personal assistant (PA) supports and services.

http://www.sackonline.org/uploads/K-PASS_Toolkit-2006_All_Sections.pdf

SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered)

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States.  Founded in 1990, we have been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world for 21 years. Our non-profit advocacy organization is run by a board of self-advocates representing 9 regions of the country.

http://www.sabeusa.org

Massachusetts Partnership for Youth in Employment

MPYE conducts resource mapping to identify employment and transition services.

  1. Assess gaps, overlaps, and places where resources can be aligned
  2. Develop a plan to fill gaps and remove duplications
  3. Blend and braid resources to improve the efficiency of youth services
  4. Evaluate the impact of these efforts on improving education and employment outcomes for youth

Products include a cross-agency leadership team, state plan, state policy, resource mapping, strategic planning across the state, and aligned resources statewide.

http://www.communityinclusion.org/mpye/

Massachusetts YouthWorks Employment Program

YouthWorks is a state-funded youth jobs program that provides funds to pay wages to youth for summer jobs in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. The primary component of the YouthWorks program is subsidized employment for eligible youth. Participants are typically employed part-time during the summer or year round.

https://www.massyouthemployment.org/

 

School Days to Pay Days

This publication was written by staff from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It is informed and enriched by the experiences of individuals with intellectual disabilities, family members, school personnel, employment providers and others, who are all committed to creating a workforce that includes individuals with intellectual disabilities. As part of Work Without Limits, this publication is one of many tools designed to provide individuals and family members with the information and resources they need to achieve their employment goals.

http://www.communityinclusion.org/schooldays/

ServiceSource – Youth Transition Services

ServiceSource assists youth with disabilities transition from school to work through a number of different programs. Programs provide internship experiences, job skills training, career planning and other customized supports to assist transitioning youth with disabilities to reach their goals of integrated employment in competitive industries.

http://www.servicesource.org/rehabilitation-employment/youth-transition-services

WorkSmart

WorkSmart is an Internet application designed to offer entry-level job seekers and workforce re-entrants “soft” skills and occupational information to assist them in obtaining employment.

WorkSmart is a useful tool for both job seekers and workforce preparation professionals who provide job readiness counseling and career information to job seekers.

http://www.worksmart.ca.gov/worksmart_main_menu.html

Disability and Employment – Connecting the Pieces of the Employment Puzzle

Navigating the services and resources available for assisting people with disabilities to obtain quality employment is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. America cannot successfully compete in a global economy without fully engaging the 33 million working-age people with disabilities in our workforce. As we meet our goal of “Good Jobs for Everyone,” the public workforce development system needs to expand its capacity to provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. To achieve this goal and building upon lessons learned from the Employment and Training Administration’s Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative, the workforce system is collaborating with a wide range of partners to help people with disabilities obtain meaningful and effective employment opportunities. DOL’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) will build on the promising practices of the DPNs, as well as other successful strategies and model programs of service delivery in the workforce system to improve employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.

https://disability.workforce3one.org/