National Policy Matters – The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need To Know

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disability community must work to better understand the law and the many benefits it can provide to people with disabilities. This will be critical to the community’s role in helping to move states forward with implementation.

Numerous ACA provisions related to both acute care and long term services and supports hold great promise for improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities. This issue of National Policy Matters provides information about the major provisions and the status of their implementation.

National Policy Matters – The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need To Know

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Maryland Transitioning Youth – Employment Services

This website breaks down transitioning in to employment in to the following categories: Preparing for Employment, Work Based Opportunities, Disability Employment Services, Job Seeking Resources, and Working While Maintaining Benefits. These categories are designed to hit on the major components of transitioning in to employment and provides additional resources that may be of benefit to transitioning individuals.

Bridges… from School to Work

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, through its “Bridges. . .from school to work” program, seeks to enhance employment opportunity for youth with disabilities. Working collaboratively with all involved, Bridges endeavors to create a stepping stone to productive and fulfilling employment for youth exiting special education and a stepping stone to a rich and largely untapped applicant pool for employers. Grounded in the conviction that youth with disabilities can be employees with capabilities, the program ultimately strives to develop strong, mutually beneficial employer/employee relationships.


MontgomeryWorks partners with youth programs to provide educational and occupational skills that foster academic and employment success. Our programs encourage youth to achieve educational goals, obtain work experience, develop leadership skills, practice good citizenship, and provide community service. For more information, call (301) 946-1806 or contact a resource specialist at the MontgomeryWorks location near you.