Autism Society records most keynote and concurrent sessions at their annual conferences. You can see and hear those recordings by purchasing full online access, or individual recordings.
This presentation will highlight Federal and Corporate efforts to create the most inclusive workplace and to provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Several hiring authorities designed specifically for use by and for people with disabilities are available for those seeking federal employment. In fact, the Federal government is actively recruiting individuals with disabilities to the workforce.
Two presenters with extensive experience in Equal Employment and the federal job market will discuss these hiring authorities and attempt to demystify the federal job application process. With knowledge acquired in CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and CDC’s Office of Workforce and Career Development, presenters will provide detailed information on careers in the federal government, specifically tailored to adults with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. One presenter will share success stories from the Walgreens Corporation’s Distribution Center which has designed and implemented innovative strategies to achieve a 30% employment rate for people with disabilities, making Walgreens a model workplace for people with disabilities. Attendees will leave this session with knowledge of the federal job market and application process, a thorough understanding of the benefits of declaring a disability during the federal and corporate application process, and with practical tools to increase their likelihood of gaining employment.
The second half of this presentation, added this year as a result of requests made at the 2010 ASA Conference presentation, will include a presenter from U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy who will discuss how the Schedule A hiring authority can greatly benefit young adults with disabilities who have an interest in beginning a career with the Federal government. Schedule A can be a fast track way for Federal agencies to bring in talented individuals with disabilities. During this discussion she will highlight the techniques young adults need to learn to transition successfully. The nature of what employers demand in the workplace of the 21st Century is changing. Young adults with disabilities today must not only master basic academic skills, but must also develop soft skills such as teamwork and communication in order to attain positive employment outcomes. Our own daily experiences and research alike confirm that the key to getting and retaining employment (maybe even getting promoted) are the soft skills that make you a valued member of the workplace team.
In addition, young adults with disabilities must also learn how to adapt to employment settings where they are eligible for accommodations rather than being entitled to accommodations. When young adults with disabilities transition to the workplace, it is necessary for them to learn about their rights and responsibilities under Federal law in regards to disclosure and accommodations, and learn how to communicate and carryout these responsibilities. Having knowledge in soft skills and disability disclosure is key to helping young adults feel prepared to self-advocate for their needs and to exercise their disability rights and responsibilities, while demonstrating their abilities in the workplace. Participants will leave with materials related to soft skills and disability disclosure from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy technical assistance center.
Content Area: Long-term Services and Support
Tracy Hilliard, M.S.
Strategic Workforce Development Division, Office of Workforce and Career Development
Melody Stevens, M.A.
Public Health Analyst
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Laura Ibañez, M.S.
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention