Goal #2: Increased Employment Opportunities Transcript
MNCDHH Goal #2: Increased Employment Opportunities
(Signed by Tracy Ivy, Commission Member)
With your support, MNCDHH will work to expand employment opportunities for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing youth and adults.
How will we do this? By increasing communication access, support and training to help people get jobs that their level of education, skill and experience.
We have four strategies for achieving these goals.
First, we will work to have an executive order signed that will increase the number of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing people hired in our State government.
We will also establish a Centralized Accommodations Fund that will help improve communication access within the State government and set the standard for best practices in all businesses and agencies.
We will also provide training and education to people who do the hiring so they learn how to work effectively with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing employees.
We will also advocate for accessible Workforce Centers.
Last, and quite important, we will plan for improved access to post-secondary training programs, including internships and employment. How?
By advocating for the implementation of the State's Olmstead Plan. The Olmstead Plan - I'm going to sign it "O.P." - "Olmstead Plan?" What's that?
Here's a little bit of the history. Back in 1999, there was a Supreme Court case related to Olmstead - from Georgia - Olmstead brought a lawsuit because people with disabilities were placed in institutions even though they were bright and capable individuals.
The Supreme Court decided they couldn't allow that to continue. Those individuals were to be integrated back into the community. The decision said the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act - requires States provide services so people are in the least restrictive setting that matches their level of education and skill set. Nice, huh?
So, the Olmstead Plan lays out a way for States to document what needs to happen as well as when it will happen. Those two steps will help us achieve our goals. They're critical components - documentation and a timeline. This will help to guarantee employment rates will increase.
Also, we will encourage providers and agencies to develop creative solutions to increase employment for all Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing people.