Speaker Series in Review: Vocational Rehabilitation and the Road to Employment

Life Development Institute welcomed Tim Stump, Employer Coordinator at Arizona Department of Economic Security, and Betty Schoen, Region 1 Transition Specialist for Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, to speak at the monthly Speaker Series on June 8, 2016.  During this session, Tim and Betty discussed the RSA Vocational [...]

2019-08-19T15:58:02-07:00June 24th, 2016|

Building Leadership Talent in Our Community: Veronica Crawford Receiving the 2013 Community-Based Arizona Secondary Transition Services Award

In general, the independent living, employment, higher education, and community participation rates of Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) , who were served in special education settings is significantly below their non-disabled peers. The SRPMIC unemployment rate stands at over 50%, or more than six times [...]

2013-10-16T10:48:21-07:00October 16th, 2013|

Coller to contribute at ILO’s Youth Employment Forum global gathering promoting decent work for young adults

Justin Coller, Manager of Marketing for Life Development Institute & Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities is an invited partner joining just 100 young men and women who are 18-29 years old from around the world that are professionally involved in the promotion of decent work for youth. Participants will share their experiences and views on the current employment situation and discuss practical examples of successful initiatives which have led to the promotion of decent work for youth. Simplified, decent work would include a position that is permanent, full time, pays a living wage, and has benefits. Click below to read more about Justin Coller's contributions to this important worldwide effort.

2012-05-22T13:02:58-07:00May 22nd, 2012|

Americans with Disabilities leaving labor force at alarming rate

This post provides an overview/links to the most current, comprehensive employment/unemployment data on American adults with disabilities and federal legislative efforts to improve competitive employment outcomes for youth/adults with the most significant disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, severe mental illness, and intellectual disabilties.

2011-05-10T22:06:02-07:00May 10th, 2011|

Dealing with disclosure: a multigenerational handicap for all Americans

Many people have a knee-jerk reaction to the term "disability" that causes them to shut down or recoil when in the presence of an actual person who discloses a non-visible condition or looks like they are disabled. Getting the public past this reaction is a bit like teaching a cat to swim- it can be done- but is an area of life that most individuals whose personal worlds are not touched by or who have not lived with the experience of disability naturally avoid. What can we do that gets us closer to a "post-disabled" world?

2010-11-14T19:08:30-07:00November 14th, 2010|

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