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Minimum Wage Increase: What It Means for People with Disabilities (UPDATED 2009)

Tools for Inclusion 21

This publication provides guidance to individuals with disabilities regarding the increase in minimum wage, with a particular focus on understanding who this increase applies to, the impact of the wage increase on public benefits, and how to deal with issues that may arise with employers.

Minimum Wage Increase: A Guide for Disability Service Providers (UPDATED 2009)

Institute Brief 22

This publication provides guidance to service providers regarding the increase in minimum wage, with a particular focus on assisting consumers with questions and concerns they may have regarding the impact on their public benefits.

Press Release: Sec. Spellings Addresses Global Education Summit, Announces $7.5 Million in Grants for More Innovative, Effective Tests for Students With Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency

54 Countries Represented; Over Two Dozen Special Olympics Athletes Present

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings noted that a new technical assistance center to help colleges and universities develop and expand programs for students with intellectual disabilities will be located at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Massachusetts Employment and Disability Snapshot Report, 2000-2005

Research Report

The second in an annual series of snapshot reports on the employment of people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Policy Proposals for Improving SSDI, SSI, and Medicaid Work Incentives

Policy Brief 11

Links to articles addressing potential Social Security improvements.

SSA Work Incentives Enrollment, 1990-2004

Data Note 3, 2005

To encourage employment for individuals with disabilities, the Social Security Administration offers provisions that limit the impact of work on benefits. The September, 2005 Data Note displays the number of people enrolled in these work incentive programs.

Medicaid Involvement in Employment-Related Programs- Findings from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities

Research to Practice 33

This brief analyzes data from ICI's National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities regarding the priority Medicaid agencies place on employment and their involvement in recent policy initiatives.

The Applicability of the ADA to Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace

Policy Brief 10

This policy brief addresses whether providing personal assistance services in the workplace is a reasonable accommodation as defined in the ADA, and if so, under which circumstances.

High-Performing States in Integrated Employment

Research to Practice 32

Despite recent improvements, community employment outcomes vary widely across states. This report highlights successful practices of states that were identified as "high performers" in integrated employment for people served by state MR/DD agencies.

Collaboration Between Medicaid and Other State Agencies- Findings from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities

Research to Practice 31

Many state Medicaid agencies are playing a greater role in multi-agency efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. This brief uses data from the National Survey of State Systems and Employment for People with Disabilities to explore the varieties of collaboration Medicaid agencies are using and the agencies they are collaborating with.

Selecting a Payment System Under the Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work program gives VR agencies several payment options. An agency's choice of payment systems is an important one, with significant financial implications. This white paper analyzed the experiences of New England states to develop guidelines for VR agencies.

Final Regulations Implementing the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (The Ticket to Work Program)

Policy Brief 8

This brief describes the provisions of the final regulation regarding the responsibilities of Vocational Rehabilitation in the statewide workforce investment system and the relationship between VR and the Ticket to Work.

A Benefit-Cost Analysis Model for Social Service Agencies

Monograph 26

Public policy demands that we look not only at the effectiveness of social service programs, but also at their efficiency-- the extent to which a program's benefits outweigh its costs. This monograph presents a benefit-cost analysis model that considers both monetary and non-monetary factors.

Provisions in the Workforce Investment Act Relating to Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability and the Development by the Governor of a Written Methods of Administration

Policy Brief 4

An outline of key provisions in the interim final regulations describing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity responsibilities of the governor, WIA fund recipients, and programs and activities that are part of the One-Stop system.

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program and Established Under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

Policy Brief 3

A description of the major provisions in Title I of the Act, which created the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program.

Provisions in the Workforce Investment Act Describing the Interplay Between Workforce Investment Systems and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Policy Brief 1

This brief identifies the sections in Title I of the Workforce Investment Act that specifically reference the state VR program, individuals with disabilities, and organizations representing individuals with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act: General Overview (EspaƱol)

El ADA exitiende las legislaciones de derechos civiles previos al proveer un mandato claro que terminaria con la descriminacion contra las personas con desabilidades en todas las areas de su vida.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title 1: Employment

Tools for Inclusion 5

Brief overview of the concepts and scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, plus resource lists.

The Americans with Disabilities Act: General Overview

Tools for Inclusion 2

Brief overview of the concepts and scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, plus resource lists.

A Description of the Workforce Investment Act from a Disability Policy Perspective

This paper describes the major sections in title I of the Workforce Investment Act and the implementing regulations and guidance issued by the Department of Labor to highlight key references of particular relevance to persons with disabilities.

Negotiating the Landscape: The Path to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities in the TANF System

Monograph

This monograph examines the impact of welfare reform on individuals with disabilities in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families system. Study findings map a path from welfare to work, describe variations on this path for individuals with disabilities, and consider a range of supports to address barriers.

From Paper to Action: State-Level Interagency Agreements for Supported Employment of People with Disabilities

Monograph 32

The second of three studies conducted that investigated the extent and role of interagency agreements between state agencies that fund and provide supported employment supports and services for people with significant disabilities.

Provisions in the Final Regulations Governing the State VR Program Describing the Interplay with WIA and TWWIIA

Policy Brief 7

This brief describes the provisions of the final regulation regarding the responsibilities of Vocational Rehabilitation in the statewide workforce investment system and the relationship between VR and the Ticket to Work.

Time Limits, Exemption, and Disclosure: TANF Caseworkers and Clients with Disabilities

Research to Practice 24

Findings show that welfare caseworkers experience unique challenges when supporting welfare recipients with disabilities, including time limit pressures and conflict over exemptions. The brief includes a resource list for caseworkers.

Emerging Disability Policy Framework: A Guidepost for Analyzing Public Policy

Iowa Law Review

This article provides a framework consistent with the "new paradigm" that can be used to design, implement, and evaluate public policies and programs to ensure meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities.

Improvements to the SSDI and SSI Work Incentives and Expanded Availability of Health Care Services to Workers with Disabilities under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

Policy Brief 2

This brief gives background information on federal income maintenance and health care programs, and describes the major provisions of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act.

The National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers, FY2002-2003, Report 2: Non-Work Services

Research to Practice 36

The second in a series exploring the services people with developmental disabilities receive from community rehabilitation providers (CRPs). Despite recent ideological emphasis on work, the majority of CRPs continued to offer non-work programs and a substantial proportion of the people they served were involved in those programs. Overall, the findings raise questions about CRP commitment to community integration.

The National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers, FY2002-2003, Report 1: Overview of Services and Provider Characteristics

Research to Practice 35

Two briefs examine the services people with developmental disabilities receive from community rehabilitation providers (CRPs). Despite recent emphasis on work in the disability field, people with DD were predominantly in sheltered employment or non-work services. Of people with DD in integrated employment, the majority had individual competitive jobs. However, three group employment models had above-average percentages of individuals with DD.

Employing People with Disabilities: Small Business Concerns and Recommendations

Research to Practice 18

Survey results from Massachusetts small businesses regarding hiring and employing people with disabilities.

Multiple Perspectives on Implementing the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992

Research to Practice 3

This summary of a qualitative study reports the results of focus groups with administrators and counselors in Massachusetts's vocational rehabilitation agency. The findings highlight differences in perspectives on how the 1992 Rehabilitation Act Amendments have been implemented.

A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship Between the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) and the Federal Disability Policy Framework

This paper uses the basic conceptual framework of federal disability policy to identify existing federal policies regarding TANF and the needs of persons with disabilities.

A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship Between the Workforce Investment Act and the Federal Disability Policy Framework

This paper uses the basic conceptual framework of federal disability policy to identify Department of Labor policies regarding the needs of people with disabilities under the Workforce Investment Act.

Beyond Demographics: Strategic Responses to the Changing Workforce

This summary of a national summit on workforce demographics contains strategies that employers and policymakers felt may address challenges and help support people with disabilities in employment.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities