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Show-Me-Careers Bulletin

Show-Me-Careers Project Update


Welcome again to Show-Me-Careers' twice a month bulletin.  We appreciate your interest in our project and sincerely hope that our updates don't clog up your email in-box but rather leave you with some nugget of new information, a connection you didn't have before, or a simply reminder that there are many dedicated individuals across Missouri who deeply care about providing integrated employment opportunities for youth and young adults with ID/DD.

The Show-Me-Careers project has 3 years left on the 5 year grant from AIDD. In general we are tasked with effecting systems changes that makes the transition from secondary school to post-secondary educational settings or integrated employment for youth with ID/DD more seamless.  In these bulletins we have been profiling some of our 8 Pilot Communities as they approach these enhancments of the transition path in their own unique way.  Today's spotlight is on our Pilot Community in St. Charles.

As we move forward and finish profiling each of our communities these bulletins will begin to focus on some practices and examples we have seen demonstrated.  We want to not only share these with you but solicit any feedback you may have.  The collective knowledge or our community has endless potential.  Your suggestions, guidance and participation is always helpful.  So..... keep reading our bulletins and don't hesitate to contact us.  Show-Me-Careers is looking forward to continuing this conversation for the next 3 years not only with the Pilot Communities but with you, too.  Oliver Burnette, Project Director
 


Events & Trainings



 
  •  DESE's Transition Institute, June 17th - 19th.  Capital Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO.  Click here for more schedule.
  • 2013 APSE National Conference, June 25th - 27th.  JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN.  Click here for more information.
     

 


Pilot Community Spotlight


ST. CHARLES COUNTY SHOW ME CAREERS GRANT TO SPREAD EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

St. Charles County, Missouri encompasses five school districts and multiple agencies that support people with developmental disabilities.  School districts, agencies, and local businesses have a high level of collaboration.  However, St. Charles County hopes to further improve collaboration and provide evidence why this collaboration is evident in our community.  As part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, schools are mandated to start conversations and activities to help high school individuals with developmental disabilities make a seamless transition into employment and independent living. 

Nationally, 19 percent of people with developmental disabilities are working in a community setting, but Missouri only employs 7 percent of those individuals.  With support from the Show Me Careers grant, we hope to provide improved job coach training to improve these statistics.   Our pilot community has hired two supported employment experts from Virginia Commonwealth University, because VCU ranks among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research.  Each school district will provide the opportunity for interested personnel within each high school to discuss and apply job coaching topics such as supported employment, career planning, job profiling, data collection, and job site training on September 8 and 9, 2013.

Additionally, St. Charles County hopes to increase business engagement, so more businesses understand the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.  Adults with disabilities tend to stay longer and have better attendance.  Employers are often unaware there is no cost associated with supporting a developmentally disabled person in the workplace.  

In order to support our business engagement efforts, St. Charles County has secured a nationally acclaimed advocate for employment for persons with developmental disabilities, Randy Lewis.  His Walgreens initiative has put the “able” in disabled.    Lewis introduced a new concept that transformed Walgreen’s distribution centers and employment opportunities.  Some of Walgreen’s distribution centers employ 40% of persons with disabilities.  Those persons are held to the same work standards and earn the same pay as “typically-abled” fellow workers.  Walgreens hopes to employ 20% of people with disabilities in all of its distribution centers.
Lewis said the Walgreens program gives hope to the parents of children with disabilities, who, he said, often wonder “what would happen after I’m gone. Can I live one day longer than my child?”

Because of Lewis, many parents do not have to worry anymore; as long their son or daughter performs well at work and does their best for Walgreens, they’ve got a home.
Likewise, St. Charles County is not focused on getting one person, or 10 or 100 young adults, a job.  We want to demonstrate how to make permanent change for adults with developmental disabilities.

Resources:
VCU website:  Worksupport.com
Randy Lewis video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeUQuuI_p7w


 Lewis was instrumental in introducing a new concept to Walgreens that would transform the company’s distribution centers and employment opportunities. Walgreens’ two newest distribution centers employ an inclusive and integrated workforce composed of 40% of persons with disabilities. They are held to the same work standards and earn the same pay as “typically-abled” fellow workers. As a result of this success in serving both shareholders and the community, Walgreens has set a goal of employing 20% of people with disabilities in all of its set a goal of employing 20% of people with disabilities in all of its distribution centers. disabilities in all of its distribution centers. Lewis was instrumental in introducing a new concept to Walgreens that would transform the company’s distribution centers and employment opportunities. Walgreens’ two newest distribution centers employ an inclusive and integrated workforce composed of 40% of persons with disabilities. They are held to the same work standards and earn the same pay as “typically-abled” fellow workers. As a result of this success in serving both shareholders and the community, Walgreens has set a goal of employing 20% of people with disabilities in all of its distribution centers. Lewis was instrumental in introducing a new concept to Walgreens that would transform the company’s distribution centers and employment opportunities. Walgreens’ two newest distribution centers employ an inclusive and integrated workforce composed of 40% of persons with disabilities. They are held to the same work standards and earn the same pay as “typically-abled” fellow workers. As a result of this success in serving both shareholders and the community, Walgreens has set a goal of employing 20% of people with disabilities in all of its centers and employment opportunities. Walgreens’ two newest distribution centers employ an inclusive and integrated workforce composed of 40% of persons with disabilities. They are held to the same work standards and earn the same pay as “typically-abled” fellow workers. As a result of this success in serving both shareholders and the community, Walgreens has set a goal of employing 20% of people with disabilities in all of its distribution centers. Lewis was instrumental inopportunities. Walgreens’ two newest distribution centers employ an inclusive and integrated workforce composed of 40% of persons with disabilities. They are held to the same work standards and earn the same pay as “typically-abled” fellow workers. As a result of this success in serving both

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