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Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grants - non-traditional solutions for individuals with disabilities.

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Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grants - non-traditional solutions for individuals with disabilities.

For those creating “non-traditional solutions” in the employment and jobs category, please take a look:

Kessler Foundation awards Signature Employment Grants yearly to support non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Our success is in stimulating ideas from the field that spark new models that are adaptable to replication and scalability, and may be models for policy change. Kessler Foundation’s flexible funding dollars encourage organizations to pursue promising approaches and concepts beyond what they might have done without our support.
— Kessler Foundation

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May 31, 2018 - Spectrum Designs Film Event: "This Business of Autism"

May 31, 2018 - Spectrum Designs Film Event: "This Business of Autism"

I was able to make a site visit out to Spectrum Designs this week, and it was an awesome tour of their new facility with COO Tim Howe. I will have a longer and more detailed post about the business after they have the Premier of their new film, "This Business of Autism" on May 31, 2018 in Port Washington, Long Island, New York:

This Business Of Autism is an expository documentary film about the economic and societal benefits of employing young adults with autism. Spectrum Designs is a custom screen-printing and embroidery business located in Port Washington, New York. 75% of Spectrum Designs’ employees are on the autism spectrum.

Centered on the acquisition, renovation and launch of their new production facility, which will triple their production and staffing capacity, the film will address the positive impacts of developing profitable businesses while leveraging the unique capabilities of adults with autism. By confronting head-on the reality that an estimated 70% to 90% of these adults are unemployed or underemployed, these businesses can also provide large companies with an avenue for corporate social outreach, mitigate the economic impacts on local communities of housing and caring for adults with autism, and provide hope for families that their children might have sustainable, relevant and stimulating employment opportunities.
— Spectrum Designs May 2018

 

 

New York State Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT): New Portal

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New York State Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT): New Portal

As the topic of employment takes on additional importance for the Developmentally Disabled community in New York State, this new portal out of the New York Alliance group could be a valuable tool. 

Employers and employees, please take a look and register. 

The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) vision is to create a stable DSP workforce in New York State - one that is ethical, competent, professional, and effective in helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the lives they want to their fullest potential.
— Kirsten Sanchirico, Director of Workforce Advancement

The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) are regional collaborations between service providers, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), people who receive services and other stakeholders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The RCWT are coordinated by the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) through funding provided by New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

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