The Idaho Able to Work website contains many resources for individuals with disabilities who are looking for work, employers hoping to hire individuals, and service providers supporting individuals to find and keep a job.
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
The U.S. Department of Labor has released "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," a collection of career development exercises and activities to help sharpen the communication and other "soft skills" of young workers, including those with disabilities. The curriculum covers communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking and professionalism. It was based on a survey of businesses to figure out the most important skills for young workers.
- Creating a Path to Employment - ODEP
- Essential Job Skills - ODEP
- Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce - ODEP
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has developed an Integrated Employment Toolkit to provide valuable information as individuals, community employment agencies, policymakers and others pursue integrated employment as the desired employment goal for youth and adults with disabilities. The Toolkit includes practical and, in some cases, adaptable information and documents to facilitate the movement of states, organizations and, most importantly, youth and adults to integrated employment as their primary option for employment.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities encourages you to participate. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
Throughout October, the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, working with the Idaho Employment First Consortium, and other partners will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate Idaho employers, educators, students and other citizens on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. These efforts include a proclamation by the Governor, Take Your Legislator to Work Day, and Disability Mentoring Day events in local communities.These efforts include a proclamation by the Governor, Take Your Legislator to Work Day, and Disability Mentoring Day events in local communities.
To read the Governor's Proclamation click here. To read the Council's Press Release related to NDEAM click here. For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.
Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.
Disability Mentoring Day is an annual effort of the American Association of People with Disabilities that brings students and other young adults together with employers for informational sessions about career opportunities and one-on-one mentoring with volunteers at public and private places of employment. National Disability Mentoring Day events are held every year in October. For more information about Idaho Disability Mentoring Day projects click here.
Each year the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities provides grants to teams in local communities to support their DMD activities. In October 2013 events will be held in three Idaho communities:
- Idaho Falls — October 16-18, 2013
- Twin Falls — October 16, 2013
- Moscow — October 23, 2013