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Reflect: Agency assessment

To get insight into your agency's views on employment for people with disabilities, read the statements below and then click the most appropriate response.

1) My agency encourages competitive integrated employment for people with all types of disabilities.

Awesome! Your agency's attitude matters. Encouraging competitive integrated employment can set the stage for developing and reaching employment goals. People with disabilities are more likely to succeed in competitive integrated employment if the professionals who support them believe they can work. Use the information in this toolkit to learn more about opening conversations about employment, addressing concerns and barriers, and helping people move along the path to employment.

Employment is a normal part of life. People with disabilities are more likely to succeed in competitive integrated employment if the professionals who support them believe they can work. Review these best practices in employment and create an action plan (PDF) to help change your agency's attitude toward competitive integrated employment.

Encouraging competitive integrated employment can set the stage for developing and reaching employment goals. People with disabilities are more likely to succeed in competitive integrated employment if the professionals who support them believe they can work. Review these best practices in employment. Then, use the information in this toolkit to learn more about creating an encouraging atmosphere, opening conversations about employment, addressing concerns and barriers, and helping people move along the path to employment.

2) At my agency, we share with people materials that promote competitive integrated employment (such as brochures, application forms, service plans and education plans).

That's fantastic! Every message we give can help make competitive integrated employment a natural part of life for people with disabilities. Find more ideas under desk aids and handouts in the resources and tools section.

Every message we give can help make competitive integrated employment a natural part of life for people with disabilities. Maybe your agency includes the Employment First messaging — real jobs, real wages: the first and preferred option — on your application forms, or you have information about how to disclose a disability (PDF) on hand to share when the time is right.

There are many ways to encourage competitive integrated employment. Find more ideas under desk aids and handouts in the resources and tools section.

Look around your agency to find out. Do you have materials that promote competitive integrated employment?

Every message we give can help make competitive integrated employment a natural part of life for people with disabilities. Maybe your agency includes the Employment First messaging — real jobs, real wages: the first and preferred option — on your application forms, or you have information about how to disclose a disability (PDF) on hand to share when the time is right.

There are many ways to encourage competitive integrated employment. Find more ideas under desk aids and handouts in the resources and tools section.

3) People served by my agency are given or connected to the services and supports they need to succeed in competitive integrated employment.

Fantastic! Check the services and supports page for more ideas about common services and supports, plus potential funding sources.

The right supports can help people succeed in employment. While some people may prefer to pursue employment on their own, others can benefit from extra help — whether through their own informal networks or more formal programs. Find common services and supports, plus potential funding sources, on the services and supports page.

While some people may prefer to pursue employment on their own, others can benefit from extra help — whether through their own informal networks or more formal programs. Find common services and supports, plus potential funding sources, on the services and supports page.

4) At my agency, we use person-centered tools to help people identify work goals that match their interests and strengths.

That's great! Person-centered tools — like the 4 + 1 worksheet (PDF), communication charts (PDF) and Charting the LifeCourse materials — can help people move toward their employment goals. Find even more person-centered planning tools under resources and tools.

It's important to help people identify work goals that match their interests and strengths. Person-centered tools — like the 4 + 1 worksheet (PDF), communication charts (PDF) and Charting the LifeCourse materials — can help you do that with the people you support.  Find even more person-centered planning tools under resources and tools.

Person-centered planning tools help people with disabilities move toward their goals and live their best lives. Person-centered planning tools focus on the person's skills and abilities, or what they can do — rather than what they can't do. The  resources and tools section of this toolkit has person-centered planning tools you can use in your agency to help people identify work goals that match a person's skills and interests.

5) At my agency, we see a person's past failures as learning opportunities, and we celebrate and share successes to inspire others.

Great! We all fail sometimes. You can help people see failures as learning opportunities rather than reasons to quit. It's equally important to celebrate and share successes. The Hub makes it easy with our share your story feature. Encourage the people you support to share their stories! 

We all fail sometimes. By helping people see failures as learning opportunities rather than reasons to quit, we can help them reach their goals. Use the person-centered planning tools under resources and tools — like the 4+1 worksheet or a learning log — to turn failure into success. It's also helpful to share and learn from other peoples' stories.   

 

We all fail sometimes. By helping people see failures as learning opportunities rather than reasons to quit, we can help them reach their goals. Use the person-centered planning tools under resources and tools — like the 4+1 worksheet or a learning log — to turn failure into success. It's also helpful to share and learn from other peoples' stories.   

6) My agency has a plan to increase the number of people participating in competitive integrated employment and actively pursues the strategies outlined in that plan.

Great! A plan will help you prioritize employment and organize your efforts to improve employment outcomes. Incorporate best practices for success in employment (PDF) in your plan, and use data to track your progress.

Developing a plan to increase employment outcomes will help your agency prioritize employment and organize your efforts to improve employment outcomes. Ground your efforts in best practices for success in employment (PDF). Then:

  • If you're a service provider organization, consider using this roadmap to competitive integrated employment to develop a plan.
  • If you're a lead agency, develop a plan based on competitive employment capacity building.
  • If your agency is a school, meet with your Pre-ETS representative to discuss how you can improve employment outcomes.

Developing a plan to increase employment outcomes will help your agency prioritize employment and organize your efforts to improve employment outcomes. Ground your efforts in best practices for success in employment (PDF). Then:

  • If you're a service provider organization, consider using this roadmap to competitive integrated employment to develop a plan.
  • If you're a lead agency, develop a plan based on competitive employment capacity building.
  • If your agency is a school, meet with your Pre-ETS representative to discuss how you can improve employment outcomes.

7) My agency uses data to measure our impact and adapt our efforts in helping people reach their competitive integrated employment goals.

That's great! Using data will allow your agency to track progress and organize your efforts to increase employment outcomes. For dashboards, indicators and more, check the data and reports section under resources and tools.

Using data can help your agency track progress, identify areas of improvement and communicate your employment success. If you have a goal to improve employment outcomes, for example, you'll need some type of data to know if you're reaching the goal. You can start by documenting the number of people you're supporting in competitive integrated employment and then monitoring the number over time. If you're a lead agency, consider using the Employment First dashboards to review outcomes in your county or tribe. For other sources of data, check the data and reports section under resources and tools.

Using data can help your agency track progress, identify areas of improvement and communicate your employment success. If you have a goal to improve employment outcomes, for example, you'll need some type of data to know if you're reaching the goal. You can start by documenting the number of people you're supporting in competitive integrated employment and then monitoring the number over time. If you're a lead agency, consider using the Employment First dashboards to review outcomes in your county or tribe. For other sources of data, check the data and reports section under resources and tools.

8) Staff members at my agency are encouraged to develop skills around supporting competitive integrated employment.

That's terrific! For additional training opportunities, check the training section under resources and tools.

That's OK — we can help! To ignite a culture of competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities within your organization, use the training opportunities listed under resources and tools. You can access these trainings yourself, incorporate them into your new employee training plans or share them with your colleagues.

It's time to find out! Ask colleagues, supervisors or managers about training related to competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. You can also check the training section under resources and tools. You can access these trainings yourself, incorporate them into your new employee training plans or share them with your colleagues.

9) At my agency, staff meetings often include discussions about competitive integrated employment outcomes and how to overcome barriers to employment.

Your agency is outstanding! Setting aside time in staff meetings to talk about competitive integrated employment outcomes and overcoming barriers to employment is a huge step in helping the people you serve have better employment outcomes.

Now's the time to start! Setting aside time in staff meetings to talk about competitive integrated employment outcomes and overcoming barriers to employment can help the people you serve have better employment outcomes. Even if you're not a supervisor or a manager, you can request time for these discussions in your staff meetings.

Even if you're not a supervisor or a manager, you can request time for these discussions in your staff meetings. Talking about competitive integrated employment outcomes and overcoming barriers to employment can help the people you serve have better employment outcomes. 

10) My agency engages partner organizations (such as service providers, schools and counties) to help us improve employment outcomes.

Great! It takes all of us working together to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

It will take all of us working together to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Connect with local schools, counties and service providers to build a coordinated system and teams of support. Check the directories under resources and tools for ideas about how to connect.

It will take all of us working together to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Connect with local schools, counties and service providers to build a coordinated system and teams of support. Check the directories under resources and tools for ideas about how to connect.

Congratulations! You've finished the agency assessment.

Now you can move on to strategize: work is a solution.

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