Rise to Work: An Insider’s Look at Disabilities and Employment

About the Author

Janet Shouse is a parent of a young adult with autism, and she is passionate about inclusion, employment of people with disabilities, medical issues related to developmental disabilities, supports and services, public policy, legislative initiatives, advocacy, and the intersection of faith and disability. She wears many hats at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, including one as a disability employment specialist for TennesseeWorks.

Our hope is that this weekly blog will offer information you want to know, so if you have a question you want answered about employment for people with disabilities or other mysteries of the world of work, please email me at janet.shouse@vanderbilt.edu.

Each week, we will bring you interesting and important information on employment-related topics for family members of individuals with disabilities. Want our weekly blogs delivered straight to your inbox? Click here to subscribe

September 12: How Much Do We Appreciate Direct Support Professionals?

September 5: #HireMyStrengths Helps People See the Value of Employing People with Disabilities 

August 29: Vanderbilt’s Center for Autism and Innovation 

August 22: Employment and Community First CHOICES Passes its First-Year Mark 

August 15: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: Seeking Views of Tennessee Employers 

August 8: Council on Developmental Disabilities: Powerful Results from a Small Investment 

August 1: What is the Tennessee Independent Living Network? 

July 25: Little-Known Program Just Expanded to Include People with Disabilities who Own Small Businesses 

July 18: Promoting Internships within Tennessee State Government for People with Disabilities

July 11: Finding the Right Job Often Takes Time, Willingness to Try New Tasks and Networking 

June 28: Vocational Rehabilitation Seeking Comment on Policy Changes; Let Your Voice Be Heard

June 21: Project Transition’s Systems of Support Assists TennCare Members with Significant Behavior Challenges

June 13: A Chance to Explore College Opportunities in the South for Students with IDD 

June 6: Agreement Aims for Seamless Employment Supports Provided by Voc Rehab and TennCare’s Employment and Community First CHOICES 

May 30: National Core Indicators Tell How Well States Serve People with IDD; Providers’ Surveys Vital 

May 16: Uncovering Some Myths about ECF CHOICES Program 

May 9: Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder is a First Step in the Right Direction 

May 2: What is a Subminimum Wage? And Why is it Important? 

April 25: Having Issues with TennCare or Waivers? Call Tennessee Justice Center’s Client Advocate

April 18: Supported Decision-Making: An Alternative to Conservatorship 

April 11Enlisting a Longtime Community Resource to Help People with Disabilities Find Jobs

April 4: Employment and Community First CHOICES Program Hits a Milestone 

March 28: Mobile Dental Clinic Offers Speciality Care Around the Midstate 

March 21: So, What is a Per Capita Cap – And Why Should I Care? 

March 14: Student Teaches Legislators about Inclusive Higher Education 

March 7: A Blueprint to Guide the Journey from High School to Adulthood

February 28: Affordable Housing, Transportation are Vital, Student Tells Lawmakers 

February 21: Real Work for Real Wages Boosts Real Self-Sufficiency 

February 15: TigerLIFE in Memphis Offers Big Program in Big City 

February 7: An Encore Performance: Confessions of a First-Timer

January 31: UT-K’s FUTURE Program Offers Inclusive Education in a Big College Town 

January 24: Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb

January 18: Jackson’s Union University EDGE Program Offers Christian Education in Small-Town Setting

January 10: Let’s Take a Look at Inclusive Higher Education and Then Start With Next Steps at Vanderbilt 

December 13: Get the Latest Numbers on Employment and Community First CHOICES Enrollment 

December 6: Mark Your Calendar for Feb. 8 for Disability Day on the Hill 

November 29: Don’t Let the Moments Slip Away

November 15: Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee Offers Unique Help for Disability Day on the Hill 

November 8: Why is the Department of Justice’s Statement on Integration Important? 

November 1: Check Out Highlights from the ‘Expect Employment’ Report 

October 25: Building a Bridge from High School to Employment for Youth with Disabilities

October 18: Need Help with Voc Rehab? Disability Rights Tennessee’s Client Assistance Program Can Help 

October 11: Make a Difference: It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month! 

October 3: What’s a DSP? And Why Do Their Wages Matter? 

September 27: Individualized Education Accounts: Be Informed and Be Warned

September 20: The Changing Landscape of Home and Community Based Services – What the CMS Settings Rule Means to You 

September 13: She Says Goodbye, We Say Hello 

September 6: This is a big DEAL-The Disability Employment Awareness Lunch 

August 30: What is Person Centered Planning? And Why Does It Matter? 

August 23: When the Sheltered Workshop Closes 

August 16: When Mental Health Issues Hinder Employment, There’s Help 

August 9: Thinking About Employment? This Summit is For You! 

August 2: An Occupational Diploma Means Work! 

July 26: Questions Parents Ask and Helping Them Find Answers 

July 19: Disability, Employment, and Election Questions 

July 12: The Rollout of the New Employment and Community First CHOICES Waiver Program 

July 6: What is the Employer Outreach Initiative? And Who Needs It? 

June 28: Why Hire Job Seekers With Disabilities? 

June 21: What is an ABLE Account? And Do I Need One? 

June 14: We’ve Come a Long Way Over 40 Years 

June 7: What is an Occupational Diploma? 

June 1: The Dignity of Risk 

May 24: Four Key Skills That Boost Employment Chances

May 17: MegaConference Offers Job Fair, Networking, and News for Those with Disabilities

May 10: What is EPSDT? And Why Is It Important? 

May 3: Issues with Transportation

April 26: Employment and Community First CHOICES (Part 5) 

April 19: Employment and Community First CHOICES (Part 4) 

April 12: So What Services are Available with Employment and Community First CHOICES? (Part 3) 

April 5: Employment and Community First CHOICES (Part 2)

March 29: What is the Employment and Community First CHOICES Waiver Program? (Part 1) 

March 22: Kidcentraltn.com: A ‘Must See’ Resource for Parents

March 15: How Employment Can Change the Life of Someone with a Disability (and Everyone Involved)

March 8: What Is “Supported Employment?”

March 1: How Does This “Work Stuff” Work? 

February 23: What are the Top Predictors of Employment for Young People with Disabilities? 

February 16: You Expect Him to Do What? 

February 9: Young Advocate Finds Disability Day on the Hill “Very Exciting”

February 2Disability Day on the Hill: Confessions of a First-Timer

January 26: What is the PIE Conference?

January 19: What is TennesseeWorks? 

January 11: What is Disability Day on the Hill? 

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