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.
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March 20: When Advocacy Efforts Find a Receptive Ear and Heart
March 6: Some Ways Tennessee Can Tackle DSP Workforce Crisis
February 20: New Legislative Committee Examines State’s Disability Services
February 6: State Faces ‘Crisis-Level Shortage’ of Direct Support Professionals
January 16: Disability Day on the Hill Will Be Feb. 14, in a New Spot
January 4: Knoxville Conversation Will Examine VR Services for Those Who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing
December 19: DIDD Audit Highlights Accomplishments, But Reveals New Concerns and Old Ones
December 5: November Update on Employment and Community First CHOICES
November 7: What an Employer Learned From a Summer Internship
October 17: TennesseeWorks Partnership and Our Commitment to Employment
October 3: Why an Autism Diagnosis Can Be Important to a Teen or Adult
September 27: What is “Enabling Technology”? How Can It Help People with Disabilities?
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 11: Enlisting 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 2: Disability 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?