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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January 6, 2021: What’s Important to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
December 15, 2020: We’re Seeking Your Advice; Can You Help Our Team?
November 17, 2020: What Does the Katie Beckett Program Mean for Children and Families?
October 6, 2020: What Does Customized Employment Look Like?
September 15, 2020: Direct Support Professionals, We Need Your Stories to Highlight Your Impact
September 1, 2020: New Company Makes Inroads in Helping Tennesseans Fill Gaps in Transportation
June 16, 2020: How Your Input Can Shape the DD Council’s Work for Change
April 7, 2020: How Do You Cope When Unemployment Hits?
March 31, 2020: The Landscape Podcast Is Here!
March 17, 2020: Each of Us Must Help Protect Our Community at This Time
January 21, 2020: What is Disability Identity Development, and Why Is That Important?
November 5, 2019: Wouldn’t a Guide to Good Apps for People with IDD Be Helpful?
October 15, 2019: Determined Parent Crafts Program to Support College Students with ASD
August 19, 2019: Please Share Your Comments on Proposed Katie Beckett Waiver
August 6, 2019: See How High-Tech Gadgets Can Boost Independence
April 16, 2019: New Provider Merakey Offers Supports with Holistic Health Focus
April 2, 2019: New DIDD Commissioner Brings a Parent’s Passion to his Role
March 19, 2019: Why It’s Important to Know How to Read Legislation
March 5, 2019: Accounting Firm EY Recruits, Invests in Workers with Autism
February 5, 2019: Disability Services Committee Has Big List of Recommendations
January 22, 2019: Disability Day on the Hill Offers Chance to Network, Learn, Advocate
January 8, 2019: Making the Case for SSI Eligibility When Your Child Has Autism
December 18, 2018: So, How Do You Pay for Inclusive Higher Education Programs?
October 5, 2018: Project SEARCH: What It Does, Who It’s For, Why It’s Important
July 3, 2018: Eleanor Lives Next Door
March 20, 2018: When Advocacy Efforts Find a Receptive Ear and Heart
March 6, 2018: Some Ways Tennessee Can Tackle DSP Workforce Crisis
February 20, 2018: New Legislative Committee Examines State’s Disability Services
February 6, 2018: State Faces ‘Crisis-Level Shortage’ of Direct Support Professionals
January 16, 2018: Disability Day on the Hill Will Be Feb. 14, in a New Spot
December 19, 2017: DIDD Audit Highlights Accomplishments, But Reveals New Concerns and Old Ones
December 5, 2017: November Update on Employment and Community First CHOICES
November 21, 2017: The Basics of Tennessee’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program
November 7, 2017: What an Employer Learned From a Summer Internship
October 17, 2017: TennesseeWorks Partnership and Our Commitment to Employment
October 3, 2017: Why an Autism Diagnosis Can Be Important to a Teen or Adult
September 27, 2017: What is “Enabling Technology”? How Can It Help People with Disabilities?
September 12, 2017: How Much Do We Appreciate Direct Support Professionals?
August 29, 2017: Vanderbilt’s Center for Autism and Innovation
August 22, 2017: Employment and Community First CHOICES Passes its First-Year Mark
August 1, 2017: What is the Tennessee Independent Living Network?
May 16, 2017: Uncovering Some Myths about ECF CHOICES Program
May 2, 2017: What is a Subminimum Wage? And Why is it Important?
April 18, 2017: Supported Decision-Making: An Alternative to Conservatorship
March 28, 2017: Mobile Dental Clinic Offers Speciality Care Around the Midstate
March 21, 2017: So, What is a Per Capita Cap – And Why Should I Care?
March 14, 2017: Student Teaches Legislators about Inclusive Higher Education
February 28, 2017: Affordable Housing, Transportation are Vital, Student Tells Lawmakers
February 21, 2017: Real Work for Real Wages Boosts Real Self-Sufficiency
February 15, 2017: TigerLIFE in Memphis Offers Big Program in Big City
February 7, 2017: An Encore Performance: Confessions of a First-Timer
January 31, 2017: UT-K’s FUTURE Program Offers Inclusive Education in a Big College Town
January 24, 2017: Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb
December 13, 2016: Get the Latest Numbers on Employment and Community First CHOICES Enrollment
December 6, 2016: Mark Your Calendar for Feb. 8 for Disability Day on the Hill
November 29, 2016: Don’t Let the Moments Slip Away
November 8, 2016: Why is the Department of Justice’s Statement on Integration Important?
November 1, 2016: Check Out Highlights from the ‘Expect Employment’ Report
October 11, 2016: Make a Difference: It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
October 3, 2016: What’s a DSP? And Why Do Their Wages Matter?
September 27, 2016: Individualized Education Accounts: Be Informed and Be Warned
September 13, 2016: She Says Goodbye, We Say Hello
September 6, 2016: This is a big DEAL-The Disability Employment Awareness Lunch
August 30, 2016: What is Person Centered Planning? And Why Does It Matter?
August 23, 2016: When the Sheltered Workshop Closes
August 16, 2016: When Mental Health Issues Hinder Employment, There’s Help
August 9, 2016: Thinking About Employment? This Summit is For You!
August 2, 2016: An Occupational Diploma Means Work!
July 26, 2016: Questions Parents Ask and Helping Them Find Answers
July 19, 2016: Disability, Employment, and Election Questions
June 28, 2016: Why Hire Job Seekers With Disabilities?
June 21, 2016: What is an ABLE Account? And Do I Need One?
June 14, 2016: We’ve Come a Long Way Over 40 Years
June 7, 2016: What is an Occupational Diploma?
June 1, 2016: The Dignity of Risk
May 24, 2016: Four Key Skills That Boost Employment Chances
May 10, 2016: What is EPSDT? And Why Is It Important?
May 3, 2016: Issues with Transportation
April 26, 2016: Employment and Community First CHOICES (Part 5)
April 19, 2016: Employment and Community First CHOICES (Part 4)
April 5, 2016: Employment and Community First CHOICES (Part 2)
March 22, 2016: Kidcentraltn.com: A ‘Must See’ Resource for Parents
March 8, 2016: What Is “Supported Employment?”
March 1, 2016: How Does This “Work Stuff” Work?
February 16, 2016: You Expect Him to Do What?
February 9, 2016: Young Advocate Finds Disability Day on the Hill “Very Exciting”
February 2, 2016: Disability Day on the Hill: Confessions of a First-Timer
January 26, 2016: What is the PIE Conference?
January 19, 2016: What is TennesseeWorks?
January 11, 2016: What is Disability Day on the Hill?