Transition is a Way of Life

The following post was contributed by Chris Hunnicutt, father and member of the TASH Employment Committee. Of late, it seems to me that the topic of transition is viewed as a process that begins in middle school, high school, or perhaps in Post-Secondary Education time frames.  Further, it seems to be focused mainly on systems… read more

LEAD Center publishes third issue of its quarterly e-newsletter LEAD On!

The LEAD Center, a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations, has published issue three of its quarterly e-newsletter LEAD On! TASH is thrilled to continue its partnership with the LEAD Center, which is led by the National Disability Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The… read more

The Critical Importance of Customized Employment and Discovery

The following guest blog comes from Michael Callahan, TASH Board member and Chair of the TASH Employment Committee. The individuals that TASH represents are among the most under-represented group of citizens in the workforce in our country.  Our organization has advocated for innovative strategies and progressive policies such as supported employment, access to rehabilitation technology,… read more

Support ASAN’s Petition to End Subminimum Wage

A recent episode of NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams aired an expose on Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows for hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage. As reported on NBC, Goodwill Industries International and its affiliates are a major offender, despite paying… read more

Actions speak louder than words: Are we sending mixed messages to the community about the employability of people with disabilities?

As employment agencies tackle the goal of transforming their services to increase community employment for individuals with disabilities, how do they send a consistent message to employers and to the community at large that people who experience disability are competent workers? The responsibility of consistent messaging goes far beyond the role of the job developers.… read more

Enriching Discovery while staying focused on the concept

The following is a contributed Guest Blog by Michael Callahan, TASH Board Member and Chair of the TASH Employment Committee Discovery has emerged as an effective, qualitative strategy to use when comparative vocational assessments exclude job seekers from funding and services or provide negative information that is of little use in employment services.  The Discovery… read more

TASH Announces Live Employment Webinar Oct. 26

  This October 26, TASH will be presenting a live webinar experience featuring TASH Board Member and President of Marc Gold & Associates, Michael Callahan. This live webinar, entitled Embedding Discovery within Service Systems: Schools, Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Employment Providers, is geared toward teachers, parents, administrators, and policy makers seeking to understand strategies for getting… read more

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

On October 1, President Obama Proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, stating, “I urge all Americans to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people.” TASH celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month by rededicating… read more

TASH Members Head to Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, June 26, the TASH Board of Directors and several TASH members and supporters gathered on Capitol Hill here in Washington, DC, for a day of advocacy. Each participant lined up several meetings with Senate and House offices throughout the day, and took part in information meetings aimed at generating support for TASH’s public… read more

TASH Members Speak Out at National Transition Conference

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services drew more than 800 researchers, educators, rehabilitation counselors, self-advocates and other stakeholders to three days of discussions on transition to college and careers for youth with disabilities. Barb Trader, TASH’s Executive Director, presented with Norciva Shumpert on policy reform that supports expanded availability of customized employment strategies… read more