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Outreach and education to private employers.

They can have their Department of Rehabilitation do outreach to private employers. They can hold seminars and invite private and public employers to attend. The state can provide tax incentives for hiring injured workers and they can provide monies for retraining them. The new position must take into account the workers remaining abilities, interests , aptitudes and transferable skills. The states can provide testing... more »

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Lack of scientific/empirical standards of care to re-evaluate on

Empirical research has consistently identified that the majority of individuals with psychological conditions recover to the previous level of functioning., which includes SAW/RTW. This means that the majority of individuals with psych. conditions recover and are not permanently disabled. However, neither the State WC systems or SSA have any system in place to re-evaluate these individuals. This is problematic since... more »

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Promote Evidence Based Best Practices/Visibility for organizatio

View/Download a list of the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work (PDF).DISABILITY EQUALITY INDEXSM (DEISM). The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®). It is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, on their disability inclusion... more »

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Add Automation To State Court Systems as it applies to ADA

Using the State of Florida as an example, I consulted THIS page: http://www.flcourts.org/administration-funding/court-administration/ada-information.stml

This section
State Courts System ADA Guidelines

I looked particularly at: Title I and Title II Guidelines

Title I Guidelines were found on this page:
http://www.flcourts.org/administration-funding/court-administration/title-1-guidelines.stml

On this page I reviewed:... more »

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Ensure there are trained return to work coordinators.

The State of California requires that all its departments have a Return to Work Coordinator (RTWC) whose primary responsiblity is to facilitate the early return to work of injured employees. The RTWC must attend initial training and continue their education annually. The RTWC starts monitoring the injured worker at the time the workers' compensation claim is filed and endeavors to keep them on the job with temporary... more »

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Educate consumers more

I think that the concept of educating individuals regarding the SSA incentives is a critical one. Often there are a variety of benefit payors involved in a person's experience, with varying criteria for RTW, benefits, and services and they can be inconsistent. Individuals can qualify for SSDI while still not meeting the definition of disability in LTD. This is confusing to them. Criteria affect their monies and there... more »

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For buisiness accepting state-funded tax support, add oversight

Businesses accept tax incentives to come to the state (any state) to provide "jobs". The question is, who are they hiring, and what are their policies for taking care of sick or injured workers. There is a very large corporation, with a national presence, that used to pay nothing or very little for their employees' health care. They effectively dumped the health care of these employees onto the state. Public outcry... more »

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Media Coverage of SSA Work Incentives

Social Security has work incentive programs that many people with disabilities do not know about. There are printed booklets and online resources, but have you ever seen a public service announcement that shared anything about these programs on daytime TV or on the radio? A media blitz with one announcement per work incentive program that had a real person with a disability (including those that aren't obvious) who used... more »

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For Chronically Ill, take advantage of Stay-At-Home Technology

When a worker becomes chronically ill, there are many things that happen to make the worker incapable of coming to work on a regular basis; odd work schedules, an inability to drive or take public transportation, cycles of energy and lethargy as medications kick in.

One possibility of accommodation is to simply employ technology that allows the worker to do his work at home. Telecommuting is of course the answer here.... more »

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Disability Navigator

The employment of a Disability Navigator who can assist persons wishing to return to work following injury or illness would be beneficial. The Navigator should be an individual who is familiar with reasonable accommodations and state policies regarding return to work. The Navigator could be housed at a state employment office or the office that interfaces with people seeking employment. If possible the Job Navigator... more »

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State Agency for Employee to Report Systemic Discrimination

State sponsored program that will let employees report an organization they believe has systemic discrimination. Employees can report without having to file a personal complaint. State Agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws make their checklist for investigations clear so public can see what they look for.

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Government Contractors post Accommodation Process

Only the Federal Government is required to post a step-by-step description of the Disability Accommodation Process. Each federal contractor should be required to create, communicate an easy-to-read transparent description of all aspects of the process. The Interactive Interview format must be clearly defined and standardized. The process, especially the interactive interview is too easy to manipulate, especially if it... more »

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Implement Policies to Expand Private Disability Coverage

Working Americans who have private disability income protection are more likely to have access to return-to-work intervention if they become ill or injured than are working Americans who do not have coverage. This has a positive fiscal impact in the state - as individuals who might otherwise be on the rolls of state funded programs instead resume working and earning. There are policies that states could adopt to expand... more »

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