Podcasts Count for CECs
ODDS recently approved that Employment First Podcasts toward the 12 hours of Continuing Education Credits required for all employment professionals. Listening to four podcasts counts as one hour of CECs.
Employment Outcomes Report Published
The Employment First Outcomes & Successes Report for October 2019 is published online
. This report highlights some of the outcomes and successes achieve toward the goal of increasing community jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Self-Advocates Guide to Employment
The Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition has published a Personal Guide to Community Employment
. OSAC developed this guide with help from the
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD)
and with support and funding from the Office of
Developmental Disability Services.
Changes to Employment Outcomes System Launched
The Employment Outcomes System has a new website: oregoneos.org
. The newest additions to EOS includes a new
function for providers to enter capacity for job coaches, developers and Discovery
services. This new function can be entered and updated by providers at any time!
RFP Posted for Training and Technical Assistance
DHS has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a two-year contract to develop and provide training and technical assistance for the Employment First Initiative. The contract period is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019, with the possibility of an extension. Training and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposals can apply at ORPIN.
Employment First Coordinator Hired
Acacia McGuire Anderson has been named as Oregon's permanent Statewide Employment First Coordinator. She has been filling the role on an interim basis since Feb. 2016. In
her role, Acacia will report to the Office of Developmental Disabilities
Services (ODDS) Program Director, with shared accountability to the Vocational
Rehabilitation (VR) Program Director. She will manage the Employment First team,
which includes capacity-building efforts and statewide outreach for integrated
employment services. She will also serve as lead in the ongoing work with the
Lane v. Brown settlement agreement.
20 Hour Policy Guidance
of Human Services has issued guidance to VR counselors, ODDS staff, Community
Developmental Disability Programs (CDDPs), and brokerages stating that the
recommended standard for planning and implementing supported employment
services will be the opportunity to work at least 20 hours per week. The policy and worker's guide is available online.
Peer to Peer Mentoring
Apply now to be part of an exciting new Peer-to-Peer (P2P) employment initiative. Peer mentors are people with developmental disabilities working at a community job who will teach and provide support to peers to help them reach a personal employment goal.Apply now.
Lane Order Approving Settlement
A federal court accepted a settlement in Lane v. Brown,
the class action involving employment services that Oregon provides to
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The judge's order is online.
Lane v. Brown Settlement
The state has reached agreement on a settlement in Lane v. Brown, the class action involving employment services that Oregon provides to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The settlement is available online along with the notice to class members.
Central Oregon Event Honors Employers
The central Oregon Employment First team was featured in an article in Cascade Business News
for their event honoring employers that hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A recent story in the Portland Tribune
highlights the Employment First efforts in Oregon and successes with integrated, community jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.