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Disability Inclusion and The Workplace

Work Without Limits blogs feature staff and guest bloggers highlighting varying perspectives of disability inclusion in the workplace.

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Published Friday, July 20, 2018
Group of peer workers

Author: Rob Walker, DMH Office of Recovery and Empowerment

When people who have had experiences with emotional distress or trauma are able to give others encouragement, hope, assistance, understanding and share resources that aid in recovery, it is called peer support. One of the most helpful things one can say to, or hear from, another is "I've been there." Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) are trained to share their experiences in the mental health system and in recovery to effectively carry the message that "Recovery is Real!" CPS’s share their lived experience, strength and hope with people using mental health services, mental health professionals, policy makers and others. A CPS can affect peoples' beliefs about their own capacity to recover and challenge assumptions about the capacity of others to recover.

Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018
L to R: Stephanie Major, Peter Travisano, Barbara Lee. Sitting on bench outside, smiling.

Author: Peter Travisano, Manager, Work Without Limits Administrative Employment Network

Employment can enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing better financial security, and more fulfilling personal and social experiences. The Social Security Administration (SSA) understands this and knows that many people with disabilities who are seeking employment face unique barriers. To reduce some of these barriers, Social Security created the free and voluntary Ticket to Work (TTW) program that provides supports for individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits based on their specific needs and employment goals, as well as payments to organizations or employers who are assisting or employing them.

Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Groups of people at five different tables during training

Author: Colleen Moran, Director, Workforce Programs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare

Partners Healthcare and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network have always been proudly committed to disability inclusion. We’ve demonstrated this though our active participation in programs such as Project SEARCH, our partnership with the MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), our membership in the MA Business Leadership Network (MABLN) and our service with numerous disability employment organizations. Increasing the employment rate for individuals with disabilities across our organization is a valued goal to help us mirror the patients we serve as well as to drive innovation for future patients and the community. To help us sustain and further develop our existing efforts, we were excited to offer a three-part Disability Inclusion training series specifically for our Partners Continuing Care (PCC) Human Resources and Partners HealthCare Talent Acquisition teams. Provided as part of our ‘Campus to Careers’ partnership through the National Organization on Disability and Work Without Limits, this training strengthened our employees’ knowledge and confidence around inclusion for people with disabilities at work.

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