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Alaska Works Initiative Ten Years of Systems Change. Alliance for Full Participation November 18, 2011. Alaska’s Journey Specific to People with Developmental Disabilities. Share data Discuss role of self-advocates Overview other activities Discuss outcomes to date and next steps

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Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Alaska Works Initiative Ten Years of Systems Change

Alliance for Full Participation

November 18, 2011


Alaska s journey specific to people with developmental disabilities

Alaska’s Journey Specific to People with Developmental Disabilities

  • Share data

  • Discuss role of self-advocates

  • Overview other activities

  • Discuss outcomes to date and next steps

  • Share 3 systems change tips

  • Answer questions


Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Number of Individuals in Integrated Employment Settings (Includes: Competitive Employment, Individual Supported Employment and Group Supported Employment)

Source: Institute for Community Inclusion


Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Percent of Individuals in Integrated Employment Settings

Source: Institute for Community Inclusion


Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Some Good News

  • The number of people receiving supported employment services is up (494 in FY10)

    BUT

  • Although the percent of people receiving supported employment has increased (35.9%), it’s still not where it was in 2001 (48%)


Role of self advocates

Role of Self-Advocates

  • Planning

    • Alaska Works Initiative

    • Supported Employment Action Plan

    • Peer Power

    • Alliance for Full Participation State Plan


Role of self advocates1

Role of Self-Advocates

  • Helped plan and organize 3 federal job fairs

    • Sent information about the job fairs to the media

    • Put flyers up

    • Had a phone tree

    • Helped with set-up and take-down

    • Welcomed people

    • Wrote thank-you notes


Role of self advocates2

Role of Self-Advocates

  • Planned and organized Peer Power meeting

    • Brought self-advocates together from around the state

    • Talked about ways working people could help non-working people and youth get and keep a job

    • Used Peer Power recommendations as a starting point for Alaska’s AFP State Plan


Role of self advocates3

Role of Self-Advocates

  • 2ndPeer Power meeting scheduled for December

    • Discuss work done to date

    • Discuss what was learned at AFP Summit

    • Identify specific actions Peer Power members will take to help non-working adults and youth get and keep a job

      • Who, what, where, when and how


Other activities

Other Activities

  • Drafted supported employment standards

  • Provided input on waiver reapplication

  • Collaborated on other grants

    • DVR (Customized Employment Grant)

    • Division of Employment Security (Disability Employment Initiative)

  • Secured self-employment grant from Office of Disability Employment Policy

  • Helped plan annual Full Lives Conference

  • Secured funding to start 2 Project SEARCH pilot sites


Some outcomes to date

Some Outcomes to Date

  • DVR policy changes

    • Discovery as a reimbursable service

    • Work Incentives Counseling as a reimbursable service

    • Self-employment policy more friendly to would-be entrepreneurs

  • Annual Full Lives Conference includes employment track

  • Expansion of Project SEARCH (3 sites)

  • 1-stop job centers secure Employment Network status


Next steps

Next Steps

  • Continued policy development

  • Waiver Plan amendments

  • Training for individuals and families, providers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, care coordinators and State DD staff

  • Unemployment Insurance data run

  • Development of data tracking system

  • Development of Employment Network Partnership Plus arrangement with DVR


Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Systems Change Tip #1

A small investment can pay a BIGreturn

  • Invested around $5,000 for speaker at annual Transit Conference

  • Resulted in establishment of Alaska Mobility Coalition

    • Successfully advocated for state and federal funding

    • Influenced the passage of SAFETEA-LU

    • Governor created Coordinated Transportation Task Force


Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Systems Change Tip #2

“Glom” onto existing initiatives and activities

  • Had strong working relationship with Department of Education & Early Development (EED)

  • Joint goal to improve transition of youth with disabilities into jobs and adult life

  • EED provided 100% of Project SEARCH start-up costs

    • 3 operational sites

    • 2 other communities interested


Alaska works initiative ten years of systems change

Systems Change Tip #3

Tip #6: Sometimes it doesn’t take money

  • Influence State Plan priorities and strategies

    • DVR’s State Plan reflects AWI activities to improve employment outcomes of people with DD

  • Comment on proposed policy

    • DVR changed self-employment policy to make it more friendly to would-be entrepreneurs

  • Present results and data

    • DVR agreed to participate in development, implementation and evaluation of Project SEARCH


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