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  1. Alaska Works Initiative Ten Years of Systems Change Alliance for Full Participation November 18, 2011

  2. 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

  3. Number of Individuals in Integrated Employment Settings (Includes: Competitive Employment, Individual Supported Employment and Group Supported Employment) Source: Institute for Community Inclusion

  4. Percent of Individuals in Integrated Employment Settings Source: Institute for Community Inclusion

  5. 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%)

  6. Role of Self-Advocates • Planning • Alaska Works Initiative • Supported Employment Action Plan • Peer Power • Alliance for Full Participation State Plan

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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