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October 2018

Labor force characteristics of people with a disability

Janie-Lynn Kang, Megan Dunn, and Andrew Blank

Overall, labor market indicators have improved in the years following the end of the recession. This is true for people with and without a disability. However, these groups experienced different degrees of improvement during this time and continue to have different employment patterns.

This Spotlight examines the labor force characteristics of people with a disability and puts these characteristics in context by comparing them to those of people with no disability.


Oct 23

Regional VTrans Forums

Vermont is updating its state-wide Public Transit Plan. Do you ride the bus? Carpool? Uber? We want your input. VTrans will be holding regional forums throughout the state in October and November. The purpose of the regional forums is to gather input on existing public transportation services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders.

Attached is the flyer for the Public Transit Policy Plan (PTPP) that details the site locations for the forums. PTPP Regional Forum Flyer_Final[7171]

The transportation committee needs to discuss in detail our goals and input for these meetings.

Regional forums will be held throughout the state from late October through late November. The following list provides the location, date, and time of each forum.

Wed Oct 24 9:00 a.m. – Northwestern Counseling & Support Services-Mable Room, 130 Fisher Pond Rd., St. Albans, VT
Tues Oct 30 9:00 a.m. – Addison County Regional Planning Commission Offices, 14 Seminary St., Middlebury, VT 05753
Tues Oct 30 2:00 p.m. – Randolph Town Offices, 7 Summer St, Randolph, VT 05060
Thurs Nov 1 9:00 a.m. – Windsor Town Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Ave, Windsor, VT 05089
Thurs Nov 1 2:00 p.m. – The Current Offices, 706 Rockingham Rd, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Wed Nov 14 9:00 a.m. – Hyde Park Town Office, 344 VT-15, Hyde Park, VT 05655
Wed Nov 14 2:00 p.m. – Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
-Friday Nov 16 9:00 a.m. – Rutland Regional Planning Commission Office, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05702
Friday Nov 16 1:00 p.m. – Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, VT 05255
Wed Nov 28 9:00 a.m. – Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Offices, 110 West Canal St, Suite 202, Winooski, VT 05404
Wed Nov 28 2:00 p.m. – Waterbury Town Office- Steele Room, 28 North Main St, Suite 1, Waterbury VT 05676

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your input on this important plan for Vermont.

Here are a few suggestions for discussion tomorrow, October 24, 2018:

  • Unmet needs
  • Service gaps
  • Better coordination of demand response services
  • New service requests
  • How does the existing public transportation services work for seniors and persons with disabilities?
    • Positives
    • Negatives

Timothy Bradshaw | Public Transit Program Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Transportation

1 National Life Drive | Montpelier, VT  05633-5001

Office 802-828-2758

Mobile 802-461-5310

[email protected]

Oct 23

It’s time to honor a young person who is striving to make the world a better place!

Each year, the Vermont Center for Independent Living receives nominations of outstanding young people for the Deborah Lisi-Baker Youth Leader Award.

The VCIL Board of Directors created the award in 2006 in honor of the disability rights organization’s then-executive director and in honor of emerging leaders who are moving forward the promise of disability rights and the independent living movement. Lisi-Baker has spent much of her life advocating for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities and continues to do so. She served as VCIL’s executive director for many years until retiring from the position in 2009.

If you would like to nominate an amazing young person for this year’s Deborah Lisi-Baker Youth Leader Award, email [email protected] or call 1-800-639-1522 or follow the link below! Please return your nominations by November 12, 2018.

Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]
Oct 17


In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has gathered together a collection of stories which highlight individuals with disabilities who are successfully employed in the community.

NDEAM dates back to 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” Since that time NDEAM has evolved to include the entire disability community and the emphasis has shifted to focus on employment in the community at competitive wages.

It is our hope that the stories below will spotlight the multitude of skills and talents of people with disabilities and the important impact that they have on our society. We will update this page each day for the entire month of October with a new story.

Stephen Coston

I have an auditory processing disability.  1979 was my senior year at the Bergen County Vocational School in Teterboro, NJ. At that time the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Service program had upgraded grant programs for post-secondary education for Special Needs Adults ages 21 and up to have the opportunity to go to college or any other post-secondary training program.  I was fortunate to receive those funds for my eligibility for higher education training at a program called the Para Educator Center at New York University.  It was a program that teaches young adults with various disabilities to become Teacher’s Aides or Assistants.

I worked as a Teacher’s Aide for one year only making a poverty income at $6000 per year from 1981 to 1982. Then I was laid off due to cut in Federal Funds.

 I did not want to end up in a dead end job making a stagnant salary such as working in a supermarket stuffing grocery bags or these workshop trainings that were being provided for disabled people who had intellectual or development disabilities.  I was mainstream.  But no one understood that during the 1970’s to the mid 80’s.

I invested my own finances to go back to school.  I studied at Dover Business College to learn computer courses.  I graduated with a College Diploma in March of 1993. Previously I worked for AEP Inc. (Automated Excluding Plastics) for 20 years, but I was laid off in August of 2017 due to a Corporation merger. I am working as a Mail Room Supervisor for Coach Inc. With my salary  I can support myself and my wife.

During the time I was unemployed, I went for training at the One Stop Career Programs and improved my academics in reading and math.  From 5th grade level in reading and math, I improved in reading to 12 grade in reading and 10th  grade in math through the Learning Link program which uses computers to help students with disabilities get the high school diploma or GED.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver said, on the 50th. Anniversary of the Special Olympics, “YOUR DAYS OF SEGREGATION AND ISOLATION ARE OVER”! As a Special Olympics Athlete of New Jersey, I am included on the Special Olympics Sports Complex of New Jersey Wall Poster in tribute of Inclusion Sports for the Special Olympics.  However, this is true not only in sports.  Inclusion also includes careers and good paying jobs, education and living on your own.  This is what integrated employment means to me.

Oct 15
National Organization on Disability


The Look Closer campaign, powered by some of our nation’s most prominent brands, shares the stories of the millions of Americans with disabilities at work, and asks our audience to #LookCloser at this largely untapped talent pool.

This campaign seeks to challenge preconceptions with the goal of creating job growth for people with disabilities at a time when unemployment is low and talent is at a premium.