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    • Crawford 2009 Meeting the Demands of Independent Living: Helping young adults realize a future inspired by personal purpose and worth achieving Rob Crawford March 3, 2009
    • Presentation Agenda
      • The Importance of purpose in life & career
      • Major societal issues impacting education/employment
      • Common barriers to success: employer misinformation
      • Building inclusive communities for those we love & serve
      Crawford 2009
    • The importance of purpose in life & work Crawford 2009
    • Ask a young adult with disabilities what they want for their future
      • Accepted
      • Included
      • Counted on
      Crawford 2009 How is this different from any other “normal” person?
    • Empowerment does not create community Crawford 2009 They just want to fit in
    • Most people are not into their jobs
      • 77% hate their jobs
      • 87% don’t like their jobs
      • Focused on their next job
      • (Gallup, 2005)
      Crawford 2009 There is a job misery epidemic in America
    • Cost of Job Misery
      • American employers have
      • over $360 BILLION dollars
      • each year in lost productivity
      • (Forbes, 2005)
      Crawford 2009 A miserable job is not the same as a bad one
    • #1 reported factor influencing job satisfaction is…?
      • Compensation
      • Prestige/personal accomplishment
      • Work-life balance
      • Working conditions
      • Relationship with boss
      • (Ken Blanchard, 2005)
      Crawford 2009 There is tremendous value for employers and employees in getting this right
    • #1 reported factor influencing job satisfaction is…? Crawford 2009 Sense that the boss cares and you matter trumps all other considerations Relationship with boss
    • Major societal issues influencing education and employment Crawford 2009
    • The American workforce is aging Crawford 2009 There will be a shortage of 30 million skilled workers in the US alone
    • Crawford 2009 One out of five Americans have some kind of disability
    • Crawford 2009 This low employment rate has annual costs of more than 200 billion dollars
    • The rise of the 21 st century knowledge worker
      • “ Now more than ever, the success of public and private organizations in the United States . . . depends on the knowledge and capabilities of their employees.”
      • American Society for Training and Development (2007)
      Crawford 2009 Our future is inextricably tied to equipping and preparing this workforce
    • The shift to a 21 st century knowledge community places the person in the center Crawford 2009 Out of necessity, companies will integrate disability strategies into their business plans
    • Many young people are struggling to make successful transitions to higher education or work Crawford 2009 As a society, by not adequately preparing them, we are endangering our future
    • Educational achievement is not a predictor of a well-prepared employee Crawford 2009 Extensive training in “soft skills” increases cost of doing business
    • At many colleges, most students arrive without proper preparation
      • 43% of all students at public two-year institutions have enrolled in a remedial course.
      • 29% of all students at public four-year institutions have enrolled in a remedial class.
      Crawford 2009 There is no comprehensive bridge providing transition from high school to college
    • Corporate surveys show college grads underperforming for employer’s most pressing talent needs Crawford 2009 College graduates without disabilities do not possess what employers need most
    • College remediation often comes at the greatest cost to the student themselves
      • Students who enroll in remedial classes are far more likely to drop out than those who do not.
      Crawford 2009 Only 19% of students taking remedial college courses graduate within 8 years
    • Workplace skill demands raises bar to employment for people with disabilities Crawford 2009 These are not embedded skills in the current educational system
    • Crawford 2009 Where are these skills & how do our kids get them?
    • Access to the emerging world of work & education
      • Education is the center of knowledge society
      • Schooling is the key institution
      • The mix of knowledge required
      • Quality in learning and teaching
      Crawford 2009 The definition of what it means to be an education person will be redefined
    • Processing information to make informed judgments Crawford 2009 Students lack opportunities to participate & practice making informed decisions
    • Team & leadership group skills are part of risk management in performing daily tasks Crawford 2009 Leadership experiences are indispensable preparation for the workforce.
    • Responsible & appropriate business communication skills a must for new hires Crawford 2009 Retention and promotion are influenced by communication competence
    • One must be able to understand & work with co-worker diversity Crawford 2009 A majority of young adults value diversity and inclusion in the workplace
    • Technical literacy requires employees with broad-based computer skills Crawford 2009 Computer literacy is more than texting and downloading music
    • Common barriers to success : Employer misinformation Crawford 2009 Misconceptions, lack of information, bias & stereotypes remain as barriers
    • The expenses of providing reasonable accommodations are minimal Crawford 2009 Most accommodations are no cost or low cost
    • Discrimination complaints from workers with disabilities are minimal Crawford 2009 The ADA has not resulted in an increase of litigation against employers
    • Employment rate: adults with a work limitation employed in the United States from 1981-2008 Crawford 2009 Employment has dropped to half of what it was 20 years ago during a recession! Year 1981 Percent (%) 24.6 Year 1982 Percent (%) 23.9 Year 1983 Percent (%) 23.7 Year 1984 Percent (%) 24.9 Year 1985 Percent (%) 25.2 Year 1986 Percent (%) 25.2 Year 1987 Percent (%) 26.3 Year 1988 Percent (%) 28 Year 1989 Percent (%) 28.8 Year 1990 Percent (%) 28.7 Year 1991 Percent (%) 26.6 Year 1992 Percent (%) 26.6 Year 1993 Percent (%) 27.1 Year 1994 Percent (%) 24 Year 1995 Percent (%) 24.7 Year 1996 Percent (%) 24.7 Year 1997 Percent (%) 25.5 Year 1998 Percent (%) 23.4 Year 1999 Percent (%) 22.4 Year 2000 Percent (%) 24.4 Year 2001 Percent (%) 22.3 Year 2002 Percent (%) 20.9 Year 2003 Percent (%) 19.3 Year 2004 Percent (%) 19.3 Year 2005 Percent (%) 18.5 Year 2006 Percent (%) 18.9 Year 2007 Percent (%) 18.8 Year 2008 Percent (%) 17.6
    • Our contributions in building inclusive communities for those we love & serve Crawford 2009 Starts when we realize all of us are in this together
    • Society holds several views of what disability means Crawford 2009 People with disabilities are and have been a historically disadvantaged group
    • Even well-meaning “progressives” don’t get it
      • You know, I’m a little crazy myself
      • We all have some kind of LD
      • Why do PWOD think they know what our world is like?
      Crawford 2009 This attitude diminishes the condition, and truly cripples the person
    • Parental comfort levels of “letting go” Crawford 2009 There is as much risk for them as their sibling with LD
    • We preach inclusivity & practice exlusive involvement
      • National adult LD organizations?
      • Policy making & program development?
      • A “real constituency?”
      • Protected class?
      Crawford 2009 Full civil rights protections do not exist for PWD
    • Preparing adults with LD to self-advocate in an appropriate manner
      • To know how they learn & functional limitations (disabilities)
      • To interview understanding how to discuss competencies
      • To disclose & know what accommodations needed
      Crawford 2009 The public must hear their voices and not just the parents, programs, & professionals
    • Rob Crawford Life Development Institute [email_address] Crawford 2009 I work towards a future that will solve for others what I have struggled with myself