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Meeting The Demands Of Independent Living


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Meeting The Demands Of Independent Living

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Presentation Agenda <ul><li>The Importance of purpose in life & career </li></ul><ul><li>Major societal issues impacting education/employment </li></ul><ul><li>Common barriers to success: employer misinformation </li></ul><ul><li>Building inclusive communities for those we love & serve </li></ul>Crawford 2009
  3. 3. The importance of purpose in life & work Crawford 2009
  4. 4. Ask a young adult with disabilities what they want for their future <ul><li>Accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Included </li></ul><ul><li>Counted on </li></ul>Crawford 2009 How is this different from any other “normal” person?
  5. 5. Empowerment does not create community Crawford 2009 They just want to fit in
  6. 6. Most people are not into their jobs <ul><li>77% hate their jobs </li></ul><ul><li>87% don’t like their jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on their next job </li></ul><ul><li>(Gallup, 2005) </li></ul>Crawford 2009 There is a job misery epidemic in America
  7. 7. Cost of Job Misery <ul><li>American employers have </li></ul><ul><li>over $360 BILLION dollars </li></ul><ul><li>each year in lost productivity </li></ul><ul><li>(Forbes, 2005) </li></ul>Crawford 2009 A miserable job is not the same as a bad one
  8. 8. #1 reported factor influencing job satisfaction is…? <ul><li>Compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Prestige/personal accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>Work-life balance </li></ul><ul><li>Working conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship with boss </li></ul><ul><li>(Ken Blanchard, 2005) </li></ul>Crawford 2009 There is tremendous value for employers and employees in getting this right
  9. 9. #1 reported factor influencing job satisfaction is…? Crawford 2009 Sense that the boss cares and you matter trumps all other considerations Relationship with boss
  10. 10. Major societal issues influencing education and employment Crawford 2009
  11. 11. The American workforce is aging Crawford 2009 There will be a shortage of 30 million skilled workers in the US alone
  12. 12. Crawford 2009 One out of five Americans have some kind of disability
  13. 13. Crawford 2009 This low employment rate has annual costs of more than 200 billion dollars
  14. 14. The rise of the 21 st century knowledge worker <ul><li>“ Now more than ever, the success of public and private organizations in the United States . . . depends on the knowledge and capabilities of their employees.” </li></ul><ul><li>American Society for Training and Development (2007) </li></ul>Crawford 2009 Our future is inextricably tied to equipping and preparing this workforce
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Educational achievement is not a predictor of a well-prepared employee Crawford 2009 Extensive training in “soft skills” increases cost of doing business
  18. 18. At many colleges, most students arrive without proper preparation <ul><li>43% of all students at public two-year institutions have enrolled in a remedial course. </li></ul><ul><li>29% of all students at public four-year institutions have enrolled in a remedial class. </li></ul>Crawford 2009 There is no comprehensive bridge providing transition from high school to college
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. College remediation often comes at the greatest cost to the student themselves <ul><li>Students who enroll in remedial classes are far more likely to drop out than those who do not. </li></ul>Crawford 2009 Only 19% of students taking remedial college courses graduate within 8 years
  21. 21. Workplace skill demands raises bar to employment for people with disabilities Crawford 2009 These are not embedded skills in the current educational system
  22. 22. Crawford 2009 Where are these skills & how do our kids get them?
  23. 23. Access to the emerging world of work & education <ul><li>Education is the center of knowledge society </li></ul><ul><li>Schooling is the key institution </li></ul><ul><li>The mix of knowledge required </li></ul><ul><li>Quality in learning and teaching </li></ul>Crawford 2009 The definition of what it means to be an education person will be redefined
  24. 24. Processing information to make informed judgments Crawford 2009 Students lack opportunities to participate & practice making informed decisions
  25. 25. Team & leadership group skills are part of risk management in performing daily tasks Crawford 2009 Leadership experiences are indispensable preparation for the workforce.
  26. 26. Responsible & appropriate business communication skills a must for new hires Crawford 2009 Retention and promotion are influenced by communication competence
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Technical literacy requires employees with broad-based computer skills Crawford 2009 Computer literacy is more than texting and downloading music
  29. 29. Common barriers to success : Employer misinformation Crawford 2009 Misconceptions, lack of information, bias & stereotypes remain as barriers
  30. 30. The expenses of providing reasonable accommodations are minimal Crawford 2009 Most accommodations are no cost or low cost
  31. 31. Discrimination complaints from workers with disabilities are minimal Crawford 2009 The ADA has not resulted in an increase of litigation against employers
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. Our contributions in building inclusive communities for those we love & serve Crawford 2009 Starts when we realize all of us are in this together
  34. 34. Society holds several views of what disability means Crawford 2009 People with disabilities are and have been a historically disadvantaged group
  35. 35. Even well-meaning “progressives” don’t get it <ul><li>You know, I’m a little crazy myself </li></ul><ul><li>We all have some kind of LD </li></ul><ul><li>Why do PWOD think they know what our world is like? </li></ul>Crawford 2009 This attitude diminishes the condition, and truly cripples the person
  36. 36. Parental comfort levels of “letting go” Crawford 2009 There is as much risk for them as their sibling with LD
  37. 37. We preach inclusivity & practice exlusive involvement <ul><li>National adult LD organizations? </li></ul><ul><li>Policy making & program development? </li></ul><ul><li>A “real constituency?” </li></ul><ul><li>Protected class? </li></ul>Crawford 2009 Full civil rights protections do not exist for PWD
  38. 38. Preparing adults with LD to self-advocate in an appropriate manner <ul><li>To know how they learn & functional limitations (disabilities) </li></ul><ul><li>To interview understanding how to discuss competencies </li></ul><ul><li>To disclose & know what accommodations needed </li></ul>Crawford 2009 The public must hear their voices and not just the parents, programs, & professionals
  39. 39. 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