Act Now To Increase Job Opportunities for Young Adults with Disabilities
Ask your Representative to vote yes on HB 400
The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives will decide next week whether to support increased employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Passing HB 400 will help these youth secure part-time and summer jobs while still in high school, improving their chances of being employed after graduation.
Please call or e-mail your Representative by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 13 and ask them to vote yes on HB 400. Let them know:
- 65% of youth with disabilities can’t find a job after they graduate high school;
- Data shows that when people with disabilities are employed while in high school, they are 2.5 times more likely to work after high school;
- HB 400 improves the reach and capacity of Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) services;
- HB 400, introduced by Representative Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), has broad bi-partisan support.
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Background on HB 400:
Pennsylvania invests an average of $200,000 on the education of a young person with disabilities. Instead of gaining the meaningful employment they’ve worked hard for, many end up staying at home or finding limited, unfulfilling work. They want to be taxpaying, productive members of an integrated workforce.
HB 400 will give young people with disabilities an opportunity to obtain part-time employment while still in high school, with the support from OVR. These youth will be more prepared to transition out of high school into adulthood.
New Olmstead Guidance for Consumers and Advocates As States
Implement the New Home Care Rule
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights released a joint letter this week offering guidance on the Department of Labor’s new Home Care Rule. The letter describes states’ obligations under Olmstead and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they move forward with implementation of the rule in relation to minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers. Read the letter here: www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/hhs-doj.htm.
AAPD has been working with other disability and aging groups to ensure that states implement the Home Care Rule in a way that doesn’t cause unintended harm to consumers. The letter helps support that goal by making clear that states planning to comply with the rule by issuing blanket caps on workers’ hours or travel time will be at risk of violating the ADA. Please read Advocacy Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the Home Care Rule: Update on Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead to help inform people with disabilities, seniors and advocates in taking action using this new guidance.
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