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250% California Working Disabled Program

The California Working Disabled Program: Lessons Learned, Looking Ahead
The California Working Disabled Medi-Cal Buy-In Program (CWD) was implemented in April 2000 to enable disabled individuals to participate in the workforce without the threat of losing their Medi-Cal coverage. Although a relatively new program, policymakers and advocates have already begun considering programmatic and policy changes that would build on the existing program, expand eligibility, and broaden access to certain services.

Access to Assets

Asking About Disability: A Guide for Individual Development Account Administrators
Many Individual Development Account (IDA) administrators are unaware that they currently serve a large number of persons with disabilities in their programs. Disabled participants go unnoticed because disabilities may be non-visible, such as learning disabilities, chronic illness and psychiatric disability. Furthermore, few people with disabilities voluntarily self disclose their condition. IDA providers help all participants in their programs when providing universal program accessibility. IDA providers can likely improve overall success rates of participants in meeting their goals, by assessing disability status during intake as a matter of practice and by providing support services accordingly.
Integrating Universal Design Principles in Asset Building Programs
We are only beginning to understand the applicability of Universal Design approaches in diverse arenas. Universal Design began largely as physical accommodation practices that revolutionized the way people thought about access issues. This paper proposes ways of expanding Universal Design concepts to Asset Building programs, using concrete examples for implementation. Opening Universal Design principles up to challenging ways of thinking, presenting information, as well as physical accommodation is a major step toward a more inclusive world.
Asset Accumulation and Tax Policy Project (AATPP)
AATPP unites organizations serving persons with disabilities with credit unions and other financial institutions to produce groundbreaking research on barriers and opportunities of tax and public policies. The research and accompanying policy recommendations will improve the economic independence, social empowerment, and community integration of persons with disabilities.
New Beginnings: Making homeownership a reality for people with disabilities
When Barbara Pesante lost her sight five years ago after a staph infection injured her optic nerve, she tried unsuccessfully to obtain assistance in her homeland, Puerto Rico. Only after moving to Florida did she begin receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which qualified her for job search assistance through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).
Individual Development Accounts: A Golden Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities
Oppressive poverty persists among people with disabilities in the United States. According to the 1995 Current Population Survey, 39.7 percent of working-age persons with disabilities live in poverty. Sadly, as disability advocates, this statistic may not surprise us. What is surprising is the scarcity of effective new programs addressing economic inequity. Be that as it may, there is one new rising star in the mainstream antipoverty movement; it is called the Individual Development Account (IDA) savings program.
IDA Fact Sheet: Policy Implications
Assets are a key factor in opening doors for the disability community—with assets the purchase of a home, postsecondary education and business capitalization can become a reality for economically marginalized populations such as persons with disabilities. Approximately 19.7% of the United States population (or 52.6 million) live with some level of disability. Over one-third of adults with disabilities live in households with income of $15,000 or less compared to only 12% of those without disabilities.
Use of Individual Development Accounts by People with Disabilities: Barriers and Solutions
Asset development tools are a key element of economic development programs that have been created by Congress – with strong bipartisan support – over the last few years. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), the grandparent of savings programs for the poor, were initiated as part of the welfare reform movement. The original concept of providing savings incentives through a matching program was developed as part of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and People with Disabilities: What IDA Providers Need to Know
People with disabilities are among the poorest in our nation. About 1 in 5 Americans has a disability, and 1 in 10 has a severe disability. People with severe disabilities have an unemployment rate of 70% and account for only 2.9% of this country's total income. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than twice that of people without disabilities and has remained at that level for many years. This is the poorest rate of participation in the work force and the highest rate of unemployment of any group in American society.
IDA Participants Speak Out
The Individual Development Account (IDA) Pilot Project for People with Disabilities aims to increase opportunities for disabled individuals to participate in IDA programs through the provision of technical assistance and training to IDA providers. The project will yield insight on how to best maximize participation in IDAs by people with disabilities and will provide best practice strategies to modify national IDA programs.
Individual Development Account Question and Answer Sheet: A Guide for IDA Consumers with Disabilities
Individual Development Accounts, also known as “IDAs”, are a savings account. What makes it special is you receive an additional deposit each time you add to your savings. It is called a match and is usually one to four times the size of each deposit you make. For example, if you receive a 2:1 match, each time you deposit $25, you will get an additional $50 toward your savings goal.

California Work Incentives Initiative

A DIALOGUE ON REFORMING DISABILITY INSURANCE: Supporting Economic Freedom for People with Disabilities
SYNOPSIS In 2006, the World Institute on Disability (WID) put forward a variety of policy proposals to improve the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system, aimed at ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in the workforce and be economically self-sufficient. A central proposal that came out of this project is the creation of a work support and supplemental income insurance program that would help to decrease attachment to the SSDI system and increase attachments to the workforce. In 2010, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and The Hamilton Project (THP) jointly released a paper outlining a similar policy proposal, with key differences in approach. What follows is WID’s response to the CAP/THP paper, written with the intention of furthering the public discussion on this important issue.
Being American: the Way Out of Poverty, Poverty and Disability in the U.S.
This policy analysis is a collection of discussions, topical areas and recommendations that seek a deeper inquiry into what Americans with disabilities expect of social insurance roles in the 21st Century, with focus on health care coverage and employment. The paper calls for an expanded national dialogue to transform Social Security, Medicare and disability tax policies, as needed to increase employment rates of people with disabilities.
Work Incentives Information Services, Developing a Sate-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Center
All states and state agency partners work with diverse populations of people with disabilities, complex and confusing health and benefit program rules, and limited resources to provide clear, comprehensive, accurate, and accessible benefits and employment planning information. A state-focused Training and Technical Assistance Center (“TA Center”) on work incentives and benefits is a viable solution. The TA Center integrates state, federal, and private rules on work incentives and benefits for residents of a particular state. This manual presents concrete strategies on how to set up and design such a center.
Summary: Being American: the Way Out of Poverty, Poverty and Disability in the U.S.
This Summary seeks a deeper inquiry into what Americans with disabilities expect of social insurance roles in the 21st Century, with focus on health care coverage and employment. The paper calls for an expanded national discussion to transform Social Security, Medicare and disability tax policies, as needed to increase employment rates of people with disabilities.
California’s Comprehensive Workforce Development System: A Disability Access Policy Framework Coming of Age
Whether one grows up with a disability, becomes newly diagnosed while employed, experiences a sudden onset of disability from an accident or is entering the workforce with a disability, the level of support must be based upon assessment of the person to the program(s), not the reverse. By expanding collaboration between the human resource departments of employers, providers of public and private health care services, and generic employment programs such as One-Stop Career Centers, the policies and grants described in this brief will have a greater likelihood for success.
AB 925 Signed into Law!
Many people with disabilities who want to work are dissuaded from doing so by the risk of losing eligibility for Medicare and Medi-Cal, which pays for essentials such as wheelchairs, ventilators and personal care services. AB 925 joins the 1999 Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act and the 250% California Working Disabled Program as part of a continuing effort to address these and other work disincentives.
AB 925 Content Summary
This law, referred to as the Workforce Inclusion Act, requires the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general adult population.
The AB 925 Questionnaire: Summary Responses from 140 Returned Questionnaires
Summary Responses from 140 Returned Questionnaires, an analysis by Devva Kasnitz, Ph.D. for The California Work Group on Work Incentives and Health Care. Staffed by The California Work Incentives Initiative, A Collaborative of The Center for Independent Living and World Institute on Disability.

Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts: Father of Disability Rights
An illustrated children's book about the life of Ed Roberts.
People in Motion: A Three-Part Innovation Mini-Series Aired on PBS
This is an excellent series that looks at the lives and political, cultural, and social work of several individuals with disabilities (including a segment on Ed Roberts and WID).
A Tribute to Ed Roberts
A look back at the life and work of Ed Roberts (1939-1995), a leader of the Independent Living Movement and former president of WID Included are articles, photographs, and stories that span the years of Ed's life.

Health Access and Long Term Services: Personal Assistance Services

Access to Medical Care: People with Developmental Disabilities
Designed to educate medical providers, families and individuals with disabilities about health care access and disability sensitivity, this 25-minute film empowers providers, patients and families to achieve accessible, appropriate care in compliance with U.S. disability law.
Access to Medical Care: Training Tools for Health Care Providers, Disabled Patients and Advocates on Culturally Competent Care and Compliance with Disability Law
This text offers a case-based learning exercise and extensive in-depth reference materials. It provides essential knowledge for appropriate provision of care and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The curriculum emphasizes access and communication as the fundamental components in addressing health care disparities for people with disabilities.
Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE)
CAPE, Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment is a comprehensive training curriculum for people with disabilities, services providers, and family members about abuse awareness and prevention strategies. Funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR), CAPE (Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment) explores fundamental issues of abuse, best-practices training approaches, and personal stories of resisting and recovering from abuse. CAPE focuses particularly on preventing abuse by anyone in a “helping role,” including informal or paid assistants, family members, and services providers. CAPE is available in English and Spanish, is captioned, and accessible to screen readers.
Sticks and Stones: Disabled People’s Stories of Abuse, Defiance and Resilience
Sticks and Stones is a collection of over fifty stories about facing abuse and violence. The compelling stories are told by a diverse group of people with disabilities, as well as family members, services providers, and other allies, and cover a wide range of mistreatment and recovery experiences. Studies show that abuse and violence are high-priority concerns for disabled people; rates of abuse are shockingly high. Women and children with disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate that is three times higher than the one for those without disabilities. Disabled men also experience high rates of abuse. The goals of this book include giving voice to people with disabilities who have confronted abusive situations, breaking their isolation, and revealing the complex issues of abuse and violence, particularly the ones faced by those who depend on help from family or paid assistance.
Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities
This 22-minute DVD and training curriculum for physicians, dentists, nurses, and other medical staff covers issues that affect the quality of care for patients with disabilities in outpatient clinical settings. Interviews with expert medical providers and a diverse group of people with disabilities address cultural competence; access and communication issues in the clinic; common myths and stereotypes about disability that interfere with accurate assessment of patients; and barriers to health care delivery.
Directory of Publicly Funded PAS Programs
The data in this page is derived from WID's 1999 Survey of Publicly Funded PAS programs. To gather this data we mailed out a survey and held telephone interviews with respondents at all the PAS programs we could locate. Although our response rate was quite good, some programs did refuse to participate, and there are likely to be others that we did not identify as part of the sample, so even though this list represents our best effort, it may not be an exhaustive list of all PAS programs in the country.
Personal Assistance Services: A New Millennium
For a person with a disability, a personal assistant can make the difference between living in the community or being institutionalized. That's why the World Institute on Disability's (WID) Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Division is engaged in a comprehensive project to determine how PAS can best promote the independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and full integration of people with disabilities into society. This summer, WID teamed up with four other organizations committed to promoting the full inclusion of people into society. Together they brought together 120 key leaders engaged in PAS to accomplish the following...
PAS Systems Change: A Workbook for Improving PAS in Your State
This manual will allow the reader to assess the current PAS system in their state and envision an ideal system, develop strategies to redesign their current system, create a viable plan of action to implement a comprehensive statewide PAS program.
PAS Fundamentals
PAS Fundamentals offers a comprehensive overview of PAS. This manual allows the reader to explore different PAS models, examine the diversity of PAS delivery and funding, learn about national PAS legislation and supreme court decisions and their impact at the state level.
Autonomy or Abandonment: Changing Perspectives on Delegation
"Delegation" allows an unlicensed homecare provider to perform specific tasks currently performed by licensed health care providers, such as nurses. Published by The National Council on Aging, Inc., this report offers highlights of a symposium which explored issues of delegation in home- and community-based settings with a variety of key stakeholders-nurses, state level policymakers, providers and consumers. It also reports the findings of a state survey on delegation, gives an overview of the legal and regulatory issues, and of the factors influencing our approach to delegation in the country today.
Personal Assistance Services Management, Annotated Resource List
This concise, annotated list offers resources on how people with disabilities can find, hire and manage their personal assistance services (PAS).
Liability Issues Affecting Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services: Report and Recommendations
This manual offers an understandable explanation of liability law as it relates to Personal Assistance Services and suggests practical strategies for meeting legal requirements without sacrificing the needs of people with disabilities. Contents include employment tax, benefits, personal injury (tort law and risk apportionment), and licensure/ certification (nurse practice acts).
Personal Assistance Services (PAS): People with Disabilities Forging Public Policy (Video)
This video, filmed during an international symposium on PAS held in Oakland, CA in the fall of 1991, offers an excellent introduction to PAS. It addresses PAS as an Independent Living and Civil Rights issue. Perspectives from a diverse array of disability advocates from both the U.S. and Europe are represented.
The Cost of Program Models Providing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) for Independent Living
This report analyzes six program models in terms of cost and degree of support for Independent Living using data from WlD's 1989 program survey of all publicly-funded PAS programs in the United States. Both Independent provider and agency models are examined and compared.
Personal Perspectives on Personal Assistance Services
This collection of personal essays explores a wide range of perspectives on personal assistance services. Family issues and PAS concerns for people with different disabilities, of different ages, and as members of minority groups are addressed.
Policy Issues Affecting the Medicaid Personal Care Services Optional Benefit: Full Report
POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE MEDICAID PERSONAL CARE SERVICES OPTIONAL BENEFIT: FULL REPORT
Resolution on Personal Assistance Services
This Resolution was passed by the participants of the International Personal Assistance Services Symposium, sponsored by WID in 1991, and outlines the crucial elements of a national PAS policy.
Executive Summary of Attending to America
This summary succinctly presents the findings, analyses and recommendations of WID's research project (below) on attendant services.
Attending to America: Personal Assistance for Independent Living: A Report of the National Survey of Attendant Services Programs in the United States
This unique 1987 report explores the then current publicly provided personal assistance system in the U.S. It contains policy recommendations and action steps, a definition of terms, a directory of attendant service programs in the U.S. and a bibliography.

Independent Living

Vida Independiente: nuevos modelos organizativos (Independent Living: new organizational models)
This book is a contribution to the current social debate on the development of the "Independent Living Movement." It also includes guidelines for setting up Independent Living Centers. Spanish language. Este libro es una contribución al debate social actual sobre el desarrollo del "Movemiento de la Vida Independiente." También incluye pautas para el establecimiento de Centros de Vida Independiente. En español.
RRTC-ILDP Issue Brief: Taking on Rural Transportation
How can it be that decades after the advent of the independent living and disability rights movements, transportation remains the number one issue for people with disabilities living in rural areas? We live in an era when society is finally trying to open all doors to all people, with every kind of impairment or limitation. Yet, most people with disabilities who live in Rural America continue to be isolated, frustrated, and cut off from any possibility of going to work or school, visiting family or friends, participating in community life, or tending to their health needs, all because of the lack of adequate transportation.
RRTC-ILDP Issue Brief: Applying Independent Living Principles to State Health Care Programs for People with Disabilities
To help clarify principles which could and should guide our health care, this Issue Brief looks at how state health care programs targeted at people with disabilities achieve independent living objectives. As numerous states develop managed care programs targeted at SSI and SSDI beneficiaries, it is important to focus attention on health care reform at the state level.
RRTC-ILDP Issue Brief: Collaboration Between Publicly-Funded Rehabilitation Programs and Community-Based Independent Living Centers
In recent years, several publicly-funded vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and consumer-controlled, community-based, independent living centers (ILCs) have undertaken collaborations focused on im-proving employment outcomes for people with disabilities (Thayer & Rice, 1990; Means & Bolton, 1992; 1994). However, program and practice char-acteristics that enable such collaborations to succeed are not well understood (Hanson & Temkin, 1997).
The Cost of Program Models Providing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) for Independent Living
This report analyzes six program models in terms of cost and degree of support for Independent Living using data from WlD's 1989 program survey of all publicly-funded PAS programs in the United States. Both Independent provider and agency models are examined and compared.
Just Like Everyone Else
This oversize format publication, intended for a general audience, provides perspective, inspiration, and information about the Independent Living Movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Personal Assistant Programs in Germany, Sweden and the USA: Differences and Similarities
This thesis, funded by "Stiftung zur Förderung körper-behinderter Hochbegabter" of Lichtenstein and the IDEAS for a New Millennium Project, describes and compares personal assistance services in three different countries.
Attending to America: Personal Assistance for Independent Living: A Report of the National Survey of Attendant Services Programs in the United States
This unique 1987 report explores the then current publicly provided personal assistance system in the U.S. It contains policy recommendations and action steps, a definition of terms, a directory of attendant service programs in the U.S. and a bibliography.

International Disability and Development

Technology and Disability: a global glimpse of the future
WID commissioned several specialists to prepare overviews of key technology topics with a view towards the future. Some of the reports have already appeared in DisabilityWorld, while others are printed here for the first time. The topics selected for an international perspective are: universal design, advocacy and the information society, accessible information technology in the European Union, wheelchair provision trends in developing countries and information technology developments benefiting blind and print disabled users.
Change from Within: International Overview of the Impact of Disabled Politicians and Disability Policy Bodies on Governance
This volume presents the results of a five-year international investigation into disability and governance. It examines three interrelated topics: the impact of disabled individuals who have been elected or appointed to high governmental office; the scope, structure and impact of national disability policy bodies; and the increasing accessibility of the machinery of democracy, especially elections and voting. “Change from Within” is the first international report on this significant topic.
Independent Living and Self-Help in 2003: A Global Snapshot of a Social Change Movement
The International Independent Living Timeline is an indispensable research tool that helps track 1) precursors or prerequisites to an independent living movement in various countries, and 2) the influence of external political events and international and regional collaboration. IDEAS project staff have recently updated the timeline, which is printed in this volume.
Mass Media and Disability
Mass Media and Disability is an overview of research and advocacy projects internationally to improve the image and expand the presence of people with disabilities in the mass media. The report includes an analytical overview of improvements in disability portrayal on television, films, public education programs and schools-based awareness projects; an overview of research on disability imagery; and in-depth reports on approaches in Australia, Germany, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the UK and the U.S.
Personal Assistance Services in Europe and North America: Report of an International Symposium
This report is a collection of essays by PAS users from North America and Western Europe, describing service models in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Germany, with an eye toward system reform. It provides an overview of common issues faced by consumers and advocates as they strive to develop user responsive policies.
The U.S. Role in International Disability Activities: A History and a Look Towards the Future
This study, commissioned by WID, the World Rehabilitation Fund, and Rehabilitation International, was undertaken to present an initial introduction to U.S. involvement in the field of international rehabilitation and disability.
Personal Assistant Programs in Germany, Sweden and the USA: Differences and Similarities
This thesis, funded by "Stiftung zur Förderung körper-behinderter Hochbegabter" of Lichtenstein and the IDEAS for a New Millennium Project, describes and compares personal assistance services in three different countries.
Ethical Issues in Disability and Rehabilitation: A Report on an International Conference
This monograph is the result of an international conference on disability and ethics, sponsored by WID in collaboration with the World Rehabilitation Fund and Rehabilitation International. Key issues are examined by an international forum of concerned persons from the medical, rehabilitation, and disability communities. An extensive annotated international bibliography is also included.

Proyecto Visión

Latinos with Disabilities in the United States: Understanding & Addressing Barriers to Employment
Proyecto Visión released this in-depth analysis of the challenges Latinos with disabilities face in the U.S. job market. The report includes promising employment practices and individual success stories form across the country. The paper identifies factors contributing to disabled Latinos’ difficulties utilizing services and becoming employed, highlights exemplary research and vocational projects, and makes recommendations on how to improve employment outcomes for Latinos with disabilities.

Technology Policy

How to Create Disability Access to Technology: Best Practices in Electronic and Information Technology Companies
The book reveals how technology manufacturers gain not only corporate social responsibility goals, but also bottom-line profits by producing accessible products for people with disabilities. This is the first guide to show exactly how the design of common technology products - such as cell phones and computers - benefits from including people with disabilities in design, testing and marketing. It also explains how companies can avoid costly mistakes.
Broadband: A Vital Communications Link for People with Disabilities
For the more than 6 million people in California with disabilities, advanced telecommunications technologies and services are not just something nice to have. They are a critical communications link and equalizer with the rest of the population. That’s why the World Institute on Disability (WID) was one of the first disability organizations to become involved in the arcane world of telecommunications policy. WID supported deployment of broadband before many people knew or could envision its potential.
Telecommunications Problems and Design Strategies for People with Cognitive Disabilities
This report summarizes a literature review on use of telecommunications by people with cognitive disabilities.
The Internet: An Inclusive Magnet for Teaching All Students
This 21-page handbook promotes access to the Internet in K-12 schools for students with disabilities, students with a variety of learning styles and those who do not speak English as their first language. The handbook provides practical tips, general access guidelines, resource listings and success stories of teachers from across the U.S. who use the Internet in their classrooms.
Electronic Curbcuts (Video)
This award winning video produced by WID in conjunction with Pacific Bell features telecommunications industry leaders, people with disabilities and scripted vignettes of technology used to promote universal design of advanced communications technology for people with disabilities. Open-captioned, open-described, study guide included.
Building the Framework: Telecommunications & Persons with Disabilities: The Second Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on National Telecommunications Policy
This report lays out the steps that must be taken to incorporate universal design principles into today's and tomorrow's telecommunications equipment and services. It examines the concept of "universal design," the relationship between universal service and universal design, and whether or not new technologies will incorporate universal design principles. Recommendations are set forth in the final chapter. The report also looks at telecommunications policy-making and standards-setting.

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act

NCIL Statement and Recommendations on The SSA Ticket to Work Program
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INDEPENDENT LIVING STATEMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS to NCIL Members for Public Comment on The SSA Ticket to Work program Notice of Public Rule Making - NPRM Public Comment Period ending February 26, 2001 of The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act TWWIIA
The Ticket to Work Question and Answer Sheet
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act (TWWIIA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 17, 1999. The Ticket to Work portion of the Act creates a choice for SSI and/or SSDI beneficiaries of where to receive employment training services. The Ticket to Work is an entitlement for SSI and/or SSDI beneficiaries and is not mandatory. In the past, persons on SSI and/or SSDI benefits went through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for employment training. And though persons can still use VR services for vocational training, the Ticket to Work allows SSI/SSDI beneficiaries to choose from many more sources, known as Employment Networks, to get these employment services.
Ticket Eligibility and Use Employment Networks Work Group Report
The Workgroup met numerous times from September 2000 through January 2001 to address key issues in the Ticket program and in the provisions in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program. Their review and discussion/deliberation of issues related directly to beneficiary use and operation of the Ticket program and to the work and qualifications of employment networks as service providers under the new law. What follows is a discussion of eight (8) key issues identified by the Workgroup, along with a brief discussion, summary of public comments, and their recommendations to the full Panel consideration.
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999: Federal Fact Sheet on Public Law 106-170
The Work Incentives Act is an expansion of services and choices available to Americans with disabilities who work, or are planning to work. The Act begins the redesign of public long-term disability programs to keep pace with medical advances, assistive technologies, and the changing dynamics of the new workplace. The Act’s provisions are voluntary and grounded in the consumer’s control of when and what decisions will be made about work.
Ticket to Work Scorecard Star Legislation on the Rise Nationwide
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWWIIA), signed into law in December 1999, may well be a star piece of federal legislation that continues to rise under the administration of George W. Bush. Employment and empowerment are cornerstones of Republican ideology. Programs that encourage jobs and self-sufficiency can be expected to receive far more favorable consideration than those that stress entitlements based on civil rights alone.

Women with Disabilities

Linking Women with Disabilities to Employment Opportunities and Resources
Fully indexed and comprises the following in-depth chapters: women's employment, disability & employment, general employment, aging & older workers, self-employment & small business, accommodation & technology, benefits & transition to work, training & career development for Native Americans, independent living centers, research & policy, internships and educational opportunities, youth initiatives, health & safety, health resources for Native Americans, newsletters, book, reports & publications, videos and cyber resources.
Beijing +5 Report
An estimated 10,000 women representing their governments or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) descended on New York City in early June to make their voices heard in the United Nations "Beijing+5" meetings. Among them was a small dedicated group of 65 women with disabilities from 31 countries around the world were among them, participating in both the overall activities and in a unique training program.
Issues & Insights: A World Forum on Women with Disabilities & As We Are: From A Woman's Perspective (Video)
The first video documents the event and the second video features interviews with women from different regions of the world and cultural backgrounds. Both videos can be used as a training resource on women with disabilities and are available with English, French or Spanish subtitles.
International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities: Final Report
This document is the final report on the International Leadership Forum for women with Disabilities, which took place on June 15-20,1997 in Washington, DC. A collaboration of the World Institute on Disability, Rehabilitation International, and Mobility International USA, the forum brought together over 600 women representing 80 countries. The document presents 35 papers and links readers to a host of resources on the topic, including books, manuals, documents, websites, films and videos.
Disabled Women's Priorities for Action, Research Results from the International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities, June 15-20, 1997
This report presents findings of participatory action research conducted at the International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities. The report documents major themes and priorities for future research, training, and action from the perspective of international women leaders with disabilities.

General WID Information

2005 Highlights of WID's Programs
2005 highlights of WID's programs to enhance employment, asset building, and access to healthcare
WID's 2006 Year in Review
Highlights of WID's programs in 2006
Impact! Fall/Winter 2004
Newsletter of the World Institute on Disability (WID), Volume 9, Number 3, Fall/Winter 2004
Impact! Spring/Summer 2004
Newsletter of the World Institute on Disability (WID), Volume 9, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2004

Other Publications of Interest

A Significant Alliance: The Independent Living Movement, The Service Employees International Union and the Establishment of the First Public Authorities in California
Public Authorities are the product of a joint battle waged and won by both the Independent Living Movement and the Service Employees International Union. Public Authorities have been under threat of loss of funding in California. In order to fully understand the significance of potentially losing Public Authorities, it's important to understand the depth of the victory that the Public Authorities represent. This publication covers the history behind the establishment of this significant institution
Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities
Between 1939 and 1945 the Nazi regime systematically murdered hundreds of thousands of children and adults with disabilities as part of its T4 "euthanasia" programs. These programs were designed to eliminate all persons with disabilities who, according to Nazi ideology, threatened the health and purity of the German race. Forgotten Crimes explores the development and workings of this nightmarish process, a neglected aspect of the Holocaust.
Vida Independiente: nuevos modelos organizativos (Independent Living: new organizational models)
This book is a contribution to the current social debate on the development of the "Independent Living Movement." It also includes guidelines for setting up Independent Living Centers. Spanish language. Este libro es una contribución al debate social actual sobre el desarrollo del "Movemiento de la Vida Independiente." También incluye pautas para el establecimiento de Centros de Vida Independiente. En español.
Open Futures: Role Models for Youth with Disabilities
The Open Futures CD-ROM features role models who have a range of educational backgrounds, occupations, and disabilities. The role models in the Open Futures videos inspire young people to explore careers and follow their dreams. They also help parents, counselors, and employers appreciate the value that people with disabilities bring to the workplace.
"How to Find and Buy Accessible Technology" Program and Curriculum for Organizations and Individuals
This training instructs people with disabilities on how to think about their accessibility needs when it comes to choosing electronic products. The training provides advice and strategies for how to research the products that most closely meet people's needs. One section addresses how to work with electronic companies to improve the accessibility of their products.
"Technology Access for All" Program and Curriculum for Organizations and Individuals (Multimedia)
The free audio-visual program "Technology Access for All" and curriculum were created to help organizations and people with disabilities advocate for access to technology. This presentation package explains what current policy is, what is lacking, and how Federal laws and regulations can help or hinder access to technology information, goods and services for people with disabilities. The training provides an overview of laws, regulations, and policies guaranteeing access to electronic and information technology for people with disabilities.
Mujer y Discapacidad (Report on Violence and Disabled Women)
This report is a general view of the often overlooked problem of violence that affects an important number of disabled women. Spanish language.
Guia sobre violencia y mujer con discapacidad (Guide on Violence and Disabled Women)
This book highlights practical considerations and recommendations helpful to both disabled women as well as to professionals of this field, when facing violent situations. Spanish language.