Employment & Economic Empowerment

The Problem: The “Labor Force Participation” rate for the general public is 77%. The “Labor Force Participation” rate for people with disabilities has been hovering around the 33% for the last 40+ years. This is in spite of 40+ years of numerous employment initiatives, laws, and programs. What’s missing?

The Policy:
What’s missing and needed is a “first-step” educational effort designed to improve both the competitive employment expectations and knowledge of people with disabilities.

The Program: WID E3 is such an effort.

WID E3 offers online resources and technical assistance designed to improve competitive employment outcomes for both youth and adults with disabilities. WID E3 fills the gap between where people might be and where other programs usually start. It’s a bridge. It’s basic training. WID E3 has three components.

Link to Employment Empowerment; graphic of a white tie on a blue backgroundEmployment Empowerment: information creating a new disability employment perspective, as well as teaching fundamental competitive employment skills. This instruction builds self-confidence and the knowledge necessary to become a competitive job applicant and employee who happens to have a disability. For more, go to employment empowerment.

Link to Benefits Empowerment; graphic of a white check on a blue backgroundBenefits Empowerment: disability benefits planning, training, and resources, including state-specific Disability Benefits 101 (DB101) online tools. Understanding the impact on federal and state benefits allows for accurate, informed decision-making about employment. For more, go to benefits empowerment.

Link to Economic Empowerment; graphic of a white dollar sign and graph on a blue backgroundEconomic Empowerment: new asset development and financial planning strategies, including EQUITY: Asset Building Strategies for People with Disabilities, A Guide to Financial Empowerment and Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) 101. For more, go to economic empowerment.

These components are suitable for use by special education, post-secondary, rehabilitation, workforce, and independent living programs. WID E3 materials can also help both family members and related professionals become more effective. We all need to be on the same page.

WID E3’s components are designed to be added to existing employment efforts, either in whole or in part. If you seek to integrate WID E3 into your efforts, contact Paul Hippolitus (Employment) at paul@wid.org; Nicholas Love (Benefits) at nicholas@wid.org or Tom Foley (Economic/Financial Literacy) at tom@wid.org.

For more information, view the WID E3 Fact Sheet (PDF). WID E3 is based on four years of research associated with our CareerACCESS program.

If you are having technical issues or accessibility issues on this site, email wid@wid.org.

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