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Dale DiLeo
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Agency-Owned Social Enterprises: Is It Draining Resources for Employment of People with Disabilities?
Come down to our ice cream shop! Your patronage supports jobs for the people with disabilities who work here! Hmmm. The idea of social enterprise is a wonderful concept. Having a business that incorporates diversity and funnels its profits into social cause...

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View my latest update on sub-minimum wages paid to workers with disabilities.

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Sub-Minimum Wage Battle Heating Up
The continuing controversy regarding using sub-minimum wage for workers with disabilities (using special worker certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act) rages on. Use of this provision since 1938 has led to far too many examples of ...

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How to Evaluate Employment First Policies
Over the last few years, the Employment First (EF) movement has taken off in nearly every state and several Canadian provinces. The clear intent of an EF movement is to make an individual, integrated, paid job the first option for individuals with disabilit...

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Finally! A Civil Rights Breakthrough
  The following
is a guest post by my colleague Bob Lawhead. – Dale On April 8,
2014 the U.S. Department of Justice announced “a landmark settlement agreement
between the United States and the state of Rhode Island, vindicating the civil
rights of approxima...

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Thoughts on Group Service Models for People with Disabilities
In my speaking and writing, I often tout the need for services to be individualized, and take issue with the congregate models we generally see from agencies and schools in the forms of group homes, day programs, and classrooms. Often, there is pushback fro...

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Overcoming the Multi-Tasking Bias of Employers in Hiring
In my previous post, commenters noted the benefits of my proposed supported employment process of Plan-Match-Suppor t, but worried about a commonly reported hiring issue - the preference of employers to hire a person who can do multiple tasks . This percept...

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Moving Beyond “Place, then Train"
When supported employment first challenged the status quo of sheltered work over 25 years ago, the mantra was that it represented a shift in thinking. It was a movement away from Train and Place to its opposite, Place, then Train . That pithy quote helped t...

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The Two Sides of the Employment First Coin
Like a two-sided coin, the advocacy movement of Employment First has two core linked components.  The first side is about ending obsolete practices – to phase out the needless segregation, less-than-minimum wages, and limited work tasks given to people with...
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