The STANDARD: 5.6, July 2019

Independence: What does independence mean? It depends on whom you ask. In this issue of RAISE The Standard, we offer perspectives from students, adults, and parents about what independence means to them.

The STANDARD: 5.5, June 2019

Customized Employment and Job Creation: An approach to hiring, retention, and return to work that ties the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate or employee to the business needs of an employer. It provides greater employee satisfaction and productivity, among other benefits, bringing better retention and profitability for employers. It can bring people from diverse populations, including those with disabilities, into the workplace to contribute their untapped talents to businesses.

The STANDARD: 5.4, May 2019

Mental Health Month: More than 44 million adults in the US. report having had a mental health condition during the past year – that is more than 18 percent of the US population or nearly one in five people. This makes psychiatric disabilities one of the most common types of disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The STANDARD: 5.3, April 2019

Workplace Safety: In 2014, nearly 5,000 workers were killed on the job, and more than 3.7 million were injured or became ill; and the rate of workplace injury among employees in vocational rehabilitation programs is 60% higher than that of injured workers as a whole.

The STANDARD: 5.2, Feb 2019

Post-secondary Education: In this issue, we look at the topic of post-secondary education for students with disabilities. We explore options and ideas for 2- and 4-year college programs, as well as trade and vocational programs.

The STANDARD: 5.1, Jan 2019

Mentoring: Youth mentoring can take many different forms. It can take place one-on-one through personal face-to-face meetings, in groups, through email exchanges, telephone conversations, letters, or any other form of communication. It can be done through schools, or at work or through community agencies.