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Employment & Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

 

Achievements

 

2013-2014

  • HB 211, the Employment First Bill, was signed into State of Alaska Law May 29, 2014 making Alaska an Employment First State. This ensures that the first and preferred outcome for publically funded services is integrated employment in the community with competitive wages. GCDSE member, Rep. Millett was the sponsor of this bill and the Employment & Transportation Committee advocated heavily for this bill’s passage.
  • Developed policy for State Provisional Hire program to increase awareness and reduce barriers to the program’s use in state hiring. Completed in 2014.
  • Worked with the Workforce Investment Board and the Employment Security Division to ensure that job centers have designated “Disability Resource Coordinators” with related job duties in their job description. Completed spring 2014.
  • Advocated for the creation of a statewide public transportation board with a seat for a member of the community who is a senior or person with a disability. Completed 2013.
  • HB 278, repealed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE), and was signed into law May 14, 2014. This bill was an advocacy focus for the E&T Committee and has been a long standing priority.
  • Supporting four Project SEARCH sites in Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, & Mat-Su) which allow high school seniors with disabilities on site job experience for 9 months with the goal being employment by graduation.
  • Supporting Peer Power Alaska, a statewide self-advocacy organization, in growing its numbers and expanding across the state, assisting other individuals with disabilities in pursuing employment opportunities.
  • Offering Customized Employment and self-employment trainings across the state, and beginning to implement a webinar/video conference system that will reach remote regions of the state.
  • Working with the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services to enhance their data system with respect to employment data components collected.
  • Collaborating with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority in their new Trust Beneficiary Employment Initiative; assisting in forming a strategic plan for improving employment outcomes for Trust beneficiaries.