June 2024 Newsletter – ADA Awareness

News for June 2024

  • Board Member Blog: ADA Awareness
  • 100+ Women Who Care
  • The Olmstead Effect: Celebrating 25 Years of Positive Change
  • EDR Business Survey
  • Disability Inclusion Partner Nominations

If you would like more information about employing a person with a disability, please contact us!

ADA Awareness

Professional headshot of Bonnie Duffy.by EDR Board Chair Bonnie Duffy

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is widely recognized for its positive impact on promoting accessibility and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Compliance is crucial.

My best friend has used a wheelchair most of her life. Our group sometimes faces challenges with going to events, eating out and traveling with her. She feels she is a burden to us but we take her anywhere we go.

Lack of awareness and education between businesses and the ADA requirements is difficult. Addressing these barriers requires a multi-faceted approach that includes outreach, technical assistance, and incentives to support businesses.

Collaboration between stakeholders, including government agencies, advocacy organizations, and business associations, is essential to promoting accessibility and fostering a culture of inclusion in business environments.

We need to all work together to make this possible.
This is my first blog but I am passionate about helping people any way I can!
Bonnie Duffy EDR Chair

100+ Women Who Care

100+ Women Who Care Sioux Falls Area board members, Cecily Tucker, Dawn Stenberg, Gina Cole, and Kira Kimball met with Employment Disability Resources (EDR) board members and executive director, Vick Stewart, to present their spring meeting nonprofit recipient with $12,300 from their members! The funds will be invested in important programming that EDR provides to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. 

Thank you 100+ Women Who Care Sioux Falls Area members for your continued investment in area nonprofits. For nearly 10 years, they have united as a body of women to raise nearly $300,000 through their commitment of a $100 gift twice a year. 

To learn more about 100+ Women Who Care Sioux Falls Area, message them here. Their next meeting will be Sunday, October 6th, 4-5 p.m. 

EDR Board Members with 100+ Women Who Care Sioux Falls Area Board Members.

The Olmstead Effect: Celebrating 25 Years of Positive Change

by Taryn M. Williams, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy

Twenty-five years ago this month, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling ushered in an era of profound and positive change for people with disabilities in America—as well as the agencies that serve and support them, including the department.

The case was Olmstead v. L.C., and the plaintiffs were two disabled women, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson. Even though Curtis and Wilson desired to reside and receive care in a community-based setting and were declared able to do so by doctors, they were both confined to a state-run hospital for several years. Their attorney argued that such unjust institutionalization amounted to discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the nation’s highest court agreed.

In the years since it was handed down, the Olmstead ruling has had a resounding ripple effect, setting in motion policy innovations across numerous federal agencies. This month, in honor of Olmstead’s 25th anniversary, our National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) published a retrospective of the 25 most impactful developments in disability rights and protections since the decision.

Olmstead affirmed that people with disabilities have the right to receive publicly funded services in the most integrated settings possible based on the individual’s requirements. One of the most notable public services is employment services. Olmstead has served as the bedrock of one of ODEP’s major policy priorities since our inception in 2001: advancing competitive integrated employment (CIE), a key pillar of which is people with disabilities working in the community alongside people without disabilities.

Central to our efforts is the LEAD Center, which offers resources and tools to help workforce development professionals promote CIE policies, practices and outcomes. In addition, ODEP works directly with state agencies to promote state-level systems change to advance CIE through our National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network and Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment initiatives.

In March, ODEP unveiled a new CIE Transformation Hub, bringing together practical guidance, policy information and evidence-based practices that can assist in advancing CIE. The hub’s resources are available to everyone and, for ease of use, organized by audience: employers, people with disabilities and their families, employment service providers and state agencies.

The essence of Olmstead is the concept of self-determination—that all people, including disabled people, have the right to pave their own path, with access to assistance if needed. CIE puts this ideal into practice, and we at ODEP are proud to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to ensure their workplace success for the next 25 years and beyond.

Blog Content Originally Published by US Department of Labor Blog.

EDR Business Survey

Employment Disability Resources sent out surveys to our business partners to gather feedback regarding our services to the Sioux Falls area community. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey.

We will use the results to help us better meet the needs of the businesses we serve. Respondents had the opportunity to be entered to win one of four gas cards thanks to the generous donation from Flynn Wright. The drawing was held on Facebook Live on Friday, June 14th. The winners were:
– Matt Cain
– Nichelle Lund
– Sharon Myers
– Mary Spargur

Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to all of our business partners who participated.

Employment Disability Resources is proud to offer the Disability Inclusion Partner program!

Disability Inclusion Partner sticker

In partnership with the Sioux Falls Disability Awareness and Accessibility Review Board (DAARB), we give local businesses who employ one or more people with disabilities an award to acknowledge and celebrate their diverse, inclusive workplace culture. Watch for the “Disability Inclusion Partner” sticker on the doors of local businesses. To nominate a business, please click the button below.

Icon for Employment Disability Resources featuring two abstract icons of persons in wheelchairs.

For more information about employing individuals with disabilities, please contact:
Vicki Stewart, Executive Director
Employment Disability Resources
2900 W. 11th Street, Suite 101, Sioux Falls, SD  57104
605-215-1760 or [email protected]

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