Texas City is an example of how Workforce Solutions in the Gulf Coast is leading the way in innovation and opportunity. Two years after it was decided that the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), now known as Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), would become a part of Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the Texas City career office added eleven VRS members to its family. Continue reading “Texas City: Leading Workforce Innovation and Opportunity”
Can you Identify?
In my role as Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Solutions, I frequently create and conduct trainings related to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. I spend hours doing research and investigating best practices. This role has offered me the opportunity to counsel staff on how to go about requesting accommodations, offer direction to employers on how to work through the interactive process when responding to accommodation requests, and follow up with individuals to determine whether provided accommodations are working for them. I have been able to partner with organizations and participate in events dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Continue reading “Can you Identify?”
Inclusion Drives Innovation
In last week’s blog, we introduced this year’s theme for National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM), “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” I think most people agree with that statement. Inclusion and innovation are buzzwords we hear often and of course every organization includes similar wording within their mission statement; but what exactly does it mean? Continue reading “Inclusion Drives Innovation”
Benefits of Hiring a Person Experiencing Homelessness
Houston’s homeless population is much more than a statistic or number. They have a name, a voice, feelings, and dignity. They are a part of our community, and I solemnly believe it is our obligation to assist people experiencing homelessness. Among all the causes of homelessness, unemployment contributes to a major 35% portion of it. Therefore, I challenge Houston businesses to expand your understanding of the homeless situation in our community. You are the key to helping our community grow. Together, let us explore the benefits of hiring a person experiencing homelessness. Continue reading “Benefits of Hiring a Person Experiencing Homelessness”