Employment

Employment Only 27% of Tennesseans with disabilities are in the labor force. There are more than half-a-million working-age adults with disabilities in Nevada  who CAN work and WANT to work.

The Coalition supports public policies that advance:

• Competitive, integrated employment options for people with disabilities.

• Coordination between agencies that provide training and employment supports.

• The “Employment First” Initiative assisting the state of Nevada to align policies, regulations and funding priorities to encourage integrated employment as the primary outcome for individuals with significant disabilities.

Definition: Employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. The expectation is that people work.

Why is Employment First important in Nevada?
1. Statewide collaboration since 2010- Look at the data
2. Return on Investment
3. Quality of Life
4. Business Benefits
5. Department of Justice (1999 S.C. Olmstead decision) The Decision. On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

• Benefits planning and awareness for youth as they transition from school to a career or additional studies.

• Protections for workers who experience a disability to retain employment.

You can read all the Employment First Policy for Nevada.

In Nevada::

  • 73.1% of persons without disabilities aged 18 to 64 are
    employed.
  • 39.2% of PwDs aged 18 to 64 are employed.
  • 357,035 persons in NV have a disability.
  • 8,200 persons aged 16 to 20 have a disability.
  • 171,600 persons aged 21 to 64 have a disability.
  • Voc. Rehab. received 3,169 applicants in NV in 2012.3
  • Voc. Rehab. obtained 852 jobs for PwDs in NV in 2012.
  • In 2012, NV’s total expenditure on SSDI benefits was $927,480,000.

 

NV Ages 6 to 21 Served Under IDEA 2011 2012
All Disabilities 41,519 42,285
Specific Learning Disability 22,105 22,261
Speech or Language Impairment 6,348 6,444
Intellectual Disability 1,934 1,883
Emotional Disturbance 1,928 1,881
Multiple Disability 1,013 1,072
Hearing Impairment 453,442
Orthopedic Impairment 291,280
Other Health Impairment 3,676 3,883
Visual Impairment 144,139
Autism 3,448 3,820
Deaf Blindness 5 8
Traumatic Brain Injury 174,172
Developmental Delay Omitted Omitted
Source: Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

Prevalence of Disability Among
Non-Institutionalized People Ages
16 to 20 in Nevada in 2012

*Total numbers reported Source: Cornell University & (Respectability 2015)

Employment of Non-Institutionalized
Working-Age People (Ages 21 to 64) by
Disability Status in Nevada in 2012


*Total numbers reported Source: Cornell University& (Respectability 2015)

Employment of Non-Institutionalized
Working-Age People (Ages 21 to 64) by
Disability Status in Nevada in 2012


*Total numbers reported Source: Cornell University & (Respectability 2015)


 Who Hires in Nevada?

The biggest industries in the state are leisure and hospitality -which employ 302,000 workers-, trade transportation and utilities -which employ 208,800 workers-, and professional and business services – which provide jobs for 136,900 workers.

The facts are that PWD who live in communities in an independent home or apartment had the highest numbers of community-based paid jobs (26.1%), whereas people living in institutions had the lowest rates (2.2%) of community employment. It makes sense to allow people to live in the community in Nevada.

PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE  COMMUNITY JOBS BUT REPORT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ONE (YEAR 2011-12)
Almost one half (45.6%) of people interviewed who were reported to not have a paid job in the community
indicated that they would like to have one. However, only 13.1% of those without a community job had
employment identified as a goal in their individual service plans (ISP). Furthermore, only 26.0% of people who did not have a job and stated that they would like work had this goal documented in their service plans.
Source: (Human Services Research Institute, 2014) & (Respectability 2015)

Hiring in Nevada

NEVADA HIRING EMPLOYMENT PARTICIPATION FOR WORKING-AGE PEOPLE (AGES 16-64)
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number of people with a cognitive disability


Number of people with a cognitive
disability who are employed

Percentage of people with a cognitive disability who are employed

Source: (Butterworth, et al., 2014) & Respectability 2015

The percentage of people with a cognitive disability who were employed declined since 2006 and
increased slightly between 2010 and 2012. There were about 25% of people with cognitive disability
who were employed in 2010, 2011, and 2012

NEVADA PROGRAMS EMPLOYMENT AND WORK INCENTIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) BENEFICIARIES

2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012  SSI recipients with disabilities who received Plans for Achieving SelfSupport (PASS) benefits 8 8 4 – 3 – 4 SSI recipients with disabilities who received Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE) benefits 25 25 25 19 13 10 11 SSI recipients with disabilities who received Blind Work Expenses (BWE) benefits 23 19 13 13 15 15 10

Source: (Butterworth, et al., 2014) SSI recipients with disabilities and who received benefits from PASS, IRWE, BWE had decreased since the year 2000. The number of those who received benefits in 2012, decreased by at least 50% compared to the year 2000. & Respectability 2015

NEVADA PROGRAMS
INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY (IDD) AGENCY OUTCOMES BY EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS
2004 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012


Source: (Butterworth, et al., 2014)& (Respectability 2015)

As the population grew, the percentage of those served in integrated employment stayed between the range of
20% to 23%. The number of people on wait list for day and employment services increased from 281 in 2011, to
497 in 2012.

Source: (Butterworth, et al., 2014) Average annual earnings for those with cognitive disability increased over the years to $25.4 thousand in 2012 & (Respectability 2015)

SSI recipients with disabilities and who received benefits from PASS, IRWE, BWE had decreased since the year 2000. The number of those who received benefits in 2012, decreased by at least 50% compared to the year 2000.

 

Source: (Butterworth, et al., 2014)& (Respectability 2015)

Funding for integrated employment declined to $3.7 million since 2010, when it was the highest at $4.3 million. Total funding for all IDD agency services steadily increased to $25 million in 2012.

Source: (Butterworth, et al., 2014)& (Respectability 2015)

 

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (VR) PERFORMANCE: FISCAL YEAR 2013 PERFORMANCE OF COMBINED VR AGENCIES (FY 2013)

Nevada
Number of Eligible Individuals 3,727
Number of Eligible Individuals per Million of State
Population
1,336
Number of Plans 3,467
Number of Cases Closed with Employment 749
Rehabilitation Rate 49.1%
Percent Transition Age 26.9%
Percent Working 35 or More Hours per Week 51.2%
Mean Hourly Wage $11.72
Percent Closed in Supported Employment 5.9%
Mean Cost per Rehabilitation $4,100.50
Source: (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 2013) & (Respectability 2015)

Source: (Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, 2015) & (Respectability 2015)

Source: (Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, 2015) & (Respectability 2015)