Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention

This Policy Research Brief, created by the University of Minnesota, is second in a series investigating poverty and disability. The purpose of the brief is to provide an in-depth national and state understanding about poverty and disability by investigating how people with disabilities in poverty fare in the labor force and employment, compared to those […]

Tax Incentives Encourage Employment of People with Disabilities & Promote Accessibility

The Internal Revenue Code includes several provisions aimed at making businesses more accessible to people with disabilities. The following provides general – non-legal – information about three of the most significant tax incentives. Small Business Tax Credit (Internal Revenue Code Section 44: Disabled Access Credit):  Small businesses with either $1,000,000 or less in revenue or […]

Finding my Voice: Faith’s Story

Before Faith began volunteering for Disability Network, she lacked confidence and didn’t have many social connections. “I got out, but it was minimal. I was always quiet, and never felt like I was really needed,” she said. Now, Faith serves as a Volunteer Community Advocate for Disability Network. “I wanted to work with children, yet […]

Traverse City’s Nonprofit Paperworks Studio Moves Forward with New Vision, Partnerships

Utopia Foundation steps forward to resurrect the nonprofit, which provides job opportunities for adults with disabilities, and helps steer it into global waters. TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — Finding a job in this economy is tough for anyone, but can be even tougher for adults with disabilities. So for the folks at Traverse City’s Paperworks Studio—and […]

Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative to Host Saturday Special: Invest in Yourself on Feb. 7

The community is invited to attend a Super Saturday Special on February 7 from 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. at the TBAISD Career Tech Center (880 Parsons Road in Traverse City.) The theme of conference is “Invest in Yourself,” and will include FREE tax preparation, various workshops, and access to resources in our region. The event is FREE, and […]

Web Portal Gives Veterans Easy Access to Michigan Works Online Services

Veterans can access a variety of job seeker services by visiting a newly redesigned section of the Northwest Michigan Works! Career Café website. CareerCafe.org/vets puts key information for veterans on one web page. From that page veterans can contact staff at any Northwest Michigan Works! Center, link to veterans services, and take a brief survey […]

Gov. Rick Snyder: State government must lead by example in efforts to hire people with disabilities

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan must lead by example and provide a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, encouraging them to work in state government in a competitive, integrated setting, Gov. Rick Snyder said. Snyder on Monday issued an executive directive requiring the government adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people […]

Job Seekers Invited to Attend Saturday Special on Oct. 8

Realizing Your Potential to Get Hired will be the focus of a Saturday Special hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) October 18 in Traverse City. The event is being presented by Northwest Michigan Works! and Goodwill Industries, along with other collaborating agencies, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at […]

And the Number Is In! Labor Dept. Sets 7 Percent Hiring Goal

By Barbara Otto After months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to improve the employment outlook for people with disabilities—setting a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities. The Labor Dept. updated Section 503 […]