Equity Blog Series | Breaking Down Barriers

In a hurricane, or any natural disaster, people who can evacuate do so. People who can have no choice but to deal with the impending unknown. Then look at these people and criticize them with comments like, “Why didn’t you listen to the warnings?” Warnings say nothing when you have no money to pay for fuel, or a hotel to stay out of danger.

In the same way, like any crisis, the epidemic highlighted the gaps in our social safety net. Rich people fled to two houses. Some of the people worked from home. But many could not. Instead, they worked in meat packaging factories there Inspectors bet on who will hijack COVID-19. Or grocery stores where they had no sick pay and were forced to work or lose their wages. Or nursing homes where the corona virus raged uncontrollably. Or they lost their jobs completely when entire industries closed down.

During this time the National Able Network took our analysis of the barriers to equality and put it into action. We have removed outdated and crucial testing requirements for people with non-traditional education. We transferred all our training to self-service without adding additional barriers. We have built an internal website for professional development around capital, and from the success of this initiative we have created a web page for anyone who is interested in studying with us. And we have created (with the help of the State of Illinois) a digital gap training program to transfer computers and instruction in digital literacy to those most in need during the plague.

it is not enough. Almost not enough.

The federal labor force system has barriers to the most needy that have been written into Labor Department policy and policy. The system is built on getting job seekers to jump on obstacles to get help, from performance requirements and “fit” assessments that encourage vendors to ignore the most needy, to eligibility requirements that will make the most resilient job seeker give up frustrated hands. , Outdated rules that do not allow a computer to provide a job seeker without. National Able Network and many of our partners are committed to identifying and breaking these barriers for our workforce system to work for all of us.

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