Association of People Supporting Employment First
Burlington, VT 05405
Speaker: Laura Owens, Ph.D. President of TransCen Inc. is as a national leader in the disability employment field. She is also the founder and director of Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc., an employment agency for individuals with disabilities. Laura is an Associate Professor of special education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has published widely as a researcher on transition and employment topics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an internationally known speaker having presented to business organizations, schools and conferences in Ireland, Croatia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Chile, Portugal and other countries. Fundamental to her work is helping businesses (and society at large) see beyond the “current reality” to what can be, and to not set limits on themselves or individuals with diverse abilities.
Speaker: Allison Wohl, MBA, Executive Director of APSE: Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst. Allison received her MBA from the College of William and Mary. After sixteen years in corporate America, working at a big four consulting firm in their federal practices and also at GE, she decided that she wanted to take her experience to the nonprofit sector. Allison was the Executive Director of the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) in Washington DC, a coalition of twenty-two national organizations that advocates for the kind of comprehensive, innovative public policy reform that presumes the competence of all citizens with disabilities. She is a prolific writer and is passionate about Employment First. She is the mom of three boys, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome.
Speaker: Bryan Dague, Ed.D. is a Research Associate at the University of Vermont-Center on Disability & Community Inclusion. In 2006, Bryan earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. His dissertation entitled “Sheltered Employment, Sheltered Lives: Navigating the New Realities of Community Employment” focused on the last sheltered workshop in Vermont and the impact the conversion had on the families and participants. An article in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation summarizes the study. Bryan has been involved in the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment in Syracuse, New York as well as Vermont.
Facilitator: Mike Reilly has more than 25 years leadership experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, with a specialty in the start-up of new projects and the coordination of collaborative public and community-based initiatives. He coordinated the first Community Justice Center in Vermont, and previously directed multiple-partner projects in the fields of transportation, housing, and experiential education. Mike is a certified trainer of balanced and restorative justice processes, family/community group conferencing, and circle dialogues. He favors storytelling and open dialogue models for collaborative learning.
We'll have general sessions & breakout sessions with small group work for an interactive and productive conference.
Detailed AGENDA Coming Soon!
World Café: To ensure plenty of opportunity for dialogue, we'll incorporate World Café sessions (the World Café is an innovative yet simple methodology for hosting conversations about questions that matter) as well as the Dinner Cruise on Lake Champlain aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III. We recognize that each state and system is different and we can all learn from each other. We welcome this opportunity to host this event as we create a culture of inclusion for all.
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