Association of People Supporting Employment First
Burlington, VT 05405
Speaker: Dr. Laura Owens, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of APSE, a national association focusing on the advancement of integrated employment for citizens with disabilities based Washington, DC. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the department of Exceptional Education and the Director/Founder of Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc. (CEO), an employment agency for individuals with disabilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Speaker: Dr. 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.
Presentations to include:
The Value of Community-First Planning: Annette Downey,Executive Director of Community Living Services of Oakland County, Michigan
This session provides an overview of a large service agency in Michigan that adopted a “Community First” approach and the successes that have resulted in the lives of people with disabilities due to this strong community-based focus. Audience members will hear inspirational success stories and will be encouraged to “think outside the box” when assisting people with disabilities in planning for their futures. Strategies will be shared aimed at helping people achieve Real Life Quality Outcomes and active, respected lives as valued members of their community. Creative options for income generation will be explored, including microenterprise development.
Policy and Fiscal Decisions to Promote Employment in Vermont: Jennie Masterson, Developmental Disabilities Services Division
Representative from the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Services Division, will address issues of funding, leadership, policy and systems change, individualized services, self-employment, and life after sheltered employment.
Where Are They Now? 10 Years After Sheltered Work: Michelle Paya, Way-2-Work Program, Colchester, Vermont & Bryan Dague, University of Vermont
Staff, Self-Advocates and family menbers will discuss life after sheltered work. Ten years ago Champlain Community Services was the last remaining sheltered workshop in Vermont. Participants will share their successes and challanges.
Employment 1st: A New Day for Day Services: Sara Murphy, TransCen, Inc. Director of WorkLink, San Francisco, California
Although the Employment First initiative is gaining support across the country, many people, especially those with more significant disabilities, still do not see integrated employment as a preferable choice – or even a viable option. In many states, enrollment and dollars spent for day programs are increasing dramatically, and integrated employment outcomes are actually dropping. While people with significant disabilities do want to work, they require more than just employment services to become productive, active members in their community. Neither employment nor day services are sufficient - both are needed. Braiding these services is a way to encourage people to go to work -- and help them be successful.
College Based Transition Services for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Pat Rogan, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean of the Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Totally community based school to adult life transition programs have the potential to significantly improve student outcomes and transform service delivery models. Campus based post secondary programs offer an age appropriate environment for young adult experiences that promote self-determination, independence, lifelong learning, community engagement and mobility, social relationships, employment, and other positive quality of life outcomes. Post-secondary education programs must also address larger systems change issues that must occur in order to better prepare youth for life after high school.
Organizational Change From Facility-based to Community-based Employment Services: Pat Rogan, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean of the Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana
The National Disability Employment Scene – Best Practices: Cheryl Bates-Harris, Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist for the Training and Advocacy Support Center (TASC) of National Disability Rights Network
Following the issuance of “Segregated and Exploited: the Failure of the Disability Service system to Provide Quality Work” significant changes have occurred in policies and practices regarding the employment of people with significant disabilities. Learn how the ADA and Olmstead have forced administrative and programmatic changes in the delivery of employment services which has resulted in the creative development of success employment strategies.
Assisting Students Achieve Employment Outcomes through a Seamless Transition Approach: Debra Martin Luecking, Ed.D. LueMar Consulting Group
National Council on Disability Report on Subminimum Wage and Supported Employment: Clyde Terry, National Council on Disability
This report offers a systems change approach. It puts forward a comprehensive system of support that will result in greater opportunities for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This report recommends a phase-out of the 14(c) program, realizing that those who have been in the program for a long period of time will take time to transition to a supported employment environment. This approach includes formal requirements of mandatory information sharing to workers, informal systems of peer support and incentives to states and providers to expand supported employment services in integrated settings.
Getting Started-How to Develop Effective Community-Based Employment: Macey Chovaz, APSE Chapter Liaison & Grant Coordinator
Supported and customized employment strategies can be used to assist individuals with disabilities become part of the community-based workforce. This session will review the basics to start an effective integrated employment program.
Changing Focus: State Experiences with Systems Change: John Butterworth, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass-Boston
A panel of state leaders will discuss the challenges and elements that define higher performing states. Discussion will include changes in policy, accountability, strategy and training, and technical assistant investments. A question/answer period will follow.
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.
7th National Organizational Change Forum Planning Committee:
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