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Transition to Integrated Employment


Overview


The goal for every person with a developmental disability is a self-determined life that includes a quality place to live, individualized integrated employment, and an individual lifestyle. There is a national body of evidence from multiple states that has documented the strategies that are effective in achieving that goal. The mission of the federally designated Developmental Disabilities Network in each state is to disseminate that evidence in a way that stimulates discussion of policy and practice and increases the capacity of individuals, families, providers, and advocates to implement effective practice.

To that end, Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities are hosting a series of public forums and workshops in 2014 that are focused on promoting a comprehensive approach to transition and integrated employment. Several organizations are partnering in this effort. We encourage each of you to participate and to help increase the quality of life for individuals who have a developmental disability.
Transition to Integrated
Employment Brief


Volume 1, Issue 1, March 2014
939 kb (PDF)
Conversion: From Workshop to Integrated Employment

Volume 1, Issue 2, May 2014
289 kb (PDF)
A National Perspective: The Changing Landscape of Employment of People with Disabilities
Volume 1, Issue 3, August 2014
730 kb (PDF)
Discovery and Customized Employment

June Series

PUBLIC FORUM: Introduction to the Discovery Process and Customized, Community Employment June 19, 2014
Presenters:
Michael Callahan, President, Marc Gold & Associates
College Moynihan, Director, Business Development Center, New England Business Associates (NEBA)

Handouts and Resources:
Employment First! Employment for All! 296 kb (PDF) - The critical importance of Customized Employment in assuring a working life for all persons with significant disabilities. Michael Callahan, Marc Gold & Associates
Self-Employment: A Career Opportunity, 47 kb (PDF) Colleen Moynihan, NEBA

WORKSHOP: Implementing the Discovery Process and Customized Community Employment June 20, 2014
Presenter:
Michael Callahan, President, Marc Gold & Associates
Handouts and Resources:
Employment First! Employment for All! 674 kb (PDF) - The essential role of Customized Employment in assuring the success of these two movements Michael Callahan, Marc Gold & Associates
Using Alternatives to Traditional Vocational Assessment: 105 kb (PDF) - The Why and How of Exploration Strategies such as Discovery, Marc Gold & Associates
Supported Employment/Customized Employment Matrix: 82 kb (PDF) The Distinction between Demand Employment and a Customized Relationship, Marc Gold & Associates
Free forms, samples, guides, and plans related to Discovery

April Series

April 3, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: The State of Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A National Perspective on Trends and Systems Change
Presenters:
Dawn Mazzoli, Jewelry Designer, Self-employed
Celest Martin, Parent of Andrew Lamson, Associate, Marshalls
Jerry D'Agostino, Assistant Cook, Pawtucket Day Child Development Center
A. Anthony Antosh, Ed.D., Director, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, and Professor of Special Education at Rhode Island College
Andrew J. Imparato, JD, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, formerly, Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
William Kiernan, PhD, Dean and Research Professor at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development and Director, Institute for Community Inclusion
John Butterworth, PhD, Director of Employment Systems Change, Institute for Community Inclusion
Sara Murphy, Director of WorkLink, TransCen, Inc.

Handouts and Resources:
Individual Integrated Employment, A. Anthony Antosh 350 kb (PDF)
Employment first Status Check - John Butterworth 1.2 MB (PDF)
State of the States in Employment - William Kiernan 131 kb (PDF)
Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities: Making the Business Case 355 kb (PDF)
The American Workforce and Persons with Disabilities 321 kb (PDF)
Make it WORK 2.1 MB (PDF)

Make it WORK: Encouraging, Supporting, and Managing Integrated Employment Services

April 4, 2014 Presenter: Sara Murphy, Director of WorkLink, TransCen, Inc.

Handouts and Resources:
Make it WORK 2.1 MB (PDF)
Developing a Positive Personal Profile 59 kb (PDF)
Sample Positive Personal Profiles 41 kb (PDF)
Blank Positive Personal Profile Form 12 kb (PDF)
Venn Diagrams: Brainstorm ideas for jobs and community engagement 84 kb (PDF)
Sample Job Descriptions 350 kb (PDF)
Agency Conversion Group Exercise 113 kb (PDF)

February Series


February 14, 2014

Workshop: Conversion: From Workshop to Integrated Employment Friday, February 14, at RI College
Presenters: Andrew J. Imparato, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, formerly, Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Margaret Van Gelder, Statewide Director of Employment and Family Supports, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
Rick Hawes, Director of Employment Services, Berkshire County Arc
Lara Enein-Donovan, Training Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
David Hoff, Project Manager, Institute for Community Inclusion at the Unviersity of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Sharon Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Work, Inc., Boston, MA

Conference Handouts:
Blueprint for Success - The Massachusetts Experience, Margaret Van Gelder 439 kb (PDF)
Conversion to Community Based Employment Services, Rick Hawes 234 kb (PDF)
Effective Pathways to Employment, David Hoff 835 kb (PDF)
Effective Pathways to Employment - Staffing, Lara Enein-Donovan 68 kb (PDF)
Transformation of Center Based Services, Sharon Smith 673 kb (PDF)
Agency Conversion Group Exercise, 68 kb (PDF)

Resources Highlighted at the Conference:

JUNE SERIES

June 19 & 20, 2014

Public Forum: Introduction to the Discovery Process and Customized, Community Employment
Date: Thursday, June 19, 6:00 -8:00 PM
Presenter: Michael Callahan, President , Marc Gold & Associates and Colleen Moynihan, Director, Business Development Center, New England Business Associates (NEBA)
Registration: This seminar is open to the public and is offered free of charge. RSVP requested.

Workshop: Implementing the Discovery Process and Customized Community Employment
Date: Friday, June 20, 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Michael Callahan, President, Marc Gold & Associates
Registration Link


SPONSORS

Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Network

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council

Rhode Island Disability Law Center

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Rhode Island College

DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services

Community Provider Network of Rhode Island

RI APSE Chapter


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