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Kessler Foundation: Changing the lives of people with disabilities.

How do we continue to support and promote Employment First during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis? Does this create opportunities for us to try new ways of doing business to assure the health and safety of supported workers, their employers, and direct support workers?

Judy Warth, CESP. Employment Training Specialist with the Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa Healthcare and Iowa APSE.  
Justin Blumhorst, CESP. Operations Leader with Capabilities, Inc. Ohio APSE.
Doman 3 and 4 CESP Content Covered. A PDF of the slides and the transcript are available for download only while watching the webinar (on the left-hand side).
Funding for the Iowa pilot project described in this webinar was provided by the Kessler Foundation.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Employment and Disclosure

Disability disclosure is fundamental in seeking reasonable accommodation. Often, we forget that disclosure is a personal decision that can only be made by the person who has a disability. This session will discuss the role of the Supported Employment professional in disclosure. This session will discuss the "hows and whys" of disability disclosure, what is a reasonable accommodation, and how to represent someone in a respectful way.
Presenters: Barry Whaley and Pam Williamson, Southeast ADA Center Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Doman 1 and 2 CESP Content Covered

Engaging in Policy and Advocacy

People with disabilities are highly dependent on effective public policies. Have you ever wondered how to be a part of the process of informing the local, state and/or federal policy agenda? Are you engaged as an advocate, but wish to learn how to have a greater impact? This is the webinar for you.
Among topics discussed will be the status of the federal definition of competitive integrated employment, the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule guiding service delivery for long-term services and supports, and efforts to phase out 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act which allows for people with disabilities to be paid below the Federal minimum wage.
Presenter: Julie Christensen, National APSE and Harkin Institute
CESP Domain 1 content covered.

Reverse Job Fair: What Is It and How to Do It

Tired of the same old job fairs? Do you want a new innovative way to have employers meet potential employees? Learn how to creatively engage your local community to implement a reverse job fair.

Presenters: Katie Page, CESP  Aim Services Inc
Brett Bellinger, Liberty ARC
Bridget Kennedy, Wildwood Programs

CESP Domain 2 and 3 content covered.

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Mind Your Business: Business Engagement of the Future

Learn how to “talk business” with employers in order to maximize your influence on the advancement of employment for people with disabilities. Explore messaging, data, and how to tie your organization’s mission to a business partner’s bottom line. By leveraging relationships and expertise, you can transform from being a service provider to an industry expert in the area of inclusive hiring. 

CESP Domain 3 content covered.

December 14, 2015

Employment First

New to the movement? This webinar covers the history and context of the Employment First initiative and how it fits into the goals of people with disabilities and their families.

March 2016 *

Success Stories: What is Possible in the World of Employment First?

Three examples of Employment First practices from around the country show the possibilities and realities of inclusive employment. Rural, urban, and suburban examples highlight programs that have helped people with a wide range of disabilities move from no work or limited work to competitive integrated employment. Service providers, researchers, policy makers, and people with disabilities serve as presenters.

June 2016 *

Funding and Support for Competitive Integrated Employment

Focused on funding streams to support Employment First efforts and creating an infrastructure to provide competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities, this webinar shows how Medicaid funding, state developmental disability services, and foundation and charitable funding can create and sustain competitive integrated employment opportunities. State developmental disability department personnel, providers, and foundation leaders serve as presenters.

February 4, 2015 *

The HCBS Settings Rule and Olmstead: Impacts for Employment and Day Services

Learn how HCBS rules and Olmstead enforcement – combined with WIOA, Executive Order 13658, and state Employment First Initiatives – have created opportunities for significant change in states’ employment and day service systems to focus on competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. Presentation slides courtesy of Alison Barkoff, director of advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.