Employment Half Day Morning Workshop

The Art of the Possible – Aiming High in Employment First

Moderated by Serena Lowe

8:30    Welcome and Introductions – Serena Lowe
8:40    Keynote – Leading Change with High Expectations
Laura Nuss, Director, Department of Disability Services, District of Columbia

9:10     How are People with Complex Disabilities Employed? – Illustrations from the Field
Mike Callahan, Genni Sasnett, Gail Fanjoy

  • Mike: The critical need for a CE approach – some examples of how it works
  • Genni: Success stories with a focus on career longevity and increased responsibility
  • Gail: Success stories with a focus on possibilities for people with complex support needs
  • Q&A

10:10     Break

10:20   Lessons in Changing Attitudes – Strategies for Reshaping Attitudes and Expectations
Madeleine Will, Ari Ne’eman, Gail Fanjoy, Micah Fialka- Feldman  

  • Madeleine: Increasing parents’ confidence in maintaining/ establishing high expectations for children—advice to professionals in K-12 education, transition, and beyond
  • Ari: What young people expect and how to support and build competence and capacity of people with complex support needs throughout the life span
  • Gail: Transforming an agency – building competence and capacity of staff
  • Micah: How I, my parents and my support network made employment a possibility for me
  • Q&A

11:20   Policy Changes Opening Doors to New Possibilities
Lisa Mills, Rebecca Salon

  • Rebecca:  Federal policy changes and opportunities that support the work of states; maximizing federal supports through CMS and WOIA
  • Lisa: A review of state integrated policy frameworks providing equal access to employment for people with complex support needs, including: lessons learned from states aligning policy to remove barriers, examples of what’s happening, and a “wish list” to ponder!
  • Q&A

12:20   Closing Remarks and Suggestions for Next Steps – Serena and All

Content to be covered:

Hear how people with the most complex disabilities and challenges are competitively employed; the person-centered thinking that is the catalyst; and the philosophical framework, policies and practices that make it possible. PLUS, learn about effective and practical problem-solving successes from many vantage points, including:

  • Medicaid and long-term care, including the impact of managed care
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Workforce development
  • Special education, transition and post-secondary education
  • Intermediary funding sources such as counties, managed care organizations, and regional organizations
  • Families and self-advocates
  • Service providers

The workshop will combine a mix of sharing cutting edge information and lively discussion among participants as we all think about the journey to achieving Employment First.  You’ll have the opportunity to consider:

  • Does your vision align with the vision and values of others?
  • Does your vision energize, direct and sustain you?
  • Do you have access to the practical knowledge and resources you need to achieve your vision? If not, what would be helpful?

Very few opportunities like this workshop are available!  Don’t miss your chance to be involved if you are in DC for the ODEP EFSLMP kick-off meeting on December 2nd or if you are coming to DC for the TASH national conference!