Pressure Points and Opportunities: How Do We Move Forward, from 20% to 70% Employment Participation?

This town hall will achieve a common vision of what is meant by employment, what it looks like when it’s working, and identifying priority ways that federal partners can support the coordination of resources and initiatives through policy and strategy.

Participants of this Town Hall Meeting will work toward achieving a common vision of what we mean by employment, what it looks like when it’s working, and identifying priority ways that federal partners can support the coordination of resources and initiatives through policy and strategy.

Moderator: John Butterworth, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston. 

Topic 1: Accountability; What is Employment

Linda Rolfe, Washington State Department of Developmental Disabilities and Ruby Moore, Georgia Advocacy Office. There has been considerable work at a regulatory and enforcement level to strengthen employment outcomes. There continues to be considerable disagreement about what employment is, and the roles of historical services including group supported employment, sheltered employment, social enterprises, agency-owned businesses, and affirmative industries. Some of these options are supported by federal and state set-aside programs.

  • How do we define employment and what are the key strategies for moving from 20% to 70% employment participation?
  • How do we achieve a common message and clear, shared definitions of employment?
  • How are organizations individually and together defining and measuring success in employment?
  • How do we best hold ourselves and our partners accountable, measure progress and continually improve? 

Topic 2: Capacity Building and Best Practice

Michael Callahan, Marc Gold & Assoc.; Rebecca Salon, Department of Disability Services, District of Columbia: One of our major barriers is bringing employment to scale. How do we create/enforce quality services at the individual, provider, and state levels? How can/should your agencies support capacity building training, and technical assistance to support high quality employment outcomes? 

Topic 3: Strengthening interagency and resource collaboration

David Mank, Indiana University: A consistent message from the field is that major systems, particularly Education, IDD, and VR, continue to struggle with coordinating and braiding resources and services. What policy initiatives are you or can you implement that lead to better coordination of services on the ground? where do you see examples that you consider best practices in collaboration?

 

Federal Panel

Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary, Employment  and Training Administration

Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration

Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living

Bob Williams, Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment Support Programs

Eve Hill, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Civil Rights

Ralph Lollar, Director, Division of Long Term Services and Supports.