Alliance for Full Participation

Alliance for Full Participation Summit 2011

Thursday November 17th, 2011
Breakout Session 1: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Join us for this fun and interactive session that will include all kinds of discussion and tips for job seekers, people who want better jobs, and those providing support. This session will include a short presentation and then we will break into discussion groups. -- It's MY life! - Speak up for what you want and don't want to do during the day, at work, and in your community -- Disclosure 101 - Know your rights as a job seeker and employee and get information about when it is best to disclose your disability to an employer -- Network to Work - Make connections that lead to work by telling people you are looking for a job, talking about the kind of job you want, and sharing your information -- Be ready for an interview - Learn what to do before, during, and after your interview. Come get information about issues related to getting jobs and having a real life! Get questions answered and information you can use. Have a chance to share your ideas and experiences!
Julie Petty, AFP Co-President

What is Employment First, and how have states approached developing an Employment First policy and strategy? Improving employment outcomes begins with a clear statement of intent and requires a holistic approach that incorporates policy change, funding, capacity development, inter-agency partnerships, outcome measurement, and service innovation. Come hear from people from a number of states in which progress is being made. Speakers will address the development process from a national, state agency, and grassroots advocate perspective.
John Butterworth, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston

Come hear from the leaders of organizations that are fully committed to Integrated Employment. How do organizations support everyone to work? What are the challenges and how have some of the most creative and progressive organizations in the country addressed these? An interactive session with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion!
Suzy Hutcheson, Helping People Succeed

Yes it's the right thing to do but we need the facts to back up our advocacy! Recent national data on community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) will be shared along with a discussion of the implications of these data for creating a greater emphasis on increasing competitive integrated employment for persons with significant disabilities. Come hear about some important research and add to your advocacy arsenal!
Bill Kiernan, Institute for Community Inclusion, Univ. of Mass.

This session will provide an in-depth look at Washington State's employment progress and the process that led to Washington becoming a leader in disability employment. The panel will discuss conditions important for sustained progress over decades with a focus on implementation following progressive employment policy. We will also discuss the importance of including all citizens with disabilities including those with a label of severe disability. Want to see your state become more committed to employment for all? Come prepared with questions and to take back some good ideas!
David Mank, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University

Too many people with disabilities are poor and many public policy and service approaches in the past have contributed to this poverty. Asset development is about supporting people with disabilities to grow their net worth to be able to move out of poverty and accomplish the lives they desire. Many people think that if they work and save money they will lose their benefits. Come learn about the power of Asset Development from some of the leaders in this important area. There are new public policy strategies that are effective to help people with disabilities build their assets and lead great lives without endangering access to benefits. Come learn all about them!
Serena Lowe, AnereS Strategies, LLC

Transportation to work is typically identified as one of the primary employment challenges. Like many such challenges, there is not one "magic" answer. However, through awareness of resources, advocacy, creativity, and networking, transportation solutions can be found. At this session, a variety of experts will share their knowledge and experiences in developing transportation options. Topics covered will include transportation options in rural, urban and suburban environments; using a values-driven approach to transportation that encourages community integration; creating a systematic person-driven approach to developing transportation solutions; addressing safety concerns; and advocating for increased transportation options at a systems level. Solutions can be found -- leave prepared with great tools and ideas for addressing the transportation crisis!
David Hoff, Institute for Community Inclusion

Hear how people with developmental disabilities are earning income and making great things happen in their lives. Audience members will be encouraged to set high expectations and "think outside the box" when assisting people with disabilities in planning for their futures. Creative options for income generation will be explored, including the option of small business development. This interactive session is highly focused on helping people achieve active, rich, and respected lives as valued members of their communities.
Annette Downey, Community Living Services of Oakland County

Come and learn about how small businesses have been able to navigate the service provider system to hire people with disabilities and in the process come to appreciate the value that people with disabilities are to the company. This panel will describe personal experiences and share the fears, concerns and employment successes of employers. What suggestions do employers have for agencies that provide support to people with disabilities? Learn how 'supply side' providers can support the effort by being a partner. There will be time for questions and a lively dialogue about how other small businesses can be encouraged to take the leap. This is a session you don't want to miss. You will leave understanding what it takes to support small businesses to be key partners in offering employment opportunities.
Howard Green, National Organization on Disability

We all communicate on the job -- what about those who communicate differently? Today we all use multiple technologies to search for jobs, get hired, and prosper in our careers. For those with "disabilities", these technologies are even more important. Come meet two modern-day employees and hear about the technology that helps them shine. Hear, too, from an Apple representative about technological advances and what's exciting on the horizon. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion -- come hear about how we can all use technology in amazing ways to support ourselves on the job and out in the world to achieve the lives we want!
Rosa McAllister, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Join this engaging session as we explore how individuals with intellectual disabilities have influenced local provider operations and services. Their expressed dissatisfaction with facility-based services and strong interest in individualized, community-based employment services, has caused providers to become person-centered, Employment First organizations. Interact with an executive director of a local provider and a self-advocate as they tell their story of how their agency evolved into a community-based, Employment First provider of services for transitioning youth and adults all of whom have significant disabilities.
Debra Luecking, TransCen, Inc.

This workshop will focus on the exciting work that is being done by self-advocates, state agency personnel and project staff to promote competitive employment for people with intellectual disabilities in Massachusetts. This unique project includes the development of resources, such as DVD, written materials, and an interactive peer-led training on employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Self-advocates are the driving force behind this project, providing energy, insight, and creativity into the process of producing high quality products and training on three important steps: "Explore - Prepare - Act." This process teaches job seekers to explore different jobs, prepare for getting the job they want and finally, take action toward achieving their goals. Come take part in this lively, interactive session!
Amelia Robbins-Cureau, Institute for Community Inclusion/UMass Boston
Plenary Session: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities want jobs. And the only way we are going to get them is if we all work together. Collaboration and commitment are key to increasing jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilites. At our opening plenary session we will hear why employment matters and how we can work together to make doubling integrated employment a reality. Don't miss this lively kick-off to a great conference!

Friday November 18th, 2011
Breakout Session 2: 01:45 PM - 03:15 PM

What does it take to build enduring relationships with employers? What do employers need from agencies that provide disability supports to help people get jobs and for those jobs to develop and endure over time? Helping someone to get hired is just step one -- what do employers need from service agencies to build strong relationships, create additional work opportunities and to work together when challenges are encountered? Come hear from this team of experts about their real life experiences -- what works, what doesn't, and how employers and service agencies can act as a team to achieve great outcomes for all. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion!
Jill Houghton, US Business Leadership Network

Do businesses and service providers speak different languages? Sometimes it may seem so! What are the best ways to work with potential employers to build trust and strong relationships that result in quality, lasting employment opportunities for the people we support? Come hear about the key interests of employers, what they are looking for from service providers and the most compelling arguments for hiring people with disabilities. These speakers have an amazing track record of success -- come hear their secrets! Plenty of opportunity for audience questions and discussions. Leave with a new tool box of ideas!
Charlie Lakin, U.S. Department of Education/NIDRR

This rich team of experts will discuss new developments underway which will improve transition outcomes and increase integrated employment. Advocates need data to pursue the employment cause! Data that compares the costs and benefits of supported employment and sheltered work will be presented in support of a transition to full employment. The impact of post secondary education on employment outcomes will be discussed. Efforts to reform transition for youth through TEAM Act legislation and Work Force Investment Act/ Rehab Act re-authorization will be presented and speakers will welcome your comments and questions.

Companies report that finding qualified candidates with disabilities is their largest barrier to employing them. Learn how local employer-community partnerships are showing that collaborative teams of businesses and service providers can be effective in creating a pipeline of talent. The characteristics that make for effective employer-responsive talent pipeline models will be discussed, key job related activities (e.g, partnership coordination, job readiness training, etc) that are important to making the recruiting and hiring effort successful will be described, and the critical financial resources needed to implement and sustain such efforts will be presented. Learn firsthand about how these partnerships are working from the perspectives of employers and come prepared with questions and ideas for discussion.
Kathy Krepcio, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

We know how to support individuals to get and keep individualized and integrated employment yet organizations throughout the country continue to run segregated day programs and sheltered workshops. Learn how many service provider organizations throughout the country have supported individuals to move from sheltered to integrated employment and meaningful lives. If we know it works why are we so far behind? We want to hear from you -- take part in a lively discussion about taking what we know to scale and creating employment opportunities for all.
Pat Rogan, Indiana University School of Education, IUPUI

Learn about a new generation of entrepreneurs with disabilities who are changing expectations about making money, saving, and building assets as a pathway to a better future. There are new tools and strategies that are opening up choices and possibilities for individuals with significant disabilities. Join us as we explain how to blend and braid public and private resources to create replicable and sustainable systems change and better lives for people with disabilities.
Michael Morris, National Disability Institute, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

The goal of the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disability to improve and increase services to and assure that individuals with developmental disabilities have opportunities to make their own choices, contribute to society, and have supports to live independently. Having opportunities for integrated employment are an important part of that mission. Come hear how Developmental Disability Councils, University Centers for Excellence and Protection and Advocacy Agencies are playing important roles to assure employment opportunities and better lives for people with disabilities. Representatives from a number of states will discuss their innovative programs that have proven successful!
Sharon Lewis, Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Numerous states have implemented some type of Employment First activity. This session will highlight states' activities, accomplishments, challenges, and outcomes. Panelists from Louisiana will discuss their experiences as the State moves toward establishing "Employment First" policies, infrastructure, and services by refocusing resources to make integrated employment the primary option for all individuals with disabilities. Kansas representatives will describe implementation of Employment First legislation and what they are doing to translate policy into practice. Take part in a discussion about ways to make Employment First successful in your state. Participate in a lively discussion of what other states are doing that's proving successful. Leave with great ideas about what advocates, state staff, and service providers can do to achieve Employment First across the country.
Wendy Parent, University of Kansas

Why are we still fighting for integrated employment opportunities when it is our right under the law? When will agencies that continue to offer segregation change? What stands in the way of change and what is actually happening in those segregated settings? What does it look like when agencies provide person-centered, integrated services and how can we achieve our right to integration? Join us for a lively discussion that gets to the heart of the matter. What have you tried that's made a difference? Let's share ideas, successes and tools for meaningful change!
Bob Lawhead, Community Link

This exciting session gets at gist of the conference -- assuring that everyone is included when we say "Employment for All." The panel will offer insight into the strategies necessary to accomplish this goal. Featured discussions will include the role of customized employment, discovery as an alternative to traditional assessment, connections with employers, access to assistive technology and the role of workplace personal assistance. Come with questions -- leave with a plethora of new ideas!
Michael Callahan, Marc Gold & Associates/Employment for All

The Office of Disability Employment Policy is introducing its hot-off-the presses Integrated Employment Toolkit! Come take a tour of this important new resource and learn about this exciting new "street level" tool designed to provide straightforward information about integrated employment to self-advocates and families, employment service providers, employers, policy makers, and researchers. You'll have an opportunity to explore, ask questions and discuss ways to use the toolkit to improve employment outcomes for yourself, a family member or someone you support!.
Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc.

Join us for this fun and interactive session that will include all kinds of discussion and tips for job seekers, those who want better jobs, and those providing support. This session will include a short presentation and then we will break into discussion groups. -- Get a real job (and a real life) - How to get out of workshops or day programs to follow your dreams. -- Work and keep your benefits - How you can work without losing all of your Social Security or Medicaid benefits. -- Be your own boss - Start and run your own business with resources that can help you get there ? Movin' on up - Want to get a better job or move up the ladder at work? Learn from someone who has. Come get information about issues related to getting jobs and having a real life! Get questions answered and information you can use. Have a chance to share your ideas and experiences!
Julie Petty, AFP Co-President, Self Advocate

The world is truly a different place now with many available tools to help us stay connected, work from anywhere and be productive. In fact, more and more people with and without disabilities are finding creative ways to boost their employment with virtual tools. Come see a virtual demonstration of the new world of work!
Rosa McAllister, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.
Breakout Session 3: 03:45 PM - 05:15 PM

Why are so many working age adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities not working for local employers earning competitive wages and building careers? Did we forget what we learned during from the supported employment initiatives of the late 1980's early 1990's? Members of the State Employment Leadership Network will address lessons learned in implementing state level strategy and policy to expand integrated employment opportunities. A framework for employment will be presented and member states from the State Employment Leadership (SELN), a collaborative partnership committed to employment growth, will discuss their experiences. This session offers an insiders' view on what's working!
Rie Kennedy-Lizotte, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

Paul Wehman, Ph.D. As Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Chairman of Rehabilitation Research with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University, he is dedicated to the hiring, advancement, and retention of individuals with significant disabilities in competitive employment. He is a recipient of the Kennedy Foundation Award in Mental Retardation in 1990, the President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in 1992, and recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium by the Remedial and Special Education journal in 2000.
Paul Wehman, Virginia Commonwealth University-RRTC

In the effort to assure a successful transition from school to work for adults in the community, individuals with the most significant disabilities are too often left out. This session will feature national experts who will detail the importance of customized work experiences for students, negotiated relationships, assistive technology, discovery as a guiding principle, the importance of relationships with local employers and access to workplace personal assistance. This session will offer a wealth of tools for transition success.
Michael Callahan, Marc Gold & Associates/Employment for All

What does it take to assure success once a person with a disability is hired? Come hear from employer-employee teams about the ways employers can provide the best support. Hear both the employee and employer perspectives. Are there things agencies that provide support should be doing more of? Less of? What works, what supports are most helpful, and what are the challenges that remain? We want to hear your ideas as well!
Jim Gardner, CQL| The Council on Quality and Leadership

Employment First is an exciting public policy initiative that is gaining momentum at the state and federal levels and re-energizing the field of integrated employment. As activities are increasing, questions are emerging regarding how Employment First can move beyond a good idea to official policy impacting practice and outcomes. This session will describe the passage of HB 2336 - the Employment First Initiative - a Kansas law which sets integrated, competitive employment as the official state policy and makes it clear that this shall be the first option for people with disabilities. This session offers a fascinating start-to-finish retelling of how a coalition of advocates was able to work with state policymakers to achieve this landmark legislation. Hear about tips and strategies that can be helpful in your state!
Wendy Parent, University of Kansas

This panel will provide an overview of national postsecondary education options for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the role employment plays in these initiatives. The panelists will share their varied experiences. Adrian Forsythe, will share his employment experiences as a college student; Margo Izzo, will provide an overview of how the recently funded Ohio State Transition and Postsecondary Program is implementing the Project Search Model; and Amy Dwyre, will share strategies on how to successfully integrate paid employment into students' experiences in dual enrollment programs. This session offers a wealth of tools that can be used to support people with disabilities to be successful in colleges and universities. We want to hear about your successes as well!
Meg Grigal, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

Assistive Technology (AT) has been around literally for centuries and has helped people live more independently and interactively. Today we have a booming AT industry with thousands of options to assist with our cognition, organization, communication, health, general living....... AND to get, keep and flourish in our careers. Come learn about some of the amazing technologies that are available!
Rosa McAllister, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

For working age adults, employment is typically the anchor of our daily lives. People with disabilities often experience unemployment or part-time work. This session will focus on the following questions: What are meaningful and inclusive ways that individuals can be actively engaged in their communities when they are not working? How are organizations providing support for these non-work activities? Join us for this timely and critical discussion!
Pat Rogan, Indiana University School of Education, IUPUI

Research demonstrates that integrated employment is more cost effective and provides a larger return on tax payer investment than segregated services. Rob Cimera, one of the premier researchers on the benefits and costs of supported vs. sheltered employment, will discuss the cost effectiveness and efficiencies of employment; the fiscal impact of employment on people with disabilities and the impact of integrated employment on states and taxpayers. Linda Rolfe, the champion behind the State of Washington's commitment to employment for people with disabilities will discuss the fiscal impact of the shift to this model in Washington. You won't want to miss this important session!
Rob Cimera, Kent State University

For over a decade, state Medicaid Infrastructure Grant projects have worked to improve employment opportunities and health care options for people with disabilities. Learn how three states are increasing employment through the MIG, and the experiences and lessons they have to share, including ways they have engaged self-advocates, families, and other key stakeholders. Featuring information from Mille Ryan, Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education; Jade Gingerich, Maryland Department of Disabilities; Eric Glunt, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Project Director, California; and Lucy Odden, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Nanette Relave, American Public Human Services Association

Join us for this action oriented session. A panel of four people will describe their journey through their careers - the beginning, the bumps, and the successes. As we know employment is the key to much of our success and happiness throughout life. This panel will make us urgently aware of the disenfranchisement that occurs when people with disabilities are discouraged from working, hired as token employees, given a job but not the responsibility with the job... and experience other difficulties and challenges. We will discuss aspects of employment that create barriers and those that lead to true success on the career path in your role as an employee, employer, co-worker, job coach, advocate or supporter. We want to hear from you -- join this lively discussion!
Gail Godwin, Shared Support Maryland

This session will highlight Ohio, Texas and Florida State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies' recent substantial systems changes in policy and practice to provide Customized Employment & Self-Employment services to employment seekers with disabilities. Customized Employment experiences will be shared by self-advocates, families and employment staff involved in the state level systems changes. One Example is the Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project funded by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission as a comprehensive effort combing critical resources from Griffin-Hammis Associates, Virginia Commonwealth University, VIA of the Lehigh Valley (PA), Job Squad, Inc. (WV), Sandy/Savage Consulting (IN), and Roberts' Consulting (MT).
David Hammis, Griffin-Hammis Associates
Town Hall: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A challenging and frank conversation about what is needed to make integrated employment a reality for all, including a look at sub-minimum wage, employment first, integrated and group employment, and the barriers that keep us from reaching our goals. Included will segments on what employers want the disability community to know about employment; what self advocates want from real jobs; how state and federal policy shape employment outcomes; and how the field moves forward in achieving integrated employment. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, voice opinions and vote on these critical issues.
Frank Sesno, The George Washington University
Lunchtime Session 1: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Who could have imagined that one day every computer would come loaded with "AT"? That we'd all be hooked on gadgets & technology for everyday use? ? and that you could shop for Assistive Technology in regular stores and have many options from which to choose? Well that day is now! Tune in, turn on and drop by to learn more from one of the true leaders of amazing and everyday Assistive Technology ------- "Apple!"
Rosa McAlllister, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.
Lunchtime Session 2: 01:00 PM - 01:30 AM

Today there are "apps" for almost anything, but for some of us these amazing pieces of add-on technology are increasing our ability to be independent, communicate more easily and live more fully!
Rosa McAllister, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Saturday November 19th, 2011
Closing Plenary: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn how federal leaders from the Departments of Labor, Education and Justice on how these agencies will lead in the effort to increase integrated employment, and have a chance to voice your opinions on what leadership is needed to make real jobs a priority. Engage in a goal setting, strategic planning exercise in which the audience individually and collectively will identify and commit to the activities needed to make AFP's goal a reality. End with a video of all the amazing things that took place during the Summit -- you won't want to miss this!
Paul Wehman, Virginia Commonwealth University-RRTC

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