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Mike Callahan

Marc Gold & Associates

Mike Callahan has consulted throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe in the area of supported employment for the past 23 years. He has worked with Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) since 1979 and has served as president of the organization since Marc Gold’s untimely death in 1982. MG&A is a network of consultants that provides technical assistance to systems, agencies and families interested in insuring the complete community participation of persons with severe disabilities. Callahan also studied vocational rehabilitation while at Syracuse University in a doctoral studies program. He is an editor of a popular "how-to" book on employment for persons with severe disabilities, Getting Employed, Staying Employed (1987) and co-author of Keys to the Work Place (1997), a text on systematic instruction and natural supports in supported employment. He has written numerous articles, chapters, manuals and curriculums pertaining to employment of persons with disabilities. Callahan is also the vice-president of Employment for All.

Callahan also worked with United Cerebral Palsy Association's (UCPA) from 1987-2000. He directed a Department of Labor grant, One-Stop to Success, which offered persons with significant disabilities access to services in generic one-stop employment centers. He was also the former director of the Choice Access Project, a six-year project that examined the feasibility of providing direct vouchers to persons with severe physical disabilities and for them to purchase the employment services of their choice. He managed UCPA’s Research and Demonstration Project on supported employment and the UCPA Self-Directed Staff Training Project for Supported Employment, a pilot project to test the feasibility of an individualized, competency-based curriculum for staff development as well as the UCPA National Demonstration Project for Supported Employment in the late 1980s. These projects employed hundreds of persons with significant physical disabilities using individualized supported employment. Callahan and his family live in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.