Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment: What You Can Do

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
3:00pm - 4:30pm ET

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) is critical to achieving equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities — and so are you. Join this webinar to learn about ways you can help expand opportunities for CIE in your community, where people with and without disabilities work side-by-side and are paid competitive salaries. Learn how your input can help to develop and implement federal and state policies that advance opportunities for CIE, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, state Employment First policies, and more. This webinar will offer suggestions for engagement and advocacy, including opportunities to educate students with disabilities, their families, and their teachers about CIE and the transition process. An experienced group of panelists will share resources and show you the avenues you can take to improve your state’s employment options for people with disabilities. The webinar will also highlight the recently released LEAD Center brief, Five Ways You Can Help Expand Opportunities for Competitive Integrated Employment in Your Community.

Panelists on this webinar include the following:

  • Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy at the Center for Public Representation. Alison’s work focuses on community integration and inclusion, including related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead, Medicaid, employment, housing, and education. She was an appointed member of the WIOA Advisory Committee.
  • Karen Lee, Executive Director of SEEC (Seeking Equality, Empowerment and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities). Under her leadership, SEEC continues to create innovative competitive integrated employment opportunities and other supports for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Sharyn Hancock, Disability Resource Coordinator at Workforce Essentials in Clarksville, Tennessee. Sharyn coordinates resources for individuals with disabilities, supports her workforce system colleagues to promote employment outcomes, and provides services and employment supports. She also supports the Social Security Administration (SSA) Work Incentive benefits planning and career coaching, both of which provide people with disabilities and others with the confidence to return to work or get their first job. She was an appointed member of the WIOA Advisory Committee.
  • Annette Shea, Policy and Program Specialist at The Administration for Community Living. Annette’s work includes focusing on promoting employment for people with disabilities. Annette is the lead for ACL’s Expanding Employment Opportunities Pillar workgroup and is a Medicaid Buy-In subject matter expert.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

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Please note: All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Al Milioto at amilioto@ndi-inc.org.

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