NCCDD is hosting a series of ten Employment and Transition Webinars to educate and inform stakeholders for Employment First, transition professionals, self-advocates and families, job coaching/CRP staff, and MCO staff with an array of state and nationally recognized content experts, to provide the context and necessary components for a statewide system that provides and sustains integrated employment for all North Carolinians living with a developmental disability, regardless of complexity or needed level of support.
The webinars will be held every other Thursday, from April 15 - August 19, 2021 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom. The webinar will include breaks and time for Q&As with leading experts in employment and transition planning for people with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities.
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During this webinar the audience learned an overview of federal laws and regulations setting competitive integrated employment as a national priority with and outcome for all federal funding streams, including Medicaid; the most recent national outcomes data for persons living with developmental disabilities - in special education transition, SSI and earned income, receiving employment services from both state VR and DDD, labor/workforce participation and living in poverty – and data from leading states and North Carolina’s relative standing.
Speaker: Allan I. Bergman, Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy, nationally recognized policy and systems change advocate, and parent of two adult daughters living with developmental disabilities.
This webinar will introduce the process, materials and tools from Charting the Life Course and the fundamentals of Person-Centered Thinking to facilitate the achievement of self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life.
Speaker: Barbara Brent, NASDDDS, and Molly Cole, Connecticut, UCED
During this webinar, you will learn about research findings and evidence-based best practices to assure the law’s outcomes, including practices that have been developed during the Pandemic to meet the legal requirements of Transition and its outcomes that do not include day programs, sheltered workshops, ICF/DD, or group homes, which often are predefined outcomes based on current systems, a diagnostic label, I.Q. score, low expectations, and traditional programs rather than individualized plans.
Presenters: Erik Carter, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University and Co-Director, VKC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Nashville, TN.
The Role of Assistive Technology and Devices in School, Employment and Community Living
Presenters: Marsha Threlkeld, Pivotal Consulting, Cowiche, Washington, and,
Allen Ray, Simply Home, Arden, N.C.
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In 2020, the pandemic flipped our world upside down, disrupting our entire lives, and affecting our families, jobs, schools and community services. While this DISRUPTION has been devastating, it can also be seen as an opportunity for self-advocates, families, state agencies, teachers, and service providers to rethink and restructure how we support and serve people with disabilities in other than facility-based day programs and sheltered workshops.Please join nationally recognized leader and subject matter expert Sara Murphy, from TransCen, Inc. in San Francisco, for a 3-hour training session to learn about Building Meaningful Lives, a community integrated service approach that addresses social barriers, encourages community inclusion and belonging, and creates pathways to competitive integrated employment. The Building Meaningful Lives model combines HCBS waiver services with VR-funded Supported Employment, enabling individual service plans to be “built to order”. It provides wrap-around services that can be tailored to meet each individual’s needs and circumstances. During this session, Ms. Murphy will provide tools and strategies for identifying service and support needs, building critical skills and encouraging “social self-sufficiency” and the idea of Community Integrated Employment. Let us “seize the day” and work together to create an interagency, collaborative service system for all people with developmental disabilities in North Carolina that encourages and financially incentivizes inclusion and creates pathways to competitive integrated employment!