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2021 Employment and Transition Webinars


Please note the August 5th webinar has been moved to August 19th and the webinar on August 19th has been moved to September 9th!

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 - September 9, 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. 

Learn more below and register via Zoom. 

APRIL 15 - Why Employment First Must Be A Priority In North Carolina

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.

Watch the presentation here.

Download the Large Print presentation here.

APRIL 29 - Charting the Life Course and Person-Centered Thinking

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

Watch the recording.

Documents: Large PrintCourse Star WorksheetTrajectory Worksheet

MAY 20 - The Basics of Supported Decision Making: It’s Your Choice

The Basics of Supported Decision Making: It’s Your Choice
Presenter: Tina Campanella, Executive Director, and Morgan Whitlach, J.D., Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.

MAY 27 - Transition from School to Adult Life of Post-Secondary Education, Competitive Integrated Employment, and Integrated Community Living

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.


Watch the recording here.

Download the Large Print.

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JUNE 10 - The Role of Assistive Technology and Devices in School, Employment and Community Living

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.

Watch the recording here.

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JUNE 24 - Building Meaningful Lives with an Integrated, Meaningful Day

Presenter: Sara Murphy, TransCen, San Francisco, Ca.

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!
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Watch the presentation here.

JULY 8 - Think College and Post-Secondary Education

Presenters: Cate Weir, Program Dir., Think College National Coordinating Center, ICI, Boston, and a representative from a THINK College program in North Carolina.
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JULY 22 - Customized Employment with Fidelity

Presenters: Allan I. Bergman and Steven Hunt, Psy.D., Briggs & Associates, Roswell, GA.
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The term “Customized Employment” was first used in 2001 and originated from efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, to provide access to One-Stop centers and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. More recently, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) contained a number of provisions and modifications to the Rehabilitation Act that provided a formal definition in the statute, which applies to every state Vocational Rehabilitation agency, and is frequently used in a state’s Medicaid HCBS waivers.
Dr. Hunt will provide an overview of the components of Customized Employment and clarify that it is significantly different from, and not a modification of the established practice of Supported Employment. He also will provide detailed information on several individuals with significant disabilities who are working in integrated jobs as a result of fidelity to the Customized Employment processes.
Hunt is a leading professional in Supported and Competitive Employment, including Self-Employment. Beginning as a career specialist with Briggs in 2006, Dr. Hunt, now a Regional Director who continues to work with new jobseekers, has proven to be successful in both securing integrated employment for individuals with disabilities as well as supporting them to maintain those jobs and enhance their career development. 

AUGUST 19 - Benefits Planning and Creating an ABLE Account

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The first half of the webinar will be provided by James R. Sheldon, Esq.  Mr. Sheldon worked at Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, NY for more than 30 years and is now a disability policy consultant. He first focused on Social Security work incentives as a Protection and Advocacy attorney during the mid-1980s. Between 1998 and 2018, he supervised a regional work incentive counseling project, overseeing federal and state grants, including the WIPA (Work Incentives and Planning Assistance) grants, created by Congress in 1999. He has worked extensively with special education, Medicaid, Medicare, vocational rehabilitation, employment discrimination, and rights of persons with disabilities. Attorney Sheldon wrote or co-authored more than thirty policy briefs and a similar number of newsletter articles to support work incentive counselors nationally, primarily through Cornell’s Yang-Tan Institute.

The second half of today’s webinar will be provided by Cheryl Walfall-Flagg. Ms. Flagg, a resident of Raleigh, is representing the ABLE National Resource Center (located in D.C.) in her role as a BIPOC Ambassador, a program of which she was founding member in 2018. As a mother, she understands the positive impact an ABLE account can have on her children’s future lives, especially as young black men with autism. She has been raising awareness about ABLE accounts through her work for Families & Communities Rising, which oversees Head Start and Early Head Start programs in addition to other family and community services for early childhood social-emotional health, prevention of child abuse and neglect and respite care. Among her many advocacy roles, Ms. Walfall-Flagg also is a parent member of Rethinking Guardianship, a Parent Mentor for FSN-NC and serves on the Advisory Board of Access Family Support Health Information Network.

SEPTEMBER 9 - Putting All the Pieces Together for North Carolina Employment First

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.
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