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2021 Employment and Transition Webinars

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. 

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.

Register Here

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.

Download the documents:

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!
 
Download the documents:

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.
 
Download the documents here:
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. 

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AUGUST 5 - Benefits Planning and Creating an ABLE Account

Speakers: A representative from the National Disability Institute and Marquita Robertson
 
Webinar details coming soon!

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AUGUST 19 - 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.
 
Webinar details coming soon!

Register Here

 

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