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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Employment

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Monday, December 5, 2016 4:40 pm - 5:40 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom South Salon

Session Description

 

AUCD poster symposia seek to deepen levels of engagement and connection between those interested in common topics. Posters have been hand-selected by a review committee and grouped by room around common themes. Facilitators will open each poster symposia with broad thoughts about the room's theme followed by a brief 2-3 minute presentation by each poster presenter, approximately 15 per room. Attendees will then have time for more in-depth exploration of the information presented and make connections with others in the room. Attendees are attend to select one symposia to attend during each time slot as space allows; pre-registration is not required.




Presenters

Co-Design: A Contemporary Path to Innovation and Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities
Stephen Gilson, PhD, Professor, The University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion, UCEDD
Liz Depoy, PhD, The University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion, UCEDD, Orono, ME, United States;

Co-design is a 21st century-relevant, collective intelligence process to generate solutions to problems that ultimately result in innovation in service and products. It is often the preliminary step to entrepreneurship, creating economic leadership opportunity for individuals with disabilities that would not be possible through more traditional means of employment. This paper details the theory and process of a co-design model that can be implemented throughout the AUCD network.

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Engaging Communities to Improve Employment Outcomes for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Jennifer Bumble, M.Ed., Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University, UCEDD/LEND
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This mixed-method, longitudinal study focused on the efforts of seven diverse communities to improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities through locally led "community conversations". Data addressing the design, implementation, follow-up, and outcomes of these interventions will be presented, along with recommendations for research, policy, and practice.

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The Pennsylvania Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative(ASERT): An Innovative Public-Private Partnership Model
Kaitlin Koffer Miller, MPH, Policy Project Manager, ASERT Collaborative, AJ Drexel Autism Institute
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ASERT is a statewide collaborative of three Regions (Eastern, Central, Western), housed at regional academic institutions. ASERT functions as a supportive mechanism for BAS. This session will demonstrate how ASERT's structure and focus has allowed for the creation of innovative projects and could be replicated in other states.

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Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE) Employment Outcomes Data Collection Pilot Study Report
Tammie Amsbaugh, BA, Program Manager, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND
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Individual Employment Outcomes Data Collection Methodology and Results in Iowa

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Preparing for the Future: Innovations in Autism Employment Training
Deborah Zuver, MA, Education Consultant, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Allison Zoller, MEd, Chapel Hill, NC, United States, NC - Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Linda Varlow, MS, MPH, Chapel Hill, NC, United States, NC - Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;

As an affiliate of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Persever8 (a nonprofit) provides technology training, workplace readiness, and life skills education to adults with High-Functioning Autism. The poster describes how this nine-month program prepares students with High-Functioning Autism for entry-level jobs in software testing and coding. In addition, Persever8 provides them with the soft skills and abilities needed to successfully maintain employment and transition to independent living.

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"New Conversations About Integrated Employment" Webinars Shine a Fresh Light On Issues In Our Field
Melanie Jordan, Training Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
Allison Cohen Hall, Ph.D, Boston, MA, United States, MA - Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND;

This poster session highlights creative thinking about employment supports. The RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with IDD has launched an interactive and dynamic webinar series with a twist ? to expose participants to new ideas, provoke reactions, and inspire them to think differently about such topics as Employment Professionals as Leaders for Change; the Real Meaning of Informed Choice; and Reframing the Benefits Conversation Around Financial Well-Being.

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Work and community engagement: Shifting services and supports to help individuals have the lives they want
Cindy Thomas, M.S. , Associate DIrector, Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
Amie Lulinski, PhD, The Arc, Washington, DC, United States;
Jennifer Sulewski, PhD, Boston, MA, United States, MA - Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND;
Erin Leviton, JD, DC Department of Disability Services, Washington, DC, United States;
TBD, SABE, Washington, DC, United States;

Significant change is underway to insure that services maximize opportunities for full engagement in the community. This session includes two projects, the RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individual with IDD and the Community Life Engagement Project and panelists from MA and DC to discuss the implications of research findings on service transformation and the integration of work and non-work supports to support individuals to have full and productive lives.


MyPathNY.org - Get Started on Your Path to Employment
Kaitlyn Richardson, Master of Public Policy, Director of Employment Programs, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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Join us as we share a new resource designed for all New York State students and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities - MyPathNY.org. Developed through the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change project, this free web-based tool connects young adults to systems and resources to help them get started on their path to competitive, integrated employment.

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT): A quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study
Grace Francis, PhD, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
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Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) is a family-focused training program designed to raise expectations for and knowledge of competitive employment and supporting resources for people with disabilities. In this session, we provide an overview of FEAT and report on the results of this quasi-experimental survey research into participants' outcomes and FEAT's effectiveness as perceived and reported by the participants.

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From Workshop to Work: Video Case Studies of the Journey through Discovery
Julie Christensen, PhD, Director, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND
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As providers look to fully comply with the HCBS rule, many innovative models are being piloted to assess effectiveness in supporting individuals engaged in sheltered workshops to transition to competitive employment in the community. One pilot program adapted the Project SEARCH high school transition model for the purposes of supporting workshop-to-work transition. This project aimed to document the individual journey of discovery through the use of video.

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Training Curriculum for Service Providers of the Administration of Public Housing of the Housing Department of Puerto Rico
Carol Salas, Psychologist, Director, Institute on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD
Carol Salas, Psy. D. , San Juan , PR, PR - Institute on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD;
Annie Alonso, Psy.D. , San Juan , PR, PR - Institute on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD;
Ilia Torres, M. S. , San Juan , PR, PR - Institute on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD;

This presentation will describe the efforts of the Institute on Developmental Disability in Puerto Rico in collaboration with the Administration of Public Housing of the Housing Department of Puerto Rico to increase administrators and staff skills that facilitate housing services for the intellectual and developmental disability in Puerto Rico.


Implementing a Transition Model with Adults: UNMC I Nebraska Medicine's Project SEARCH Impact on Competitive Employment for Adults with Disabilities
Tara Harper, M.P.A., UCEDD Program Associate, Munroe-Meyer Institute of Genetics & Rehabilitation, UCEDD/LEND
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In 2014, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine collaborated with two adult developmental disability providers and Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation to initiate the first adult Project SEARCH site in the state. A gap in employment services for adults was effectively addressed. The first full year of implementation led to an 83% success rate in competitive employment. Plans for expanding programs statewide following this model are in the works.

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Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities: Results from an online dialogue
Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., Director, Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD
Beth Bienvenu, Ph.D., National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, United States;
Katharine Hayward, Ph.D./MPH, Los Angeles, CA, United States, CA - Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD;

What is the picture for employment of people with disabilities in the arts? We will present findings from an online dialogue on the opportunities and challenges for people with disabilities in the arts. Hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Arts and Disability Center, and the US Department of Labor, the two-week online dialogue drew over 400 registrants with over 700 ideas and comments posted.

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Analyzing the Recovery of Employment Rates for Persons With and Without Disabilities After the Financial Crisis of 2008
Brian Paxton, Project HEAL Law Trainee, Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND
Maureen van Stone, JD, MS, Baltimore, MD, United States, MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND;
Christopher L. Smith, PhD, Baltimore, MD, United States, MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND;

This research compares fluctuations in unemployment rates and the rate of persons with and without a disability leaving the workforce during and after the 2008 financial crisis. Such an examination reveals that in recovering from the crisis, unemployment rates for persons with disabilities failed to improve for two years while persons without disabilities saw steady recovery, indicating a discrepancy in the recovery of employment opportunities after economic crises.

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Promoting Workplace Diversity: Employees with Bi-Polar Disorder and Employers Working Together Within the Workplace to Promote Successful Employment Outcomes
Megan Pell, Doctorate, Instructional Coach, Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Susan Veenema, Masters, Newark, DE, United States, DE - Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD;

Research related to the employment challenges of individuals with bipolar disorder is coupled with the perspectives of individuals with the disorder to help attendees better understand methods individuals with bipolar disorder can take manage their disorder in the workplace and collaborate with their employer in that management process. Recommendations from the research and first-person perspectives related to disability disclosure and accommodations will be presented.