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AUCD - Poster Symposium 5A: Employment

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Location: Congressional A

Session Description

All posters for the AUCD Conference will be presented throughout Monday and Tuesday in a series of Poster Symposia that run at the same time as concurrent sessions. During these 75 minute poster symposia, 12-15 posters on a similar theme will be grouped together in a room. Posters will be displayed on large boards and have a table underneath for accompanying materials. The session will be introduced by a moderator, poster authors will be asked to provide a very brief introduction of their poster, and then attendees will be free to move about the room to speak with poster presenters directly for the remainder of the session. Attendees are also welcome to move between symposia rooms and view posters on other topics. Conference posters submitted ahead of time are also available electronically in the conference app and linked below.


My First Job: The Journey to Personal Inclusion and Independence
Chris Harper, MBA, President, Youth Transitions Inc.

Employment is the cornerstone of adult inclusion and independence. A job empowers an individual to particiapte in the economy and society. This presentation addresses the need for positive employment outcomes for students and young adults with disabilities.

Building a Future in Innovative, Tech-Driven Industries for Students with Disabilities
Eric Duer, M.ED Special Education Transition, Founder, STEMSkills

STEM careers � Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math � are the jobs of the future. How can youth access careers in this rapidly growing field? Real-world exposure to exciting tech-driven industries! STEMSkills is a program that helps youth with disabilities build a future in innovative STEM-related fields. Hands-on skills development, workplace culture training, and career exposure in partnership with high-performing tech companies set youth on a path to STEM success!

�Close the Gap�: A Different Kind of Employment Goal
Lauren Pearcy, Masters in Public Policy, Public Policy Director, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities

Tennessee�s robust employment partnership, TennesseeWorks, decided last year to identify and commit to a statewide employment goal. This poster session will explain how the DD Network in Tennessee worked with state leaders to find and set a goal - and why we decided not to focus on the employment rate.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Rebecca March, EdD., Project Coordinator , Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND

Kennedy Krieger Institute serves a diverse population with a variety of abilities. The institute has recently launched a multi-faceted neurodiversity initiative to increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. As a result of this impactful initiative, Kennedy Krieger started two innovative programs: Project SEARCH and CORE Foundations, which are post-secondary programs serving transitioning youth and adults with disabilities.

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Supporting Employment Outcomes for Young Adults with ASD
Rebekah Hudock, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND

Young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often disconnected from their communities, including experiencing lower rates of employment and higher rates of underemployment compared to their peers. This talk highlights strategies to promote employment and engagement within the community. We will highlight educational and coaching strategies, as well as evidence-based interventions that focus on improving employment outcomes for adults with ASD.

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PAY Check: Braiding Funding Sources and Services to Support the Transition of Students to Community Life and Careers
Laura Stazio, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE, Instructor, Louisiana State University Human Development Center - New Orleans, UCEDD/LEND

The PAY Check program is an innovative partnership between LSU Human Development Center (HDC) � a UCEDD, state VR, LEAs, a Community College, and local employers. This partnership braids funding for services and supports for transition age students from various sources. PAY Check is a program where students are prepared for their independent adult life in the community with post-secondary education, work-based high school diplomas, self-determination training, and paid apprenticeships.

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ROC EmployABILITY Summit
Kaitlyn Richardson, Director, Employment Programs, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

This poster reviews an upstate, NY community�s effort to pull together businesses, disability service providers, families, advocates, state agencies, schools and higher education entities to discuss employment for people with disabilities. Come learn about the day-long summit that was hosted in October, 2018 and the coalition that has been formed to begin to implement the recommendations and strategies that were outlined during the summit.

Using Virtual Technology to Expand Employment Supports: A Midwest UCEDD Collaboration
Tammie Amsbaugh, BA, Program Manager, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND

This project, funded by the Kessler Foundation, is a partnership of the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota, who have joined together to form the Midwest Disability Employment Consortium. The Consortium will implement model projects addressing regional and state-specific concerns through the creative use of virtual technologies to deliver supports for supported workers, job coaches, and the businesses that employ them.

Employment Discovery Network at the Rochester City School District
Jeiri Flores, Advocacy Specialist, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

This poster reviews a pilot program that is a partnership between Starbridge, the Rochester City School District and the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. In 2019 this program, the Employment Discovery Network, hosted weekly sessions at RCSD with 18-21 year old students who were transitioning from school to employment. Each session focused on cultivating conversations around future planning, increasing employment readiness skills and knowledge, and increasing expectations for employment.

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Creative Business Engagement
Katie Page, Bachelors in Sociology, Program Director of Employment, AIM Services/ APSE

The presentation describes how NYS APSE has developed a model to work with your local chamber of commerce to enhance business connections.