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AUCD - Posters: Employment, Housing & Transportation

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Monday, December 7, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Virtual


Executive, Manager & Coworker Experiences of Hiring & Retaining People with Disabilities


Jennifer McDonough, MS, Project Director, Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

Research on business practices and perceptions of people with disabilities is necessary in order to improve employment outcomes. Embracing diversity and engaging a culture of inclusion within businesses can lead to improved employment outcomes, elimination of barriers, and engaging one's community. Hear the experiences and perceptions of administrators and managers within a large healthcare organization and other businesses and how they removed barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.

Effects of Competitive Integrated Employment on Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)


Valerie Brooke, , Ms.

Despite strong legislation hundreds of thousands of individuals with IDD earn sub-minimum wages and remain in segregated settings.We believe that a major barrier to their participation CIE is the absence of high quality research that tests new interventions and documents the efficacy of interventions leading to pathways to employment. Join us as we share our research agenda and learn how hundreds of people with IDD will evaluate CIE outcomes.

Changing Directions: The Promise of Customized Employment


Michele Burney, Research Associate, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD

While Customized Employment is not a new concept nationally, rural North Dakota struggled with completing the process because of lack of knowledge, resources, and true efficacy in the process. What started out as a three-year pilot project helping community rehabilitation providers to explore and implement innovative strategies to provide integrated employment for people currently receiving day supports and/or employment in non-integrated environments, has evolved into a statewide customized employment initiative.

Improving Virtual Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities: An Analysis of the Current Population Survey


Christopher McLaren, PhD, Senior Economist, US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

This session will present new findings from the Current Population Survey Disability Supplement that identifies barriers to employment, use of career assistance programs, and requests for accommodations. We will also present estimates of the number of jobs that can be performed at home for people with and without disabilities, and the prevalence of telework by type of occupation. We will conclude with a discussion about telework and accessibility.

Nothing About Us Without Us: MD transformation from sub-minimum wage 14c certificates to meaningful employment


Tami Goldsmith, Program Coordinator, Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND

Panel discussion will be geared towards how we help more people with disabilities gain competitive integrated employment through grass roots efforts, legislation, disability policy development along with collaboration to create a true environment for change.

Moving Toward Equity: Sharing Strategies and Success Stories from the LSU Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program in Louisiana


Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., , Louisiana State University Human Development Center - New Orleans, UCEDD/LEND

For twenty years, the Louisiana Benefits Planning services (LSU WIPA) program has provided counseling and guidance on work incentives and employment services/supports so that individuals receiving Social Security benefits based on disability can make informed decisions about work. Presenters will share strategies and success stories highlighting how WIPA services have helped beneficiaries navigate Social Security and other benefit programs, avoid pitfalls, and resolve benefit issues. Disciplines: Rehabilitation, Education.

Employment Discovery Network at the Rochester City School District: Second Year Pilot Data


Jeiri Flores, Bachelors , Advocacy Specialist, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

This poster will review data from a second year pilot program that is a partnership between the Rochester City School District (RCSD), and the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities UCEDD (SCDD). In 2020 this program, the Employment Discovery Network, hosted weekly sessions at RCSD with 18-21 year old students with disabilities who were transitioning from school to employment. The data gathered captured employment service knowledge and employment expectations.

HCBS FINAL RULE- opening doors to competitive, integrated employment opportunities and informed choice


Jamie Ray-Leonetti, JD, Associate Director of Policy, Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD

The right to explore and choose competitive, integrated employment opportunities is an important part of creating an "Everyday Life" for people who receive home and community-based services (HCBS). This poster will explore questions like: Does the HCBS participant's supports coordinator have meaningful conversations with them about work? If the HCBS recipient works in a segregated or sheltered work setting, have they been given alternatives?

Supporting Employment through Supported Decision-Making


Joan Christopher, JD, Director of Community Services, Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, UCEDD

Talk with DC and MO about how they are braiding the National Supporting Families Community of Practice principles and tools with learning from the National Supported Decision-Making CoP to support self-determination and employment. Hear the national perspective on what's happening to launch and grow supported decision-making and promote self-determination, inclusion, and competitive integrated employment. We will share experiences and then have you share what's happening in your state.

Student-Driven Internship Development


Igbal Attaelmanan, , Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND

Institutions of higher education support matriculated, degree-seeking students in acquiring employment opportunities through workshops and advising sessions. It is expected that these students learn to make critical decisions about their careers and to communicate with professionals. This presentation will demonstrate how "Inclusive Higher Education (IHE)" practitioners can support students with "Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)" in leading their career exploration as their undergraduate peers do.

Utilizing Virtual Employment Supports: Before, During and After COVID-19


Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, Executive Director, Sonoran UCEDD

A multi-state UCEDD collaborative came together to develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of virtual supports in employment services. Cell phones, iPads, and GoPro cameras were used to provide training and support for job coaches, behavioral interventions on the job, and long-term job coaching services and supports. This session will highlight strategies and outcomes, lessons learned, and implications for policy and practice during today�s current challenges and beyond,