Evidence-based Policies that Promote Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
2:30pm EST - 4:00pm EST
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:
This webinar is a collaborative effort between AUCD's Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). Our speakers will discuss evidence based policies to encourage employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Derek Nord, Ph.D., Research Associate at the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC), University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration

At the RTC, Dr. Nord conducts a number of studies and evaluations to improve employment services and outcomes for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  Derek is a national and international presenter on employment and IDD and has authored and co-authfored numerous articles, technical briefs, and training curricula on the topic.  He serves on a number of state and national groups to advance access employment for everyone, including the Minnesota Employment First Coalition. Derek is also a board member of the Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE).


John Butterworth, Ph.D., Director for Employment Systems Change and Evaluation at the Institute for Community Inclusion

Dr. Butterworth has over 30 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, trainer, and manager of community-based day and employment services. He manages projects on employment support, transition, organizational change, state systems change, and employment policy. John has published in the areas of organizational change, employment outcomes, employment policy, training technology in community settings, natural supports, person-centered planning, and program management.

Linda Rolfe, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in Washington State

Linda Rolfe has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 40 years.  Linda presided over the development of guidelines for Washington State service providers that establishes six (6) benefits expected from the delivery of services including Health and Safety, Power and Choice, Status and Respect, Relationships, Integration and Competence.  She coordinated the development and implementation of the Working Age Adult Policy in Washington that establishes the expectation that all people with disabilities can be employed and have the right and responsibility to be employed.  Linda has consulted with several states on employment issues for people with disabilities.  She is the author of an article, "Employment in Washington State," published by the Alliance for Full Participation and in the Community Services Reporter, Volume 17, Number 4 published by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities.  She has authored articles on the importance of employment for Australia and New Zealand.  She received the Ben Censoni Award from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the 2011 Torch Award from APSE, the national organization for Advancing Employment for Connecting People.

 Charles R. Moseley, Ed.D., Associate Executive Director, NASDDDS

Charles Moseley has worked in the developmental disabilities field for more than 38 years. As Associate Executive Director, he manages national projects and research, performs state and federal policy analysis, and provides technical assistance to states on Medicaid, self-determination, systems change, individual budgeting, and other areas. Dr. Moseley was the Co-Director of the National Program Office on Self-Determination, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. Prior to that, he was the Director of Vermont's Division of Developmental Services for 11 years. He led the initiative to close the state's institution, transition all services to community-based alternatives, and restructure service delivery to incorporate self-directed services. He holds a doctorate in intellectual disabilities policy from Syracuse University.

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