WEBINAR: Leadership, Process and Results

Lessons from South Dakota’s Jacqueline Sly

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Jacqueline Sly

Featuring
Jacqueline Sly, former Representative, South Dakota House of Representatives

A former teacher and state legislator, Jacqueline shares insights gained from her incredible leadership on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force. RespectAbility is deeply committed to sharing insights, ideas and recommendations from leaders across the country.

Jacqueline has served the people of South Dakota as a teacher and as a state legislator. During her eight years in the South Dakota House of Representatives she has filled a variety of critical leadership roles. During her last term she was Chairwoman of House Education Committee and was a member of House Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, she was a member of the Legislative Planning Committee, the Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council, and the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative Native American Focus Group Together; her experiences provide valuable lessons that can be applied to your work in a variety of sectors.

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Powerful Role that Mentorship can Play in Supporting Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities

Derek Shields of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition

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Derek Shields

Featuring
Derek Shields, Vice President & Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee

The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition’s initiatives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. The Coalition integrates mentoring into its own operational model to transfer historical knowledge, incorporate reverse mentoring to generate innovation and develop new opportunities for individuals with disabilities across their lifespan.

Speaker Bio: President of ForwardWorks Consulting, LLC for PolicyWorks, Derek serves as Vice President and is the Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee that guides the Susan M. Daniels Mentorship Fund. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Derek has experience in strategic planning, program and performance management. Former contract work included: Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program, Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Assistive Technology Training Program, the Defense Department’s Office of Family Policy and the Family Advocacy Program Office in support of their Domestic Violence and Child Abuse initiatives, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Assistive Services and Technology and projects at HUD, DOI, DOT, the State Department, the Access Board, GSA, and the VA.

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Bridges from School to Work and Transformative Power of a Job for Youth with Disabilities

Discussion with Tad Asbury with a Focus on Bridges from School to Work

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Tad Asbury

Featuring
Tad Asbury, VP & Executive Director, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities

Established in 1989 by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bridges from School to Work engages employers, schools, community resources, youth and their families to help businesses meet their workforce needs while offering young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed through employment. Each year, Bridges helps more than a thousand young people–most of whom are transitioning out of high school special education–prepare for the workplace and find a job with an employer in need of qualified, entry-level applicants. Creating and supporting mutually beneficial competitive employment relationships, the program creates opportunities for employment for youth while driving bottom-line results for business.

Speaker Bio: Thomas (Tad) Asbury is vice president & executive director of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, joining the Bridges from School to Work foundation in 2003. BSW engages employers, schools, community resources, youth, and their families to help businesses meet their workforce needs while offering young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed. With nearly three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Asbury leads the Foundation’s 70-plus associates, directing all strategy, program, operations, finance, and public and private development efforts to ensure long-term organizational stability and growth. An experienced national speaker and presenter, Asbury holds a B.A. from Albion College and an M.S. in applied linguistics from Georgetown University.

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Disability & Criminal Justice Reform – Key to Success and Challenges Ahead

Disability & Criminal Justice Reform – Key to Success and Challenges Ahead

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Janie Jeffers

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Eddie Ellis

Featuring 
Janie L. Jeffers of Jeffers and Associates, LLC.
Eddie B. Ellis, Jr., Founder, One by 1, Inc.
Philip Pauli, Policy Director, RespectAbility

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 32 percent of federal prisoners and 40 percent of people in jail have at least one disability. Using such sources and limited data, RespectAbility estimates that more than 750,000 people with disabilities are behind bars in America. As leaders, advocates and legislators think about the road ahead into 2017, criminal justice reform remains a significant issue impacting our nation. Join us for a special conversation about the intersection between criminal justice and disability issues. Learn from the personal experiences of a returning citizen about what needs to change and from a corrections professional about how to add the disability lens to the national conversation. You read the full version of RespectAbility’s report on our website.

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Disabilities to Diverse Abilities

How EY is Educating Their People About Mental Illness and Addiction 

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According to SAMHSA, “an estimated 43.6 million (18.1 percent) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness. In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4 percent) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder.” Low expectations and misconceptions are critical barriers to employment for people with disabilities. At the same time business-to-business communication about profitability and success is the best way to break down these barriers. EY, a top company that scored a 100 on the AAPD/USBLN Disability Equality Index (DEI), is taking the initiative to eliminate stigma in the office and provide a model of inclusion to other businesses. Learn about the work EY is doing to address stigma in the business world.

Featuring Lori B. Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas Talent Team,  Ernst & Young, LLP 

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Lori Golden

Lori Golden is Ernst & Young’s Abilities Strategy leader, driving efforts to build an enabling and inclusive work environment for people of all abilities. She consults on accommodations and career development issues for EY people working with differing abilities, and advises the firm’s AccessAbilities professional resource network, which includes several hundred people from across the organization’s geographies, ranks and functional groups, and the Abilities Champions network of leaders who advocate for abilities inclusiveness within their respective geographies and functional groups. Lori leads initiatives to enhance ergonomics and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices, communications, meetings, trainings and technology and to educate Ernst & Young people on abilities related issues. Lori is a member of the US Department of Labor’s Circle of Champions, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the US Business Leadership Network, the largest employer-led disabilities organization, and TransCen, a non-profit helping young people with disabilities transition from school to competitive employment. She’s been with Ernst & Young 15 years and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Best Practices in Action: Micro-Enterprise in Iowa

The Iowa Able Foundation-Micro-Enterprise, Micro-Lending and Financial Security for Iowans with Disabilities 

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Jill Crosser

Featuring Jill Crosser, Executive Director, Iowa Able Foundation

This webinar looks at innovative solutions to address poverty and financial insecurity in the disability community. People with disabilities are the poorest of the poor, with 28.5 percent experiencing poverty, higher than any other minority community. Iowa’s Able Foundation is turning to micro-loans and financial coaching to “empower Iowans with disabilities, their families and the aging.”

Speaker Bio: Jill Crosser is the Executive Director of the Iowa Able Foundation. Prior to joining the Iowa Able team, she worked as a Neuro Resource Facilitator with the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and has experience with Case Management with the Elderly Waiver worked with Job Placement as well. Jill received her undergraduate degree in Family Services, Criminology & Women’s Studies from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s work was completed at Drake University in Rehabilitation Administration.

“The need for skills and knowledge that successfully enable low and moderate income individuals (and individuals with disabilities) to become part of the mainstream financial system by learning to manage their finances, participate in banking services, and save for assets and other financial goals are often underestimated. Working for Iowa Able with our lending, educating, and advancing initiative has been a rewarding experience- helping other reach their goals is at the forefront of what we do every day. Finances and assets are the core to our stability.”

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Best Practices in Action: Montgomery County, Maryland

Montgomery County, Maryland on Jobs for People with Disabilities – Local Lessons from a National Role Model 

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Looking at Montgomery County provides a valuable example of what committed leaders can do. Did you know that more than 50 percent of people with disabilities living in Montgomery County are employed? Just as states like South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa are great examples of how to achieve great outcomes at the state level, Montgomery County is a model of how local leaders can move the needle on jobs for people with disabilities.

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Trish Gallalee

Speaker Bio: Ms. Gallalee is a Commissioner serving on the Montgomery County Commission for People with Disabilities. She served as the Chair of the Commission when voters approved the Charter Amendment for hiring people with disabilities or special hiring authority for people with disabilities/disabled veterans. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and works for the Federal Government as a Business Process improvement Specialist (Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt). Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for people with disabilities and she provided many with her insight on a wide variety of issues. As a person partnered with an assistance dog, Trish has worked educate the on the use of assistance dogs.

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Tapping into Hidden Human Capital

Debra Ruh on Practical Solutions for Employers and People with Disabilities

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Debra Ruh

Speaker Bio: “When told by ‘experts’ that her daughter, Sara, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, would be lucky to push shopping carts at the local grocery store, Debra refused to accept this. Debra’s unshakable faith in the power of human potential and her love for her daughter, led her to create Tec-Access, an ICT Accessibility firm. The majority of their employees were technologists with disabilities. By 2011, Debra had built Tec-Access into a multi-million-dollar firm, but realized that her mission was not yet complete. Convinced that “the real disability is being unable to see human potential” she went on to create Ruh Global and is a global disability inclusion strategist. She consults to Fortune 100 companies and nations including Kenya, Oman, Egypt and the Bahamas. Her daughter, Sara, is an internationally renowned keynote and motivational speaker who travels the world inspiring and encouraging others to follow their dreams.”

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Best Practices in Action: Nevada VR – Employer Engagement, Strategic Collaboration and Sector Strategies

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Shelley Hendren

Featuring Shelley Hendren, Rehabilitation Division Administrator and Janice John, Deputy Administrator, Nevada State Rehabilitation Division

The Rehabilitation Division of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation has worked hard to improve employment outcomes for Nevadan with disabilities. Join us on this webinar to learn about how VR in Nevada have built great collaborations with employers while also making the most of limited resources. Learn about how their work has evolved under WIOA and what the future holds.

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Specialisterne USA, Hope, Action, Impact: Cutting-Edge Jobs for People on the Autism Spectrum

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Thorkill Sonne

Featuring Thorkill Sonne, CEO and Founder, SpecialsiterneUSA

Specialisterne engages with corporate partners, post-secondary institutions, school districts, government agencies, and members of the greater autism community. Their mission is to enable sustained, competitive integrated employment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and similar challenges. Join us for this webinar to learn about what Specialisterne has been doing to enable employers to tap into this untapped talent pool. Learn more about their innovative work here and hear what employees themselves have to say about their successes.

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