Best Practices in Action: VR and Business Partnerships and in Iowa

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Shelley Hendren

David Mitchell

Featuring David Mitchell, Administrator of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).

Employer engagement is a critical part of workforce development and is critical for expanding jobs for people with disabilities. In this second webinar with leaders from the great state of Iowa, learn what they have been doing to build partnerships with businesses and train Iowans with disabilities to meet business talent needs. This webinar will also discuss a leading edge partnership between Iowa VR and the Unity Point Health System to support workers who age into disabilities.

Speaker Bio: David Mitchell was named Administrator for IVRS in May 2011. Mitchell had spent 11 years at IVRS prior to this selection, serving as Assistant Bureau Chief, Administrative Consultant, and Supervisor for the East Central Area Office. Mitchell has extensive experience in working to improve the lives of Iowans with disabilities. Prior to joining IVRS, Mitchell worked in rehabilitation services in Iowa for nearly 20 years, serving as a community services administrator, rehabilitation consultant, branch manager, and vocational counselor. A member of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, Mitchell is a past president and current member of the National Rehabilitation Association. He is also a past member of the Iowa Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation and the Central Iowa Job Placement Network.

Mitchell received his Masters Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Drake University and his Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Industrial Administration from Iowa State University. Mitchell is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Mitchell received the Distinguished Service Award from the Region VII of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the College of Education Alumni of the Year Award from Drake University in 2005. He also received the Iowa Golden Dome Award for Leader of the Year and the Bill Donohue Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the placement of Iowans with disabilities in the workforce.

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Best Practices in Action: Youth Transitions and Employment Outcomes in Iowa

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Shelley Hendren

David Mitchell

Featuring David Mitchell, Administrator of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).

Iowa ranks third overall in the nation in terms of empowering people with disabilities to get jobs and enter the workforce. The state has consistently achieved great employment outcomes through a combination of innovative programs and a strong focus on youth employment. Join us for a conversation about what Iowa is doing to create pathways for youth with disabilities even in rural areas of the state. Join us to learn what Iowa has to offer and what lessons can be used in your state!

Speaker Bio: David Mitchell was named Administrator for IVRS in May 2011. Mitchell had spent 11 years at IVRS prior to this selection, serving as Assistant Bureau Chief, Administrative Consultant, and Supervisor for the East Central Area Office. Mitchell has extensive experience in working to improve the lives of Iowans with disabilities. Prior to joining IVRS, Mitchell worked in rehabilitation services in Iowa for nearly 20 years, serving as a community services administrator, rehabilitation consultant, branch manager, and vocational counselor. A member of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, Mitchell is a past president and current member of the National Rehabilitation Association. He is also a past member of the Iowa Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation and the Central Iowa Job Placement Network.

Mitchell received his Masters Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Drake University and his Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Industrial Administration from Iowa State University. Mitchell is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Mitchell received the Distinguished Service Award from Region VII of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the College of Education Alumni of the Year Award from Drake University in 2005. He also received the Iowa Golden Dome Award for Leader of the Year and the Bill Donohue Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the placement of Iowans with disabilities in the workforce.

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Renewing the Commitment Guide-ADA Training for Nonprofit Professionals

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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: One in five Americans has a disability — representing a segment of the population that is larger than any ethnic, racial or cultural minority group in the United States. Those who have disabilities include people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, ages and sexual orientations.

Renewing the Commitment is an ADA Compliance Guide that helps nonprofits comply with the ADA and provides tools to ensure full access for all.  The Guide was created by the Chicago Community Trust as part of their mission to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change.

The ADA embodies—and makes enforceable—this nation’s promise of full access to nonprofit organizations, businesses that serve the public, state and local governments, transportation, employment and telecommunications. The ADA requires most nonprofits to provide equal access to services. It applies to an organization whether it offers performing arts programs to the public or works to prevent homelessness and hunger. It applies to a nonprofit whether it provides mental or physical health care or promotes wellness or community development. It applies whether your group strives to improve education or offers a food pantry or thrift shop for the public


Irene BowenSPEAKER BIO:
Irene Bowen, J.D., is President of ADA One, LLC, a consulting firm that provides ADA consulting, speaking, and compliance assessment services to public and private entities regarding titles II and III of theADA, as well as assistance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other disability rights laws.

Before she founded ADA One, Ms. Bowen’s career as a disability rights attorney spanned thirty years. She became known for her singular depth and breadth of knowledge and built a strong reputation as a knowledgeable, insightful, and visionary leader, attorney, and speaker.

In August 2008 Ms. Bowen left the Department of Justice (DOJ), where she had been Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section, overseeing enforcement of the ADA. She was actively involved in the development of the ADA, the original ADA accessibility guidelines, and DOJ’s existing and proposed regulations. She established the Disability Unit in the Civil Rights Division, the Department’s program for certifying state and local accessibility laws and codes, the first ADA investigation procedures, and the use of mediation as a means of resolving litigation.

Ms. Bowen has also been Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Access Board, a disability rights advocate – co-founding the National Center for Law and Deafness as a law student – and a public interest attorney .

Ms. Bowen holds a J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law and a B.A.in French and English from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Best Practices in Action: South Dakota & Leading the Nation on Jobs for People with Disabilities

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Gloria Pearson

Gloria Pearson

Featuring Secretary Gloria Pearson, South Dakota Department of Human Services.

Fully fifty-percent of South Dakotans with disabilities are employed, making it number one in terms of having the highest employment rate of any state in the nation. Join us for a discussion with Secretary Gloria Pearson of South Dakota’s Department of Human Services about what her state has done. Learn what best practices are driving these incredible outcomes for employers, people with disabilities and taxpayers alike.

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Teen Pre-employment & Community Service Experience for Youth with and without Disabilities!

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Erica Steen

Erica Steen

Featuring Erica Steen, Director of Community Engagement, DCJCC

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Advance your Disability Employment Initiatives with NOD’s Disability Employment Tracker

Learn what you and your company need to know about how to advance your disability employment initiatives, transform your culture, and NOD’s 2016 Disability Employer Seal of Approval!

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RespectAbility is pleased to share with you this opportunity to learn about the National Organization on Disability’s efforts to help employers make benefit of the talents of people with disabilities!

Our nation was founded on the principle that anyone who works hard should be able to get ahead in life. People with disabilities deserve to be able to work to achieve the American dream, just like anyone else. Employees with disabilities have incredible talents and can benefit the bottom lines of their employers. However, employers may not fully understand how to meet their labor needs with the untapped talents of people with disabilities.

The National Organization on Disability, a nonprofit with more than twenty-five years of supporting employers to hire talented people with disabilities, is offering a new tool to improve disability employment practices.

The Disability Employment Tracker™ is a free tool for employers to confidentially assess their disability and veteran inclusion practices. New in 2016, participants will receive a streamlined Disability Employment Tracker ScoreCard™ that gives companies four key benchmarks and leading practices in disability employment.

In the race for talent, the Disability Employment Tracker™ gives your company an immediate edge. This free and confidential online assessment provides critical analysis you won’t find elsewhere.

To sign up for the Disability Employment Tracker and qualify for Seal consideration, simply visit www.nod.org/tracker. To date, nearly 90 companies already have taken the Tracker from industry sectors ranging from banking and telecom to insurance and retail.

About NOD
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD visit www.NOD.org.

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WIOA: Enable People with Disabilities to Get Jobs

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In the new few weeks each of the 50 states will be releasing their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act plans for the public to review and comment on. Last year, a new law called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed. This new law is vital for the 1-in-5 Americans who have a disability because it requires the entire workforce system to become accessible for people with disabilities. This law can help people with a wide range of differences to get the skills and training they need in order to pursue the American dream, just like everyone else. However, because every state can make their own plan, whether WIOA really works depends on state and local organizations and individuals getting involved and making your voices heard!

Every state must create a “Unified integrated state workforce plan” before March 2016. When a state has completed their plan, they have to publish it online. Organizations that work to empower people with disabilities can and should review their state plan and write public comments about ways the plan can help people enter the workforce. As a community, we want each state to move forward a state plan that will be inclusive of the most integrated job opportunities for people with disabilities.

FREE HELP So You and/or Your Organization to Submit Public Comments, Which Will Help People with Disabilities Get Jobs
Submitting public comments on state economic plans can seem daunting. However, getting the workforce system to understand what barriers keep people with disabilities from employment depends on making your voices heard. RespectAbility can help by sending information about what references to disability and youth are included in each plan.

It is critical that state plans reflect proven best practices and cost-effective models. RespectAbility, has created a toolkit which can help you to know what to write about in your comments. Our Disability Employment First Planning Toolkit reflects data driven insights and practical solutions for empowering people with disabilities. We also have extensive data available about disability and employment in each and every state. You can freely use this data to educate state leaders and inform them about the needs of your state community. We also have a list of webinars about proven models that your state can follow in order to achieve win-win-win solutions for people with disabilities, employers and taxpayers alike.

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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President and CEO of RespectAbility and Philip Pauli, Policy and Practices Director of RespectAbility.  RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream. We works regularly with national, state and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media and employers, as well as with disability and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. We already have met with teams from all 50 states, including 40 governors, on WIOA implementation.

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How to Get Winning Op-Eds and Press Attention on Jobs for People with Disabilities

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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Featuring Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President of RespectAbilty, a non-profit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American Dream. She works regularly with national, state, and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media and employers, as well as with disability and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. She has already met with teams from all 50 states, including 40 governors, on WIOA implementation. She has published dozens of op-eds on disability issues, including in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Hill and other publications. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities.

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Best Practices in Youth Employment for People with Disabilities

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J. Erin Riehle

J. Erin Riehle

Featuring J. Erin Riehle, founder and Director, Project SEARCH

In 2013, 1,156,000 individuals from ages 13 to 25 received $8.7 billion in Supplemental Security Income benefits. These young people face distinct challenges in transitioning from school to work and economic self-sufficiency. To help them overcome these challenges, the Social Security Administration sponsored the Youth Transition Demonstration, which did not show as much promise as hoped.

Meanwhile, Project SEARCH continues to get outstanding results for employers, people with disabilities, and taxpayers around the country. It is a one-year, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and worksite-based training and support. The goal for each program participant is competitive employment. With programs in 45 states, and over 2,700 young adults served each year, their employment outcomes are phenomenal. It can be covered by WIOA funding too!

Speaker: Erin Riehle, MSN, RN is a national leader in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She is a founder and Director of Project SEARCH, an employment and transition program that has received national recognition for innovative practices. She is regularly invited to present at national and regional conferences, and has co-authored numerous publications and book chapters. She has been a board member for the United States Business Leadership (USBLN) and APSE.

Erin Riehle began her career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit and advanced to clinical director of the emergency department. Her interest in employment for people with disabilities grew from her frustration with high turnover rates among workers performing critical tasks such as re-stocking emergency room supply shelves. Riehle found that placing individuals with developmental disabilities in these positions was both an effective solution to her staffing problems and an improvement in quality of life for the workers she employed. This positive experience ultimately led to a systematic, hospital-wide effort, led by Ms. Riehle, to explore job possibilities for people with disabilities.

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Best Practices in Youth Employment for People with Disabilities: Project SEARCH

Best Practices in Youth Employment for People with Disabilities: Project SEARCH
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