Featuring Donna Meltzer, CEO, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO, RespectAbility
Donna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national nonprofit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work within state government to promote independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities through systems change activities. Previously she was the senior director of government relations for the Epilepsy Foundation, where she worked from 1987-1993. She previously served a three-year term as chairwoman of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and is also a past chairwoman of the National Health Council’s Government Relations Affinity Group. She is a member of the board of advisors of RespectAbility.Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President and CEO 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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View the transcript here.
Listen to the audio here
Read the article in Business Wire here.
Watch the webinar (with captions) here or below.
David Scott is Director of Sales at the award winning Embassy Suites and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in Omaha-La Vista, Nebraska. The hotels are model inclusive employers which have garnered recognition by the White House, the Nebraska Governor and in numerous media outlets. Moreover, inclusion was not done for charity – it was done for, and remains, great for business. Originally from Sydney, Australia, David has worked in tourism and hospitality for over 30 years.
Valentini Kalargyrou, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her outstanding and scientifically done work on best practices in the hospitality industry has been widely published in top-tier reviewed journals. Her research primary focuses on disability issues in the workplace and service operations.
LeAndra Collins has been a Director of Human Resources in the hospitality industry for over eight years. She has overseen three Project SEARCH host sites based at hotels averaging 85% employment in the first year following their graduation. LeAndra is a member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands and holds her PHR Certification. In addition to her work, she is also kept busy by her two daughters who are six and three years old.
Featuring Rita Landgraf, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Note: Better Bottom Line was created with the leadership of Governor Jack Markell of Delaware (in whose cabinet she serves) when he served as Chair of the National Governors Association. Many credit that work, which Sec. Landgraf leads in Delaware, as inspiring bipartisan national movement on employment for people with disabilities. Her work is on the cutting edge of best practices, offering proven models that other states can follow in their own implementation in order to achieve win-win-win solutions for people with disabilities, employers and taxpayers alike.
As Secretary, Landgraf leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest departments in the Delaware government, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. Under her leadership, DHSS has provided a wide range of services from health care to child care, to benefits assistance to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all while helping to coordinate the State response to health care reform efforts and responding to the fast-changing aging demographics of Delaware. She is co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, Chair of the Delaware Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences’ Health Science Alliance, a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Health and Social Services Subcommittee, and a member of the Delaware Health Care Commission.
WIOA is now law and every state must now come up with a comprehensive, coordinated and performance based plan to expand employment for people with disabilities in their state. But what policies actually work? What is a waste of time and tax money? Join this conference call with leading experts who will share proven best practices in a free webinar. Live captioning will be offered.
Dr. David Stapleton, an economist, is a senior fellow at Mathematica and the director of Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy. Since 1991, his research has focused on the impacts of public policy on the employment and income of people with disabilities. He is currently leading Mathematica’s research efforts under its Disability Research Consortium agreement with SSA, is co-leader for the evaluation of SSA’s Benefit Offset National Demonstration, and is senior advisor for a Department of Labor project on return to work supports for workers who encounter medical conditions that threaten their ability to continue to work.
Dr. David Wittenburg, an economist, is a senior researcher in Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy. Over the past twenty years, he has published several reports, journal articles and policy briefs for the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Education on employment initiatives for people with disabilities and has a specific interest in issues facing transition-age youth. He has written extensively and testified before Congress on the challenges facing youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in transitioning to independence. He currently works on several projects for SSA and ED, including a NIDRR funded Employment Policy Measure Research and Rehabilitation Training Center that is supporting this presentation.
RespectAbilityUSA conversation with Gov. Scott Walker (WI) on Employment First Policies and Jobs for People with Disabilities.
Thursday, September 4th
Disabilities to Diverse Abilities: Changing the Workplace Paradigm
with 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 abilitieselated 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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About Project SEARCH: Project SEARCH 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.