WEBINAR: The Best Buddies Difference: Friendship and Skills Leading to Success

DATE: Friday, May 12th, 2017
TIME: 1:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm CT / 11:30 am MT / 10:30 am PT

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Featuring: Jessica Patton, Deputy Director, and Andrea Schonenberg, Senior Director, Jobs Program Best Buddies International

The mission of Best Buddies International is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The Best Buddies Jobs program represents one of the group’s three key mission pillars, Integrated Employment. This program secures jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves.

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WEBINAR: Youth with Disabilities, Training and Employment Success-Lessons on Best Practices from Project SEARCH

Please join us on May 2nd for a webinar with Paula Johnson, M.S., and Lisa Enright, M.Ed. Project SEARCH. Together, we will be discussing lessons from Project SEARCH’s work with youth with disabilities and how to apply those lessons to other workforce programs. Lisa, in particular, will be sharing her insights into how to train people with a variety of challenges, adapt training materials for people with limited literacy and other ways to enhance program effectiveness. The insights from Project SEARCH offer critical lessons learned about serving youth with disabilities. Joining us for this webinar will provide you with key insights that can apply to other workforce programs. We will outline various ways to break down tasks, support different learning styles and how to accommodate different disabilities. Please RSVP at the link below.

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Featuring: Paula Johnson, M.S.,Program Specialist Project SEARCH; Lisa M. Enright, M.Ed. Project SEARCH Instructor – Bayhealth

Paula has more than 30 years of experience in employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that includes job development, job analysis, career planning, staff training, marketing, and management. She has been actively involved with Project SEARCH since 2003 and is currently a program specialist assisting schools, community rehabilitation agencies, funding agencies and employers with the development of new programs in 15 states and Canada. Paula is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Lisa Enright graduated with a degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University. With over 20 years of experience in business, education and instructional technology, Lisa uses these skills to personalize instruction to engage, empower, enhance and extend learning for Project SEARCH interns both in the classroom and the workplace. Lisa resides in Delaware with her husband, two children and her Labrador, Lady Mae.

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WEBINAR: Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities-Lessons on Prevention, Protection and Survival from RAINN

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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Featuring
Scott Berkowitz, President, RAINN
Jennifer Marsh, Vice President of Special Projects, RAINN

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. We will discuss the sexual violence experienced by too many people with disabilities. Data from the National Crime Victimization Survey shows that an average of 59,000 adults with disabilities are raped or sexually assaulted each year. Approximately half of all adults with cognitive disabilities will experience 10 or more sexually abusive incidents in their lifetime. Join us for this vital conversation, where RAINN’s leaders will share with us their lessons on prevention and protection.

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WEBINAR: Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities

Insights from CSG’s Work Matters Report

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J. Edward (Ted) Townsend III, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Faced with serious barriers to employment, many Americans with disabilities find new ways to earn an income and enter the workforce. According to the Department of Labor, fully 10 percent of individuals with disabilities who are working are actually their own bosses.

That is why an entire chapter of the Coalition of State Government’s new Work Matters report talked about strategies for state governments to support Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship for people with disabilities. Join us for a detailed conversation with J. Edward (Ted) Townsend III of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Together, we will talk about this ground breaking report and policies that can support the entrepreneurial dreams of people with disabilities.

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Fighting Stigmas and Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities Through Hollywood

At RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities, we have been working with several partners within the entertainment industry on the full inclusion of people with disabilities – in front and behind the camera. On Feb. 8, we held a webinar with several partners as part of the process of creating a Community of Practice to work on the closely connected issues of disability, diversity, inclusion, poverty and media.

The webinar is being followed up with in-person meetings for interested parties based in Los Angeles and New York City. We are looking for partners to help move the needle on two core important issues: inclusion and diversity in Hollywood and employment of people with disabilities.

Our most recent events were held on on Feb. 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. Throughout the day, we hosted meetings of leaders in philanthropy, workforce development and entertainment industry who care about diversity, inclusion and employment in Hollywood for people with disabilities. There is a great potential to gather committed stakeholders to join together to form a Community of Practice to work on the closely connected issues of disability, diversity, inclusion, poverty and media. We hope this gathering will inaugurate a Community of Practice composed of key stakeholders to move the needle on two core important issues: inclusion and diversity in Hollywood and employment of people with disabilities.

Please contact our Communications Director at laurena@respectabilityusa.org for more information.

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