WEBINAR: Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities

Insights from CSG’s Work Matters Report

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Ted Townsend

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
1:30 p.m. ET

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Featuring
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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Transitional Services and Self-Advocacy in Israel: Presentation

Five cutting-edge programs for helping youth with all types of disabilities in Israel transition into adulthood

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David B. Marcu

Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 p.m. ET

11333 Woodglen Drive, #102, Rockville, MD 20852

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Featuring:
David B. Marcu, the CEO of Israel Elwyn

Projects including transitions for employment, for national service, for military service and for volunteering in the community. In addition, Israel’s national self-advocacy program for persons with intellectual and developmental disability will be presented.

This presentation will be given by David B. Marcu, the CEO of Israel Elwyn, a multi-service support agency providing supports to more than 4,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Israel. David is a past-president of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (currently morphing into the Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies of which David is a member of the Executive Committee). David, originally from the United States, has been living in Israel for 32 years and has been CEO of Israel Elwyn for 24 years.

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