Jewish Funders Webinar

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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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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

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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Campaign 2016 and People with Disabilities: Enabling Access and Opportunities for All

A Special Summit for Campaign Consultants, Hill Staff and Disability Leaders Featuring Gov. Jack Markell and Dave Hoppe

1 in 5 Americans have a disability

America has 56 million people with disabilities. Polls show that the majority of voters either have a disability or a loved one with a disability. Voters with disabilities and their families are up for grabs — and the actions that campaigns take to reach out to these voters can make the difference between winning and losing. Yet far too many campaigns are not reaching this demographic — one-in-five Americans — in a meaningful way.

A summit convened by the nonprofit nonpartisan organization RespectAbility showcased how campaigns, candidates and elected officials can not only reach out to but fully include voters with disabilities. It’s time for candidates to view people with disabilities — the largest minority group in America — as an important voting group like African Americans, soccer moms and the LGBTQ community.

Sessions focused on important topics from disability messaging the 2016 national election to ensuring events and campaign materials are accessible to all. Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE) and Dave Hoppe, who serves as Chief of Staff to Speaker Paul Ryan, received awards for their work in ensuring people with disabilities have every opportunity to succeed. In addition, Rodney Hood of JP Morgan Chase spoke about the successes of the new Conference Accessibility Initiative and how you can utilize these best practices in your work.

Looking for the resources shared at the conference? View everything on our post: “#PwDsVote Summit Live on C-SPAN 2, Follow Along From Home.”

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

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Thorkill Sonne

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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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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Disability and Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success

New Report Brings to Light the Importance of Including People with Disabilities in Justice Reform Process

32 of federal prisoners report having at least one disability. 40% of jail inmate report having at least one disability. Source: http://www.bjs.gov

Today, there are more than 750,000 Americans with disabilities behind bars.

A new report released June 20, showed, for the first time, that a shocking number of America’s jail and prison inmates have disabilities. The report, released by the advocacy group RespectAbility, used public data previously available but never before assembled and details the large percentages of inmates who have a cognitive, vision, hearing, ambulatory or other type of disability.

The data shows that 32 percent of federal prisoners and 40 percent of people in jail have at least one disability. Fully 95 percent of them will be released eventually, but without proper programming in place, many of them will end up reincarcerated. The report was released and the data discussed at a panel discussion on Capitol Hill featuring advocates for disabilities and criminal justice reform and returning citizens with disabilities.

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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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