TOUR TO HIGHLIGHT BEST PRACTICES IN SERVING YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES!

Project Search, Quest, Inc., and RespectAbility have partnered to provide attendees of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Annual Conference the opportunity to visit Rosen Shingle Creek and tour a remarkable transition program support employment for youth with disabilities.

Wednesday, May 25th, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Free transportation will be provided to and from the site visit!

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TOUR TO HIGHLIGHT BEST PRACTICES IN SERVING YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES!

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Radio Interview with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Ben Spangenberg

KPFK Public Radio – Access Unlimited – Sunday, May 1, 2016
Radio Interview with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Ben Spangenberg

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Strategy Amidst Uncertainty: Using Futures Thinking to Inform Strategic Planning

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Richard Lum

Richard Lum

Featuring Richard Lum, chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC.

Richard A. K. Lum, PhD, is an academically trained futurist and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC, a foresight and strategic analysis firm based in Honolulu. His professional interests include the futures of governance, conflict and security, and industrialism.

Richard has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, and government agencies on foresight, strategy development, and strategic thinking. He has worked on foresight and strategy work on projects for organizations such as the European Commission, the UK government, the US Department of Defense, and PepsiCo. He has helped organizations apply foresight and develop strategy for endeavors ranging from the restoration of ancient Hawaiian island land management divisions to crowdsourcing foresight development to helping educators in the US anticipate the long term futures of learning.

Richard is the author of 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight and his contributions were featured in the book Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2006). He has been published in the Journal of Futures Studies and the journal Futures, and he has a forthcoming article in the International Journal of System of Systems Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Verge General Practice Framework for foresight work, a framework used by foresight practitioners throughout the UK, in Europe, Africa, and Asia for horizon scanning, scenario development, and visioning work.

Richard is an advisory council member of the Hawai‘i Future Caucus of the Hawai‘i State Legislature, he served on the State of Hawai‘i Constitutional Convention Cost Task Force, and he was recently reappointed to the O‘ahu Workforce Investment Board. He served for several years as the Strategic Planner for the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee for the state of Hawai‘i.

Richard holds a PhD in Political Science from the futures studies program at the University of Hawai‘i. His dissertation research focused on developing new conceptual frames for designing future governance systems.

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Mitzvah Menches

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Hear about the “Mitzvah Mensches” program at Boston’s Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. It’s an innovative and successful program that recruits, trains, and supports teens with and without disabilities to support worthy causes and make a difference in their communities!

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Arlene Remz

Nancy Mager

Nancy Mager

Featuring Arlene Remz, Executive Director, Gateways: Access to Jewish Education and Nancy Mager, Director of Jewish Education Programs, Gateways: Access to Jewish Education

Arlene Remz is the Executive Director of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the central organization for Jewish special education in Greater Boston. Arlene began her career in special education as a counselor in the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England, but for many years her professional life in special education was separate from her volunteer work in the Jewish community. Through Gateways she has brought together these two passions—working to ensure that every Jewish child can access a Jewish education.

Nancy Mager is the Director of Jewish Education Programs for Gateways and has worked in the field of special education as a teacher and consultant, and administrator for over 20 years. Nancy has extensive training and experience in autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, and Social Thinking™. Nancy holds a Master’s in Education from Simmons College through the New England Center for Children’s partnership program, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University.

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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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How a Federation/Community Foundation/United Way Can Support Equality & Inclusion throughout Community Agencies and Beyond

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Steve Rakitt

Steve Rakitt

Lisa Handelman

Lisa Handelman

Featuring Steve Rakitt, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Lisa Handelman, Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

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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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How You Can Make a Difference for People with Disabilities in the 2016 Presidential Campaign

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Did you know there are 56 million Americans with disabilities?
That 56 percent of likely voters say they, a family member, or a close friend has a disability?
And the disability community spans partisanship?

The disability community has the power to swing elections. For the first time, presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle are talking about our issues.

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum

Featuring Lauren Appelbaum, Director of Communications, RespectAbility

Lauren Appelbaum is Director of Communications at RespectAbility and Managing Director of The RespectAbility Report, a nonpartisan political commentary on the 2016 U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. On behalf of RespectAbility, Lauren and her team have met with all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle, asking them to address a variety of disability issues including employment for PwDs, accessibility issues, crime rates and more. Lauren has traveled to the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada on multiple occasions, meeting with presidential campaign staffers and local disability leaders to further our mission.

Previously, Lauren worked for NBC News’ Political Unit, covering the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections as a digital political researcher for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC and CNBC. She contributed more than 300 analytical posts about political issues, the Obama transition and the White House for NBC’s First Read political blog, and shot material for air on Today Show, Weekend Nightly News, and MSNBC. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Lauren earned a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. Her undergraduate degrees include Urban Studies from Columbia University and Midrash from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

 

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Fellows Webinar

National Leadership Program For Students and Young Professionals

RespectAbility’s webinar was held for the National Leadership Program, a program for college and graduate students, as well as graduates with or without disabilities. The National Leadership Program offers hands-on work experiences and coaching over a period of at least nine weeks in a supportive environment. Fellows participating in the National Leadership Program will learn public policy, advocacy, and strategic communications techniques from top professionals through hands-on work. In addition, they will gain leadership skills and develop a portfolio of contacts to help secure permanent employment.

  • Educate key decision-makers about programs that are proven to work. Work with governors, their key policy staff, and vocational rehabilitation teams in all 50 states.
  • For full description of the position, please click here.
  • Fellowships in Communications/Stigma Busting

    • Be on the front line of fighting prejudice, misinformation and low expectations. Interview presidential candidates on disability policy. Leverage our proactive outreach to employers, the media, Hollywood, elite schools, policy makers, and political candidates. Engage in social media with our #RespectTheAbility campaign, and highlight the benefits of inclusive employment.
    • For full job description, please click here.

    Fellowships on Inclusion of Jews with Disabilities and Their Families

    • RespectAbility is working for full inclusion in all faith groups, beginning with Jewish communities and institutions. As model practices are established, we will work broadly to share best practices across faiths.
    • For full job description, please click here.

    Development/Fundraising Fellowships

    • Help grow our organization through grant and proposal writing, prospect research, and attending donor and prospect meetings. Development fellowswill join supervisors at workshops and webinars that pertain to development.
    • For full description of the position, please click here.

    To apply for a fellowship, send your cover letter, answers to questions and resume to RandyD@RespectAbilityUSA.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.

    Special thanks to JP Morgan Chase for making this webinar with live captioning available for free.

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