Meaningful Opportunities for Successful Transitions with Vivian Bass, CEO of JFGH & MOST participants.

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Vivian G. Bass is the Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH), a non-sectarian, nonprofit agency based in Rockville, Maryland. She has been committed for over 30-years to improving the quality of life, independence, community inclusion and dignity of individuals with disabilities throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, nationally and internationally. As JFGH’s CEO since 1995, Vivian is responsible for oversight of the agency’s 74 residential locations regionally which support adults in a variety of service delivery models as well as for two innovative transitional programs and two social/recreation programs for young adults. The agency, under Vivian’s leadership, has grown from under $5 million in total assets to over $26 million in 2014. As JFGH has become a model for more than 25 communities over five continents, Vivian has mentored these communities wishing to emulate the JFGH Program.

A Ruby Lion of Judah, Vivian has been bestowed numerous distinctions including: “Washingtonian of the Year”; Jewish Women International’s (JWI) Community Leadership/`Women to Watch’ Award; Distinguished Service Award by Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC);  Maryland’s Top 100 Women; Jewish Federation of Greater Washington ‘Woman of Valor’ Award; Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s (YCT) `Lifetime of Service to the Jewish People’ Award; Potomac Community Resources (PCR) Patricia Sullivan Outstanding Professional Volunteer Award; and the Sulam School’s Distinguished Community Professional Award. Vivian has been sought as a speaker at a wide range of national and international conferences including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs National Plenum (JCPA), the World Congress on Disabilities in conjunction with the Paralympics, The National Organization on Disability (NOD), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Coalitions on Alternatives to Jewish Education (CAJE), the General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and the International Lion of Judah Conference. She was a plenary speaker at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the largest disabilities conference internationally.  She was requested by Best Buddies International to be a consultant in the launching of their chapters in Israel. On a volunteer basis Vivian serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Women International, and is a Board Member of The Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA). Additionally she is a member of The Board of Directors of Leadership Montgomery, Maryland where she chairs the Governance and Ethics Committee, a founding member of The Board of Directors of Potomac Community Resources- a disabilities organization which evolved from the local Catholic Community, and has been an actively engaged board/advisory board member in numerous other organizations.Vivian completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Special Education at The University of Michigan.  

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How individuals with disabilities, often deemed incapable of ever working, can get the skills they need to gain & succeed at work with Project Search’s Founder & Director, Erin Riehle RN, MSN

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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.

 

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Nalaga’at Theater at the Kennedy Center

 

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Nagala’at performance group, actors and interpreters, with RespectAbility and Claudia Gordon

 


Israel’s Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble, RespectAbilityUSA and White House’s Claudia Gordon join for magic night of culture at the Kennedy Center

 Washington, DC. In a moving night of theater and exchange, Israel’s famous Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble, RespectAbilityUSA, and the White House’s Claudia Gordon joined together for a night of magic. Nalaga’at is a world famous acting group whose cast consists of a dozen talented deaf-blind actors. RespectAbility is an American non-profit organization devoted to empowering people with disabilities to be valued and respected for the abilities that they do have. Claudia Gordon works at the White House Office of Public Engagement where she serves as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community.  Fully 56 million Americans have disabilities, roughly one in five Americans.

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Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. 2/12/14

TJ Lavin, Evelyn Kelley, and Representative Pete Sessions

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MTV’s TJ Lavin (L), Rep. Pete Sessions (R) with RespectAbilityUSA fellow Evelyn Kelley. Ms.Kelley is a Stanford grad who is hearing impaired and is one of 9 million Americans with disabilities who want to achieve the American dream. 

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Webinar: Inclusion in faith

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A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

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Gov. Jack Markell

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Rep. Pete Sessions

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TJ Lavin

  • TJ Lavin, host of MTV’s “The Challenge,” recovered from a near fatal accident and is a supporter of people with disabilities.
  • Gov. Jack Markell (DE) is the immediate past chair of the National Governors Association and is the leading state advocate for employing people with disabilities. See the NGA’s Report here: NGA.org
  • Rep. Pete Sessions, U.S. Congressman (R-TX) and chairman of the House Rules Committee, is one of the strongest advocates in Congress for people with disabilities. His son has Down syndrome and is an Eagle Scout.
  • With special guest 23 time Paralympian medalist Matt Cowdrey

70 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities are outside of the workforce (compared to 28 percent of people w/out disabilities). Taxpayers spend hundreds of BILLIONS a year in benefits to people with disabilities (PWDs), most of whom would rather work. Find out how we can save tax money and help millions of people at the same time! RespectAbilityUSA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to enabling people with disabilities to achieve the American dream. If you need any further information, email us at JenniferM@respectabilityUSA.org

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Poll release at 1:30 ET!

New Poll of 3839 People in Disability Community Shows:

  • 3 out of 4 people with disabilities surveyed value a job and independence over government benefits (no partisan split)
  • Disability community sites employer perceptions that they will be “less successful than someone without a disability” as primary barrier to jobs
  • Disability community names top ways to impact work environment as change in employer attitudes, employer training, and change in structure of benefits system
  • Younger PwDs (Post IDEA/ADA Generations) More Interested in Self-advocacy
  • Less than half of PwDs looking for work have access to quality training programs, career counseling, and professional resources (e.g., job coach) needed to help with a job search.
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