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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Wednesday, November 30 • 1:00pm - 4:50pm
Employment Implementers, Solutions for Improved Employment Outcomes

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Legislation affecting the employment of people with disabilities mandates states to implement systems change policies and practices to improve transition, post-secondary and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD. However, effective systems do not currently exist to support providers to deliver services in integrated models, to effectively move youth from school to work, and to engage employers in hiring people with disabilities. Further, individuals with I/DD have not historically had opportunities to exercise choice and self-determination, leading to very limited consideration of young adults’ interests, strengths, priorities, and abilities when exploring employment options. While many states are committed to improving outcomes for youth and young adults with I/DD, they do not possess the necessary knowledge, experience or capacity to facilitate systems change. 

The purpose of this 4.5-hour workshop is to highlight initiatives that can contribute to improved employment outcomes. Presenters will discuss: 
  • Capacity, 
  • WIOA Implementation,
  • Agency Transformation, and 
  • Advancing Employment First 
Who Should Attend?  
  • State agency leaders and senior staff (Education, VR, DD Council, Disability Rights and more)
  • Educators, Education Leaders and Resource Professionals
  • Adult Service Professionals
  • Attorneys and Advocates
  • Parents and Family Members
  • Self-Advocates
1:00-3:00 Employment Support That's The Ticket!  Elizabeth Jennings, Nancy Boutot, Jayme Pendergraft
3:00-4:50  Employers as Full Partners - Achieving Inclusive Employment through Pathways to Careers. Michael Callahan, Therese Fimian, Amy Stapley

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Michael Callahan

President, Marc Gold & Associates
Customized Employment, Discovery, Job Development, Systematic Instruction, consulting, certification, inclusive community planning

Wednesday November 30, 2016 1:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand D 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103