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Thursday, December 1 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Effective Employment Support - Findings From Interviews With Support Professionals LIMITED

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State and national policies like for example "Employment First" are essential for creating an infrastructure of programs and services geared toward promoting employment of people with disabilities (Harkin, 2012; GAO, 2010; Mank & Grossi, 2013). However, without at the same time delivering top quality support services to job seekers with disabilities, this population will continue to struggle in achieving meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency (Drake & Bond, 2008; Johnston et al., 2009; Test & Cease-Cook, 2012). This presentation will address the conference strand of "Innovative practices in integrated employment" by sharing effective support strategies as described by 16 employment consultants (in 12 states) who were nominated for a study on effective employment support strategies and who were interviewed in the summer of 2015. The voice of family members and job seekers interviewed will be shared as well. Moreover, an emp loyment consultant will talk about his experience supporting job seekers. Finally, a self-advocate will provide additional insights about what works and how to improve employment support services. Among others, the audience of this presentation is likely to include directors of employment programs, supervisors of support professionals, support professionals, job seekers, and family members. The take home message for this audience includes a greater understanding of effective employment support strategies as described by professionals and other key players based on the most recent findings from research. The take home message for job seekers, self-advocates, and family members will be a greater awareness of the key role that they can play in shaping the services available to job seekers. After this presentation: 1. Support professionals will be familiar with the most recent findings about effective employment support strategies for getting to know job seekers, finding jobs, involving family members and other key players, and making decisions. 2. Job seekers and family members will better understand the central role that they can play in promoting job seekers' career advancement.

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Kelly Nye-Lengerman

Research Associate, University of Minnesota

Thursday December 1, 2016 9:20am - 10:10am CST
Conductor Room 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103