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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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Thursday, December 1 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Creating Pathways to Employment & Community Integration LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

The DC Department on Disability Services is engaged in a multi-year effort to advance the employment of people with intellectual disabilities. We have engaged in systems change so that at the moment a person steps into our front door for intake, we are asking them about their vision for employment. Service planning engages people and their families in a discussion about their interest in employment and results in a goal for each person to advance them on the pathway towards employment. The Developmental Disabilities Administration and Rehabilitation Services Administration partnered and created standard operating procedures to guide coordinated services between the two agencies. Our HCBS waiver services have new definitions and implementing regulations that require a customized employment Positive Personal Profile vocational assessment and a corresponding Job Search and Community Integration Plan for every person in day services. We will discuss how person-centered thinking formed the foundation of our systems change efforts; early positive results; the challenges we have faced along the way; as well as next steps to support employment first. . 1. Participants will learn about DC's systems change efforts to advance employment first. 2. Learn how DC has amended our waiver, regulations, policy and procedure to support people on their pathway to employment. 3. Understand the operating agreement between DDA and RSA to support people with IDD in competitive, integrated employment.

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Erin Leveton

Deputy Director, Quality Assurance & Performance Management Administration, DC Department on Disability Services
Erin Leveton is the Program Manager of the State Office of Disability Administration at the District of Columbia Department on Disability Services, supporting the agency in policy and legislative affairs, program development, stakeholder relations, and helping DDS to accelerate gains... Read More →

Thursday December 1, 2016 9:20am - 10:10am CST
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