NCCDD is hosting a series of ten Employment and Transition Webinars to educate and inform stakeholders for Employment First, transition professionals, self-advocates and families, job coaching/CRP staff, and MCO staff with an array of state and nationally recognized content experts, to provide the context and necessary components for a statewide system that provides and sustains integrated employment for all North Carolinians living with a developmental disability, regardless of complexity or needed level of support.
The webinars will be held every other Thursday, from April 15 - September 9, 2021 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom. The webinar will include breaks and time for Q&As with leading experts in employment and transition planning for people with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities.
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During this webinar the audience learned an overview of federal laws and regulations setting competitive integrated employment as a national priority with and outcome for all federal funding streams, including Medicaid; the most recent national outcomes data for persons living with developmental disabilities - in special education transition, SSI and earned income, receiving employment services from both state VR and DDD, labor/workforce participation and living in poverty – and data from leading states and North Carolina’s relative standing.
Speaker: Allan I. Bergman, Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy, nationally recognized policy and systems change advocate, and parent of two adult daughters living with developmental disabilities.
This webinar will introduce the process, materials and tools from Charting the Life Course and the fundamentals of Person-Centered Thinking to facilitate the achievement of self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life.
Speaker: Barbara Brent, NASDDDS, and Molly Cole, Connecticut, UCED
During this webinar, you will learn about research findings and evidence-based best practices to assure the law’s outcomes, including practices that have been developed during the Pandemic to meet the legal requirements of Transition and its outcomes that do not include day programs, sheltered workshops, ICF/DD, or group homes, which often are predefined outcomes based on current systems, a diagnostic label, I.Q. score, low expectations, and traditional programs rather than individualized plans.
Presenters: Erik Carter, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University and Co-Director, VKC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Nashville, TN.
The Role of Assistive Technology and Devices in School, Employment and Community Living
Presenters: Marsha Threlkeld, Pivotal Consulting, Cowiche, Washington, and,
Allen Ray, Simply Home, Arden, N.C.
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In 2020, the pandemic flipped our world upside down, disrupting our entire lives, and affecting our families, jobs, schools and community services. While this DISRUPTION has been devastating, it can also be seen as an opportunity for self-advocates, families, state agencies, teachers, and service providers to rethink and restructure how we support and serve people with disabilities in other than facility-based day programs and sheltered workshops.Please join nationally recognized leader and subject matter expert Sara Murphy, from TransCen, Inc. in San Francisco, for a 3-hour training session to learn about Building Meaningful Lives, a community integrated service approach that addresses social barriers, encourages community inclusion and belonging, and creates pathways to competitive integrated employment. The Building Meaningful Lives model combines HCBS waiver services with VR-funded Supported Employment, enabling individual service plans to be “built to order”. It provides wrap-around services that can be tailored to meet each individual’s needs and circumstances. During this session, Ms. Murphy will provide tools and strategies for identifying service and support needs, building critical skills and encouraging “social self-sufficiency” and the idea of Community Integrated Employment. Let us “seize the day” and work together to create an interagency, collaborative service system for all people with developmental disabilities in North Carolina that encourages and financially incentivizes inclusion and creates pathways to competitive integrated employment!
The first half of the webinar will be provided by James R. Sheldon, Esq. Mr. Sheldon worked at Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, NY for more than 30 years and is now a disability policy consultant. He first focused on Social Security work incentives as a Protection and Advocacy attorney during the mid-1980s. Between 1998 and 2018, he supervised a regional work incentive counseling project, overseeing federal and state grants, including the WIPA (Work Incentives and Planning Assistance) grants, created by Congress in 1999. He has worked extensively with special education, Medicaid, Medicare, vocational rehabilitation, employment discrimination, and rights of persons with disabilities. Attorney Sheldon wrote or co-authored more than thirty policy briefs and a similar number of newsletter articles to support work incentive counselors nationally, primarily through Cornell’s Yang-Tan Institute.
The second half of today’s webinar will be provided by Cheryl Walfall-Flagg. Ms. Flagg, a resident of Raleigh, is representing the ABLE National Resource Center (located in D.C.) in her role as a BIPOC Ambassador, a program of which she was founding member in 2018. As a mother, she understands the positive impact an ABLE account can have on her children’s future lives, especially as young black men with autism. She has been raising awareness about ABLE accounts through her work for Families & Communities Rising, which oversees Head Start and Early Head Start programs in addition to other family and community services for early childhood social-emotional health, prevention of child abuse and neglect and respite care. Among her many advocacy roles, Ms. Walfall-Flagg also is a parent member of Rethinking Guardianship, a Parent Mentor for FSN-NC and serves on the Advisory Board of Access Family Support Health Information Network.