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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Thursday, December 5 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Workforce "Win-Wins" - Piloting a DSP Academy for Transitional Youth Filling

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In Spring 2019, RCM of Washington, a District of Columbia-based provider agency, rolled out a pilot program aimed at training various target groups to become employed as Direct Support Professionals. Coined "The DSP Academy", this eight-week experiential learning course provided an inclusive group of transitional youth soft skill training, project-based field work, and all the essential Direct Support Professional curriculum required by the District of Columbia Department on Disability Services. This included life-saving skills such as CPR, First Aid and Crisis Prevention Intervention. All courses were taught by a variety of content area experts. RCM of Washington received funding, referrals, and support from DC's Rehabilitation Services Administration. In addition, the District of Columbia Public School's Career Bridge program provided participant referrals to ensure an inclusive cohort of learners. The program trained eleven transitional youth nearing graduation, including eight participants enrolled in special education courses in their schools and three receiving general education. RCM of Washington adapted the typical DSP training curriculum to meet the needs of the learners, and learned many useful lessons along the way. The academy included aspects of peer-to-peer mentoring. Upon completion of the eight-week program, nine of the eleven participants graduated from the program and had passed all required exams. If interested, participants were assisted in finding employment within the community as a Direct Support Professional, and provided follow-up support. This session aims to provide an illustrated case study that promotes two main priorities in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities: promoting Employment First and addressing the apparent DSP workforce crisis.

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Erin Leveton

Director, Alvarez & Marsal
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Susan Brooks

Chief Innovation Officer, RCM of Washington
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Montrel Tennessee

Project Manager, DC Department on Disability Services
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Amy Brooks

CEO, RCM of Washington
A disability rights activist dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities for all people to actively participate in their communities.

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Scorpion 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226