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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 • 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Transforming Workforce Development through Customized Employment and Employer Engagement Full

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In the 80s, we encouraged employers to hire the handicapped. In the 90s, we suggested they take advantage of an untapped labor pool. Regardless of our efforts, the unemployment, underemployment and participation rates for individuals with disabilities have not changed much. Still, well into the 21st century, 70% of individuals with disabilities are unemployed or underemployed. Hiring an employee is a business decision, not a charity decision. Employers hire people who can contribute to their business - increasing awareness or subsidizing wages is not enough. Employment is a relationship between two parties (the employer and job seeker) and our job is to effectively create a win-win for both the business and job seeker with disability. As Employment Consultants, we must develop and implement a flexible process designed to individualize employment relationships between a job seeker and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. This presentation will look at ways to re-frame how we approach and partner with employers, and provide examples of how employment professionals can utilize those strategies in developing employer relationships and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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Laura Owens

President, TransCen Inc.
Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and the President of TransCen... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Scorpion 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226