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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
Competitive Integrated Employment: What Progress Have We Made and Where Do We Need To Go Filling

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Diverse and inclusive communities demand systems change that guarantee Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) as the expectation and accessible to all. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has supported state systems change efforts through its Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) and Visionary Opportunities to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment (VOICE) initiatives since 2012. Starting in 2019, ODEP is beginning a new initiative with providers to assist in their transformation from segregated to inclusive business models. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has recently been funded as the RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This Center will partner with University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, and Kent State University and include many themes to include a focus on employment of minorities in STEM careers; 2) business relationships designed to expand employment opportunities; and 3) the importance of parents and employment specialists. Three of the six studies will be clinical interventions which directly impact the employment outcomes of individuals with IDD. We will empirically study 1) how parent interventions promote employment outcomes; 2) how minorities with IDD can acquire high technology skills in programming and coding; 3) effects of employment specialist competencies on the practices and policies that contribute to improved CIE and 4) college as an employment pathway for youth with autism.

This session will examine what we have learned from past initiatives as well as what is known about promoting CIE through a host of different pathways. Together the group will develop recommendations for future research and policy change. Recommendations for the future will provide direction toward positive change for CIE into the 21st century.

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Valerie A. Brooke

Principal Investigator -- RRTC on Employment for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
Valerie Brooke, M.Ed has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and working in the field of employment for individuals with disabilities for over thirty five years. Ms. Brooke is the Principal Investigator -- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC... Read More →
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Christopher Button, PhD

Supervisory Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Christopher Button is a Supervisory Policy Advisor for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor where she leads the Workforce Systems Policy Team and serves as one of ODEP’s Senior Management staff. The Workforce Systems Policy Team focuses... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room: Akimel Ballroom 4 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

Attendees (80)