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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 • 3:50pm - 5:00pm
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Many youth and young adults with disabilities experience barriers to gaining competitive integrated employment due to insufficient employment preparation and supports (Department of Labor, 2016). This presentation will share how several Partnership in Employment grantees are designing and implementing model demonstration programs to increase employment in diverse and inclusive communities. Participants will hear from the national evaluator and grantees from the District of Columbia, South Carolina, and Utah. These grantees have implemented school-based model demonstration programs, which have resulted in youth and young adults with disabilities gaining paid work experiences. Presenters will share their diverse approaches to increasing employment among youth and young adults with disabilities. Presentation topics will include implementing model demonstration programs to serve different communities, increasing collaboration within model demonstration sites, creating career pathways, establishing program sustainability, mitigating challenges, and sharing lessons learned. Participants and presenters will also engage in a discussion on promoting positive employment outcomes.

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Montrel Tennessee

Project Manager, DC Department on Disability Services
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Sandy Jordan

Director of Employment Programs, Able South Carolina
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Kristin Corcoran

Consultant, The Lewin Group
I am a Consultant for the Lewin Group. We are the national evaluator for the Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grant, which provides funding for state grantees to promote competitive, integrated employment for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental dis... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Akimel Ballroom 4 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226