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Information, resources and research about work and disability issues
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5/9 Webcast: Funding the Transition to Meaningful Adult Roles

Joe Henn

Dates/Times:  5/9/2006, 2:00pm ET
Title: Funding the Transition to Meaningful Adult Roles
Presenter:  Joe Henn, MBA

This presentation will cover the financial planning including budgeting and funding strategies that allows a person with a severe disability to live a full, integrated life in the community. In so doing, the person can continue to be eligible for the benefit streams to which he/she is entitled, while working full time with benefits and living independently.

Joe's daughter, Nancy, has autism. At age 19, Nancy's profile for possible employment was: IQ: < 20, non-verbal, severe behavior problems, functioning level - bottom 10% of individuals with autism. At age 31, Nancy's life consists of : working 40 hours per week at union scale with benefits, owns her own car, goes on vacations, lives with 3 other women, and pays taxes. Joe can tell you how this happened for his daughter and how others can do it too!  Register for the 5/9 Webcast

5/23 Webcast: Organizational Transformation to Expand Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned

John Butterworth

Dates/Times:  5/23/2006, 2:00pm ET
Title: Organizational Transformation to Expand Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned
Presenter:  John Butterworth, Ph.D., ICI, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Shifting resources and emphasis from facility-based and non-work services to integrated employment is a complex process that requires changes in values, strategies, policy, and personnel. This webcast will highlight lessons learned from the 15 organizations participating in the T-TAP project about implementing an organizational transformation.

Topics to be addressed include developing leadership support, communicating goals and expectations, transforming staff roles and responsibilities, allocating resources, and the importance of implementing change one person at a time. Register for the 5/23 Webcast

5/25 & 6/1 Webcasts (2-part series): Programmatic Differences for Individuals Who are Blind
(Part 1 is on 5/25; Part 2 is on 6/1)

Terri Uttermohlen and Jim McCarthy

Dates/Times: Part 1 - 5/25/2006, 2:00pm ET; Part 2 - 6/1/2006, 2:00pm ET
Title: Programmatic Differences for Individuals Who are Blind
Presenters:  Terri Uttermohlen & Jim McCarthy

This 2-part series is designed for Benefits Planners, to enhance awareness of the regulatory differences in both the Title II disability program and the SSI program for beneficiaries who are blind.

Participants will benefit most from this material if they already have a good basic understanding of the Social Security and SSI work incentives as they apply to beneficiaries who are not blind. Part 1 will discuss how work incentives differ for blind beneficiaries, and part 2 will discuss blindness and SSI. Registration includes Part 1- 5/25 & Part 2 - 6/1

New Product: DVD- 2005 Webcast Series

DVD - 2005 Webcast SeriesIncreasing Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities

This DVD contains a collection of 6 webcasts with national speakers on topics related to increasing customized employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Each webcast includes a 45 minute lecture, PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and other resources. This DVD is a great training tool.

Topics: Increasing Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities; Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace; Managing for Employment Outcomes; Parent Expectations and Work; The Nuts and Bolts of Networking with Business; & Work Incentives: How Work Impacts Your Benefits. Developed by T-TAP, funded by a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (# E 9-4-2-01217). Price: $74.99. Order the DVD 2005 Webcast Series

6/5 Free Webcast: ACE-IT! Student Views on Expanding Academic & Career Supports for College Students with Physical & Neurological Disabilities

Liz Getzel

Dates/Times:  6/5/2006, 2:00pm ET
Title: ACE-IT! Student Views on Expanding Academic & Career Supports for College Students with Physical & Neurological Disabilities
Presenters:  Elizabeth Getzel, Dir. of Postsecondary Initiatives at VCU-RRTC
Andrea Konig, VCU Doctoral Student
Jennifer Bagsby, VCU Graduate

This FREE webcast presentation will be useful to disability support professionals, faculty field placement coordinators, career counselors, field instructors, transition specialists, students with neurological disabilities and family members.

Academic and Career Exploration-Individualized Techniques! (ACE-IT!) uses a supported education approach to provide individualized services to students with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological disabilities. Ms. Konig and Ms. Bagsby will share about their experiences with the program developed at VCU and what services and supports were particularly useful in reaching their career goals. Register for the 6/5 Free Webcast

When Work Works: Rules of Engagement for a Flexible Work Environment - Finding Common Ground, by Cathy Healy

Workplace flexibility once thought of as an unconventional perk solely for top-performing employees in large companies is finding new life. Managers across diverse industries are discovering the business benefits of implementing flexible work practices. In fact, one type of workplace flexibility—working from home through telecommuting—is growing in popularity.

A recent Wall Street Journal article points to research conducted by Gartner Inc., a technology research firm which maintains that “more than 23% of the country’s workforce worked at least one day a month at home in 2005, up from 12% in 2000. Gartner predicts that this figure will grow to more than 100 million workers by 2008.”  Read Finding Common Ground