Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)
Community of Practice (CoP) Monthly Webinar

June 14, 2017 3-4:00 ET

The EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series is structured to augment the technical assistance areas of primary focus in Employment First systems change (Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment). CoP participants will benefit from national subject matter experts (SMEs) presenting information and resources to support Employment First efforts.

Topic: Inspiring Parental Participation: It is all in how you ask.

As professionals, you may feel overwhelmed by your non-ending to-do-list. Parents of children with disabilities share that same experience. Sending a notice to a parent to come to a meeting is just another item on the list unless you make that invitation inviting. In this session, we learn how to create a safety zone for families to gather their energies, overcome their fears and become partners with service providers.

Webinar Objectives

  • Learn quick and easy methods to connect with parents and families in minutes.
  • Learn how to connect using the ENUF model which takes less than 10 minutes to connect and even settle an awkward conversation.
  • Discover how active listening helps you navigate the often chronic grief parents and individuals with disabilities often experience.
  • Learn how to discover "family genius and strengths" and learn to build upon them.
  • Attendees will discover how to empower families to become effective financial managers of their family member's assets including a basic roadmap to the Medicaid waiver system.
  • Lack of understanding of the Medicaid waiver system leads to many individuals and families who experience disability unprepared for the opportunities education and the service system can offer.
  • Parent support means financial education. Developing a basic road map for families is a good start.
  • Families can use Able Accounts, IDA's and other financial tools to develop launch funds to help accelerate meaningful life outcomes.
  • Learn about the 10 things never to say to a parent.
  • Common professional practices often build barriers?, not bridges.
  • ?Learn how to build relationship, not break them. ?
  • Learn ?strategies for? building sustainable and vibrant communities of support assisting with supported living and employment opportunities?.
  • ?Parents and families have social capital. Learn how to leverage their relationships to build stronger circles of support and communities.
  • A meaningful life is the goal of many individuals with disabilities. Community celebrations are powerful in building long-term supports which continue as life changes, which it often does.

Guest Speaker: Katherine Carol, National Subject Matter Expert

Thought leader, innovator, and provocateur are just a few words which capture Katherine Carol's passionate persistence to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Katherine and her daughter, Mikelle have been advocating technology as a necessity for people with disabilities to experience full and prosperous inclusion in the 21st Century community. Katherine and Mikelle have been informing and mentoring families on successful transition practices on their They are founding members of Families at the Forefront of Technology, an organization started and run by families dedicated to working with technology innovators such as Apple and Google to shape 21st Century Rehabilitation strategies and solutions.

Katherine Carol leverages decades of personal and professional experience to create innovative rehabilitation solutions for people with special needs, families, policymakers and service providers. Together with her daughter Mikelle, they have focused on using technology to enhance Mikelle's ability to work, to own her condo and manage her home and support team.

Among many of Katherine's various roles, she currently services as a board member for the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, is a council member for the Colorado Rehabilitation Council and is co-chairing Colorado's Employment First efforts.

Meeting Materials will be distributed closer to the event.

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Webinar Procedures

Benefits to Work! (beyond BIN) Training

Training Options:

  • June 26 & 27, 2017 - Treetops Resort - Gaylord, MI
  • June 28 & 29, 2017 - Comfort Inn, Birch Run, MI

Agenda for All Dates/Locations: Registration: 8:30am - 9:00am
Training: 9:00am - 4:00pm - Daily Attendance Required

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Job Coaching Web Course: NOW ON DEMAND

Due to the volume of demand and numerous requests for immediate training of new hires and new job responsibilities, TRN has modified our Job Coaching course so it can be accessed as needed. Course opens on purchase and lasts 14 days to time of purchase. 18-hour certificate awarded for successful completion. Effective job design, instructional and behavioral support strategies, and the development of natural and co-worker supports.

Principles of Job Design: Steps to take after getting the job, including analysis and task design.

Job Training and Instructional Support: Setting up learning strategies using task analysis, systematic instruction, natural learning and reinforcement, and data collection.

Natural Supports: Learn to develop supports using natural features of the work site, including co-workers.

Social-Behavioral Support: Develop strategies to support workers to interact in socially expected ways to enhance job success.

Users proceed at any time during the course period by interacting with readings and video, along with activities and downloadable forms. Registration is $159 US. Group rates available; 10% discount for single users automatically granted on purchase till July 31.

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