WEBINAR: Successful Disability Employment Strategies-Lessons from Staples, Pepsi and other leading Employers
A Conversation about Successful Disability Employment Strategies with Kevin McCloskey and Kris Foss
Kevin McCloskey, Director of Partnership Development – Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond
Kris Foss, Managing Director – Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond
Disability Solutions, a corporate disability consulting firm, is changing minds and changing lives through their work with Pepsi, Synchrony Financial, Staples and other employers across the country. Disability Solutions’ clients have hired over 350 people with disabilities, including veterans, over the past five years through the planning and implementation of a strategic approach focused on driving business results. Managing Director, Kris Foss, and Director of Partnership Development, Kevin McCloskey, will discuss best practices and tips on bridging the gap between employers and the community partners who serve all jobseekers with disabilities that have produced real outcomes.
Learn about the innovative work being done by Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility
Disability is the minority group that anyone can join at any time due to accident, illness or injury. The life experience of acquiring a disability can result in serious disruptions to a person’s life, health and employment. The road to recovery or adapting to a new reality can be a complex and confusing process. Yet there is a critical gap at the center of that process. Assuring a good “big picture” outcome for a working person with a health-related life and employment disruption is not in any professional’s job description today.
Instead, this important task typically defaults to the person who acquires a disability and their family. Together or alone, they face the challenge of navigating complex systems of health, disability and workers’ compensation. As a result, some people fall through this gap in the social fabric and end up with avoidable outcomes.
Jennifer Christian, MD’s life work has been about bridging that gap. From founding Webility to draw attention to this hole in the social fabric to helping doctors, employers, benefits payers and other stakeholders establish better communications, Dr. Christian has been an innovator and thought leader. Dr. Christian has dedicated her life to get people the support they need to remain functional, independent, and able to participate fully in human life, including work.
A Conversation about Faith, Disability and Inclusion Resources with Bill Gaventa, M.Div and Joe Timmons
Bill Gaventa, M.Div., Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, Texas Faith Inclusion Network on Disability
Joe Timmons, Research Fellow, Institute on Community Inclusion
Years ago, Rev. Bill Gaventa said, “in every faith community, there is a scriptural basis for welcome and hospitality.” Over the course of his career, he has worked hard across the country on issues at the intersection of faith, disability and inclusion. He has worked with dozens of congregations of different faiths to promote the lives and value of people with disabilities.
Faith organizations have a unique role supporting job seekers with disabilities. Not only can religious organizations drive inclusion, they also can help prepare people for work.
Jessica Patton, Deputy Director
Andrea Schonenberg, Senior Director, Jobs Program Best Buddies International
The mission of Best Buddies International is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
WEBINAR: Youth with Disabilities, Training and Employment Success-Lessons on Best Practices from Project SEARCH
During this webinar, we discussed lessons from Project SEARCH’s work with youth with disabilities and how to apply those lessons to other workforce programs. The insights from Project SEARCH offer critical lessons learned about serving youth with disabilities. Learn key insights that can apply to other workforce programs including various ways to break down tasks, support different learning styles and how to accommodate different disabilities.
Paula Johnson, M.S.,Program Specialist Project SEARCH
Lisa M. Enright, M.Ed. Project SEARCH Instructor – Bayhealth
Lessons from South Dakota’s Jacqueline Sly
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Jacqueline Sly, former Representative, South Dakota House of Representatives
A former teacher and state legislator, Jacqueline shares insights gained from her incredible leadership on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force. RespectAbility is deeply committed to sharing insights, ideas and recommendations from leaders across the country.