Friday, February 17, 2012

Webinar - Converting Sheltered Workshops To Employment Programs ThatGet People Real Jobs!

Converting Sheltered Workshops To Employment Programs That Get People Real Jobs! February 21, 2012 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EST) Sheltered Workshops have been a hot topic lately. Many states are working hard to change their workshops to community-based employment. We can help! This webinar will share two important resources: Find out about Maine's Peer-Support Training and Mentor Program called It’s Your Life: Building Connections Through Work. They hired self-advocates who have real jobs to mentor and support people in sheltered workshops prepare for the transition into community work. Get tips on how to calm the concerns of people and their families who are worried about taking this big step. Learn about the Vermont Conversion Institute. This two-day training supports state teams to examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. Space is limited. Reserve your seat now at: For questions contact Jennifer Sladen at jsladen@autismnow.orgor Toll free: 800.433.5255 Invited Speakers: Bryan Dague, Ed.D. has 25 years of experience in the disability field with the last 19 as faculty at the University of Vermont-Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. His work is focused primarily on inclusive employment for people with disabilities. Bryan provides training and technical assistance to supported employment programs and high school transition programs throughout the state of Vermont. Max Barrows is a young man with Autism and is supported by a family that believes in self-determination! He works for Green Mountain Self-Advocates as the Outreach Coordinator providing training and technical assistance to local self-advocacy groups. Max has been a peer support mentor for Hire Up, a group for self-advocates looking to improve their work status. Max is Vice-President of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the national self-advocacy organization. In this position, he pays close attention to national disability issues, participating in many conference calls with other leaders. Alli Vercoe was one of the project directors for It’s Your Life: Building Connections Through Work. She worked for Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, Muskie School of Public Service University of Southern Maine. She recruited and supported five individuals with ID/DD as peer trainers to create this curriculum. They assisted the peer trainers in presenting their employment stories in a variety of mediums, including pictures and video.