Conference Explores Future of Jobs for Individuals with Disabilities

SWOCOG-LogoWhat will the coming years look like for individuals with disabilities looking to seek and retain employment? Join Ohio Valley Goodwill and the Southwestern Ohio Council of Governments for WORKING TOGETHER: Changing Employment Experiences for People with Disabilities, a conference dedicated to answering this question.

Next Monday and Tuesday (9/15-9/16), Ohio Valley Goodwill is supporting this unique conference for families, service providers, public officials, and individuals with disabilities to learn about the region’s expanding employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. National and state leaders in the ongoing quest to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities will be on hand to discuss the issues from three distinct perspectives: Individual and Family Engagement, Organizational and Systems Change and Best Employment Practices.

Registration for the event is still available at: http://www.swocog.org/

Here are some of the all-star thought leaders presenting at this year’s conference:

John L. Martin – Long-time leader in the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. He is a leading advocate for increased collaboration, improved technology and data-driven decision-making to create long-term stability for Ohioans with disabilities.

Kirsten Helling: Implementation coordinator for Ohio’s Employment First Initiative. Kirsten joined the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in 2013 as a project manager in the Division of Policy and Strategic Direction. She believes in empowering individuals with choice and helping them create the lives they want to live.

Katie Wolf Whaley: The Director of Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project, Katie is a longtime advocate for employment opportunities and works in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. She is a national board member of APSE.

Bryan Dague: With over two decades of experience at the Center on Disability & Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont, Bryan is a national expert on community-based employment.

Nancy Gurney: President and CEO of Opportunity Services in Minneapolis, Nancy is an innovative thinker focused on measuring performance across a wide range of state-run programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities, Brain Injury, CADI, hearing impairment and mental health.

Join Ohio Valley Goodwill as we focus on the future and pursue our mission to provide meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities. REGISTER NOW.

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