Dale Verstegen, Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor, will facilitate a session to address the changing responsibilities of employment staff, staff turnover, and best practices in staff development. Learn about the importance of tracking employer engagement to achieve long-term working relationships. This session will also provide information on competency-based training and national certificates. Dale will also facilitate a discussion about orienting and supporting new staff, available resources, and training related to staff development.
This session provides three potential stakeholder engagement strategies that can be used to support an organization's Employment First Initiative. Dale will share key messages and communication strategies that support a provider transformation plan. The session concludes with a discussion about tools and resources related to stakeholder engagement.
Sara Murphy, Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor, will lead a session that considers innovative ways to address the more vexing aspects of supporting people with significant needs in the community. Learn about effective methods that address common barriers – including transportation issues – and how to support people with more significant medical or behavioral needs in real world settings. Come prepared to share successful practices and brainstorm Ohio's resources to collectively generate practical ideas and strategies for people with complex needs to realize meaningful community participation.
Chris Filler and Sue Beck
Improved adult employment outcomes must include strategic planning in the practices used to address the education, planning, services, and partnerships for transition youth. The Ohio Employment First Transition Framework has identified effective processes to assist in transforming transition planning practices. Multi Agency Transition planning is a critical component to success and important to all agencies involved with transition youth. The framework also includes self-assessment tools to assist agencies and organizations to reflect and identify their readiness to serve transition youth. This session will highlight tools and practices that participants can begin to implement immediately as well as information that can be used for agency strategic planning as we move forward in our systems transformation.
Darke County Transformation Team
Darke County participates in Project Transformation, an Ohio Employment First initiative that provides facilitated progress toward integrated services. In this session, team members look back at where they started and where they are today – with a focus on Adult Day Services then and now. Overall organizational changes and management structure will be discussed. The team will share their efforts around person-centered planning and how they better understand individual circumstances and needs. The team will also explain changes in their employment and volunteering structure which focuses on centralizing their employment supports.
The effort to support citizens in leading full lives and finding belonging in their communities calls for innovation and action. Across the state, County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and private service providers are rising to the challenge of shifting service delivery models by developing and utilizing best practices for systems transformation. This session highlights key and common elements that organizations have found essential for moving forward and making progress.
WORKing Together Employment Workgroup
Comprised of representatives from Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren County Developmental Disabilities Boards, as well as providers and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the WORKing Together Employment Workgroup came together in 2014 to sponsor a two-day Employment First conference in Lebanon, OH. Because of the success of this conference, the collaborative continues to meet and plan other regional employment-focused projects to benefit not only people looking for employment, but also providers, families, and employers. Members of the workgroup will discuss current projects – including business-engagement initiatives and ongoing training opportunities for staff and families.
Scott Marks, community opportunities director for the Ohio Association of County Boards, leads an interactive exploration focused on building and supporting connected communities to help people with disabilities thrive and live a "good life." This session includes theory and practice elements of creating connections, developing indivIdual and community resources, and building relationships that support and strengthen our communities. Session material is designed to aid in the delivery of community-based services, person-centered planning, and the development of promising practices for integrated supports for people with developmental disabilities.
Employees need to be able to adapt to organizational change. Through lecture, discussion, and interactive exercises, this session addresses personal, professional, and organizational change management – the process of influencing how people transition and develop new ways of believing, thinking, feeling and/or acting at work. Understanding the process of change management and equipping employees with change management tools helps create a healthy mindset for managing change while increasing the level of competence and performance within any change environment.
Julia Donovan and Patty Bena
This session will explain how individual service plans can facilitate and promote moments of bliss. Learn how the motto "do not fear bias" can help you understand how it affects your service delivery. Donovan and Bena will discuss their philosophy that self-awareness leads to person-centered service delivery, and will reinforce the concept that every interaction is an opportunity for assessment. Strategies from their creative approaches to assessment guide will help you understand that when you awaken to bliss, and understand your biases, creativity explodes. These approaches will help you begin the process of transformation – which in many instances will enlighten both the service provider and the consumer.
Christy Pruett, LeAnn Zeisloft, Lori Hines, Anna Grolle
Wood County Board of DD's Adult Services department has been working for the past three years on plans to improve the service delivery for adults with a focus on the whole life of the person. Some of the goals of this service delivery are to decrease facility-based service hours and increase community connections. The plan was implemented in June 2015, and the pilot design is now up and running. Some concepts utilized in the design include role release among team members, discovery, and person-centered planning. Join them to find out about their design, plans, and implementation – including what does and does not work. Even though the service delivery is still in pilot mode, there are lessons learned, and the Ally Teams are eager to share their discoveries.
For 21 years, the Young Adult Services Program through Goodwill Columbus has provided unique and varied opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to become involved in the community. Through this rewarding program, participants gain self-respect, self-worth, and the feeling that they are part of something meaningful. Goodwill Columbus serves a diverse population of individuals ranging from those that need total support to those who are very independent. In this session, we will share strategies and tips for supporting community involvement – which can have an empowering, long-lasting impact on a person's life. We cover a variety of topics including how to meet medical and personal care needs, how to address behavioral issues, planning for staffing, money, and transportation, as well as safety concerns.
Starfire is a visionary organization working to build better lives for people with disabilities. Over the past six years, Starfire has replaced legacy day programs and outings with new work that doesn't segregate or congregate people. This path of organizational change took them along a surprising journey that required challenges to underlying beliefs, values, and business practices. This session will be a discussion among everyone in the room about what is really going to be required of our systems, culture, and our very selves if we are going to shift our work toward a truly inclusive future.
In this session, Rick Black of the Ohio Association of County Boards will lead an interactive discussion about long-term financial planing, financial modeling, revenue generation, wages and benefits, and transportation. Please come prepared ready to share what has worked for you and ready to learn about what has worked for others.
Wish you could find webinars, training materials, or guides for community employment? Want to learn more about the changes going on in the system? The Employment First initiative has a wealth of resources for providers, county boards, individuals, and their families. Learn more about what is available on the Employment First website, the Job Seekers Toolkit, Disability Benefits 101, and the upcoming Community of Practice. All of these resources can help with matching people to the right job, understanding benefits, learning about individual strengths and interests, and much more!