Location: Room 108

Supported Employment to Success the Arizona VR Way…Simplified!

Supported Employment can be a success for all disabilities in meeting the Employment First Goal and meeting WIOA Federal and Arizona VR definitions.  This session will touch upon educating, implementing, and understanding philosophical information in using Supported Employment within Vocational Rehabilitation Job Development and Retention Services through examples of successes, discovery, and touchpoints. It will teach, simplify, and give knowledge and understanding of Supported Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation Services that will make Arizona an Employment First State for all disabilities.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants (Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Supervisors, Providers, Community Agencies, Clients and Guardians/Parents) will have a clear understanding of supported employment and the potential for successful results when using a proven methodology.

2. Participants gain a better understanding of what is required WIOA Federal guidelines, VR Policy and Procedure, and Employment First.

3. Participants gain an understanding of the importance of ongoing Collaboration and Communication between VR Counselors, Providers and Clients (Guardians when applicable).

Ready, Set, Work! The Winning Formula for Competitive Integrated Employment!

This presentation is called “Ready, Set, Work! The Winning Formula for Competitive Integrated Employment!” It talks about how people with disabilities can find and keep jobs that are right for them. It explains how job coaches and other supports can help people with disabilities find jobs they like and do well at. The presentation talks about how employers can be more inclusive and help people with disabilities succeed at work. This presentation is for people who work with people with disabilities, employers, and people who want to make workplaces more diverse and welcoming.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. After attending the session, participants will be able to identify effective strategies for matching people with disabilities to job opportunities that fit their skills and strengths.
2. After attending the session, participants will have an increased understanding of the importance of providing job coaching and ongoing support to help people with disabilities succeed in their jobs.
3. After attending the session, participants will be able to describe the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and identify effective ways to engage and support employers in promoting competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Customized Employment & Discovery (Pt 2): The Journey of Discovery & How It Can Be Used to Achieve Dreams/ Ambitions

This is part 2 a two part series on Customized Employment and Discovery presented by leadership staff from Marc Gold & Associates, widely recognized for their leadership in the field. Session 2 will build off of Session 1 however participants can still opt to only attend one of the two sessions.

Part 2: The Journey of Discovery: How It Can Be Used to Achieve Dreams and Ambitions
In Part 2 participants will take a deeper dive into the principles and activities of Discovery. Presenters will provide examples of how we can look into the daily life of an individual and translate possibilities to move to employment that meets their personal goals.

Whether attending as a counselor, administrator, parent, or other role, the information and impact stories will increase your understanding of and relatability to the valuable concepts of Customized Employment and Discovery.this as a two part series on Customized Employment and Discovery.

Session 2 will build off of Session 1 however participants can still opt to only attend one of the two sessions.

Part 2: The Journey of Discovery: How It Can Be Used to Achieve Dreams and Ambitions
In Part 2 we take a deeper dive into the principles and activities of Discovery. Presenters will provide examples of how we can look into the daily life of an individual and translate possibilities to move to employment that meets their personal goals.

Whether attending as a counselor, administrator, parent, or other role, the information and impact stories will increase your understanding of and relatability to the valuable concepts of Customized Employment and Discovery.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Increased knowledge of the Elements of Customized Employment and Discovery
2. Increased understanding of the distinction between Customized Employment and the traditional Labor Market focus for job development.
3. Understand how using the Discovery perspective increases identification of employment opportunities that are consistent with the goals and ambitions of the job seeker.
4. Build skills by practicing using the Discovery approach to translate from daily routine to employment possibilities.

Presentation Materials

Customized Employment & Discovery (Pt 1): Introduction

This is part 1 a two part series on Customized Employment and Discovery presented by leadership staff from Marc Gold & Associates, widely recognized for their leadership in the field. Session 2 will build off of Session 1 however participants can still opt to only attend one of the two sessions.

Part 1: Introduction to Customized Employment and Discovery
In Part 1 the presenters will provide attendees with information on the foundational concepts and Essential Elements of Customized Employment and Discovery, and the distinction with traditional services.

Whether attending as a counselor, administrator, parent, or other role, the information and impact stories will increase your understanding of and relatability to the valuable concepts of Customized Employment and Discovery.this as a two part series on Customized Employment and Discovery.

Session 2 will build off of Session 1 however participants can still opt to only attend one of the two sessions.

Part 1: Introduction to Customized Employment and Discovery
In Part 1 we will provide attendees with information on the foundational concepts and Essential Elements of Customized Employment and Discovery, and the distinction with traditional services.

Whether attending as a counselor, administrator, parent, or other role, the information and impact stories will increase your understanding of and relatability to the valuable concepts of Customized Employment and Discovery.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Increased knowledge of the Elements of Customized Employment and Discovery
2. Increased understanding of the distinction between Customized Employment and the traditional Labor Market focus for job development.
3. Understand how using the Discovery perspective increases identification of employment opportunities that are consistent with the goals and ambitions of the job seeker.
4. Build skills by practicing using the Discovery approach to translate from daily routine to employment possibilities.

Presentation Materials

How to Mitigate Health and Safety Risks from Flickering LED Lighting

LED light fixtures are the most commonly sold type of light fixture today. Many of these light fixtures flicker, whether visibly or invisibly, and as a result may cause adverse health effects, including epileptic seizures, aggravation of autistic behaviors, migraines, headaches, eye strain, and more. The IEEE 1789 standard includes recommendations on how to mitigate potential health and safety risks from LED lighting.

This presentation will discuss (1) what flicker is, (2) why flicker is a problem, (3) how flicker can be measured with tools of varying technology levels, (4) how adverse health effects from flicker can be eliminated, and (5) what today’s best practices are regarding flicker.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. explain how LED lighting may flicker without it being directly visible to the human eye
2. analyze whether LED lighting in a given space exhibits harmful flicker using tools of varying technology levels
3. develop an action plan to identify and eliminate health and safety risks from flickering LED lighting

Presentation Materials

Helping You and Your Students Achieve Your Goals through UDL (Part 2)

Part 1 of a two sessions focused on universal design for learning. Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework based on neuroscience that is intended to foster the development of learners who are purposeful and motivated, knowledgeable and resourceful, and strategic and goal directed. Further, understanding the relationship among learning goals, assessment, methods and materials, and applying the UDL framework with fidelity is central to supporting effective learners and learning.

This session will provide participants with an overview of the underlying tenets and guidelines of UDL, a  rationale for its implementation in P-20 education, a discussion of common critiques, and an opportunity to apply the principles to hypothetical and actual learning contexts.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will develop or refine their understanding of the three principles and nine guidelines of the UDL framework.
2. Participants will identify strengths and challenges to the effective implementation of the UDL framework within their professional context.
3. Participants will apply select guidelines of the UDL framework within a hypothetical and/or actual learning context.

Helping You and Your Students Achieve Your Goals through UDL (Part 1)

Part 1 of a two sessions focused on universal design for learning. Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework based on neuroscience that is intended to foster the development of learners who are purposeful and motivated, knowledgeable and resourceful, and strategic and goal directed. Further, understanding the relationship among learning goals, assessment, methods and materials, and applying the UDL framework with fidelity is central to supporting effective learners and learning.

This session will provide participants with an overview of the underlying tenets and guidelines of UDL, a  rationale for its implementation in P-20 education, a discussion of common critiques, and an opportunity to apply the principles to hypothetical and actual learning contexts.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will develop or refine their understanding of the three principles and nine guidelines of the UDL framework.
2. Participants will identify strengths and challenges to the effective implementation of the UDL framework within their professional context.
3. Participants will apply select guidelines of the UDL framework within a hypothetical and/or actual learning context.

Creating a Tribal VR Individualized Plan for Self-Employment

Self-employment is an important employment option for people with disabilities. This is especially true in AIVRS (American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Projects. Many tribal communities are located in extremely rural areas where self-employment is one of the only employment outcomes for tribal vocational rehabilitation consumers. This presentation will highlight the differences between a common IPE (individualized plan for employment) and a self-employment IPE and identify the elements that need to be addressed, included, and identified when working on the plan. In addition, self-employment resources and comparable benefits will be discussed in order to increase the availability of resources that can assist Native American/Alaska Native consumers in achieving a successful self-employment outcome.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Attendees will identify barriers to self-employment within their tribal communities.
  2. Attendees will identify self-employment successes within their AIVRS projects.
  3. Attendees will become acquainted with how a common IPE (individualized plan for employment) differs from a self-employment IPE.
  4. Attendees will learn how to develop a self-employment IPE that can be used as an example when working with consumers.
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