Tag: Employment

The Hidden Barriers of Proprietary Software (ERP) and the Employment of the Visually Impaired

Many companies and universities have moved to ERP or Proprietary software. Almost all of these have varying barriers when it comes to Assistive Technology such as screen readers. Many are completely inaccessible. In this presentation we will discuss the different barriers those with visual impairments face and why. We will also discuss possible solutions to these barriers.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. What is ERP/Proprietary software and how is it used in companies and universities?
2. Why are there barriers with ERP/Proprietary software when it comes to assistive technology such as screen readers?
3. What can be done to overcome these barriers for the visually impaired?

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Eliminating Barriers: A Voice for All

To bridge the divide that exists between communication partners, we must educate and spread awareness in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The use of AAC systems is an alternative communication method which requires our community to become more knowledgeable and aware of effective communication strategies. This change begins with awareness in our K-12 schools by using research based restorative practices to educate young children about communication differences to access effective inclusion practices while expanding communication partners for all. In this session, a review of research based practices will be conducted while sharing experiences in how to educate our youth to be inclusive using hands-on experiences with assistive technology and following restorative practices.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Gain a deeper understanding of AAC systems and how they are used to communicate.
2. Working to bridge the communication gap between children with complex communication needs and their peers.
3. Destigmatizing the use of AAC systems through research based practices and the exploration of diversity.

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.

Job Accommodation Bootcamp

What is an accommodation? Where do I start? Will it make a difference? Who can help? In many situations, accommodations can be simple and straightforward, but at times, depending on the nature of a disability; the situation being accommodated; the tool or solution being implemented; or other factors, it can become more complex and difficult to accomplish. In this session, you will showcase your creative, out-of-the-box thinking and learn important ingredients and concepts for implementing successful solutions in your workplace and others.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Define accommodation and identify 5 important aspects of the accommodation process.
2. Discuss 5 common hiccups and glitches that may arise during job accommodations
3. Identify 3 resources to assist in finding appropriate accommodations for a variety of needs.

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

AT and Employment – Where the Rubber Meets the Road

A road implies a journey and skilled AT users travel the VR process and employment just a little differently than non-AT users.  This session will demonstrate AT at work for skilled AT users. It will address tasks we take for granted – job search, job training, and job tasks using AT.  The point of view will be the end user navigating daily tasks and employment demands.  Join us for a fun ride!

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn the sections of the keyboard and the importance to AT users
  2. Learn 3 potential technologies that allow access to computers and/or mobile devices
  3. Learn 3 examples of rate enhancement apps

Presentation Materials

How to operate the Lipsync Sip & Puff Mouse

How to use the Immersive Reader

OrCam MyEye 2 Tutorials – Smart Reading

Demo of the Half-QWERTY Pro one-handed keyboard by its creator

Ruby 10 Color and Pinch Magnification

Dragon Naturally Speaking

A Hype-free Discussion of Generative AI (Pt 2): Brainstorming Applications, Issues, and Best Practices

In Part 2 of this double session on generative AI (and specifically ChatGPT), AT consultant Shelley Haven will leaded a guided interactive discussion to brainstorm various ideas and issues:

–Propose applications for generative AI to enhance teaching and learning
–Identify significant issues that impact using generative AI in education
–Suggest best practices that encourage responsible and ethical use.

The implications for generative AI in education are simultaneously exciting and concerning. We are likely at an inflection point similar to 20 years ago when education began integrating the Internet, and 40 years ago when schools started employing desktop computers. Consider this discussion as a beginning – the information, insights, and ideas gained will help you continue the discussion about AI in your school, district, or practice.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Understanding AI: Explain why “generative AI” like ChatGPT is unique and ground-breaking and how to get effective results when using it.

2.  Uses for AI: Name at least three novel applications of generative AI like ChatGPT in education (both teaching and learning).

3.  Best practices for AI: Name at least three strategies for harnessing generative AI in education while addressing concerns such as cheating, plagiarism, privacy, and ethical use.

Note: these learning outcomes apply to the combination of both Part 1 and Part 2 of this double session.

Finds Their Way: Communities for Native Youth Transition

In collaboration with tribal, state, and community partners, the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities (the Sonoran Center) has created Finds Their Way: Communities for Native Youth Transition. The project addresses unique needs and challenges experienced by Native American youth with disabilities by utilizing a multifaceted and indigenous approach. The goal is to increase access for Native students with disabilities to skill development, knowledge, services, and supports to participate in long-term competitive integrated employment careers. In it’s second program year, Finds Their Way staff discuss the building of a landscape analysis, best practices, and continuing/future efforts for upcoming years.

Key Learning Outcomes

During time at the presentation, attendees will:

1) Discover benefits of a Cross Cultural Tribal Community Collaborative approach to addressing transition outcomes for Native Youth.
2) Understand the importance of a Native American-led transition to employment framework for Tribal youth responsive to culture that focuses on improving education, post-secondary, and employment outcomes; and
3) Establish a basis for creating similar project activities in individual service areas that can be effective, seamless, and sustainable transition approaches for Native American youth with disabilities at the state and local levels.

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