Tag: Employment

ADES/RSA and AHCCCS Interagency Service Agreement (ISA) Overview

In this presentation, Vocational Rehabilitation Behavioral Health Coordinator and Employment Administrator with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) , will present The Interagency Service Agreement between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (“ADES”) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (“AHCCCS”). Presenters will discuss the history and purpose of the Agreement. Presenters will also discuss the guiding philosophy for the ISA to include best practices in supported employment. The audience will learn how social determinants of health impact employment and mental health as well as the benefits of employment on mental health.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. History and Purpose of the ISA
2. Collaboration between DES/RSA and AHCCCS
3. Best Practices in Supported Employment
4. Benefits of employment on Mental Health

Presentation Materials

A Hype-free Discussion of Generative AI (Pt 1): What It Is, How It Works, Opportunities, and Challenges

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been part of our daily lives for decades (think speech recognition, Netflix recommendations, contextual grammar checkers, and GPS navigation).  The recent hype – and angst – about AI in education centers on so-called “generative AI” such as ChatGPT that can create novel content and both understands and responds using conversational language.  As this emergent technology raises more questions than it answers, educators should understand how to harness its capabilities and make sound decisions about its use.

In Part 1 of this informative and thought-provoking double session, AT consultant Shelley Haven will explain:

–What artificial intelligence is (and isn’t)
–What makes ChatGPT unique and ground-breaking
–How ChatGPT can support teaching and learning
–Challenges that must be addressed to ensure responsible use.

Key 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.

Building Self-Employment Capacity within State and American Indian Voc. Rehab. Programs

Self-employment is an important employment option for people with disabilities. VR agencies, however, close fewer cases than expected when compared to national self-employment rates among people with disabilities.  This presentation will highlight research about some reasons for low rates of self-employment closures within VR, and then shift towards showcasing two free and comprehensive online resources meant to overcome some of these barriers. The VR Self-Employment Guide (www.vrselfemploymentguide.org) was developed for VR programs and the Tribal VR Self-employment Toolkit (www.tvrselfemployment.org) was developed for American Indian/Alaska Native VR programs.  Both resources include 8 chapters and multiple worksheets to assess consumer readiness, business feasibility, and business planning. Participants will receive a tour of the VR Self-Employment Guide and consider how it might support their work with consumers.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Attendees will identify barriers to self-employment within their own programs.

2. Attendees will become acquainted with two free online resources to assist consumers in self-employment exploration and business planning.

3. Attendees will learn how to conduct consumer readiness and business feasibility exercises to help consumers evaluate if self-employment is a good choice for them.

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.

Best Practices to Supporting Individuals with IDD in Achieving Competitive Employment: The VR-DDD Partnership

We invite you to attend a collaborative presentation with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). This presentation will discuss the importance of work for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), along with the valuable collaborative services (such as supported employment) that we know are effective tools in helping people with IDD in successfully achieving competitive employment. We will provide information on both agencies, including topics such as: how to refer to/request services, eligibility requirements, the important steps to participate in services, and what kinds of services might be available. This session is appropriate for families, educators, service providers, agency staff and anyone else who wants to learn how to support people with IDD with achieving employment.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn how to access VR and DDD services, and how each system works.
2. Participants will learn how VR and DDD collaborate to best support mutual participants in achieving competitive employment.
3. Participants will learn about important services from both agencies which support people with IDD in achieving and maintaining competitive employment.

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