Margaret Van Gelder is the director of employment and family support at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, or DDS. In this conversation, Margaret talks about the Massachusetts Blueprint for Success, and what competitive employment has meant for job seekers and employers.
In this episode, we chat with Jade Gingerich from the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the nation’s only cabinet-level agency dedicated to all disabilities.
In our first episode, Anya Weber from the ThinkWork team interviews Blake Shearer from the Tennessee Department of Education. Blake directs the state’s work-based learning initiative for special populations. On the podcast, he discusses the importance of teacher leadership, and shares strategies that are leading to successful employment outcomes in Tennessee.