44 Series

 

Our webinar series takes a fresh look at issues and opportunities around employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). That’s why we call it New Conversations About Integrated Employment. These webinars encourage creative thinking, and provoke reactions. Each conversation brings an original perspective to topics around IDD and employment. This series is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

 

Browse below for archives of our 44 series.

 

44 Series - What does choice really mean when we talk about employment?

  Watch the recorded video here. The 44 series is an ongoing series of webinars (each about 44 minutes long, hence the name!) that address various topics related to integrated employment for individuals with IDD. In this edition to the series, originally presented on 11/27/18, speaker Liz Weintraub discussed issue of choice and self-direction in the job search process. She focused on challenges, risk, and empowerment for job seekers with disabilities. 

44 Series - Defining the Employment Research Agenda

  Watch the recorded webinar here.  In the fall of 2017, researchers from the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) will lead a series of online discussions on the "State of the Science" (SoS) in employment for people with IDD. We'll be looking at ways to engage people with disabilities, their families, and their services providers to think differently about employment and the future of employment research.

44 Series - Transformation to What? Getting Past the "Messy in the Middle" Stage

  Watch the recorded webinar here. Have you and the individuals and families you support experienced this "messy" phase as your organization moves away from facility-based services to community employment? This transformation from segregated work settings is happening across the country, and can bring liberation and empowerment. But the process of change is not always easy or comfortable for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.

44 Series - Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment II

  Watch the recorded webinar here. This webinar was so popular, we decided to run it again! Provider agencies across the country are transitioning from segregated “sheltered” workshop options to supporting integrated community careers for people with disabilities. This process of organizational transformation can be both exciting and challenging for provider staff and the people they serve.

44 Series - Does All Mean All? Culturally Diverse Families and Access to Services

  Watch the recorded webinar here. Researchers Judith Gross (University of Kansas) and Grace Francis (George Mason University) work intensively with Hispanic families in rural Kansas. They talked about the importance of engaging culturally and linguistically diverse families in services for their children with IDD. Judith and Grace discussed the barriers these families face, and offered strategies for professionals to help ensure full access to services.

44 Series - Financial Well-Being: Reframing the Conversation

  Watch the recorded webinar here. When looking for a new job, it’s logical to “do the math.” We consider what we need (food, housing, healthcare) and what we want (gym membership, car, vacation). We balance potential income against expenses. Finally, we evaluate whether a particular job will help us achieve our goals. Benefits can be a lifeline, but continuous reliance on them can limit people to a life in poverty.