ThinkWork Webinars

Below you can browse all of ThinkWork's archived webinars. You can find specific webinar series by clicking the following links:

44 Series - 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.



Employment Learning Community (ELC) - Each webinar assists states in improving systems and services to increase inclusive, competitive employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This series is sponsored by the Employment Learning Community.

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

Watch the archive event here. Download the slides here. "All change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and so gorgeous at the end." -Robin Sharma

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? 

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

Download the slides here. Watch the 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.

Realizing Successful Transition, School to Careers

The discussion of this CoP concentrated on actions that positively influence the path from high to school to employment using Wisconsin and Tennessee as examples.  Debra Luecking facilitated the conversation with guest commentators Nancy Molfenter, Wisconsin Department of Education, Janet Shouse, Tennessee Works and Blake Shearer, Tennessee Department of Public Instruction.  The conversation included raising the expectations of families, partnering with schools and the importance of early work experiences for youth with IDD.

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

Watch the archived 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 archived 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.