"Make Work a Part of the Plan" video & webinar series

Welcome!

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Make work a part of the plan was developed to deliver positive narratives about competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. In a time of changing systems and services, focusing on person centered practices that educate individuals and families about employment choices are critical. This series seeks to provide Minnesota individuals, families, and professionals with information around raising expectations for employment participation, and to provider learners with innovative ideas, strategies, best practices, and direction for the future of employment supports in Minnesota. Thank you for joining the journey. 

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RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS & FAMILIES

Use these quick, one page resources to think about how to "make work part of the plan."

Choosing employment

Using your network

Be a positive job seeker

Using supports at work

 

FOUNDATIONAL VIDEOS & RECORDED WEBINARS

Welcome video (Optional)

Session: I choose employment

Overview: Raising expectations for full workforce participation.  Work can be a reality for anyone.

Audience: Self advocates, families


Session 2: Employment policy: How does that work?

Overview: Q&A format in plain and simple language from self-advocates and policy staff about changes in employment policy and services.

Audience: Self advocates, families


Session 3: Using the language of raised expectations

Overview: Power of words: How is employment defined, addressed, and communicated?

Audience: Self advocates, Parents, Educators, Providers, Direct Support staff, County case managers, and assessors


Session 4 : Work is worth the risk: Balancing opportunity and safety

Overview: Balancing health and safety with successful employment activities is not always easy to do.  Incorporating accommodations and customizing work tasks and settings is critical in reducing risk for the employee and for the employer. 

Audience: Self advocates, Parents, Educators, Providers, Direct Support staff, County case managers, and assessors


 Session 5: Building informal and natural supports for community living and employment

Overview: Looking outside the “system” to leverage friends, family, and community members to build natural supports.

Audience: individuals, families, provider agency managers, job coaches, employment specialists, job developers, county case managers.

Session slides (PDF)


Session 6: The power of positive introductions: Connecting with employers using person centered thinking tools

Overview: Using the tools of Person Centered Thinking to introduce your organization and job seekers.

Audience: employment consultants and specialist, job coaches, provider agency managers, county case managers, and families.

Session slides (PDF)  


Session 7: Organizational investment in job development: Making the business connection

Audience: employment consultants and specialist, job coaches, provider agency managers, county case managers, and families

Overview: Moving beyond want ads and incorporating best practices in job development.

Session slides (PDF)  


Session 8: Using data to understand and plan for employment outcomes

Overview: Using data to evaluate program outcomes and monitor progress towards compeititve integrated employment.

Audience: provider agency managers and directors, county case managers, employment consultants or specialists, job developers

Session slides (PDF)


Session 9: System transformation one person at a time: Moving towards models of community based employment

Session slides (PDF)

Overview: How to start the conversation about employment coming from the presumption of employability.

Audience: provider agency managers and directors, county case managers, employment consultants or specialists, job developers


Session 10: A working life: Opportunities and challenges

Overview: This session will explore and discuss how employment paves a pathway to community living, engagement, and independence.  

Audience: Individuals, families, managers, direct support professionals, county case managers


**Each session video is captioned.  Please be sure to use the CC button to YouTube to access captioning. Please be sure to use Google Chrome as your brower if you are having issues accessing captioning. 


 

This work is made possible through funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota for the MN Person-Centered Change Projects (MPCCP).