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Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 – Day 1

7:30am
Registration Opens
7:30 – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30am
Opening Remarks

Gary Alexander Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Pamela Zotynia Executive Director, The Arc of Luzerne County

9:30 – 10:30am
Plenary Speaker

Linda Rolfe Director, Washington Division of Developmental Disabilities

10:30 – 11:00am
Break
11:00 – 12:00pm
Secretaries Roundtable Discussion
Session Details

Gary Alexander Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Julia Hearthway Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Ron Tomalis Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Toby Fauver Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

12:00 – 1:30pm
1:30 – 3:00pm
Break Out Session 1:

Project SEARCH-Pennsylvania
Statewide Implementation of a Business-Focused Transition Model

Session Details
PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Wendy Patterson
- Dana Baccanti

Break Out Session 2:

Promoting Employment of SSA Beneficiaries with Disabilities
Session Details
AHEDD
- John Miller

Break Out Session 3:

TBA
Session Details
To be confirmed.

3:00 – 3:30pm
Break
3:30 – 5:00pm
Break Out Session 4:

Vision for Employment 2010 & Employment 1st Philadelphia
The City of Philadelphia’s Employment Initiatives

Session Details
Networks for Training & Development, Inc
- Shauna Roman

Philadelphia Intellectual Disability Services
- Leonard Kravitz
- Ann Marie Cambell
- Kathy Sykes

Break Out Session 5:

A Service Provider’s Perspective
Improving Individualized Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities while Providing a Valuable Service to the Business Community

Session Details

TransCen, Inc.
- Dr. Debra Martin Luecking

Penn-Mar Human Services
- Kevin Walker

Break Out Session 6:

Obtain It, Retain It
Employment Supports for People with Behavioral Health

Session Details

SPIN
- Andrea Davies
- Warren Payton

6:00 – 9:00pm
Opening Dinner Read More

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Robert Nicholas

Senior Visiting Fellow for Disability Research at the John J. Heldrich Center.

 

Day 1: Session Details

11:00am to 12:00pm | Back to Agenda

Secretaries Round Table Discussion

Join us for this interview-style discussion, facilitated by Donna Morgan, as we learn how the various departments within our state government collaborate to develop policies and procedures.

Gary Alexander, Secretary of the PA Department of Public Welfare, Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the PA Department of Labor & Industry, Ron Tomalis, Secretary of the PA Department of Education, and Toby Fauver, Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Transportation will discuss how their departments currently work together to promote and enhance opportunities for people with disabilities to prepare for and enter the workforce successfully.

The audience will witness our state officials as they brainstorm ways to transform services for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania as we strive to become an “Employment First” state and how to best support the business community in the process.

1:30pm to 3:00pm | Back to Agenda

Breakout Session 1: Project SEARCH – Pennsylvania: Statewide Implementation of a Business-Focused Transition Model

Participants will learn about Project SEARCH, a one-year internship program for students with disabilities during their last year of high school. Targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment, Project SEARCH completely immerses youth in the workplace, facilitating learning processes as well as the acquisition of marketable employment skills.

1:30pm to 3:00pm | Back to Agenda

Breakout Session 2: Promoting Employment of SSA Beneficiaries with Disabilities

There are over 600,000 working aged adults and 70,000 children in PA receiving disability related benefits. Many of these individuals want to work and this seminar will focus on improving practices for individuals and providers to improve progress.

1:30pm to 3:00pm | Back to Agenda

Breakout Session 4: Vision for Employment 2010 & Employment 1st Philadelphia: The City of Philadelphia’s Employment Initiatives

Vision for Employment 2010 and Employment 1st Philadelphia are two systems change effort, guided by a PATH, initiated by a committed group of stakeholders in Philadelphia, who developed strategies for promoting employment. Strategies were developed to create a culture in which all people who want to work have that opportunity, improve supported employment practices, assure better outcomes and ultimately, increase the number of Philadelphians with disabilities who are working. Discussion points will include a transition planning project, the development of an employment data system, public relations campaigns, and employer outreach efforts. Capacity building activities also took place, which included extensive training with supports coordinators, a provider practices survey, mini-grants to encourage creativity and financial incentives, and ongoing technical assistance to the provider community. A short video will also be shown, which was developed to better connect with employers, along with success booklets to promote employment.

1:30pm to 3:00pm | Back to Agenda

Breakout Session 5: A Service Provider's Perspective: Improving Individualized Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities while Providing a Valuable Service to the Business Community

Through a moderated panel discussion led by Dr. Debra Luecking, participants will discover how a service provider has become successful improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities while also providing a valuable service to local businesses. Additional panelists will include: Penn-Mar management and job development staff, an individual supported by Penn-Mar Human Services and his/her employer.

1:30pm to 3:00pm | Back to Agenda

Breakout Session 6: Obtain It, Retain It: Employment Supports for People with Behavioral Health

In this session SPIN will share their success stories on how they have supported individuals with a dual diagnosis of Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health, from job development to job retention.