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This year’s theme, “Celebrating 40 Years of Progressive Leadership,” acknowledges TASH’s 40 years of generating change within the disability community and anticipates a brighter, more inclusive future for people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Each year, the TASH Conference impacts the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world.

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Wednesday, December 2 • 8:20am - 3:30pm
Advancing Employment First: Bridging the Future from the Workshop to the Workplace FILLING

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8:20- 8:30 Welcome Introductions

8:30- 9:30 AM- Creating a Bridge from Workshops to Community Employment. Michael  Callahan, Therese  Fimian, Vickie  Calder

9:30- 10:30 AM Shifting Away from Sheltered Workshops: Building Peer to Peer Supports. Ryley Newport, Ross Ryan, Justin Connolly, Gabrielle Guedon , Kaaren Londahl

10:30-11:30 AM From Workshop to Work: Video Case Studies of the Journey through Discovery. Julie Christensen, Gillian Young-Miller, Jeanne Stewart, Kayt Davidson, Tammy Reynolds.

11:30-12:00 - Break 

12:00-1:00- Overview of State of Washington’s Employment Outcomes for People with Developmental Disabilities. Brian Nichols, Branda Matson, Megan Burr

1:00-2:00 Advancing Employment First through Technology & Engaging Employers. Jim  Swain, Gina  Price

2:00-2:30-  Q&A and Reflections 

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Megan Burr

Employment and Day Program Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities Administration
• Responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and monitoring of processes used by DDA staff in the administration of the DDA Employment and Day programs; | • Manages DDA Employment and Day Program Quality Assurance Database used to compile, track and analyze Employment and Day Program data from assessments, employment plans and six month employment performance reports. This data is used to evaluate the effectiveness of... Read More →
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Michael Callahan

President, Marc Gold & Associates
Customized Employment, Discovery, Job Development, Systematic Instruction, consulting, certification, inclusive community planning
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Julie Christensen

Director of Employment Programs, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
Julie J. Christensen, PhD, LMSW, is the Director of Employment Programs at Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Christensen is the Project Director for the New York State (NYS) Partnerships in Employment Systems Change initiative, a Project of National Significance funded by the Administration for... Read More →
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Ryley Newport

Advocacy Coordinator, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday December 2, 2015 8:20am - 3:30pm
Pearl 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201