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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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Limited Capacity seats available


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... Read More →

Vickie Calder

Vickie Calder is the Pathways Program Director for PARC, a program that that empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to match their skills, abilities and interests to a career driven job by making an informed choice. She has made it her personal mission... 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... Read More →
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Therese Fimian

Director Competitive Integrated Employment Programs, SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers
Therese Fimian has worked in the disability and employment field for over 20 years, establishing and overseeing national workforce programs, research, and demonstration projects that promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities. Therese’s work... Read More →
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Ryley Newport

Advocacy Coordinator, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

Brian Nichols

DD Program Manager, Spokane County Community Services

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

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