The 2018 Iowa APSE conference promises to provide opportunities to engage with national and state leaders in the field of disability employment!
As a young senator, Tom Harkin was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of the millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. Sen. Harkin knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his brother, Frank, who had been deaf since an early age. What emerged from that process would later become one of the senator’s most important legislative achievements: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This year’s conference will feature 3 breakout strands.
- Mental Health – This track will focus on employment best practices specifically for mental health populations. Featured speakers include Doug Crandall with Griffin-Hammis Associates, Dawn Mabe, Tara Harper of University of Nebraska’s UCEDD, and Central Iowa Works.
- Personal & Professional Development – This track is meant to provide both ideas for your personal development as well as how to develop yourself as a leadership, manager, or executive. Featured speakers include Rick McCallister, Sam Erwin of NAMI, Deb Ball of Easter Seals Southern California.
- Hot Ideas! Hot and innovative ideas and cool practices, this track will focus on the ideas you need to take back today! Featured speakers include Cassy Beckman & Jolene Thibedeau-Boyd, the Easter Seals Assistive Tech/Rural Solutions Center, Research Team from Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Steve Hall of Griffin-Hammis Associates.
Topics will include:
- Exploring Leadership Skills for Mid Level Managers
- The challenges of today’s environment require effective and collaborative leadership skills. This session is designed to enhance awareness and improve the individual influence a participant will bring to the workplace by exploring and discussing supervisory and collaborative leadership. This program will help to shape a participant’s paradigm for workplace leadership.
- Stop Making It Weird: Why I’m Not Clapping
- #stopmakingitweird explores behaviors that unintentionally create “weird” situations by singling out people with disabilities with praise and admiration for doing things that wouldn’t be considered “special” if they didn’t have a disability. We’ll discuss how to #stopmakingitweird through a culture that treats people as people, regardless of disability status.
- Individual Placement and Supports: How to Include Visual Resumes and Employer Proposals into the Active Engagement Principle
- Rural Solutions & Assistive Technology
- Becoming a Leader in the Field of Human Services
- Strengthening professional development programs can benefit the human service sector in its entirety by helping to retain talented individuals in the field and preparing them to take on future leadership roles. In this session, we will explore current challenges faced by the human services sector workforce. These challenges include; funding and accommodating for lack thereof, staff burn out, quantitative vs qualitative results, and effective leadership tools. This session will also address the ability to expand current professional development opportunities through various management styles, correctly identifying key staff members and transitioning them into supervisory roles, individual development plans, professional networking, the utilization of mentors, and being a mentor.
- Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Self Care in the Workplace (Managing Stress)
- Stress is normal in the workplace, but when it become excessive, it can interfere with your physical and emotional well being, as well as your productivity and performance. With the right tools and techniques, you can create a healthy balance in your schedule at work and in your every day life. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Join me in this hands-on workshop where we will explore practical and creative ways to manage stress.
- Behavioral Supports in Job Coaching
- Providing job coach consultation via virtual technology to help support individuals with co-occurring disorders (i.e., intellectual/developmental disability and mental health disorder) to maintain or obtain competitive employment.
- Are Effective Employment Support Practices Really Being Implemented?
- How much time do employment consultants spend with job seekers in community settings? To what extent are family members involved? How much time is spent meeting with employers each week? The answers to these and similar questions help us to understand the extent to which we are implementing effective practices in employment supports. Join us to learn how 135 employment consultants in 74 programs across 23 states responded to these and other similar questions by submitting daily reports on their smart-phones over a two-year period. You will learn about the importance of monitoring employment support practices to ensure top-quality services to increase job seekers’ chances of progressing toward competitive, integrated employment and economic and social self-sufficiency.
- No One Rises to Low Expectations
- In order to affect change, we need to constantly challenge ourselves and those around us. How do we do that initially, and long-term? How do we create a culture where “acceptable” isn’t? Who do we need on our team and how do we get them? This session will explore these topics and more.
- Building Supportive Social Networks that Lead to Jobs: The Clubhouse Model
- This presentation will discuss how social networks can inhibit or support people with significant mental illness as they look for and retain satisfying jobs. It will use the Clubhouse model as an example of how this can be applied in multiple settings.