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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
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Wednesday, November 28 • 8:45am - 10:15am
Discovery: Successful Employment for Individuals with Significant Barriers to Employment Full

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There are several forms of Discovery including Facilitated Discovery, Guided Group Discovery and Self-Guided Discovery. All forms support not only employment for individuals with significant disabilities, but also facilitating natural supports, self-advocacy, family support, real pay for real jobs, and wrap around services. All forms of Discovery can benefit any job seeker who faces barriers to employment. Discovery is a universal design approach that is very effective for people with disabilities. It is used in partnership with a number of systems, so that people can receive support through multiple agencies at the same time, as needed. Youth and adults with disabilities, for example, can engage in Guided Group Discovery that is supported by any combination of agencies, including vocational rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, the public workforce system, Centers for Independent Living, community rehabilitation agencies, education, and others. The LEAD Center and National Disability Institute staff will team up with Oregon VR, Department of Education, students and employers discuss the pilot projects it has supported in Oregon that used Guided Group Discovery to serve as an alternative assessment tool that identifies the strengths and ideal conditions of employment for job seekers with disabilities. GGD assists people in securing and maintaining employment by supporting them in small groups to create their own individual "Blueprint for Employment" to guide their job search process. GGD, like other forms of Discovery, serves as the cornerstone for customized employment. Projects in Tennessee and Philadelphia will be highlighted and all tools will be shared with participants.

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Nancy Boutot

National Disability Institute
Customized Employment, Discovery, Social Security Work Incentives, Financial Empowerment, Living with depression
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Rebecca Salon

Project ACTION!
Friend and supporter of Project ACTION! for more than 30 years. Employed at Natio nal Disability Institute on the LEAD Center and a NIDILRR research project. Working as a Contractor for DC's Department on Disabiity Services. Former Executive Director of Kennedy Institute in Washington... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2018 8:45am - 10:15am PST
Medford - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201