2018 TASH Conference has ended
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 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Expanding Employment Opportunities for Youth Seating Available

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Competitive Employment, Supported Employment, Customized Employment¦why do we forget everything we know about good job search strategies when it comes to job seekers with disabilities? Employment is a relationship between two parties (the employer and job seeker) and our job is to effectively create a win-win for both the business and job seeker with disability. Work is a central part of adult life, often consuming as much as half of one's waking hours. Having a job contributes to meaningful, productive lives, especially for people with disabilities. But today, students with disabilities are more likely to experience unemployment or underemployment, lower pay, and job dissatisfaction, compared to their nondisabled peers. Thus, it is critical to provide young adults with disabilities employment experiences while they are still in school so they may be exposed to job opportunities as early as possible, increasing their likelihood of obtaining employment after leaving high school. As Employment/Transition Consultants, we must develop and implement a flexible process designed to individualize employment relationships between a job seeker and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. This presentation will discuss ways identifying the interests and strengths of a job seeker is as critical as identifying the needs of a business. The presentation will also discuss basic business practices and provide examples of how employment and transition professionals can utilize those strategies in developing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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Laura Owens

President, TransCen Inc.
Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and the President of TransCen... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Medford - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201