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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.

Wednesday, November 28 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Creating an Effective Employer Engagement Program: Our Story of Advancing Employment First Filling

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This session details the journey of Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, an employment provider in Oregon, who harnessed the power of community to develop and implement an innovative cutting-edge employer engagement program entitled, Amplify Success! This program is designed to inspire and equip employers to create a workplace culture of inclusion that encourages thinking outside the box when it comes to hiring, training and supervising people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and teaches employers to see Ability vs Disability. With 20 years of bridging the gap between job seekers with disabilities and employers, Dirkse Counseling and Consulting understand that employer fear, unconscious bias and lack of knowledge of how to see ability often sabotage an employer's desire to hire these applicants. Until recently, with passage of WIOA, many employment providers and vocational rehabilitation agencies have not formally recognized the importance of focusing on the needs of employers when job developing for people with disabilities. While quality individualized job placements is a primary focus, building an equipped network of employers who are ready to hire and integrate people with IDD into their workforce, is also crucial to positive and sustainable outcomes. This breakout session aligns well with this year's TASH theme of, "Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life," because creating quality, diverse and inclusive employment opportunities for people with IDD and other disabilities requires that support professionals get creative and seek innovative solutions like Amplify Success! to engage employers at a deeper level.

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Cindy Bahl

Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events, Dirkse Counseling and Consulting (D
My passion is empowering and inspiring employers to become more inclusive in recruiting, hiring, training and retaining people with disabilities. Through our Amplify! Success initiative and events, I love to engage and educate employers about the value and benefits of an inclusive... Read More →
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Heidi Dirkse-Graw

President/CEO, Dikrse Counseling & Consulting, Inc.
Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC is President and CEO of Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc., a company of 23 employees who engage both employers and job seekers/employees with a focus on promoting disability inclusion in the workplace. Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. Heidi... Read More →

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

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