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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Thursday, November 29 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Replicating A Quality Customized Employment Approach: Lessons from Pathways to Careers Seating Available

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The Pathways to Careers (Pathways) initiative is designed to customize and support competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities, strategically engage employers to host internships and offer employment; and provide needed resources to achieve full inclusion. Pathways provides individuals with disabilities with the information and choices they need to find success in the community workplace. It exposes participants to a wide range of jobs and work settings through paid internships, providing experiential learning opportunities on their path to meaningful employment. Pathways demonstration sites have been operational since 2012 and during that time a third-party evaluation has been conducted by Mathematica Policy Research (MPR). Findings from the evaluation of the demonstration (qualitative and quantitative), a clear understanding of capacity development requirements for providers, feedback and input from demonstration site staff, state agency leadership, employer partners, families and other stakeholders are being incorporated into plans and resources for expansion of the services to new sites in 2018. Also, recent policy and newly publicized resources such as the WINTAC's Essential Element for Customized Employment and funding structures for Customized Employment are being incorporated as aspects of the planning to support sustainable, quality Customized Employment services. Staff from Marc Gold & Associates and the Pathways team will discuss the findings, the input from stakeholders and the additional technical guidance available with conference participants to explore the requirements and challenges inherent in scaling and sustaining a quality Customized Employment service delivery approach that leads to Competitive, Integrated Employment options for individuals with significant of impact of disability.

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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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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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Amy Stapley

Program Manager, SourceAmerica
Dedicated to working with individuals to identify their abilities and interests. Certified in Discovery, Customized Job Development and Employer Partnership Development. Experienced with working with employers and developing partnerships that lead to CIE for all individuals. Many... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 2:10pm - 3:00pm PST
Salmon - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201