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.

Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Going Beyond Healthcare: A Unique Approach to Transition Planning Seating Available

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Employment and community engagement are critical to health, well-being, and maximal independence in adulthood. However, young people with disabilities face significant barriers to reaching these goals. Here, we describe a creative approach to this issue that leverages the ongoing interaction with the healthcare system, which is a common denominator for young people with disabilities and chronic conditions. We have found it to be an advantageous, but underutilized, venue for coordinating vocational and educational services and promoting work readiness. The Department of Disability Services at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has developed a hospital-based intervention to help patients achieve meaningful competitive employment. The program serves individuals with a variety of conditions that include, but are not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, epidermolysis bullosa, and traumatic brain injuries. Our Vocational/Educational Services program involves a Coordinator who is located onsite so that clinical staff has easy access for consultation and referrals, and patients have the convenience of scheduling meetings during office visits or hospital stays. The Coordinator works with referred patients and their families to create an individualized vocational-educational plan with a focus on achieving the most independent level of employment possible. Vocational/Educational Services sees over 100 patients every year and has a long-standing waitlist. Typical outcomes include referrals to community agencies, employment, college, career exploration, and an improved quality of life. Cincinnati Children's Vocational/Educational Services assists a large number of individuals with significant disabilities and their families to improve their employment outcomes, community engagement, and quality of life. Our holistic emphasis on employment and inclusion for patients is in alignment with the vision of TASH, and our work empowers our patients with disabilities to be fully included in the community and to develop a circle of friends and supports that helps each of them to live the life they desire. This presentation will include video testimonials from patients who have utilized and benefitted from the above services.


Marcie Mendelsohn

Voc-Ed Coordinator, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
I have been at CCHMC for 14 years and specialize in transition planning for individuals 16 years of age and older. This includes educational and vocational options and working with community agencies. I look forward to talking with people about what I do and how to help more individuals... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Sunstone - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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