Employment & Community Inclusion

For Individuals & Families
Our economy and society become more resilient when all people have the opportunity to gain employment in our community, including people of all abilities. Employment is key to DSPD's Mission Statement of supporting people to lead self-determined lives and be full participants in their communities. Employment can provide greater opportunities for self-determination and integration into the community.

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Employment First

Employment First is a national initiative that encompasses policies, legislation, and system change efforts leading to increased community-based employment for people with disabilities. Employment First is a belief that community-based, integrated employment should be the primary day activity for working age youth and adults with disabilities. It supports an overarching goal that eligible persons with disabilities should have access to integrated work settings most appropriate for them, including the supports necessary to help them succeed in the workplace. Employment First does not mean employment only and does not deny individual choice, but is intended to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

PIE Transition: Discovery Activities and Vocational Themes

Patty Cassidy instructs on elements of Customized Employment and Discovery. She shares ideas for selecting task-based discovery activities by exploring patterns in the job seekers life and experiencing a range of activities both familiar and unfamiliar activities to the individual. Patty teaches how to identify vocational themes based on the information learned from the discovery activities.

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Discovery: Home Visits

Ashlea Lantz and Patty Cassidy give guidance on conduction a home visit as part of the Customized Employment Discovery process. They give instruction on how to start the home visit, where to take what you learn from the visit and how to capture the home visit in the Discovery Staging Record.

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Transition Programs: Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Marsha Threlkeld gives tools on how to communicate a clear and guiding idea or vision for your individual school transition program or employment organization’s school-to-work efforts. She talks about how to work jointly with all members of the team to understand Employment First and Community Integration, as well as articulate it to students and families. Marsha also talks about how your Transition Program can decide its own system to keep para educators, teachers, families, administrators and students on board and working towards the same transition focus.

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Where to Start: How to Build a Supported Employment Program

Ashlea Lantz gives a provider focused presentation on how to structure your business to provide customized, supported employment into your company. She discusses how to properly allocate staff time and resources and amalgamate funding to meet costs.

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Families as Partners in Transition from School to Employment

Marsha Threlkeld and Cathy Muarhashi share information on how families can be informed about employment and ready for the expectations of transition from school to work.

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For Employers

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Job Seekers & Families

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Person-Centered Planning

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Employment Data

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