• Secondary Benefits of Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) - During this webinar, researchers Dr. Paul Wehman and Dr. Katherine Inge discuss the impact of CIE on economic, psychological and physical health outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This research covers the additional benefits and implications for participants and the communities engaging in CIE.
  • National Plan to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment – This webinar highlights the National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON) National Plan to Increase CIE. The webinar provided several points of view on the importance of CIE including CIE experts Dr. David Mank and Dr. Rich Luecking; national provider organizations including the Arc US, ACCSES, APSE, SourceAmerica, and ANCOR; local provider organizations; and people with disabilities thriving in CIE.
  • ARC of Bakersfield Provider Transformation Success Story   -  In the webinar, ARC of Bakersfield, one of the National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON) Local Partner Organizations, shared their experiences being a NEON local provider organization. They also shared  the decisions they faced when fully embracing CIE.
  • Lessons Learned from COVID-19’s Impact on Competitive Integrated Employment – In the webinar, David Mank and Rich Toscano discussed their findings from group interviews with national and international leaders on COVID-19’s impact on competitive integrated employment (CIE) for people with disabilities. They also presented strategies for employers and providers to consider post-COVID-19 to maximize CIE for people with disabilities.
  • State Guidelines for Employment Support Personnel Training Certificates and Certification - This webinar provides guidelines for consideration in state agencies' decision making about requiring employment support personnel to acquire certificates of training or certification as Employment Support Professionals. The professional development expectations in states often happens in a broader context of multiple systemic changes to promote the expansion of CIE.
  • Competitive Integrated Employment in 2020 - Consumer and Provider Perspectives - During this webinar you will hear stories about how people with significant disabilities have adapted so that they can continue to work. You will also hear real examples about how employment staff have changed their job developing and job coaching strategies.
  • Notice of Interpretation: Pre-Employment Transition Services Flexibility Regarding the Use of Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Funds - This session provides an overview and background of the Notice of Interpretation (NOI) published in the Federal Register on February 28, 2020 by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) concerning the State Vocational Rehabilitation program in response to the questions and comments about the allowable use of the reserve funds for auxiliary aids and services and other VR services listed in the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Training and Retaining Staff - During this webinar, participants learn how investing in staff development is critical to the success of provider transformation, expanding competitive integrated employment programs, and a positive impact on staff retention. Participants learn how the advent of Employment First, the HCBS Rule, and WIOA are increasing the demand for a more proficient and versatile network of employment specialists.
  • Staffing to Provide Competitive Integrated Employment – During this webinar, participants learn about strategies to recruit, train and retain staff that support the Employment First mission of the agency. Rick McAllister discusses approaches to enhancing recruitment efforts. He shares a training paradigm that builds skills and supports retention with a focus on the value of competence.
  • Provider Transformation from a Rural Perspective - This webinar explains strategies to create competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities in rural areas and understanding the strategies used to fund transportation. Participants learn techniques to engage families and to create buy-in from staff.
  • Building Meaningful Lives in a Modern World – Big Cities/Small Towns - This webinar defines “meaningful integrated day activities” – what they are and what they are not and distinguishes between inclusion, exclusion, segregation, and integration that can direct staff planning and supports.
  • Communications and Branding Strategies for Transition - This session provides participants with strategies to effectively communicate with internal and external audiences during transition to Employment First. Participants learn the steps of building a communications plan that prepares audiences for change and creates a culture of transparency and trust.
  • Capacity Building Strategies - The webinar addresses Capacity Building for providers seeking to implement evidence-based practices. The presenters address the core competencies required to provide a range of effective employment service options for individuals with the most significant disabilities. These competency models provide a basis for developing training curriculum and programs for providers.