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Getting on Track to Employment & Self-Sufficiency: Key Drivers of Inclusive Career Pathways


>>Thank you everyone for joining today’s
Community of Practice for Inclusive Career Pathways. My name is Shannon Edam and I’m a project
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or email Shannon Edam at [email protected] Our first speaker today is Nikki Powis and
she’ll introduce the Community of Practice.>>Thanks Shannon. Can you hear me okay?>>I can.>>Okay great. I was just making sure I had unmuted from
all the places that needed to be. Okay so, just wanted to let everybody know,
if this was you first time in the meeting, welcome. If not, then, great to have you back. This Community of Practice does support and
share ideas and insights into how to really plan, implement, and engage in career pathways
to increase those opportunities for individuals with disabilities. We have meetings every other months and we
have different topics and resources. We’re always really happy to hear from you,
our audience, what it is that you want to hear. We’ve invited you to message us, you can put
that in the chat. Or, if you have joined our Community of Practice
online through the wintac.org site, there’s a way that you can actually send us a message
through that and let us know what it is you want to hear about. We’ve heard from folks that one of the things
that’s important is more resources on how to really engage and how to help move the
folks that you work with forward into Career Pathways, especially individuals with disabilities. So, the last couple of meetings we focused
on those resources and today certainly is along those lines as well. I also do invite you to join us on the Community
of Practice online at wintac.org because it’s an opportunity for you to interact with your
peers across the country. And, there is a forum on there that you can
tell us what you want and, so that we can be responsive to you but also so that you
can connect with others as well. So, just wanted to bring that out. Just go ahead and move to the next slide for
us Shannon. And, here is your technical assistance team. We are actually a collaboration between the
LEAD Center WINTAC, which is the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center and
the Southeast ADA Center. So, here we have Rebecca, Brian, myself Nikki
Powis, and Pam Williamson. And, you can see our organization affiliations
on the slide. If you, LEAD Center for Rebecca, Brian and
I are WINTAC, and Pam with the Southeast ADA Center. And, go forward for us. Okay so I’m going to turn it over quickly
to Rebecca so that she can just let you know a little bit about the LEAD Center.>>Thanks so much Nikki and Shannon. The LEAD Center, if you’re not familiar with
us, is the National Center leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of
People with Disabilities. We’re a collaborative of disability, workforce,
and economic empowerment organizations led by National Disability Institute with funding
from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. And, we exist to advance sustainable individual
and systems level change to result in improved, competitive, integrated employment and economic
self-sufficiency outcomes for people across the spectrum of disabilities. And, this slide gives you all of the ways
that you can contact us and stay up to date on the activities of the LEAD Center. Thanks Nikki.>>Thanks a lot Rebecca. And, WINTAC’s [inaudible] Brian is going to
jump in and tell you all about what we do.>>Is funded through the Rehabilitation Services
Administration and supports state vocational rehabilitation agencies and their partners
in effectively implementing the requirements of WIOA. I’d like to invite you to visit our website
at www.wintac.or where you’re going to find a wealth of information and resources. Also, the forum and place where you can interact
with us and with your colleagues around the country is housed on our site. And, we welcome new members at any time. If you’re a VR agency not yet working with
us or who wants to contact us, you can also find a list of technical assistance liaisons
like myself and Nikki for each state on our site. How’s that Nikki? I’ll turn it back over to you.>>Great, thanks. Okay, and now we’ll go to Pam to give us a
little overview of the Southeast ADA Center.>>Good afternoon everyone. My name is Pam Williamson and I am with the
Southeast ADA Center. We are a project of the Burton Blatt institute
of Syracuse University. We’re also a member of the ADA National Network
and funded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. We, and the other nine centers in the ADA
national network, provide information, training, and guidance on the Americans With Disabilities
Act and Disability Access. And, we provide services to anyone including
employers, individuals with disabilities, state and local government agencies, including
VR professionals, and private businesses. We also conduct research to reduce and eliminate
barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency and to increase the civic and social participation
of Americans with disabilities. We’re very excited to partner with WINTAC
and LEAD on today’s informative session and look forward to hearing from you.>>All right thanks so much. Okay so we rare so excited, and I’m super
excited myself, I haven’t even seen this yet. We’re going to give a little introduction
to the newly created Inclusive Career Pathways Roadmap that was developed by the LEAD Center
in coordination, I believe, with some other folks helping. So, let’s just jump to Rebecca’s bio if we
could Shannon. Okay so, our speaker is Rebecca Salon with
the LEAD Center. And, she is the Project Director for the National
Center on Leadership for Employment or LEAD. She is a recognized national leader in policy
and program development with an emphasis on cutting-edge demonstrations that really promote
economic self-sufficiency and employment for folks with significant disabilities. She has many, many years in the field, over
25, with management of federally funded programs and over 35 years working with people across
the spectrum of disability. She also works at the District of Columbia
Department on Disability Services where she’s the lead for DC’s Employment First program
initiatives, which is focused on creating opportunities for employment, community inclusion,
and economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults in the District of Columbia. We are really lucky to hear from Dr. Salon
and also to have her as a part of our planning and design team for this Community of Practice. So, I’m going to turn it over to you Rebecca
and so excited to hear about the Roadmap.>>Thanks so much Nikki. And, I think I’m going to switch screens now
so that you’ll be able to see the roadmap. Just give me one second and I’m hoping that
you can all see something that looks like a roadmap. Is that true.>>Yes, it’s there Rebecca.>>Great, okay. We actually wanted to start with a little
poll before we start with the specifics of the Roadmap. So, if I could ask Shannon to put up a couple
of polling questions that we thought would be helpful, in part, to guide the discussion.>>So this one [inaudible].>>Okay so, there are three yes or no polling
questions. If you could, each, for those of you who are
on computer, I know some of you may be joining by phone. But, if you’re on computer, if you could just
check yes, no, or I don’t know in a couple of places. The three questions are. Are you working with the Career Pathways Program
in your state or region? The second is, have you read your state’s
Career Pathway’s plan? And the third is, does your jurisdiction’s
Career Pathways task force or work group discuss accessibility? We’re just going to give you a couple minutes
to be able to share your answers to those questions. We’ll wait until the numbers stop changing.>>And, Rebecca, looks like a couple of folks
have said that they’re not seeing the survey pop up. So, you know, maybe would you also be okay
with them putting something in chat? I don’t know, you may have to repeat the questions,
I know, but.>>Sure, sure. But, so, there’s, well there’s 57 people who,
I’m not sure why they would, unless there’s some popup blocker or something that might
be blocking it. So, yes, people do want to respond. The questions again are, are you working with
the Career Pathways Program in your state or region, yes, no, or I don’t know? The second was have you read your state’s
Career Pathways Plan? And, that’s either a yes or no. And does your jurisdiction’s Career Pathways
task force or work group discuss accessibility? And, that also was yes, no, and I don’t know. And, I think, people who do have access to
this have pretty much finished voting. So, for those of you who can’t see the site,
I apologize and we’ll have to figure out why that is. But, in terms of whether or not people are
working with the Career Pathways Programs in their region, 30% said yes, 47%, so almost
half said no, and 23% said that they didn’t know, which means that people may not be clear
as to which programs are considered Career Pathways programs. So, important answers. To the question of have you read your state’s
career Pathway’s plan, 31% said yes, 69% said no, so another important piece of information. Every state, every jurisdiction has a Career
Pathways plan. So, as you’re a member of a Career Pathways
community [inaudible] it would be important to track that down. It’s probably on a website that your Work
Force Development Board has or a Work Force Investment Council or the Work Force Board
is in your state. But, you should be able to access it. And, the third question is does your jurisdiction’s
Career Pathways task force and work group discuss accessibility? So, 23% said yes they do, 3% said no, and
73% said that they didn’t know, which, I would read into that that people may not know what
happens at those meetings. And again, there are work groups and task
forces that meet regularly that are the Career Pathways partners in your region or state. Those meetings, typically, are open to the
public. Chances are, vocation or rehabilitation has
a seat at the table at those meetings. But, it would be, you know, another area that
would be important to become involved in. And, we’re hoping that the resources that
we talk about today will give you information that you’d be able to share with those kinds
of groups. So, we can close the poll now and jump into
the Career Pathways Roadmap. I guess I can do that, I did that, okay. This is new technology for me so, so far mostly
working. So, this clearly is an important topic to
people, the creation of Inclusive Career Pathways. We had close to 400 people sign up for this
webinar. And, this webinar, really, is just a preview. So that, you know, really speaks to the fact
that this is important. I also know, from participating in previous
community practice meetings, that, you’ve had discussions about the Career Pathways
toolkit that’s posted on Workforce GPS that was developed to align with WIOA’s vision
and requirements. It’s a fabulous toolkit. It was developed to support states as they
were developing their state plan and to support systems in a way that’s very comprehensive
and useful. But, as our team at LEAD Center was out working
with work force partner from many different sectors, the people that we worked with identified
the need for tools to assist practitioners and Career Pathways partners and other work
force development professionals in making their programs accessible to people with disabilities
or to other people who experience barriers to employment and to assist them in building
productive partnerships either with other WIOA partners, with employers, with community
agencies, with whoever it was that they were working with. So, that’s kind of a background where this
came from. So, the LEAD Center spent the last couple
of years working with partners at American Job Center, vocational rehabilitation, community
colleges, adult education programs, community providers, Centers for Independent Living,
all of the partners that support people as they’re seeking employment or economic advancement,
and really worked to identify examples of promising practices and research and other
useful information that people in the field can use. And, just as in the slide, the LEAD Center’s
staff are all people who worked for most of our careers in the field. So, we worked at AJC’s and community employment
providers and DDH and [inaudible] DR. And, we know how precious the time is of people
who are working directly in programs. And, we also know that there are an overwhelming
number of resources that are out there. So, we wanted to create a tool that kind of
narrowed the choices that, and could still guide people to really useful resources. So, this is designed to be that tool, to be
user friendly. And, the more that we talked about Career
Pathways, the more we envisioned it as a road with a destination. So, we created a roadmap. And really had fun with the metaphor as you’ll
see as we talk it through. So, as you can see, it’s a windy road that
leads to the destination of employment and economic self-sufficiency. And, along the road there are traffic circles
or roundabouts that can take you to places and then put you back on to the career pathway,
back onto the road toward employment. And, each traffic circle has a key area, key
driver to assist someone in created inclusive career pathways. So, as you can see there’s an employer connection
traffic circle, one on supports for youths with disabilities, one on partnerships, one
on accessibility, and another on capacity building. All this gets you back onto the road. I want to point out that the roadmap that
you’re seeing is almost finished. So, what you’re seeing really is a preview
of the roadmap. It will be finished and launched efficiently
on February 20th. We’re doing a 90 minute webinar that will
feature some of our federal partners as well as workforce staff and leaders who’ve contributed
some of the best practices on the roadmap. And, on the webinar, you’ll get to see the
roadmap’s full functionality and, more importantly, get to hear from people who are implementing
Inclusive Career Pathways programs, as they’ve describe what they’ve done and how they think
people might want to use the roadmap. And, there’ll be a registration link later
in today’s session, if you’re interested in joining that. So, back to the roadmap metaphor. So, if you look at the roadmap, roadmaps have
keys. So, we created a roadmap key. And, I’m going to click on it here. And, you’ll see that that once you’ve selected
an area, so once you select Employer Connections or Accessibility, once you click on any of
the road signs along the way, you’ll find each of these areas of information. So, it will give you questions that you can
ask yourself or you can ask your team to help you determine if you’re effectively implementing
that element of Inclusive Career Pathways. It will give you actions that you can take,
again, individually or as a team that have been recommended in helping state or local
workforce partners to learn more about how to positively impact employment for people
who face barriers to employment. There’s a section on example from other regions
that emphasize how this essential element is actually being implemented somewhere and
how it’s connected to expand the Inclusive Career Pathways. And, it’ll give you a list of resources which
we’ve, again, tried to narrow down so it’s not an overwhelming list of resources. But really, the resources that our partners
and our team really felt were some of the best resources for you to look at. So, we have, so, you’ll see this, these four
icons and you’ll see these four areas in each of the places on the roadmap. So, that’s our roadmap key. Each traffic circle has four or five destinations,
which we’ll look at in a moment. But, before we do that, you can see these
are the destinations, as you hover over any of these, but we’ll go into more detail. But, I wanted to point out that there’s two
roadside assistant billboards that are part of the Inclusive Career Pathways roadmap. So, as you can see we just kept running with
this metaphor. So, if you click on the LEAD Technical Assistance,
it’s not opening, there it is. If you click on that billboard, it directs
you to the Knowledge Translation Consortium page on the center’s website. So, since 2012, we’ve had a Knowledge Translation
Consortium that brings together, I think we’re at now it’s 36 federally funded training and
technical assistance centers that are focused on employment for people with disabilities
in some way. So, it’s a one stop place where you can go
to get information from any of the federally funded technical assistance centers that are
working on employment and disability. So, if you’re looking for technical assistance,
if you’re looking for free resources, webinars, presentations, research, data, you can click
on that roadside assistance sign, click on the link here for Knowledge Translation Consortium,
and it’ll take you there. So, again, in trying to make this user friendly
and easy for people to access information, we give you a single site that you can go
to, to look for information. The other one says Want to Drive Change. Again, running with the metaphor of a roadmap. And, in this one, we provide information about
implementation science. And, over the last couple of years, both WINTAC
and LEAD have been very focused on the science of making implementation work. And, some of the staff that work in both technical
assistance centers really have put together some great information. There’s a National Implementation Research
Network that’s been studying what makes for successful implementation for decades, at
this point, so that there’s an evidence base for, you know, really looking at what drives
change, what needs to happen for successful implementation. So, we wanted to give you, again, three short
resources. One of them is a PowerPoint presentation that
you can go through. One is a one pager and one is a two pager. But, just talk about what is important to
focus on as you ‘re trying to create change, as you’re trying to bring a new innovation
or some new implementation a new partnership together. And, as luck would have it, the implementation
science talks about drivers. So, you can get information on the competency
drivers, organizational drivers, and leadership drivers that drive change. So, again, it’s something to think about as
you’re pursuing your Career Pathways programs or building partnerships that are going to
promote, going to promote successful outcomes for people. So. So, let’s look at the five traffic circles
for a second. So, if we look at Capacity Building, and again
there’s a hover, the site is fully accessible. So, if people have visual or other limitations,
they should still be able to use this. So, under Capacity Building, we wanted to
focus on areas that we believe have shown that they promote inclusive career pathway
and get people to employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes. So, the areas that you can find, under Capacity
Building, are Customizing Employment, Other Promising Practices, Targeted Technical Assistance,
and Workforce Incentives and Benefits Planning. And, before I click on any of these, I just
want to review the five different traffic circles. So, those are the four off ramps, if you will,
that you’ll find under Capacity Building. Under Accessibility, there’s an off ramp for
accommodations, one that focuses on AJC certification, and again, resources and actions and examples
that would support certification, Assistive Technology, and the WIOA section 188 Disability
Reference Guide which has a lot of examples in it that promote equal opportunity for people
in the workforce system. The next one is Partnerships. The Partnerships focuses on co-enrollment
and integrated resources teams. Career Pathways programs, you know, focus,
any Career Pathways programs, not just inclusive Career Pathways Programs have a strong emphasis
on partnerships, on co-enrollment, on leveraging resources a Cross System, another area on
Cross Title and Cross System activities with examples on where that’s working well, resource
Coordination and Employment for Veterans. So, that’s what you’d find under Partnerships. Under Youth With Disabilities, a section on
financial literacy, one on Guideposts for Success, one on Partnerships that are Specific
to Youth, and one on Work Based Learning. So again, all important areas for youth with
disabilities. And, the final area is Employer Connections. And, that focuses on apprenticeships, on the
job training, and other work base learning. A section on Benefits to Employers and Return
on Investments. So, information that would allow you to focus
on how to make the business case to an employer. Coordination between systems, so, our Career
Pathways partners collaborating on employer connections. And, Diverse and Reverse Career Fairs which
is a promising practice that has been very effective in lots of places. So, let me drill down for a minute and give
you an example. So, let’s say that you’re working with someone
in vocational rehabilitation. And, she’s interested in a registered apprenticeship
that’s offered through your local American Job Center. Now, for her to be successful she’ll need
some assistive technology, you know, at minimum a screen reader and some dictation software
that comes with the other software. Depending on the demands of the job, she may
need, you know, much more complicated things. So, you’re meeting with your AJC counterpart,
you work in vocation rehabilitation and they clearly are uncomfortable talking about assistive
technology. So, you can, together, while you’re meeting
go to the LEAD Center’s website. And, I should point out, if you’ve been on
LEAD Center’s website before, you’ll recognize this blue bar across the top. So, we’ve always had areas on WIOA workforce
development and customized inform and financial literacy and capability and cross system collaboration. On the 20th, because again, this is just a
preview and it’s not live yet, there will be this additional green button, the same
color as the road signs that says Road to Inclusive Career Pathways. And, that’s the button that would get you
to this roadmap. So, if, in fact, you’re having a conversation,
someone is really uncomfortable about assistive technology. You could go to Accessibility, you could click
on Assistive Technology, and it takes you to this page. And, here are the questions to ask yourself
the actions that you can take, examples, and resources. So, you know, in this case, the questions,
just to give you an idea of what this looks like, are do all WIOA core partners know how
to implement section 188, which are the equal opportunity provisions of WIOA in conjunction
with the Americans with Disabilities Act, embedding it with policies and procedures
including reasonable accommodations and assistive technology? So, that’s a question that a Career Pathways
work group could ask itself, if that were something that they were focusing on. Another question is do all WIOA partners collaborate
with VR and other disability organizations to support AJC certification surveying and
continuous improvement? Because that likely would include a focus
on assistive technology. It provides some actions that people can take,
explore how WIOA leadership communicates to program staff about operationalizing policies
in areas of physical, programmatic, and communication accessibility, and what training efforts have
been deployed including training on assistive technology. Explore levels of partnerships with VR and
other disability organizations to see what you can build on, you know, to look at what’s
being effectively implemented in the region. There’s an example here which is he section
188 Disability Reference Guide which has lots of examples of how the workforce system is
using assistive technology to enable someone to be successful. And then, there’s a list of six resources. So, I learned that, if I, although I can click
on it and download one of the play lists, so there’s a play list on technology access
for individuals with disabilities that was created by the Disability Employment Initiative,
if you were to click on that. So again, because we’re not fully functional
yet, I can’t show you exactly what that one would look like without using the connection. But, it gives you web pages on documents,
it drives you to a document on funding to assistive technology, transitioning from secondary
school to VR and work, so something on how funding might be available to you if you’re
transitioning from high school to VR and work. It links you to the Job Accommodation Network,
which again, as most of you probably know, has an enormous number of resources on assistive
technology. It drives you to Partnership on Employment
and Accessible Technology, PEAT, which is another technical assistance center that focuses
on assistive and accessible technology in the workplace. And, they have documents like accessible technology
actions that provide, for employers, [inaudible]. So, again, it gives you an idea of what you
can access. So, there are these play lists that have really
useful information. There’s a direct link to the Job Accommodation
Network, a Career Pathways customer flow that includes an assessment of someone’s needs
for assistive technology, a link to find information about your state’s assistive technology program,
and again, a link to Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, PEAT. So, it will provide you with some resources
right on the spot, you know, that somebody could contact the Job Accommodation Network
directly and find out information that might help this person that you’re trying to serve
jointly to get more information and to make people feel like they have the support. So, we envision people use them in many different
ways. Before I leave this page, I just want to direct
your attention to the side bar. So, the side bar has, at the top, the Destination
Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency. Right now we’re in the accessibility part
of the roadmap. And, these are the four off ramps. We clicked on Assistive Technology. But, from here, if you wanted to go to one
of the other ones, you could do that directly or you could decide that you’re interested
in growing to Capacity Building and click on that, scroll down a little, you can get
to all of the different places on the roadmap from this side bar including the two Road
Side Assistance signs. So, it allows you to go back. You can hit the Back button or you can, you
know, click here and it will get you back to the roadmap. I want to mention that this has been designed
so that it will be accessible on any browser and on any platform. So, right now, I’m showing it to you from
a laptop. It works on tablets, it’s a little smaller
on a tablet. It works on mobile devices. So, you can pull it up on your handheld. Actually, what your side bar looks like is
more similar to what it looks like on a handheld. So, it’s much more linear, you have much less
space. But, it’s been designed so you’d be able to
access it on a number of different devices. I’m just looking at the time. So, we can go back to the Homepage and maybe,
you know, look at one more area. And then, we want to open it up to questions
or to hear your suggestions for things that, you know, you wish it would also include,
whether or not you think it would be a, so for different things. Again, we can’t take you to every point on
it in the time that we have available, but. So, why don’t we do one of the partnership
ones? I’m going to click on Co-enrollment and Integrated
Resource Teams. So again, we have the same four areas. The question is things like do AJC’s convened
integrated resource team have a process for co-enrolling customers with disabilities who
benefit from services from multiple systems to reach employment outcomes? So, if you’re in a work group and you want
to get people to [inaudible] around an issue, it gives you some questions that you can ask
yourself, that give you an assessment of where you might be. Do AJC actively partner with other systems
with their customers with multiple support needs? Do the state equal opportunity officer collaborate
with VR and other disability organizations and other WIOA partners to implement the equal
opportunity and nondiscrimination policies and practices that are required by WIOA? So, important questions that would allow a
work group or a Career Pathways task force to focus in on an area. A number of actions that you can take, you
know, and I’ll just do this randomly. And, the last one is to conduct research mapping
to identify potential partners to learn how and if agencies proactively address the common
myth that everyone is a funder of last resort. You know, find out if the following rules
are represented on cross partner committees. Are equal opportunity officers policy administrators,
program managers, disability assignment staff or other partners across the section of disabilities
represented? So, those are some actions and they give you
nine possible actions that you can take individually or can bring to a team that might be working
on this. There are three examples. One is, again, the section 188 Disabilities
Reference Guide, which would give you a number of different example of integrated resources
teams and co-enrollments that support equal opportunity and employment outcomes. For example, from Virginia’s Accessibility
and One Stop Task, for how they collaborate across different titles to address equal opportunity
and access for people with disabilities. And, there’s a number of resources related
to integrated resource teams. So, those are examples of things that are
actually happening. And then, there’s six resources at the bottom
including the Inclusive Career Pathways Desktop Guides, which we talked about a couple of
Community Practice meetings ago. But, you know, just an easy to use reference
for some of our favorite resources to promote Career Pathways. There’s the Career Pathways toolkit that on
Workforce GPS, Guided Group Discovery and Self-Guided Discovery that are resources that
can bring different systems together to serve people. So, those are, you know, those are two examples
of what you’ll find behind the Homepage in terms of resources. As I mentioned, we’re still working out some
bugs and adding some final content. But, on the 20th, I think, it will be an opportunity
to hear from Federal RSA about their Inclusive Career Pathways progress and their relationship
to the roadmap from Sarah Hastings who has presented before and who coordinated the group
that developed the Career Pathways toolkit, and then from a number of state that we worked
closely with that came up with some of the examples and are doing a lot to implement
what’s happening. So, I hope that you’ll be able to join. If you do go the LEAD Center’s homepage and
look for upcoming webinars, you can register that way. I’ll give you a link shortly. But, it will give you a lot better information
than I can do now since we’re not fully functional. So, I think that’s it. I’d love to, you know, hear suggestions or
get questions.>>We have several questions Rebecca. I’m going to just mention a couple of things
[inaudible] a couple of people have asked about the CEU’s and so certificates of attendance. These meetings don’t offer CEU’s. You did register. So, you do have verification of registration
if you really need to verify your attendance, we are able to know that you attended. So, if you email I can send you over verification
email if that’s something you really, really need. Also apparently, we have had a software glitched. And so, if you have colleagues that have mentioned
to you or are frustrated that they were unable to get on, apparently, the software provider
shut us down after a certain number. So, we don’t have our full number of registrants. So, just sort of letting everybody know that,
in case you’ve got colleagues that, you know, are frustrated by that glitched, and, we will
be, as we’ve mentioned, posting the archive of this to both the leadcenter.org and wintac.org
within the next day or two so folks can, you know, listen in or obviously join the upcoming
webinar if you get the full spectrum of the site. Okay so, one question that we have that is
more related to general Career Pathways, Rebecca, if you want to take this or I can or whatever. But, our Employment First practices, is that
the same thing as Career Pathways somebody asked?>>I didn’t hear the beginning of the question. Are what?>>Is Employment First is it the same thing
as Career Pathways.>>No that’s a fair question. And, no, but they’re related. So, Career Pathways, actually, it’s something
that’s been around for decades and is a commitment on the part of the Federal Government. There are, I think, and actually there’s a
link at the end of the PowerPoint today to the letter that was signed by, I think, 12
or more agencies to create Career Pathways for people in general. That it’s a, you know, a path to, you know
that people need more than jobs. But, you know, there needs to be a way to
scaffold skills for people so they continue to advance in their careers. Employment First refers to public agencies
using public dollars to promote employment before other things. So that, if there’s a choice between how the
money’s used, that money be invested in employment rather than day activities or other programs. So, it’s really, you know, more a commitment
to promote employment for people with disabilities as the first and preferred choice. Whereas, Career Pathways is for everyone,
Employment First is much more targeted for people with disabilities. And, what we’ve tried to do here, since there’s
been Career Pathways programs for a while and WIOA really highlighted the importance
of Career Pathways, is that we wanted to make sure that people had resources to make sure
that those Career Pathways programs were inclusive. So, in whatever jurisdiction that you may
be in, chances are your community college offers programs that reflect the high growth,
high demand careers in your area. So then, it might be in home healthcare, it
might be in advanced manufacturing or whatever. So, that’s more the Career Pathways where
there’s a chance for you to start off as a health aid and become an LPN and advance to
be an RN and advance to be a bachelors degree RN and those kind of things where you’d have
that pathway that allows you to scaffold and layer on your capabilities. I don’t know if you want to add anything Nikki.>>No that’s good. I want to make sure that we don’t run out
of time, I’ve got several questions. Are the roundabouts also used for disability
stability pit stops.>>For disability, I’m having trouble hearing
I’m sorry.>>Oh I’m sorry. Is my phone breaking up?>>No, I just turned it up.>>Okay. So, the roundabouts the traffic circles are
they also used for disability stability pit stops? So are the pit stops also, is there some that
reference stability, stabilization I’m guessing [inaudible]?>>Not specifically, yeah, I’m not 100% sure. Is it, if they’re referring to retention,
people being able to retain employment?>>Yeah, I don’t know Danny if you want to
unmute yourself, that question came from Danny Marquez. You want to unmute you could [inaudible].>>Can you hear me?>>Yeah we can. Thanks Danny.>>I guess I was really referring to individuals
with mental health disabilities that sometimes can be cyclical in nature. But, dealing with, you know, mental health
disability issues under quest for pathway, for Career Pathway work.>>Yeah, no, I can see, you know, how that’s
another analogy another good metaphor for this because work is so important for people
to maintain that stability. So, I think, you know, it isn’t anything that
we thought about, but it’s another, you know, another interesting metaphor that, to think
about because it potentially could help someone, you know, stabilize and be able to stay on
the pathway. So, that’s an interesting thought.>>Thanks Danny.>>Thank you.>>Where would benefit, thanks. Where would benefit counseling be on the roadmap? Is that there?>>We have it under Capacity Building. There it is. So, under Capacity Building Work Incentives,
and Benefits Planning is there. And, it has a little bit on financial planning,
the financial capability’s more under the use with disabilities because that’s a WIOA
requirement. But, the Work Incentives Benefits Planning
is under Capacity Building.>>I think a couple of them references to
the fact that this webinar is difficult for screen readers. Zoom is supposed to be completely accessible
and [inaudible] accessibility. So, the comment is the testing, you know,
on the roadmap before it becomes public, but, I think you’ve already done that and you said
it is accessible on multiple browsers and the screen readers and other types of things.>>Yes.>>Right?>>Yes. Yeah, we have several people who specialize
in that who are making sure that, before it’s launched, that it’s fully accessible.>>Okay.>>Because we were not sure also with the
hovers and things, sometime those aren’t accessible. But, we have been assured that it will be.>>Right, right. And, I just deeply apologize. We actually changed from the Webex platform
to the Zoom platform with the understanding that it would be more accessible. So, thank you very much for your comments
and we will be sure to take a look at that and see what we need to do to change that
next time and I just deeply apologize. So, another question. Where would I find resources on disability
right, disclosure of disabilities to employers and how to ask for accommodation resources?>>Okay. They’re all good questions. So, under Use with Disabilities, there are
documents related to disclosure, several documents related to disclosure that you would find
there. We, I’m trying to think if there’s any place
that, you know, really has rights and advocacy. And, the roadmap really was developed more
for workforce professionals. Although, we did talk about, in the next iteration,
should we be able to do another iteration that we wanted there to be a portion of this
that would be clearly for people with disabilities, advocates, family members? But yeah, we really don’t have, you know,
from a Career Pathways standpoint, we’ve tried to limit the field to what Career Pathways
requires and what might be useful for workforce professionals. So, we do have something on disclosure but
not necessarily on rights.>>Okay. Thanks a lot. Another comment about stability might be a
good path on the road. So, we’ve already mentioned that was something
to think about. Will there be a way to search the roadmap
using a type search?>>So, to type in something into the search
function?>>Yeah.>>I don’t know. I will find that out before the 20th so that
we can answer that question. I mean, I’m assuming since the search function
works for the entire website, that we would. But, I’ve never tried it because we haven’t
been fully live yet. So, I am making a note to make sure that that
works before the launch or at least that we can answer that question.>>Great. Okay another comment employers need this information
too. They have a fear of litigation and don’t know
what rights and responsibilities they have. So, I guess that’s more of a comment to make
sure that they broadly market it and to include the employer [inaudible].>>And, I think, you know, the needs Technical
Assistance Billboard, you know, takes you to a number of places including the Earn Technical
Assistance Center that works with employers that has wonderful resources for employers
and an opportunity for employer to employer dialogue. So, I think that there are things on the roadmap
that people can direct people to get that kind of information. There are other TA centers that, I know, that
Assisted Technology PEAT center has some resources that they’ve developed specifically for employers. Certainly the Job Accommodation Network has
a lot of information specifically for employers. So, I think you’d be able to use the roadmap
to find resources that, you know, that could set employer’s minds at ease or help you as
a workforce professional to respond to concerns that employers may have.>>Great.>>These are great, thank you.>>Yeah. Yeah. ADA National Network is a resource too. A few folks are putting in some resources
in chat, like EOC and JAN and ADA National Network.>>And those are all on the KT Consortium
by the way. So, those are all on the Knowledge Translation
Consortium.>>All right, great. Shannon are you seeing anything in the chat
that I’m missing? We have about five minutes. I don’t know if there’s anybody that would
like to unmute themselves and make any comments or ask any questions. Oh there is [inaudible]. Sorry go ahead.>>What was the overall goal for this project?>>To, that’s also a great question. So, we really did want to create a resource
in response to what we were hearing from people in the field that could help them find information
resources, guidance, so that they could create or partner with other agencies in Career Pathways
programs or just in employment programs in general. I think as we, you know, found ourselves in
the field, people are just overwhelmed with the number of resources that are out there. I’m sure you’ve all experienced this. And we all have limited time. So, we wanted to create something that would
be a little more focused and user friendly and a little intuitive for people to be able
to just drill down and find something without having to spend hours doing research. So, for people who, like yourselves, who are
interested in creating programs that are more inclusive building career pathways for and
with people with disabilities. You know, we wanted to create a tool that
could provide that for people who work in the field.>>We have a question asking how I can get
on a list for future events. And, we’ll get to that in just a second. Is there a listing of employers [inaudible]
with providing employment for disabled individuals by state?>>It’s possible that Disability In would
have some of that, used to be the U.S. Business Leadership Network and it’s now called Disability
In. It’s an employer to employer national organization. So, they do some of that work. But maybe, I don’t know if someone else on
the call has a better answer than that.>>I’m thinking the NAT also, which is through
CSABR they, you know, have a wide employer following and they would, they would certainly
know who’s working with them.>>This is Chris from ODEF, can you hear me?>>Yeah hey Chris.>>Yeah.>>Hi, hi, yeah, this is, I’ve been just really
enjoying listening. I’m thinking there’s probably not just one
source, but, as you said, there probably are a variety. And, the two that you’ve mentioned are two
very good sources.>>Thanks Chris, yeah. And also, I’ve had a little bit of a sidebar
conversation with a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board for Disability in the greater
Houston area, which I was fascinated by. So I’m sure, you know, that person would be
able to let you know, within their area. And, I had not actually known that there was,
you know, maybe there’s other Chamber of Commerce throughout the nation that do have specific
disability boards that I’m not aware of. But that, I’m thinking that might be another
place too. Does anybody else, oh go ahead. Did you say something?>>Should I stop sharing so you can get back
to the PowerPoint?>>Yeah, yeah go ahead. You can move on because we’ve got, I think
another minute. While that’s happening, certainly invite anybody
to unmute if you’d like to mention a comment or tell us what you’d like to hear in the
future. So, the official launched webinar which was
already mentioned where, when this will actually go live, several people have asked for the
link. It will be on the LEAD Center website, as
you saw, it will be on the banner at the top very clearly marked. But, it will not be live until this webinar
launches at the official launch of it. And, you have a link here that you can go
to or you can go to the leadcenter.org website also to register for the February 20th webinar
which Rebecca already mentioned quite a bit about that. If, Shannon if you want to move on. Okay, we’ve already had our Q and A. So, here
are some resources. Again, all of this will be posted on both
leadcenter.org and wintac.org. And, you can get to this presentation, you
can also email us if you would like a copy. And, there are several resources that we have
listed on here, the Career Pathways Desktop Guide, the toolkit that was developed by several
agencies. Next Shannon, that joint federal agency method
that Rebecca already mentioned, there’s some Career Pathways checklists, there’s some great
videos there, and then some other areas where a link for those resources and things on Career
Pathways. And, if you want to just go to our last slide,
it just reminds you again who we are and how to contact us. We’ll leave this up for a minute. Please feel free to email any of us with any
other comments, questions. And again, a reminder, we really want these
meetings every other month to be responsive to your needs. So please tell us what you’d like to hear,
what sort of topics you want within the Career Pathways realm. Got a couple of people saying that they’re
really looking forward to the release of it and for making accessibility a priority. So, kudos there. Okay, we’re all, with that I think thank you
very much everybody. And again, please don’t hesitate to contact
us and we really look forward to hearing from you. And, we will be back again with our next meeting
two months from now. Goodbye everybody.

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