Allilance for Full Participation: Real Jobs: It’s Everyone’s Business


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Focus on employment-competitive and inclusive employment for people with disabilities. This webinar took place on September 18, 2009 as an advocacy tool for state team members as a resource at the state level.

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  • 2009 will be a year marked by unprecidented fear, anxiety and uncertainty…a year in which we’ll see a range of consumer reactions to a nation that sees itself moving in the wrong direction. “this is not a monetary correction, nor a down cycle—it’s the end of the world as we know it. What we’ll be deciding in 2009 is whether we’ll simply succomb, whether there is a new set of Rules of Engagement, we’ll find a new way to set our priorities. Faith Popcorn
  • Allilance for Full Participation: Real Jobs: It’s Everyone’s Business

    1. 1. Alliance for Full Participation Real Jobs: It’s Everyone’s Business September 18, 2009
    2. 2. Participant Information <ul><li>Karen Flippo </li></ul><ul><li>AFP State Teams Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Walsh </li></ul><ul><li> AFP Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Millie Ryan </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska State Team Coordinator </li></ul>
    3. 3. Alliance for Full Participation
    4. 4. Alliance for Full Participation ANCOR APSE Autism Society of America The Arc AAIDD CQL Best Buddies International National Association of Direct Support Professionals NACDD National Association of Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services NISH SABE Association of University Centers on Disability UCP
    5. 5. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Professional Advisory Council newly formed to advise Board about best practices and research trends that can help shape the AFP agenda. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Advisory Council Members
    7. 7. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>2008-2011 Focus on Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Our employment vision: </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals with developmental disabilities want to work in integrated settings along with their non-disabled peers. They want to be afforded the same wages, benefits and opportunities to advance in their careers and contribute to society and move out of poverty. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>In order to obtain equal access to employment, education must make transition from school to work a priority rather than an add-on and adult service providers must work to remove barriers and support individuals in real jobs for real pay. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Why is a challenge necessary? </li></ul><ul><li>There has not been an employment challenge since the early 80’s for people with ID/DD </li></ul><ul><li>A challenge is necessary – shapes advocacy agency, is measureable and can impact public policy </li></ul>
    10. 10. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Where do we stand? </li></ul><ul><li>Employment rate for typical Americans is 79.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Employment rate for people with developmental disabilities is only 22% </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to close this gap by doubling that figure to 44% within 5 years </li></ul>
    11. 11. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Concerted effort to work at local level to affect change; </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from policy and practices at local level to impact national policy </li></ul>
    12. 12. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>AFP will host a series of interactive webinars, issue an informative newsletter for each theme, and provide state teams with a tool kit for holding meetings in their communities on these topics </li></ul><ul><li>AFP will encourage state teams to implement strategies discussed in the webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Results of the state team inititiatives will frame the programs and related activities for the 2011 AFP Summit in the DC area </li></ul>
    13. 13. Alliance for Full Participation
    14. 14. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Sensitive of realities </li></ul><ul><li>Recession </li></ul><ul><li>Job losses </li></ul><ul><li>People moving out of the labor market </li></ul><ul><li>Slow down of retirements </li></ul><ul><li>Young people now in competition with older workers for the same jobs </li></ul>
    15. 15. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>States cutting rates to providers </li></ul><ul><li>People with disabilities losing services </li></ul><ul><li>Families concerns are heightened </li></ul>
    16. 16. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>No one feels comfortable about forecasting the future, but…. </li></ul><ul><li>We do know that the economy WILL turn around </li></ul><ul><li>We do not that when it does, there will be a differences in industry and business practices and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>We do know that economic indicators continue to prioritize a need for workers in the healthcare fields and green industries </li></ul>
    17. 17. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Expectations of AFP </li></ul><ul><li>The timing is right to engage with businesses about: </li></ul><ul><li>Strategizing for recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the “portrait” of the worker in the new economy </li></ul><ul><li>Building partnerships between providers, people with disabilities, businesses, education to ensure that education and training is preparing the worker for the new economy and that people with disabilities will be considered as viable candidates </li></ul>
    18. 18. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Structure of state teams </li></ul><ul><li>New groups or coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Include AFP goals as part of existing coalitions </li></ul>
    19. 19. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Expectations of state teams </li></ul><ul><li>Choose liaisons </li></ul><ul><li>Establish employment goal (increase employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by 100% by 2015) </li></ul><ul><li>Establish strategies to accomplish the goal and track progress </li></ul><ul><li>Promote inclusive competitive employment policies and practices throughout the state </li></ul>
    20. 20. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Actively recruit people and organizations as team members, i.e., people with ID/DD, employers, local affiliate or chapter members of the national partners, service providers, educators, state agencies, family members </li></ul><ul><li>Share practices and policies with other AFP state teams </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in conference calls and webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Promote usage of web page and Facebook page </li></ul>
    21. 21. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Committee formed to assist AFP partners in defining the method of establishing state goals, promoting the AFP to their networks, and assist in defining practices and policies, such as Employment First, that can be shared with the Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to recruit and help organize state teams </li></ul>
    22. 22. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Series of activities and tools to assist states in accomplishing their employment goals </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars with facilitated discussion such as how to use employment data, best practices, establishing Employment First policies and </li></ul><ul><li>All activities culminate in a national event in 2011 </li></ul>
    23. 23. Alliance for Full Participation <ul><li>23 teams toward our goal of 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous new organizations joining our effort </li></ul><ul><li>If not now, when, if not us, then who? </li></ul><ul><li>Now is not the time for short-term goals but the time for long range strategizing (Bill George) </li></ul><ul><li>The organizations that will live through the recession wil be those that have exemplary leadership </li></ul>
    24. 24. Real Jobs: It’s Everyone's Business <ul><li>The leaders of the new tomorrow will know how to establish new ways of doing business </li></ul><ul><li>It is an opportunity for change because the way we are doing our business now may not help us in the future </li></ul><ul><li>How will you meet the challenge of 2010 and beyond? </li></ul><ul><li>How can the principles of the Alliance for Full Participation guide you in making decisions about the future? </li></ul>
    25. 25. Real Jobs, It’s Everyone’s Business <ul><li>We finally are at the place of time that we can say: People with disabilities should no longer be thought of as the last minority, and should no longer be thought of as not having the same opportunities to learn, live, work and thrive in their communities as anyone else. </li></ul><ul><li>The AFP agenda, while ambitious, is the right agenda for these times. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Real Jobs, It’s Everyone’s Business <ul><li>Employment is nature’s physician and is essential to human happiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Claudius Galen (Galenus) </li></ul>
    27. 27. The ACTION AGENDA for AFP <ul><li>  1. Establish a Vision and Clear Goals </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Vision. The AFP will provide information on employment first policies and practices to help state teams articulate their own vision. </li></ul><ul><li>A National Goal. The AFP has established a national goal: to double the number of people with IDD working in real jobs by 2015. Achieving this goal will mean that 50% of working age adults with IDD will be employed. We don’t plan to stop our work until all people with IDD have a chance to work in jobs of their choosing </li></ul><ul><li>Measure Progress. The AFP will provide state teams with information that will enable state teams to set their own benchmark and track progress through the state team score card.   </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>2. What works? Learning from Employers and Employees. AFP will create opportunities to learn from employers and self advocates who are employed about the strategies that make employment a reality. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>3. Nuts and Bolts: Service Innovations. AFP will present information about innovative approaches developed by employers, employment providers and state agencies that result in real jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>4. Create Incentives and Remove Barriers: AFP will provide opportunities to hear from Federal Agencies and to learn about programs, incentives and new initiatives to remove barriers and to promote employment. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    29. 29. <ul><li>5. Collaborate: The AFP will provide models of collaboration between various government agencies and private entities that promote employment. Transition of school age students and collaboration between Vocational Rehabilitation agencies will be highlighted. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>6. Build Community Partnerships: The AFP series will end by hearing from state teams about their progress, featuring partnerships between self-advocates, families, providers and employers to make employment a reality at the local level. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>Each Action Step will be introduced during a 4 month block. </li></ul><ul><li>Two newsletters focusing on the action step. </li></ul><ul><li>At least one (most likely 2 or more) webinars focusing on the action step. </li></ul><ul><li>AFP’s Facebook site and its Website will feature networking and best practices focusing on the action step. </li></ul><ul><li>State Teams will get a tool kit/resource guide to help them implement strategies relating to the action step. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Implementing the Action Plan
    31. 31. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Action Plan Timeline Time Period Framework Element Webinar Newsletter Tool Kit/Resource Guide October 1, 2009 January 2010 Establish a Vision and Clear Goals Employment Vision. A National Goal. Measure Progress. October 23, 2010 1:00 pm ET November 1 January 1 November February 1, 2010 May 31, 2010 What works? Learning from Employers and Employees. February 19, 2011 1:00 pm ET March1 May 1 March June 1, 2010 Sept.30, 2010 Nuts and Bolts: Service Innovations. June 18, 2011 1:00 pm ET July1 September 1 July October 1, 2010 January 31, 2011 Create Incentives and Remove Barriers: October 22, 2011 1:00 pm ET November 1 January 1 November February 1, 2011 May 31, 2011 Collaboration: Models of collaboration. February 18, 2011 1:00 pm ET March 1 May 1 March June 1, 2011 –Sept. 30, 2011 Build Community Partnerships: June 17, 2011 1:00 pm ET July 1 September 1 July