The 20th Employment Supports Symposium

April 15th & 16th, 2020

Connecting Talent to Opportunity!


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Symposium - Day 2

April 16th, 2020

Speaker Bios
& Information

Symposium Day-Two At-A-Glance
April 16th, 2020

Convene Cire Center
2929 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

"A Rally Cry for Employment for ALL!"
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

~ Laura Owens, PhD, TransCen ~

Morning Breakouts: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Building Future Leaders South Hub
Judy Dotzman, SPIN

Best Practices & Collaboration in Secondary Transition Center Forum
LaQuenta Montanez, School District of Philadelphia

  • Collaboration with community agency partners results in opportunities to share ideas, resources, and information to improve post-school outcomes for transition-aged students with disabilities. We will discuss the importance of effective collaboration, individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and agency involvement, while providing practical tips and resources for parents, educators, and students.

Hashtags -> Dollar Signs: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business East Forum
William Toms, RecPhilly

  • Will Toms, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of REC Philly, will share how social media can help grow a business. He will discuss how costal media users can evolve from arbitrary posting to a more strategic approach. This better approach involves more careful consideration of reasons to post, the importance of each post, and the value that posting can have for a business. The audience will learn more about strategic social media use, brand-building, communicating with target audiences, and how coal media connect to fundamental marketing principles through the sharing of various examples, including Will's work at REC.

Taking Supported Employment to the Next Level South Hub
Laura Owens, PhD, TransCen

Financial Empowerment: A Foundation for Independence Studio
Susan Tachau and Tracy Beck, PA Assistive Technology Foundation

  • This session offers information that will help someone make good decisions and encourage independence, The key to financial empowerment is to help students learn how to manage their money, instead of letting their money manage them Developing self-determination and self-advocacy skills help to create a solid foundation for the journey to adulthood and a life of fulfillment.

Box Lunch / Symposia Through the Years Celebration!
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

State of the State - After Lunch General Session: 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Revolution Hub
Laura Cipriani, ODP Policy Supervisor; Mary Hartley, Employment First Commission; Charlotte Brickhouse, School District of Philadelphia; Kathy Fogel, PA OVR, and more....

Early Afternoon Breakouts: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Fading Gracefully - Using Systematic Instruction to Guide Services Center Forum
Wesley Anderson, ARC of New Jersey

  • The act of fading - gradually decreasing the frequency and potency of services - can be difficult to accomplish. How do we, as service professionals, take what we see and use it to guide the individuals we work with toward positive employment outcomes? In this session participants will receive practical strategies for making wise decisions in their journey to enhance independence. Pre-downloading the free ClassDojo application from the Android or iPhone App stores is recommended if you plan on attending this session.

Building Networks with Purpose South Hub
Katie Smith, PEAL Center

  • Have you ever heard the expression, "It's not what you know, it's who you know?" Together we will identify ways that we are all connected and how others can support us to reach our goals. Join PEAL Center staff in an engaging exploration of etworkig for purpose. Lear about soft skills ad how they are crucial to building and maintaining relationships. Gain strategies that will help us develop those relation ships in personal and professional settings. Participants will leave with an introduction to the skills and networking potential inside of them and ways to utilize those tools in real life situations.

Pre-Employment Transition Services (P.E.T.S.) for the Juvenile Justice Population North Hub
Jennifer Williams, YAP

  • When considering outcomes for youth involved in the justice system, effective programming is crucial. Pre-EMployment Transition Services offers a broad exploration of career-related development topics. This session will discuss factors which impact these youth and of how shifting approaches help to reduce recidivism. P.E.T.S. must be trauma-informed, promote truth and empowerment, and intentionally captivate resilience which lies within each individual served.

W.I.P.A. - Work Incentives that Support Employment Studio
Norma Realpe, Disability Rights PA

Late Afternoon Breakouts: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Data Driven Development - Improving ROI Through Data Center Forum
Chris Coffey and Brooks Rudy, Community Integrated Services

  • Community Integrated Services has a team of 30 Business Development Specialists who develop hundreds of new jobs for Philadelphians with disabilities. The consistent volume of employer engagement creates a data set that we've analyzed to determine which strategies are most effective and shape our organization's job development practices. Join CIS leadership for a discussion of data-driven job development strategies, professional development, and a tour of our custom tool, The Job Development Dashboard. Attendees will learn about how the Dashboard has helped CIS utilize data to inform organizational growth and change, and to continually refine approaches and best practices.

Medical Supports on the Job East Forum
Andrew Vizuete, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Trauma-Informed Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities South Hub
Allison Simms and Natalie Stollon, CHOP

  • For youth with disabilities, learning job tasks is often less challenging than obtaining all of the other skills that go along with getting and keeping a job. These skills, often called "soft-skills" include communication, time-management, emotion regulation and others. This workshop will use case examples and interactive discussion to describe effective methods of teaching these "soft skills" to youth with disabilities. In particular, we will focus on methods used to build rapport and develop these skills in youth who have experienced trauma and adversity including, but not limited to, involvement in the child welfare system.

PA Able Savings Program for Disability-Related Expenses Studio
Karen Carr, PA Treasury Bureau of Savings Programs


An "Early Bird Rate" is in effect for the
FULL Symposium until April 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
-- don't miss out on the savings!