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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The conference is attended by passionate advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

This year, while we are taking the conference virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our unique approach to providing exceptional first-rate content and building strong community ties and connections across various stakeholders will yield an extraordinary event! We have taken extra steps to bring people closer together during these times, as well as to create an amazing virtual environment that expands our knowledge, spurs our creative thinking, and focuses on healthy living and having fun!  Our conference theme, Feel the Power of Inclusion, reinforces the importance of our continued commitment to promoting a world of equity and opportunity for all, and is predicated on the value of bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences in an effort to build strong human connectivity and spur collective action.

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Friday, December 4 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Competitive Integrated Employment: Customizing Employment Opportunities

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We're sorry. No recording is available for this session. Customized employment is a strategy that provides individuals with disabilities with the tools to gain employment, with options for employment beyond "off the shelf" jobs. This approach to employment offers individuals previously thought to be unemployable, opportunities to obtain integrated employment. Using an individualized processes, customized employment identifies job seeker passions and interests, and build opportunities to develop employment opportunities that are tailored to the individual and valuable to the employer. Customized Employment identifies a job seeker's passions and talents as well as the needs of the business. Using these strategies, we are able to match job seekers with business to create unique opportunities for both. This session will discuss the components and essential elements of customized employment using the The Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit developed with NTACT, and provide examples of how CE successes.

Presenters
avatar for Laura Owens

Laura Owens

President, TransCen Inc.
Laura A. Owens, Ph.D., CESP, has over 30 years of experience as a national leader in the transition and disability employment field. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and the President of TransCen... Read More →


Friday December 4, 2020 12:30pm - 1:15pm EST
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