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Jun 17

Topical Webinar: Part Two of a Five-Part Series on the Transition to Employment for Youth Receiving SSI

Date: Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m. (ET)
Topic: Employment Options for Youth SSI Recipients
Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor
This webinar will showcase viable employment services and pre-employment transition services for youth recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The services are designed to foster collaboration between partners and engage businesses, leading to improved employment outcomes. Attendees will learn about apprenticeship and other employment models and how these models can be applied in their states to better prepare recipients of youth SSI for competitive careers. This webinar is the second in a five-part series for the SSI Youth Recipient and Employment Transition Formative Research Project. Through this project, ODEP is building the knowledge base about SSI youth recipients and the factors that influence their successful transition to sustained, gainful employment.
Melissa P. Diehl, MA, Ed., CRC
Project Director, WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services
The George Washington University
Debby Hopkins
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board
Kate Kaegi
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Manufacturing Association Liaison with the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disability Grant
Dana Hackey, LCSW-C, CAC-AD
Program Director
Maryland PROMISE
Jade Ann Gingerich
Director, Employment Policy/PROMISE
Maryland Department of Disabilities
To register: Register in advance by clicking on the link below.
Jun 14

“Future of Work” Podcast Episode 10

In collaboration with the human resources web portal, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology created a free podcast series titled, “The Future of Work.” These podcasts explore workplace technology trends in the context of accessibility and the employment of people with disabilities. Episode 10, “Virtual Reality and Accessible Workplace Technology,” featuring Beth Crutchfield and Jessie Haugh of Level Access, is now available. This podcast addresses the accessibility issues that Human Resources and workplace leaders should consider when using virtual and augmented reality as part of their hiring, recruiting, and retention processes.

Jun 10

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights 

Board of Governors Meeting

Friday June 29, 2018

Our Lady of Angels

43 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

10-00-11:00 Steering Committee Business

11:00-12:00 Board of Governor’s Meeting
Election of Officers – Legislative Report

12:00-1:00 Lunch

All Invited

1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion:


Invited and Confirmed Guests include:

  • Secretary of Agency of Human Services  (Invited)

  • Commissioner of Corrections – Lisa M. Menard (Confirmed)

  • Commissioner, Department of Mental Health – Melissa Bailey (Confirmed)

  • Commissioner, Department of Children and Families – Ken Schatz  (Confirmed)

  • Commissioner, Department of Disabilities Aging and Independent Living (Invited)

  • Acting Secretary of Education (Invited)

  • Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (Invited)

Please RSVP to this email, or to Sarah at  [email protected] for lunch and attendance.

Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]
May 30


Peer Advocate Counselor

 20-hour-per-week position in the Brattleboro office

Candidate must have personal experience with a disability and an ability to work in partnership with people with disabilities, assisting and empowering them by working toward independent living goals. The PAC will participate in outreach activities and provide technical assistance to increase community options and supports.


Candidate must have ability to work as a mentor, educator and advocate in individual and group settings. Other skills required: knowledge about accessing local resources; understanding of issues affecting individuals with disabilities, including barriers to housing, transportation and employment; and computer proficiency, including data entry and social media skills.


Access to a reliable vehicle and ability to travel around Windham County, in Windsor up to Springfield, and periodically to our main office in Montpelier is a must.


Candidate must have the ability to work independently, but also be willing and able to work as part of a team.


Please send cover letter and resume to Sue Booth, VCIL, 11 East State St., Montpelier, VT 05602. It may be sent by email to [email protected]


Deadline for applications is June 5, 2018.


VCIL is an EOE/affirmative action employer. We provide reasonable accommodations in the recruitment and employment of persons with disabilities.

Submitted by Karen Lafayette for VCIL, [email protected]

May 30


H919, workforce development, was signed into law by Governor Scott on Monday, May 28th. No Act # yet but it is indeed statute.

Some good news! Now we need to see how this plays out in terms of enhancing employment, especially for PWD!!!

Here’s a link to the official final bill:


Sam Liss