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Eighth Annual Vermont
May 11, 2005
Sheraton Hotel &
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Richard Pimentel is
a nationally renowned expert on disability management, workers'
compensation cost containment, rehabilitation, and job retention in
the workplace. His vast and penetrating knowledge about issues
related to disability and people of difference is communicated with
humor and conviction. His training has not only successfully enabled
managers and supervisors to participate in cost reduction initiatives
and implementation of policies and procedures to reduce worksite
accidents and re-injury, but also to dispel stereotypes and embrace
diversity. For over two decades, Richard Pimentel has arguably
been North America's most predominant spokesperson for the employment
of people with disabilities as the author of the highly acclaimed
WINDMILLS attitudinal training program.
Registration and Refreshments
Keynote Presentation: Richard Pimentel
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:15
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:30 - 3:15
Breakout Sessions to include:
* University of
Hartford School to Work Resource Project
Presenters: Shelly Hartnett & Rick McAllister
University of Hartford Rehabilitation Training Programs
West Hartford, CT
This workshop describes a training and technical assistance model
designed to provide efficient and effective delivery of
state-of-the-art tools and techniques directly to support teams. This
unique process focus on a team training design, intensive targeted
training sessions and embedded technical assistance to build capacity
in local communities. Training components include student assessment
strategies; development of assessment sites, employment opportunities
and employer partnerships; training, intervention and support; and
on-site technical assistance following training. Training is based on
national standards and competencies endorsed by the Association of
Community Rehabilitation Educators.
* Work Works! The Making of a Community Video
Presenters: George V. Nostrand & David Smith
Vocational Opportunity Works! (VOW)
Presenters will show the video Work Works, they produced
and will also talk about how it came into being, the process, and how
they hope to use it in the future. The 30-minute video was part of a
grant project designed to address community issues. It premiered on
December 15th of 2004. Anne Donahue, editor of Counterpoint
reviewed the movie saying, "Anyone expecting an amateur
productionŠwill be caught off guard by this well paced and educational
look at the role of work in our lives, and in particular how it
affects the lives of people with mental illness."
* Returning to Work with Traumatic Brain Injury
Presenters: Al Urpsis, Deborah Argent, Jane Gauthier, Hugh
Barclay, Michele Corrow
Division of Disabilities and Aging Services, TBI Waiver Program
This panel of individuals with TBI and their support providers
will discuss the challenges, successes, and strategies associated with
returning to work following a Traumatic Brain Injury.
* Making a Good First Impression: A "Business-Friendly" Model
to Job Development & Placement
Presenters: Teresa Miele, Bill Merritt, Lisl Hacker, Denise
Abrahamsen, Sofia van Heiningen
Over the past 3 years, Career Choices has been transforming itself
from a rehabilitation model to a business model. In doing so, we
have implemented a "business-friendly" model that incorporates
best practices from a wide variety of sources. In this workshop,
we will share our successes, employment approach and resources.
Participants will be able to use this information as a springboard to
further their knowledge and improve current employment
* Canoe Building Project for Youth with Emotional Behavioral
Presenter: Justin Philie
Lamoille County JOBS Program
Based on the
book, Building the Six-Hour Canoe, the presenters created a
vocational experience for youth with emotional behavioral
disabilities. Inexpensive to build using ordinary tools and
materials, the canoe gives everybody access to boatbuilding and a
boat. Light, easy to carry and handle, it can be a personal favorite.
Or it can be the ideal boat for introductory boatbuilding courses and
for community and/or school based building experiences.
* The Art of Disclosing Your Disability
Presenter: Richard Pimentel
Milt Wright & Associates, Inc.
Granada Hills, CA
This presentation will be a guide for applicants in talking about
disability-related job issues in employment interviews. The goal is to
increase the employment opportunities of qualified persons with
disabilities, increase the number of informed quality employment
decisions made by employers and reduce discrimination and litigation
associated with the ADA.
* Assistance Dogs in the Workplace
Presenter: Becky Barnes
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Yorktown Heights, NY
Unemployment among disabled adults in the United States is
substantially higher than that of the general population. Having
an assistance dog may increase the mobility and independence an
individual has, but it also presents its own set of issues in the job
market. This will be an interactive workshop with plenty of
opportunity for discussion of these issues and sharing of information
as well as for questions. Colleagues and supervisors will provide a
handout that offers information and suggestions on proper responses to
an assistance dog in the workplace.
* The Job Club: Meeting the Vermont Standards!
Presenters: Marian Connor and Dianne Chandler
Mt. Abe High School and Employment Associates
Associates staff will examine the process of forming a job club
including: A) the rationale for developing a job club, B) developing
the sessions/cycles, C) member participation, D) job club philosophy,
and E) contribution from the Business Advisory Council including
sessions taught by private employers.
Agencies/Companies will display & disseminate information and
Various Vendors will
be displaying and selling artwork/merchandise.
"Imagine Workforce Inclusion" T-Shirts will be available for
shirts are made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton. They come in black
T-Shirts are a fun and tasteful way to make a statement about your
personal commitment to workforce diversity and inclusion.
Available in Small,
Medium, Large, and X-Large. Price: $10.00
(Full day, includes lunch)
After April 25
___Self-Advocates/Supported Employees (Full day, includes
After April 25
Breakfast Special: (Half day, includes breakfast, keynote address,
morning breakout session, does not include lunch). Only $25.00!
This is intended for local businesses to learn more about workforce
inclusion and diversity. (Certificates of Attendance Available)
Don't miss this opportunity to hear this renowned expert on issues
APSE Members deduct $5.00 from fee. APSE Membership #
Join APSE now http://www.apse.org/ and attend the conference at the
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Regular registration is required plus $25 vendor fee. (Space may
Special Accommodations (please specify):
Scholarships may be available to persons with disabilities on request.
Call 802-656-1345 for more information.
Please send your registration with check made payable to Vermont
accommodations are needed please respond by April 20, 2005
Payment MUST accompany registration unless prior arrangements are made
with Karen Hussey at 802-652-2161.
Send Check and Registration to:
c/o Project Hire/HCS
102 South Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401 Phone:
Association for Persons in Supported Employment is an independent,
non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the advancement of
supported employment for persons with severe disabilities. Funds
raised are used to maintain the organization and increase professional
development opportunities for people with disabilities and staff of
supported employment agencies.
A block of rooms have been set aside for the Vermont APSE conference
for the night of May 10, 2005 at the rate of $95.00.
Reservations should be made by April 10, 2005.
To make reservations call (802) 865-6600 and mention you are with
Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center
870 Williston Road
Burlington, Vermont 05403
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757
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