If anyone is interested in any of the remaining 
training sessions offered through APSE, let me 
know.  If we get enough interest we can look into 
getting a common location(s) for the training. 
We can project the Powerpoint on a screen and use 
a speaker phone for the training.  We have done 
this in the past and it works quite well.

Let me know of your interest.




Session 1:  Foundations of Supported Employment 
- September 12, 2006 - Bob Niemiec

What is Supported Employment? What are the 
values, guiding principles and features that 
influence this approach to working with people 
who have significant disabilities? How and why 
did it begin? In this session, you will learn 
about the evolution of supported employment. You 
will discover the critical factors that lead to 
the development of SE and how it differs from 
other, more traditional approaches to employment 
of people with significant disabilities. You will 
be exposed to the underlying values and 
principles that guide organizations and people in 
the quest to facilitate supported employment in 
their communities. You will learn about the 
critical roles that employment specialists play 
in the successful employment of people with 
disabilities in community businesses. You will 
also hear about some of the best practices in 
Supported Employment as well as in school-to-work 
and community living transitions. Finally, there 
will be a brief discussion about how 
organizations and states have managed to fund 
supported employment services.

Bob Niemiec is an internationally known trainer 
and consultant. Bob has a long history of 
providing high quality training and consultation 
services to businesses, organizations and 
individuals throughout the United States and 
Canada. He is an accomplished coach, trainer, 
strategic planner and organizational consultant. 
A graduate of Indiana University, Bob has been in 
the field of employment for persons with 
disabilities for twenty-two years. He has 
performed at virtually every level within a human 
service organization, from direct service to 
executive director. Bob is currently the Director 
of Employment and Community Supports for 
Community Involvement Programs in Bloomington, 
Minnesota. Bob is an accomplished coach, trainer, 
consultant, and public speaker. Bob is a 
Past-President of APSE, a founding member and 
Past-President of Minnesota APSE, Immediate 
Past-President of the APSE Foundation, and a 
member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of 
Vocational Rehabilitation. Bob also coordinates 
SE 101 and the APSE Tele-Training Series.

Session 2: Person-Centered Career Planning - September 26, 2006 - Rob Hoffman

This section of SE 101 will provide in-depth 
information and training on person-centered 
career planning, with emphasis on best practices 
in this most important area. Key topics will 
include the following:
 Introduction to Person-Centered Career Planning
 Moving from a Deficiency towards Capacity view of persons with disabilities
 Mobilizing and implementing career planning teams that work
 Developing Career Profiles
 Creating individual Employment Support Plans that get results
 Strategies & tactics for building employment 
connections and effectively tapping personal 

Rob Hoffman is the Project Manager for Region 
VII's CRP-RCEP with the University of 
Missouri-Columbia and is responsible for the 
development and delivery of training and 
technical assistance on employment services and 
business partnership strategies. Prior to coming 
to Missouri, he was the Executive Director of the 
Wyoming Business Leadership Network, a network of 
business partnership initiatives in various 
communities throughout the state. He has trained 
and consulted nationally on business partnership 
strategies and continues his efforts to support 
communities in Missouri to develop these 
initiatives. Rob is also the owner of Hoffman 
Promotionals, a company that provides marketing 
and promotional items for businesses, schools and 

Session 3:  Job Development - October 10, 2006 - Tyler Paris and Joe Lewis

Start your own job development revolution. This 
session teaches the basic, yet critical, job 
development skills necessary for successful 
Supported Employment Professionals. Discover a 
potent arsenal of effective skills no job 
developer should be without. By using a 
combination of consultative sales (the customer 
helps you make the sale) and relationship sales 
(knowledge, trust and respect are the foundation 
for the sale) you can customize an irresistible 
approach to business. These crucial skills 
include: features, advantages and benefits; 
networking, prospecting, the art of questioning, 
and overcoming objections. Spend 90 minutes to 
become the job development sensation you've 
always dreamed about.

Tyler Paris. Come saddled up and ready to ride. 
Tyler's varied career has fashioned a unique 
perspective on employment for people with 
disabilities, job development, Social Security 
benefits and supported employment management. His 
experiences and creative spirit produces a 
training style which is concise, easily followed, 
worthwhile and fun.  Tyler's previous experience 
includes insurance agent, radio advertisement 
salesperson, security guard, hod carrier, low 
income weatherization project director, 
self-employed bicycle repair shop owner, 
consultant and jeweler. He received B.S. and 
M.P.A. degrees from the University of Wyoming and 
is a graduate of Stewarts International School 
for Jewelers.

Joe Lewis brings more than 25 years experience in 
the field of employment for people with 
disabilities to his position at CTAT. Joe has 
worked as a vocational counselor and program 
director for some fine community-based 
organizations such as the Center for People with 
Disabilities, EmployAbility, Inc., Colorado 
Easter Seals, and most recently, Employment Link. 
He also has more than 12 years experience with 
the State of Colorado, serving as a valuable link 
between state government and applicants/employees 
with disabilities. Joe has been a member of the 
Colorado Workplace Equity Coalition, has chaired 
a successful annual job fair for people with 
disabilities in Denver, and has conducted 
numerous trainings in areas such as practical 
applications of the ADA in the workplace.

Session 4: Systematic Instruction - October 24, 2006 - Dan Steere

Supported employment professionals need to be 
excellent instructors who can help individuals 
with disabilities master complex work and 
work-related activities. This session will 
introduce participants to essential strategies 
used in systematic instruction. Particular 
emphasis will be placed on using effective 
prompting, error correction and motivation 
strategies, and on approaches to fading the 
intensity of instruction. Participants will leave 
this session with the skills to develop 
comprehensive instructional plans for supported 
Dan Steere, Ph.D., has worked in the field of 
special education and rehabilitation since 1973. 
He has worked as a special education teacher, a 
manager of a community residence, a consultant to 
schools and rehabilitation agencies, and as a 
university professor at two universities (Montana 
State University, Billings and East Stroudsburg 
University of Pennsylvania). In his current 
position at East Stroudsburg University, Dan 
teaches courses in special education and in 
rehabilitation. Dan has co-authored over twenty 
five journal articles and book chapters, many on 
topics related to the employment of people with 
disabilities, including a text on the topic of 
supported employment. He has served on the 
editorial board of the journal, Career 
Development for Exceptional Individuals, and as a 
guest editor of the Journal of Vocational 
Rehabilitation. Dan is a past president of the 
Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the 
American Association on Mental Retardation. His 
professional interests include supported 
employment and transition from school to 

  Session 5: Supporting "Yeah, But" People on the 
Job - November 14, 2006 - Bob Niemiec

Many organizations struggle with the challenge of 
providing employment supports to people who 
exhibit challenging behavior, have poor social 
skills, and unusual methods of communication. 
These people are often referred to as being 
"behavior problems." This workshop is about 
common sense strategies and concepts for 
facilitating supported employment for people who 
experience these situations.

  Session 6: Facilitating Ongoing Supports - 
November 28, 2006 - Jon Alexander & Becky Brink

What constitutes effective on-going supports in 
supported employment? Finding a job is just the 
beginning. Once the employee has learned the job 
either through natural means or with the 
assistance of an employment 
specialist/consultant, there must be a planned 
effort to support the individual and the 
employer. Among the items to be discussed in this 
section include nurturing  the ongoing 
relationship between the employer and the 
employee, helping the employee and his/her family 
and supports navigate the world of Social 
Security, Medicaid, and financial planning, to 
name but a few. You will leave with tools and 
ideas to provide superior ongoing support to help 
people maintain their jobs and improve their 
economic self reliance.

Jon Alexander is the Director of Operations of 
Kaposia, inc in St. Paul, MN. He directs the 
delivery of services for over 250 people with 
disabilities and other challenges. Throughout his 
career, Alexander has been a leader in the 
creation and implementation of innovative 
programs and methodology to promote competitive, 
integrated employment. These programs were some 
of the first to try the use of natural job 
supports for people with significant barriers to 

Session 8: The Ever-Changing World of Supported 
Employment and its Future  - December 12, 2006 - 

The concept of supported employment has proven to 
be a viable option for many individuals with high 
support needs. At the same time, it has also 
created a good deal of tension in the education 
and rehabilitation service system. The practice 
of supported employment has caused the education 
and rehabilitation service system to change the 
way of business, specifically, its services, 
organizational structure, job descriptions, 
supervision, and funding. It is these changes 
that cause the excitement, challenges and 
tensions within organizations.  This presentation 
will discuss the impact of community-based 
services, specifically supported employment on 
the organization and management of human service 
programs. It will focus on factors and strategies 
that can minimize resistance to change that 
ultimately impact the real and meaningful jobs 
for people with disabilities.

Bryan Dague, Ed.D.
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757

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