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Everyday Lives 2021 Conference: Employment Track Schedule Released

The Everyday Lives logo with that text in cursive scriptThe full schedule, including the previously unannounced Employment Track, for the Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference is now available. The Everyday Lives Conference, hosted by ODP, will be held in a digital format starting this coming Tuesday, May 11. Weekly events will be held until the conference closes on June 10. The Employment portion of the conference, held on June 10, will feature keynote speaker Jennifer McDonough of Virginia Commonwealth University's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices. The Employment track schedule can be found below. The full conference schedule and details on the virtual venue can be found at this link. Register for the Everyday Lives Conference here.


Conference Conclusion and Employment

Thursday, June 10, 2021 9:00 am – 1:10 pm

Opening Remarks
9:00 am – 9:10 am
ODP Employment Policy Supervisor Laura Cipriani introduces attendees to the employment track and touches on ODP employment initiatives

Business as the Social Engine of America: Enhancing the Employment Success of Individuals with Significant Disabilities through Supported and Customized Employment
9:10 am – 10:30 am
Jennifer Todd McDonough, Project Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices, outlines the importance of supported employment and customized employment programs for both employers and employees. McDonough looks into the struggles that many employers and employees with disabilities face when it comes to job retention and how to best support an employee with a disability. This presentation will utilize business case studies of persons with disabilities (such as autism), evidence-based research and streaming video to illustrate how business and rehabilitation programs can work together.

10:30 am 11:00 am

Intertwining Lives: A Sibling Panel
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kate Fialkowski of Temple University leads a one-hour discussion with siblings of people with disabilities about how best to support a loved one while recognizing divergent life paths, navigating now, and planning for the future.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Employment Programs
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Jason Swarthout and Chris O’Neal of the Pennsylvania Talent Management Office provide participants with an overview of hiring initiatives and how to apply for a position within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Understanding Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefits and Working
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Joy Smith of AHEDD will describe a brief history of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) and Ticket to Work Programs as well a description of the different types of Social Security Benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Learn who is eligible and how to access WIPA services.

Conference Closing
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
ODP Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens closes the conference with final remarks.