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Employment First: Making the Transformation

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Employment First: Making the Transformation

October 15, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
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How do we translate Employment First policies into actual changes in the lives of individuals with disabilities? This webinar will focus on the role of service providers in supporting Employment First efforts and strategies for transforming organizations to align with Employment First principles, including:

  • the building blocks of an Employment First organization — a pro-employment mission and strategy;

  • developing staff capacity, engaging individuals and families;

  • the critical role of person-centered planning; and

  • employment support issues such as funding, transportation, benefits, and “day custody” issues.

Presenters will share best practices from numerous examples from programs that have transformed their services.
Be prepared to share your experiences – successes and challenges – and gain insights that will support your Employment First efforts.


David Hoff, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston; APSE Board member 

David Hoff, M.S.W., is a Project Manager for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. David is also the Past President of National APSE, and Co-Chair of the APSE Public Policy Committee. David has an extensive background in working with public systems and community agencies to enhance employment outcomes for people with disabilities. A primary focus of his work is on organizational and systems change to improve employment outcomes, with a particular emphasis on public policies and their impact on the lives of people with disabilities. He is currently extensively involved at the service provider level in implementation of Massachusetts’ Employment First policy. In addition to his 16 years at ICI, David has been an administrator for a Local Workforce Investment Board, and also spent several years in a direct service role, assisting individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment.


  • ANCOR & APSE members: $25

  • Non-members: $50

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