The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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February 03, 2021
Webinar

Reimagining I/DD Employment Supports

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1:00pm-2:00pm EST

COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders have compelled I/DD service providers to get more creative in providing employment supports for people with I/DD. In response, this session is designed to help you glean insights from two provider organizations that have developed effective approaches through grit, determination, and a fair amount of trial and error.

During the webinar, speakers will walk participants through the approaches they instituted to offer remote supports and build new collaborations to ensure the workers they support could continue focusing on career planning, job placement and skills development. Participants will walk away from the session with ideas for providing high-quality employment supports and engaging employers in the community for new opportunities—despite the challenges wrought by COVID-19.

A recording will be made available for registrants.

Presenters

  • Jeannine Pavlak, New England Business Associates (Massachusetts)
  • Michael Petrick, SEEC (Maryland)
  • Pamela Toole, SEEC (Maryland)

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  • ANCOR Members: $59.00
  • Non-Members: $139.00

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Jeannine Pavlak is CEO of New England Business Associates where she has grown the organization to serve over 900 individuals annually in Massachusetts and Connecticut in attaining community integrated employment, as well as providing services as an Employment Network through TTW to individuals in 40 additional states. With over 27 years of experience in the disability employment field, Jeannine has consulted on a number of topics including staff development, data collection and benchmarking, best practices in community integrated employment, braiding funding, school to work transition, TTW, and self- employment. Jeannine has an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and currently serves on the National APSE Board and the North Region’s AAIDD Board.

Michael Petrick, Employment Services Program Director, joined SEEC in 2018 where he leads the Customized Employment, Job Development and Job Retention Programs. Michael has conducted nationwide seminars on bringing meaningful day and customized employment services closer together and the importance of purposeful data collection for customized employment programs. Michael is the Vice President of the Maryland State Board of APSE. Prior to SEEC, Michael created national and regional programs designed to create financial empowerment for vulnerable populations through workforce development and entrepreneurship. Michael has an MBA in Non-Profit and Operations Management.

Pamela Toole, Lead Employer Outreach Consultant with SEEC, has over thirty years of business experience, in both small local operations and large national organizations. The breadth of her experience has focused on adult learning and training for licensure and certifications, and includes content development for educational programs; delivery of program curriculum to professional-level students; marketing, communications and business development in a for-profit education marketplace; team recruitment, training, and development; and budget creation and management. Applying her experience in people management and business development to employer outreach and employment services for people with disability has been a rewarding pivot – a strong job match!