HDI Seminar Series: Business as the Social Engine of America: Enhancing the Employment Success of Young Adults with Significant Disabilities through Supported and Customized Employment


Date: Friday, February 12, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presenters: Paul Wehman, PhD, is Professor of Special Education and Counseling, Director, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will learn businesses’ interest, needs and challenges in hiring persons with disabilities. 2. Participants will learn how supported and customized employment can be utilized by rehabilitation staff to support persons with significant disabilities and enhance their job skill development productivity. 3. Participants will learn the best ways to create meaningful collaborations and partnerships between business and rehabilitation.

Location: Online via zoom

There are hundreds of thousands of individuals with significant disabilities who remain unemployed in this country. This is a massive waste of a valuable human resource. Businesses of all sizes and industries have indicated their interest in hiring persons with disabilities, but they want to know more about how to find qualified workers, how to support them in productive jobs and how to best retain them. The key to both of these critical issues is to help community rehabilitation programs, rehabilitation counselors, and transition specialists to reach out to business to establish long term partnerships. Supported employment and customized employment are two highly valuable strategies in making partnerships between business and rehabilitation be successful.           

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