A New Perspective on Employment (Session 4D)
Main Topic: Employment
Session Type: Talk Story
Similar to other programs in the world, 2020 brought challenges to employment training and community integration for people with disabilities. Network Enterprises, Inc. (NEi) provides summer work experience for students with disabilities on Oahu. The need to meet the demands of COVID-19 protocol and the desire to support the community that is affected, brought NEi to reimagine, rebuild and reintegrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce using new methods. The program was rebuilt to integrate project-based learning into the virtual classroom to offer a wide reach of employment skills training to students exiting high school that are more than 50% less likely to be employed. The “talk story” format will lend an opportunity to share the reimaging of employment for people with disabilities and pose questions for the future practice of community-based training. Building work value learning into projects, employment activities and virtual opportunities contributed to the experience of our story on employment. Come and learn the highlights and findings of our program. This presentation will describe a practical approach to employment training. This is a must for people who are interested in building an inclusive workforce.
- Attendees will be exposed to a summer youth employment program that was rebuilt to meet the community needs.
- Attendees will gain understanding of the values of employment and exploration of practical implementation of work value development virtually.
- Attendees will observe community inclusion initiatives and gain an understanding of the impact of community involvement in employment training for youth with disabilities.
- Opportunities to learn and discuss the future of entry level employment.
Keywords: Employment skills, Training, Job readiness, Job coaching, Project based training, Transition, Students, Community inclusion
Dr. Ann YoshidaNetwork Enterprises (NEi) - Employment Division Director
Network Enterprises (NEi)
After receiving a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a MRC in Rehabilitation counseling and OTD in Occupational Therapy, Ann has brought a professional, competitive and personal perspective to community integration. She spends her time between to positions that hold her passion in the community. She is the Employment Director at Network Enterprises and the Innovation and Training Director of AccesSurf. Where she utilizes her worldwide perspective, teaching and rehabilitation experience to support an inclusive community in employment and recreation. Take a moment to speak with Ann and she will share her light in the community.