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Enhancing Employment for College Students with I/DD through Virtual Job Supports (Session 8B)

Zoom: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/8089682209
Main Topic
: Transition, Inclusive Postsecondary Education, and Self Determination
Session Type: Skill Share

Abstract

This presentation will look at how higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can provide effective virtual job supports to students on a college campus. Session participants will be provided with real-world examples of how program staff has accomplished virtual job supports at Virginia Commonwealth University’s inclusive higher education program, ACE-IT in College. ACE-IT in College is a first-round TPSID grantee and a comprehensive transition program (CTP). The program supports students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) access to college as a pathway to gainful employment. As an inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program, ACE-IT has successfully secured campus employment for 100% of its students for the 10 years it has been a program. Amidst the pandemic, ACE-IT staff were able to successfully develop both on-campus and remote paid positions for all students in their program.  To address the rising need to create customized virtual positions and provide individualized virtual support, staff have consolidated best practices into recommendations for other IPSE programs. In this session, participants will receive an overview of successful practices to virtually develop and secure paid campus employment as well as how to provide virtual support to students at work.  ACE-IT is but one of the many IPSE programs in the country, and the number of programs has been increasing. Increasing IPSE programs demands a need for increasing paid employment opportunities for students with IDD. In addition to both presenters having years of experience with the ACE-IT in College program, they have developed a course for supported employment for inclusive postsecondary programs through a NIDILRR grant. The course is now welcoming in its second cohort of participants which reign from inclusive postsecondary education programs across the country. Through facilitated course discussions, presenters have received feedback from program staff on what has worked and what has not worked for their programs in regards to integrated employment. The presentation will highlight some of the feedback and allow session participants the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences surrounding integrated employment and job supports in their respective inclusive postsecondary education programs. Presenters will make recommendations on how to incorporate feedback and innovative virtual support to continue to raise expectations and increase opportunities for students with IDD.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies and to conduct virtual job development
  • Gain foundational skills in providing virtual job site training
  • Contextualize employment outcomes for their inclusive postsecondary education program in relation to feedback from programs across the country
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Date

Mar 02 2021
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Time

HST
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 02 2021
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Zoom Meeting

Speakers

  • Mrs. Jaclyn Camden
    Mrs. Jaclyn Camden
    VCU RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities - Study Lead

    VCU RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

    Jaclyn Camden, M.Ed. is a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been supporting individuals with disabilities in a variety of capacities for over 10 years. She has experience with research and demonstration projects that look at planning for and supporting employment for individuals with disabilities in K-12, postsecondary education, and the community. Jaclyn serves as the career coordinator for VCU’s postsecondary education program for students with I/DD: ACE-IT in College. Jaclyn is the study lead for Effects of Trained Personnel Providing Employment Supports in Higher Education on the Employment Experiences of College Students with I/DD: A Quasi-Experimental Study.

  • Mrs. Aliza Lambert
    Mrs. Aliza Lambert
    VCU RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities - Career Support Specialist

    VCU RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

    Aliza Lambert, M.Ed., CRC, is an employee of Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked with individuals with disabilities for five years. She has extensive experience working on developing and maintaining employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She serves as the career support specialist for ACE-IT in College and coordinates campus employment and internship. Aliza has an interest in the job development process and creating supports to match the diverse needs of young adults with disabilities.