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Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Job Seekers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Employment Consultants (On Demand: Recorded)

Main Topic: Employment
Session Type: Paper

Abstract

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are vulnerable during the best of times, and it is obvious that this group in particular is under serious crisis during this current Covid-19 pandemic situation. Therefore, it is important to understand how the Covid-19 crisis, including associated stay-at-home orders and business closures, impact job seekers with IDD in particular. As service providers of the job seekers with IDD, employment consultants are situated to provide us with information at two levels: (a) how service providers’ practices have changed and (b) how the lives of the job seekers with IDD the employment consultants support have changed. To examine the information at two levels, we conducted semi-structural interviews with 11 employment consultants for 60 minutes via video-conferencing software in the United States. Interviews were digitally voice recorded and transcribed verbatim. Transcript data were analyzed using a thematic approach by three researchers. In the currently proposed presentation, we will discuss how employment service providers’ practices have changed and how the lives of job seekers with IDD have changed during the current Covid-19 crisis, and what we can learn from how the service providers responded to the crisis. Beyond understanding the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis, smaller crises happen every day. Understanding the Covid-19 crisis in this context will guide us to develop plans, strategies, policies, and procedures for responding to different crises as they occur in ways that will minimize disruption and detrimental impact for people with IDD.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of this session, participants will understand how the Covid-19 crisis has affected job seekers with IDD.
  • At the end of this session, participants will understand how the Covid-19 crisis has affected employment consultants who support job seekers with IDD.
  • At the end of this session, participants will understand the common experiences of employment consultants and job seekers with IDD across different states during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • At the end of this session, participants will understand the different experiences of employment consultants and job seekers with IDD across different states during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • At the end of this session, participants will learn innovative strategies/approaches to support job seekers with IDD from how other employment consultants have responded to the Covid-19 crisis.

Keywords: Employment consultant, impact of Covid-19 crises on practices and individuals with disabilities

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Date

Feb 23 2021 - May 01 2021
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Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 23 2021 - May 02 2021
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View the Session: Virtual Space

Speakers

  • Dr. Seunghee Lee
    Dr. Seunghee Lee
    Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota - Postdoctoral Associate

    Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

    Seunghee Lee, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. She has over ten years of clinical and research experiences in the field of special education and disability related services. Her research interests focus on secondary special education, specifically evidence-based practices and predictor associated with employment outcomes of youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family involvement/engagement, and professional development for practitioners, including teachers and employment specialists. With these research interests, she has engaged in varied research projects and interdisciplinary collaboration work with practitioners, relevant service providers, and families across different settings to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Ms. Danielle Mahoehney
    Ms. Danielle Mahoehney
    Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota - Education Program Specialist

    Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

    Danielle Mahoehney is an education program specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI). At ICI, she provides training and technical assistance and supports research in the area of community living for people with disabilities, particularly employment and day supports. Danielle has a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota and a decade of experience in disability services and advocacy. Before coming to ICI, Danielle worked as an advocate for several disability advocacy organizations in the Twin Cities, including the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living and The Arc Minnesota. The focus of her advocacy at these organizations includes employment and day supports, post-secondary transition, and person-centered planning and supports. She has served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Association of People Supporting Employment First since 2015.