You Can Do Employment Too! (Session 7D)
Main Topic: Employment
Session Type: Skill Share
Join Erica Belois-Pacer with the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and Kevin Dierks with Therap Services LLC to talk about how YOU can start supporting #EmploymentFirst. APSE members believe in Employment First. Real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities. APSE is a national membership organization, hoping that there is movement to start a Hawaii chapter! If you aren’t already working to provide employment services to people with disabilities, Erica will show resources available to start focusing on competitive, integrated employment. APSE members and nonmembers alike will leave with resources to build your employment team and to support individuals to find and maintain jobs in the community! Then… once you’re up and running, what information do you need to be tracking? How do you KNOW what works to get people jobs? You need smart data to do that. Kevin from Therap will discuss how employment support teams can track services provided to people with disabilities and how Therap is one tool to do that! APSE.org has resources:
- Universal Employment Competencies
- Workshops to Workplaces / regional trainings
- Connections to chapters
- Connections to people who can help!
- Attendees will leave with a familiarity of APSE, membership, and available resources for employment services best practices.
- Attendees will better understand Therap’s employment module to track employment data that supports effective employment support professionals.
- Attendees will know how to connect with their National and state APSE chapter networks and ideally, someone will want to start a Hawaii chapter!
Keywords: APSE, Employment First, Employment, Community-Based Employment Services, Best Practice, Competency, Professional Development, Data, Therap
Ms. Erica Belois-Pacer Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) - Professional Development DirectorMs. Erica Belois-PacerAssociation of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) - Professional Development Director
Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)
Erica spent the first half of her career as a teacher in an integrated classroom from 2000-2006. She then worked in the private sector, advancing to Director of Educational Programs at Falls View Academy where she developed program opportunities through Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Extended Learning Programs (ELT) across the state for students with disabilities and underserved populations. In 2015 she began working in Vocational Rehabilitation Community Employment at the Center for Human Services Education, create materials and provide trainings to school personnel on options for students with disabilities after high school. As a Special Education teacher herself she was unaware of how many young adults with disabilities are unemployed. Bridging the gap between the high school and college/work became her passion. In her most recent role as the Associate Director of the CHSE, she had the opportunity to oversee contracts that provided training and education to agencies that provide Supported Employment across NYS. A highlight of this position was collaborating and organizing the yearly NYS APSE Conference in Lake Placid, NY. Erica and her husband live in Fairport, NY with their three children. In her free time she volunteers as a Parent Representative on the Committee for Special Education.
Mr. Kevin DierksTherap Services LLC - Regional Director Pacific Rim
Therap Services LLC
Kevin Dierks has worked supporting people with disabilities and the people and systems that surround them for over 29 years. He has been with Therap since 2009, supporting more and better data to improve life outcomes for people with disabilities across thousands of organizations. He is involved in National, Federal, State and community level public research and initiatives involving public health, disability, technology, and human services. He is proud to have played an instrumental role in creating Hawaii’s Self-Advocate Advisory Council. He has a M.A. in Community Psychology from University of Hawaii and is a graduate of The NLCDD.