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Employment First Guidebook

The Employment First Guidebook  was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home care coordinators with critical information.  It is full of good information about employment for people with disabilities.  There are parts of it that are adult system focused, but there is a lot that is very applicable to our work in schools.  Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator at the DE, pointed out a few key things found in it, but depending on your students, you may want to wander through the entire guidebook.   Here are some of the key things you may want to look at:
  • P 6   – what is Employment 1st – talks about the history of this movement within Iowa and nationally
  • P 9   – nice review of all the different services and supports around work in our state
  • P 26 – encouraging people to work
  • P 28 – WIOA connections
  • P 31 – myth busting scenarios about work
  • P 42 – FAQs
  • P 81 – a nice article in the appendix about high expectations
  • P 93 – a nice article about the influence of families and starting early
As we all know, helping our students learn vocational skill building is vital for their maximum success.   Providing work experience is not just a nice thing to do, it’s the best thing to do to help prepare our students for their transition to life after high school!  Hopefully there are a few helpful tidbits you can use in this resource.


Employment & Disability Forum – – WOW!!

We had a wonderful opportunity to attend an Employment & Disability Forum in Ames last month, where two national presenters shared their expertise.

Denise Bissonnette, author of Beyond Traditional Job  Development, and Richard Pimentel, author of Working with People with Disabilities in a Job Placement/Job Retention Environment, shared their expertise with us for two action-packed days.  They were PHENOMENAL!! First, let’s learn more about Mr. Pimentel…

Richard Pimentel is practically the father of  the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as, the newly reauthorized version of it.  More on that later….  His story  – – which was literally made into a movie!!- –  is a testimony that one person CAN make a difference.

IMDb states, “The movie is a true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public The Music Withinspeaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing-impaired and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities.”

For right now, to peak your curiosity,  watch the short movie trailer to get a glimpse on why he is passionate about helping people with varying “abilities!”

Check it out at The Music Within and click on WATCH TRAILER at the bottom.  It’s a real life lesson that we can all learn from!

More conference details coming soon!

PS  Google Chicago’s “ugly law” in the 1970’s!… seriously????

~ Elaine Cook