Competitive employment has proven to be a powerful means of helping individuals feel more productive, have higher self-esteem, increase community inclusion, and generally improve overall health. In this webinar, we will discuss how many unemployed individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism and traumatic brain injury can benefit from a job in the workforce. Strategies such as supported employment, employment networking, and mentoring will be presented through instructional videos and case studies to demonstrate the process of empowerment and the feelings of independence that work brings. There is strong evidence-based research to support empowerment through work.
After the completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe how work empowers individuals with mental health conditions and developmental disabilities;
- Learn how service providers can locate and utilize resources in the community for competitive employment opportunities; and
- Understand how workplace supports can increase job satisfaction and overall health.
Presenters: Paul Wehman, Ph.D., and Katie Wolf Whaley, MSW
Time: June 29, 2021 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST (An optional Q&A Session will be held from 3:00pm – 3:30pm for participants.)
This webinar is cosponsored by the AUCD Mental Health Special Interest Group.
The MHDD NTC and its activities are funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), funding opportunity number HHS-2018-ACL-AOD-DDTI-0305.
This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center (MHDD-NTC). Learn more at mhddcenter.org. The MHDD-NTC is funded by the Administration for Community Living.