Looking at Employment with New Eyes: Creating a Culture of Work for Youth with Disabilities - Auburn
Beth Keeton, CEO of Griffin-Hammis Associates, and Debbie Gilmer of Syntiro will provide strategies and transition best practices demonstrating that everyone can work. Stories and illustrations will be included.
This day long workshop will:
- Provide an overview of customized employment
- Share recommendations for creating a culture of work across the ages starting early both at home and school
- Provide strategies for building social capital
- Dispel myths about impact of work on benefits (student exclusion, etc.)
- Children’s case managers
- Advocacy and state agency staff
If you are a parent or family member wanting to attend this training and are seeking a scholarship, email joyce@syntiro.
$125.00 per person or $325/team of three (ideally a case manager, teacher and family member—must register together) We are hoping that teams will attend.
Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.
Beth Keeton is Executive Director of the Center for Social Capital and Chief Operating Officer for Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC. Currently, she oversees the Certified Business and Technical Assistance (CBTAC) programs administered by the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Additionally, Beth works on numerous other Customized and Self Employment initiatives throughout the country including: The Florida Rural Routes to Employment, the New Jersey Customized Employment Initiative, and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Beth has provided ACRE approved Employment Specialist training in Maine for many years.
Debbie Gilmer is President of Syntiro, a nonprofit located in Readfield, ME and the Project Director of the Employment for ME Workforce Development System funded by Maine DHHS and VR to certify, support and mentor Employment Specialists across the state. Ms. Gilmer served as the state co-lead (with the State VR director) for Maine’s ODEP Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program team. She previously served as the co-director of the Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center and the Maine State GEAR UP program. She is a board member and past president of Maine APSE and serves on the national APSE public policy committee. She is widely recognized as a passionate and engaging presenter and has conducted technical assistance on transition and employment across the country for many years.