Kennedy Krieger offers workforce training and development through customized, in-person Workforce Awareness and Inclusion training for Institute employees and local businesses.

We provide support to each individual and business for successful, sustainable, and integrated employment for all abilities.

Training Opportunities

Employment Services 

Job Development 101

Date September 22, 2022
Time 10:00-10:45am EST
Presenter Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description 

A multifaceted approach to helping individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain meaningful employment and community engagement. A person-centered process that aims to support individuals in obtaining and maintaining paid employment. The course is divided into three parts.  The first part of the session will provide an overview of the service delivery models available around employment services and break down the job development process. The second part of the session gives you tools and best practices of the job development process that promote job advancement and career development. The third part of this session will focus on best practices to develop and maintain relationships with businesses and industry representatives.  The presenters will give examples of how business relationships are built and examples of ways to sustain and grow the relationships.

Learning objectives 

  • Increase knowledge of person-centered goals to promote job advancement and career development   
  • Increase knowledge of best practices for employment and career opportunities  
  • Increase strategies to develop and maintain relationships with businesses and industry representatives    

The Role of the Job Coach

Date October 11, 2022
Time 10:00-10:45am EST
Presenter Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

The job coach is an integral part of supporting individuals to gain workplace knowledge, job readiness skills, and maintain and obtain meaningful, competitive integrated employment.  The course will discuss the role of the job coach and best practices related to ways to enhance job skills, prepare individuals for job interviews, job development, community surveying, business relationships building and create successful training techniques to support what to expect in the work environment and maintain employment. The course will also discuss ways to build natural supports in the workplace and community that build on relationships and networks.

 Learning objectives 

  • Supporting employment choices 
  • Develop one-on-one individualized training techniques and modifications for the workplace 
  • Developing and supporting a network of natural supports
  • Development of employability and job-related skills  

Successful Strategies for Implementation of Employment Services

Date November 29, 2022
Time 10:00-10:45am EST
Presenter Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

Why Customized Employment? We promote the identification of interests, talents, and conditions for employment.  We will use evidence-based best practices to support the implementation of competitive, integrated employment services. This course discusses how Customized Employment is a flexible process designed to meet the needs of the job applicant and the business. This course also includes strategies on building and maintaining business relationships by offering trainings and person-centered approaches to employee retention and promotion.

Learning objectives 

  • Why customized employment 
  • Using an evidence-based model for creating employment services based in competitive integrated employment strategies 
  • Creating employee retention implementation strategies 

Advocacy Awareness

Date December 15, 2022
Time 10:00-10:45am EST
Presenter Tamara Goldsmith

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Course Description

In addition to making people aware of their rights, supporters have an important role in helping to determine if these rights are being realized.  This course will give conversation to determine whether the services the person receives provide opportunities for inclusion, choice, and independence, and whether advocacy is needed. It’s important to ask, listen, and observe to learn what the individual you support really wants for their community and work balance. This course will discuss what it means to be an advocate in different roles. Also become an attitude influencer affecting the employment and retention rate of individuals with disabilities.

Learning objectives 

  • The role of an advocate (family, friend, job coach, an employer) 
  • Self – determination goal setting 
  • Everyone Communicates
  • Overcome the Attitudinal barriers 

Transition School to Adulthood

Setting Up Students for Success

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenters Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP, Dr Rebecca Colangelo

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Course Description 

This overview of best practices to set students up for a successful transition to adulthood, discussing the various pathways post-high school, and the importance of engaging stakeholders in the process. This multi-disciplinary, person-centered approach empowers youth with disabilities and their families to educate themselves, to be able to make a well-informed decision about their future.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify transition practices and successful strategies within programs that can be implemented broadly
  • Best practices for a successful transition from school to adulthood
  • Strategies to set-up expectations with stakeholders
  • Strategies to implement person-centered planning throughout the transition process

Inclusive Workplace

The Neurodiversity Movement Part 1 Building an Inclusive Workforce, Getting Started

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenters Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

This presentation provides an overview of neurodiversity, building an inclusive workforce, breaking down barriers to employment, and understanding the business case for hiring individuals of all abilities.


The Neurodiversity Movement Part 2 Fostering and Sustaining Provider and Business Relationships

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenter Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

As businesses continue to hire individuals with a range of abilities, business leaders need support and guidance from experts in the field of adult services. This presentation will focus on, what is an adult service provider, how to foster and sustain relationships between the business’s community and adult service providers, and first-hand experiences from businesses and the individuals they employee.


Strategic Approaches Universal Design

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenters: Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

This presentation provides an overview of universal design, and how businesses can apply universal design philosophies to building a more inclusive workforce.


Strategic Approaches Overview of Disabilities

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenters Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP and Dr. Becca Colangelo

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Course Description 

This presentation will provide a brief overview of disabilities, disability services, and strategies to support an inclusive workforce.


Strategic Approaches Interview and Workplace Modifications

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenters Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

This presentation will provide concrete strategies that businesses can implement to hire and retain individuals with disabilities. These strategies will break down the barriers that impact individuals with disabilities from obtaining meaningful employment.


Strategic Approaches Adjusting to a Remote Workplace

Date TBD
Time TBD
Presenters Stacey Herman, MS Ed, CESP

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Course Description

This presentation will focus on developing, designing, and maintaining a remote workplace post pandemic. We will look at lessons learned, benefits, and what supports businesses should considering keeping in place. This section will be discussion focused.


Transition Consultation

Transition Consultation is designed to support a person-centered model approach that adapts the training and education need to the individual with disabilities, their families, and those in the education community:

If you would like to learn more about this program please complete our Transition Consultation Inquiry Form and a team member from the transition consultation team will be in contact.

Transition Consultation Inquiry Form

 

Interested in learning more about workforce training opportunities?

Contact Stacey Herman, AVP, Neurodiversity and Community Workforce Development at HermanSt@KennedyKrieger.org or Tami Goldsmith, Project Coordinator, Neurodiversity and Community Workforce Development at GoldsmithTa@KennedyKrieger.org

For more information click on the Training Inquiry Form link. 

Training Inquiry Form