Archive: December 2011 (X)
HSRI and NASDDDS staff attended the annual meeting of the Alliance for Full Participation entitled, “Summit 2.0- Real Jobs- It’s Everyone’s Business” with the goal to “find solutions to the challenges facing increasing integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” We were out in force to display NCI as prominently as we could, and were ecstatic that so many state workers, providers, university researchers, parents, and self-advocates were interested in NCI data or already knew about it being used in their state. Some people even came by to say "hi" to us at the HSRI/NASDDDS booth (see below- what it lacked in high-tech electronics and design was made up with the sparkling wit and personalities of the staff).
This conference was unique in that self-advocates could not only learn about employment policies and practices across the country, but could get more practical assistance including getting advice on how to find a job, learning how to conduct themselves on an interview, and even have a resume made for them on the spot. Self-advocates handing out their resumes and business cards was a wonderful sight to be seen and hopefully these conferences will see much more networking in the future.
For more information on this conference, please visit the AFP website at http://www.allianceforfullparticipation.org/. Additionally, be on the lookout for three new NCI Data Briefs on employment (one of which presented at the conference) which will be released over the next few weeks.