National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

October 19, 2020

Join us for our 2020 NDEAM celebration!

This year, ACL is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a focus on the work of our National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities

This virtual event will highlight the past, present and future of research to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The agenda includes remarks by ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and features presentations and panel discussions featuring NIDILRR grantees.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Noon – 5 p.m. (EDT)

Space is limited - register now to reserve your spot and to receive instructions for joining the event! Registration closes October 26.

The event will include real-time captioning and American Sign Language remote video interpreting, and presentation slides will be emailed to attendees prior to the event.  If you need other accommodations, or have any difficulties registering, please email events@1sourceevents.com.

Draft Agenda

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. Welcome

Kristi Hill, Ph.D.
Acting Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Opening Remarks

Lance Robertson
Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Overview of the Day & Introduction of First Panel

Leslie Caplan, Ph.D.
Former Project Officer, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. “A Look Back” at a Federal Career Advancing Disability Employment Research.

Moderator:

Leslie Caplan, Ph.D.
Former Project Officer, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research 

Presenters:

  • Paul Wehman, Ph.D.
    Professor, School of Education’s Counseling and Special Education;
    Director, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Judith A. Cook, Ph.D.
    Professor & Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • James Krause, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, Research in the College of Health Professions
    Medical University of South Carolina
  • Michele McDonnall, Ph.D.
    Research Professor and Director
    National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
    Mississippi State University

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Panel Discussion

Moderator:

Leslie Caplan, Ph.D.
Former Project Officer, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

2:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Break

2:35 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. "A Look Forward” Employment Innovation in 2021. An Overview of NIDILRR’s Newest Employment Grantees.

Moderator:

Leslie Caplan, Ph.D.
Former Project Officer, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Presenters:

  • Marianne Farkas, Sc.D.
    Director of Training, Dissemination and Technical Assistance; Clinical Professor Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
    Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

  • Laysha Ostrow, Ph.D.
    Founder and CEO, Live & Learn, Inc.
  • Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.
    Professor, Syracuse University
    Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute
  • Jill Houghton
    President and CEO
    Disability:IN

4:05 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Panel Discussion

Moderator: 

Leslie Caplan, Ph.D.
Former Project Officer, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

4:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

Paul Junod
Vice President & Strategic HR Partner
Bon Secours Mercy Health


Last modified on 10/20/2020


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