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ND Employment Conference

The Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition believes that all people with disabilties should have living wage jobs in their communities.

Ryley Newport

on 28 September 2016

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Transcript of ND Employment Conference

Ross Ryan and Ryley Newport
Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition & Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
Building Peer to Peer Supports:
A Guide to the World of Work!

How can we help you get there?!
There are a variety of services available to help you get and keep a job. OSAC's Employment Committee has created a variety of resources to help people achieve their employment goals!
Oregon's Employment Services
Quarterly Advisory Committee meetings
Our experiences in sheltered workshops...
What does a peer educator do?
Main Points
Oregon’s employment landscape
What is the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition’s role in expanding employment?
Details of Oregon’s peer education project
Examples of training materials
Group Activity
Questions & Comments

Oregon's employment services at a glance
Oregon was one of the first states to formally adopt an Employment First policy in 2008.
In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to intervene in the pending class action lawsuit, Lane v Kitzhaber.
In April 2013, Governor Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order to promote employment for Oregonians with disabilities.
In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had reached a proposed Settlement Agreement with the State of Oregon to resolve the landmark Lane v Brown case.
The Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC) believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have living wage jobs in their communities.
OSAC Employment Committee
June 2014
Thank You!
Questions and Comments
Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition & the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

Work Cell: (503) 949-7203
OSAC Employment Committee
Break into small groups

Distribute our 3 scenarios

Share what you come up as peer supporters!

Practice Activity!
What are the next steps?
Peer educators in three communities
Training with peer educators and coordinate with consultants
1. Susie wants to be a archaeologist. She is finishing with her transition program and she has down syndrome. How do you help her to achieve her goals?

2. Johnny is currently working in a sheltered workshop. He is 35 years old and he has heard from some friends about working in the community. He wants to learn more about these jobs. How can you help him explore his options?

3. Mary Ann is 18 years old and she knows she wants to find a "normal" job like her siblings. However, her parents are worried about her going into the community and her ability to work. How can you support her to talk to her parents?
Where are we now?
There are 60,500 people with I/DD in Oregon.

Only one out of four adults with I/DD are employed.

We still have 2,010 individuals with disabilities in sheltered workshops.

The average wages are $4.74 per hour.

Oregon Employment First Feb 2016 Data Report
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is OSAC's role in expanding employment?
OSAC Background
What is the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition?

What are OSAC's goals?

How do we feel about isolation and segregation?

What are OSAC's feelings on sheltered workshops?

How do we feel about subminimum wages?

What skills does a peer educator need?

What work experiences does a peer educator need?

What should the outcome be of working a with a peer educator?
Have you worked in a sheltered workshop?

What was it like to work in a sheltered workshop?

Why did you leave the sheltered workshop?

What do you do now?

Suggestions for Finding a Job!
How is a successful employment planning helpful?
What is the purpose of Oregon's P2P Project?
Our purpose is to provide education and encourage youth and adults to choose employment services using a peer-to-peer (P2P) education approach.
Training Materials
Lane v. Brown: What does this mean for Oregonians with disabilities?
By June 30, 2017, Oregon will reduce the number of individuals with I/DD in sheltered workshops from approximately 1,925 to 1,530

The state will ensure that 1,115 working-age individuals currently in sheltered workshops obtain competitive integrated employment by June 30, 2022

By July 1, 2022, Oregon will ensure that at least 4,900 people between the ages of 14 and 24 receive state employment services and at least half will receive, at a minimum, an individualized employment plan through OVRS that should lead to competitive employment

The State will establish a goal that individuals with I/DD who receive supported employment services under the Agreement work in an integrated employment setting at least 20 hours per week
Why is this important?
Why is this important for families?

Why is this important for peers?

Research shows that peer education produces changes in knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and personal outcomes.

How could peer mentors have helped?
How could a peer mentor have helped you in moving into working in the community?

Why do you think it's important for people with disabilities to help mentor their peers?

How do you see this peer education project helping others in Oregon?

Common and questions and concerns about P2P
My child is too disabled to work

You don’t understand my child, I understand my children

What if individuals in the sheltered workshops are upset about what we’re talking about during an employment training?
So who did we hire?
What's next for the Peer Mentors?!
We have recently hired 8 peer educators - four from the Portland Metro area, two from Bend and two from Eugene

These peer mentors will be attending 2 two day trainings in July with OR APSE President Tara Asai

They will begin working in their local communities in August!
Gabrielle Guedon
Kaaren Londahl
Kaaren's Employment Story
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