Pre-Conference Institute: Enhancing Employment: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity and Other Developments

February 5, 2018 ~ Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo

Event Details: 

Pre-Conference Institute: 

Enhancing Employment: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity and Other Developments

February 5, 2018

12:30pm  Registration for Pre-Conference Institute

1:00pm - 4:00pm Pre-Conference Institute 

Fee:  $45 per person.  Includes all materials and refreshment break.

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David Michael Mank, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

The purpose of this pre-conference session is to present and discuss information about recent national developments related to competitive integrated employment for people with significant disabilities. This information will be discussed in the context of Michigan’s Employment First Initiative. A number of national developments will be discussed that effect Michigan’s Initiative. These include: Multiple States’ Employment First Initiatives; Department of Justice and State Settlement Agreements; the AbilityOne Program; Developments in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS); and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Practical implications for Michigan will be discussed. 

Participants will be able to:  1. Understand national developments that may affect Michigan; 2. Summarize implications of the 2014 WIOA; and 3. Describe needed features of Integrated Employment in Michigan.


About the Presenter:

David Michael Mank, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and Full Professor in the School of Education. As a writer and researcher, Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities. He has authored or coauthored dozens of articles and book chapters. His interests also include transition from school to work and community living. Dr. Mank is a member of the editorial boards of the Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH), the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. He is Associate Editor for the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is Past President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. He was a founding board member of APSE, Association of People Supporting Employment First. He is a member of the Board of the Arc of Indiana. He has received the Franklin Smith Award for National Distinguished Service from The Arc of the United States and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. In January 2015, he was appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Labor to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. He was subsequently elected Chair of the Committee.



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1:00pm    National developments that may affect Michigan

2:00pm    Implications of the 2014 WIOA

3:00pm    Features of Integrated Employment in Michigan

4:00pm    Adjourn

* Cancellation Policy:  Substitutions are permitted at any time.  No-shows will be billed at the full training rate.  Cancellations must be received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the conference for a full refund less a $15 administrative fee.  If cancellation is received less than 10 business days prior to the training, no refund will be given.

Monday, February 5, 2018
Radisson Plaza Hotel
100 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 2018 Room Rates: $131 plus taxes (Single/Double) Deadline for special room rate: Monday, January 15th, 2018 or until the room block fills. Parking: Discounted rate for self-parking of $5 per car per night for overnight guests. To make online reservations: o Go to: o Enter check in and check out dates: If a guest wants to extend their stay past the conference dates they must call the Hotel directly. o Select more search options and enter promotion code: MACM18 o Complete reservations To make reservations via phone: call 269-343-3333 and reference “CMHAM/MACMHB 2018 Winter Conference” to receive the discounted rate.