Employment First Current Webinars

Webinars are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CST. If you aren't able to join a webinar at the scheduled time, please know they are recorded for viewing at your convenience.

  • Click on the date in the schedule below to access a recording of webinars that have already occurred.
  • You can also looked at the archived webinars for older topics.
  • To join the mailing list and receive information about attending the webinars, contact Jessica Kreho at pruittjess@gmail.com.

2022 Iowa Community of Practice Webinars

Register for January 18 Webinar
The History of Disability Policy & the Role & Impact of Ableism

The disability rights movement is not just about the historic legislation, but the vision and demands set forth by self-advocates for accessibility and safety in architecture, transportation, and the physical environment, as well as equal opportunities in independent living, employment, education, and housing. This session will discuss this historic movement and its current work, led by Joseph Jones, Executive Director of the Harkin Institute, and will also take a closer look at ableism and how it shows up in our work.

Register for February 15 Webinar
Understanding Bias and Utilizing Emotional Intelligence to Understand Differences

This session, led by Issac Carter with the Coaching Imperative, will discuss the importance of recognizing and taking a deeper look at our (implicit) biases, the impact of bias on our decision making and behaviors, and strategies for minimizing and managing bias, including our emotional intelligence, and ways to thoughtfully work towards cultural literacy.

Register for March 15 Webinar
An Integrative Approach to Job Development – Part 1

In this two-part series, facilitated by author and mentor with Griffin-Hammis Associates, Nancy Brooks-Lane, we will dive deeper into building quality relationships with diverse businesses and other community members, how to develop and enhance social capital for employment, discussion of the employer perspective when hiring persons with disabilities, the value of the informational interview, and moving from learning about a business to job development.

Register for April 19 Webinar
What’s New in the World of Secondary Transition?

This session will feature important updates from Kirsten Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator for the Iowa Department of Education, including details and timelines for ACHIEVE, Iowa’s new system for managing components of special education/early intervention, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs).

Register for May 17 Webinar
An Integrative Approach to Job Development – Part 2

This two-part series, facilitated by author and mentor with Griffin-Hammis Associates, Nancy Brooks-Lane, will dive deeper into building quality relationships with diverse businesses and other community members, how to develop and enhance social capital for employment, discussion of the employer perspective when hiring persons with disabilities, the value of the informational interview, and moving from learning about a business to job development.

Register for June 21 Webinar
When Day Habilitation Opens the Door to Employment

Kicking off the summer is Michaela Simmons & Carla Kieft with Hope Haven Inc., who will share how their day habilitation and employment service teams are utilizing an innovative approach to day services that incorporates encouragement and support to consider, explore, and believe that work is possible.

Register for July 19 Webinar
Individual Placement & Supports

This session will be led by Lin Nibbelink, Employment Policy Specialist with MHDS and ASPIRE project lead, and will feature other Iowa IPS leaders and practitioners, to discuss the value of IPS, updates on IPS implementation in Iowa including Iowa’s IPS Trainer/Fidelity Reviewer, and IPS success stories.

Register for August 16 Webinar
Building Relationships with Business

Iowa providers will be highlighted in this session as they share their strategies and successes in building relationships with the businesses in their community. Join New Hope (Carroll), Hope Haven Area Development Center (Burlington), and Exceptional Persons, Inc. (Waterloo) as they talk about their work and what is working for them and the job seekers they support!

Register for September 20 Webinar
Success Stories

Saving the best for last, this session we will feature Iowa success stories from various perspectives including employees with disabilities, a business owner with a disability, and employment service professionals and teams. Presenters will share their strategies and stories, so come celebrate and learn!

All webinars are on the Iowa Coalition for Integration and Employment YouTube channel, which are captioned and include a transcript.

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