2018-05-10 National Governors Association

Building Inclusive Talent Pipelines for People with Disabilities

May 9-10, 2018 | Madison, WI

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a Learning Lab exploring strategies states can use to develop talent pipelines for people with disabilities, as a part of the NGA Center’s work with the State Exchange on Employment and Disability. Participants discussed innovative resources, programs, and policies in the host state of Wisconsin, as well as in other states and from the national perspective.  Participating states included Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, and Wisconsin.

Agenda

Presentations

May 9th

The State of Employment and Disability in the U.S.

Moderator:

  • Rachael Stephens, senior policy analyst, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Debra Brucker, research assistant professor, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire; Contributor, 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Report
  • Bobby Silverstein, principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, State Exchange on Employment and Disability

Preparing People with Disabilities for Careers

Moderator:

  • Rachael Stephens, senior policy analyst, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Scott Solberg, professor, Institute on Disability, Counseling and Applied Human Development, Boston University School of Education
  • David D’Arcangelo, director, Massachusetts Office of Disability
  • Darla Burton, youth apprenticeship program coordinator, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Supporting and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

Moderator:

  • Dana Westgren, policy analyst, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Anne Hirsh, co-director, Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
  • Meredith Dressel, deputy administrator, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Louis Lim, MD, associate medical director Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) of Western Washington

May 10

State Strategies to Engage the Private Sector

Moderator:

  • Rachael Stephens, senior analyst, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Patricia Johnson, policy initiatives advisor: business services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Lela Yang, program development specialist (Project SEARCH), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Tom George, VP of operations, Andis Manufacturing
  • Lena Barkley, lead manager, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health
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