A Future That Includes Employment – Kalamazoo County

With Jessie Morton

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
2:30PM – 4:30PM
Sign-in opens at 2:00PM

DISABILITY NETWORK SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN
517 Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo

This workshop can help parents of youth with significant disabilities as they consider and advocate for community-based employment as part of their son or daughter’s future. Work is possible for all people regardless of disability.

Join us to discuss questions families may have, and to connect with the resources families need to begin advocating for competitive employment.

• Opportunities and challenges for people with disabilities in today’s society
• Employment First and competitive employment
• Core employment concepts, benefits of working
• The power of high expectations (and the impact of low expectations)
• Helping youth create a vision statement
• Preparing for employment success
• Addressing parental concerns
• Social Security benefits overview
• Resources available
• Action steps: Getting started

Who should attend? Family members and caregivers of youth with significant disabilities. Though the presentation is appropriate for families of youth of all ages, the content is designed to inform families with youth ages 12- 26 about employment possibilities. Advocates, educators, and service providers also welcome.

This is a fragrance-free environment. Please do not wear perfume, cologne or other scented products to this event.

RSVP with Bethann Robins by November 6, 2019
269-364-6317 or bethann@michiganallianceforfamilies.org
Or online at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/rsvp

If it is after the deadline and you haven’t registered, please call or email to check the status of the event.

If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please let us know one week before the workshop

Counties:

Disability Network Southwest Michigan

Disability Network Southwest Michigan provides advocacy, education, peer support, information and referral, transition and independent living services to individuals with disabilities. Offices in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph.

Serious Emotional Disturbances Waiver (SEDW)

The Children's Serious Emotional Disturbances Waiver (SEDW) provides services that are enhancements or additions to Medicaid State Plan coverage for children through age 20 with SED. The SEDW is a fee-for-service program administered by the Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSP) in some Michigan counties. All eligibility requirements and coverage areas are listed on the site.

Free Health Clinics of Michigan

Free Clinics of Michigan (FCOM) is a network of volunteer-staffed free clinics that provide health care services to the uninsured or medically underserved within the State of Michigan.

Western Michigan University Music Therapy Clinic

The Clinic offers therapy to a variety of clientele including pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric clients. All music therapy services are provided by qualified graduate or undergraduate music therapy students under the supervision of Board Certified Music Therapists on the faculty of Western Michigan University. All sessions are specifically designed to meet each client's individual needs.
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Wings of Mercy of West Michigan

Wings of Mercy is a volunteer pilot organization that assists patients in need of transportation to distant medical facilities.

Lights Up Sound Down-Sensory Friendly Movies at Goodrich Quality Theaters

A monthly program, hosted by Goodrich Quality Theaters, open to everyone, but specifically giving families & children with Autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory - friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down in the auditorium.