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Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs 2017 Online Event Series


Building Capacity for Community Life Engagement: Understanding Services vs. Outcomes

Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) along with a network of providers, builds and maintains support systems for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and their families. These systems assist people to experience fulfilling, community-based lives, including a job, friendships, and meaningful activities. Pennsylvania is prioritizing competitive integrated employment as the first consideration but having a job is only half the goal. This special series is to teach support professionals to help individuals be “in and of their community,” including when they are not working.


Session 1: Shifts in the Public Support System for People with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism (held 4/28/2017)

The event addressed:

  • What is community life engagement and why is it important
  • The relationship between a community-based life and work
  • Recent federal guidance on community-based support models

Event recording:

Event handouts: 

SELN-ODP 4/28 Slides [PDF]
ThinkWork CLE Resources

Proof of participation

Post-event survey
This online event is NOT a required ODP training and credit hours are not available.  Upon viewing the event live or the event recording and completing the online survey you can retain evidence of your survey responses for your personal training record.

Session 2: Addressing Common Questions Related to Community Based Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism
(held 6/2/2017)

The event addressed:

  • Creative ways to address common challenges such as transportation and personal care needs
  • Recognizing the importance of discovering interests and having experiences
  • Myths associated with where and when similar agencies can be in the same place at the same time

Event recording

PowerPoint slides

Proof of participation
Post-event survey

This online event is NOT a required ODP training and credit hours are not available.  Upon viewing the event live or the event recording and completing the online survey you can retain evidence of your survey responses for your personal training record.

Archives: Building Capacity to Support Individuals Seeking Community-Based Employment

In 2015-2016, Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) sponsored online events focused on building capacity to improve employment outcomes across the Commonwealth for people with an intellectual disability and/or autism.
Event recordings, survey links, and handouts will be available on this webpage indefinitely.
Session 1: Building Capacity to Support Individuals Seeking Community-Based Employment I
Date: June 5, 2015
Credits: 1
Session 1 discussed how the supports coordinator’s role is integral and instrumental in moving the employment agenda forward. The session reviewed the struggles SCs experience to meet daily compliance requirements and having time to keep the focus on improving outcomes related to employment.
Post-event info
June 5, 2015 event recording (temporarily unavailable)
June 5, 2015 post-event survey
June 5, 2015 presentation slides (PDF)
SD Person Centered Employment Guide (PDF)
Assessing a Person's Interest and Progress Towards Employment (PDF)
Mark Gold: Task Analysis (PDF)
Session 2: Building Capacity to Support Individuals Seeking Community-Based Employment II
Date: October 30, 2015
Credits: 2
As a follow-up to the June 2015, participants learned more about how ODP is working to help supports coordinators best engage with individuals and families who are seeking meaningful, community-based lives including employment.
Post-event info
Oct. 30, 2015 event recording (temporarily unavailable)
Oct. 20, 2015 post-event survey
Oct. 30, 2015 presentation slides (PDF)
Pathways to Employment Guidance for Conversations (PDF)
Additional Survey: Guidance for Conversations (optional)
Survey on Feedback on the Pathway to Employment Guidance for Conversations
Session 3: Competitive Integrated Employment
Date: February 11, 2016
Credits: 2
This session focused on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program. Three certified community work incentives coordinators presented on WIPA.
Post-event info
Feb. 11, 2016 event recording  (temporarily unavailable)
Feb. 11, 2016 post-event survey 
Feb. 11, 2016 presentation slides (PDF)
Summary of PA’s Office of Developmental Programs Employment Workgroup Plan (PDF)
Prioritizing Beneficiaries Under the New WIPA Service Model (PDF)
Pathways to Employment Guidance for Conversations (PDF)
Session 4: Building Capacity to Support Individuals Seeking Competitive Integrated Employment
Date: April 15, 2016
Credits: 2
During this session, “Pathway to Employment Guidance for Conversations” (referred to as Guidance for Conversations) was shared with supports coordinators and supports coordination organizations to help them learn how to use concepts from person-centered career planning to improve individual plan meetings and interactions with team members and weave in a focus on integrated employment opportunities where possible.

Post-event info
April 15 event recording (temporarily unavailable)
April 15 event presentation slides
April 15 post-event survey
Employment Options (Factsheet 1)  (PDF)
Transportation Options for Employment After Graduation (Factsheet 2) (PDF)
Benefits/Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (Factsheet 3) (PDF)
Engaging the World of Work (Factsheet 4) (PDF)
Choose Work: A Guide to Employment Services brochure (PDF)
Common Messages about Employment (PDF)
Session 5: Advancing Employment Options for People Supported through ODP’s Intellectual Disability & Autism Services:  Using Available OVR Resources
Date: June 3, 2016 
Credits: 2
This session provided an overview of OVR services and specifically on information reflected in the joint ODP-OVR bulletin. Participants learned about the ways supports coordinators can advance integrated employment outcomes using available resources, including vocational rehabilitation services. They also learned when to refer an individual to VR, when to use various home and community-based waiver services to support competitive integrated employment, or self-employment without a referral to OVR.

Post-event info
June 3, 2016 event recording (temporarily unavailable)
June 3, 2016 post-event survey 
June 3, 2016 presentation slides (PDF)

Session 6: Using Discovery and Customized Employment Resources to Support Job Seekers
Date: Jan. 27, 2017
Credits: 1 
This event discussed the customized employment model and discovery, and how they are used in the development of customized plans for transition to employment for transition-age students. Participants learned how to identify a supports coordinator’s role with employment in relation to other responsibilities, the critical nature of monitoring the overall process and engaging with service providers, and how to build skills to foster success for the individuals we support.
Post-event info
Jan. 27, 2017 post-event survey
Jan. 27, 2017 event recording (temporarily unavailable)
Jan. 27, 2017 presentation slides
Profile part 1 (PDF)
Profile part 2 (PDF)
Profile part 3 (PDF)
Customized employment worksheet (PDF)

To receive credit hours for attending the events, take the post-event survey. After answering the questions, download and print the PDF of your responses. Retain the PDF for your records.