SELN Shorts: Spring 2019


A full-time job in the community is not the only way to define employment success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Instead, success is a series of accomplishments. It is overcoming a challenge and challenges that follows. Guided conversations between case managers and individuals often reveal obstacles, and give them a place to brainstorm solutions and develop opportunities.

Join us for the last 2 sessions in the SELN Shorts series on effective case managers. 

All sessions are from 30 minutes long.  

Time: 9am HT/ 12pm PT/ 1pm MT/ 2pm CT/3pm ET

May 21: Negotiating Fairness

Ifeoma Muoka, service coordinator, DC
Bio: At the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Ifeoma coordinates services for 32 persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She collaborates with individuals and their interdisciplinary team to develop comprehensive person-centered individual support plans, monitors services in various day and residential settings, and ensures that services provided enable persons to live a meaningful life.

June 4:  Keeping the Focus

Jason Sullivan, support coordinator, PA
Bio: Jason currently works for Cumberland-Perry County IDD in Carlisle, PA. There, he monitors a caseload of individuals diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability. He works to promote the well-being, self-determination and independence of individuals he supports through identifying needed resources and monitoring the impact of delivered services. Jason earned a bachelor degree in social work from Shippensburg University in PA. 

SELN Guidance for Conversations

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About the Guidance
Guided conversations help people process information, draw their own conclusions, and make their own decisions. The ultimate goal of guided conversations is to identify and design a person’s pathway towards rewarding employment. For more information about the guidance, visit the guidance webpage.


Shorts Archives

May 7: Reaching Out with Shanon Bene

Session 4 Recording

Shanon shared a story about an individual she worked with, Katie, whose job was in jeopardy after a change in supervisors. It took a year, and dozens of meetings with Katie, family, business owners, other service providers, and even attorneys to reach a positive outcome. Following her video-story, Shanon answered attendees’ questions about job coaching, work hours, waivers, accommodations, and more. Listen to the 30-minute recording to find out where Katie is today.

"This Q&A is excellent. I will share the recording with co-workers in the waiver area as well as others."
"Shanon's story and examples are an effective reminder of the critical skills needed for case managers in our service system."

April 23: Networking Possibilities with Tracy Mitchell
Session 3 Recording

When Lisa was in school her family expressed a lot of concerns about the possibility of work. Tracy spent time building trust  and was persistent in sharing her belief that Lisa could be successful.  Providing Lisa with a positive  early work experience through a program called Project Search helped her parents see the possibilities.

"Tracy had a great ending! Her message is good -  case managers change the world, by one person achieve success."

April 9: Brokering Deals with Don Galligan
Session 2 Recording

One day, CJ told Don he wanted to work. Don helped him identify his interests and skills. CJ chose a job based on a past volunteer experience. Attend the event to learn how Don used his connections to help CJ get that job and establish accommodations to meet CJ's needs. 

"Sometimes when people give us parameters that limit things like hours working, we are tempted to give up. I was impressed that Don respected what CJ wanted and helped find a match that met his needs!"

March 26: Connecting the Dots with Lindsay Williams
Session 1 Recording
LifeCourse Trajectory

Lindsay Williams’ story about helping a homeless teen find his way to employment and security was truly inspiring! But don't just take it from us. Here are a few things participants had to say...

"I really appreciate the fact that Lindsay used the LifeCourse principles to look at all of Preston’s needs and what was going on in his life as well as his past.  This is so important when looking at supports that address all facets of life!" 

"This is the type of resource coordinator that I am striving to be."