Business W/O Boundaries - Hiring Individuals with Disabilities is not Charity, it is Good Business
At this year's Business W/O Boundaries we are going to focus on why, "Hiring individuals with disabilities is not charity, it is good business."
Hiring people with disabilities isn?t charity, it?s good business! With the unemployment rate in Iowa around 2.5% employers are challenged to hire and retain qualified employees. There is an untapped group of job seekers- people with disabilities. Come learn about the business benefits to hiring people with disabilities, common disability myths, and what supported employment services are all about! Hear from employers who are successfully employing people with disabilities and network with the supported employment providers in the community who are supporting them.
2:00-2:30 Registration & Networking
2:30-3:00 Brian Dennis will address "what is a disability" to erase any myths
3:00-3:30 Bronna Crase will talk about "what supported employment is"
3:30-4:00 Testimonials from businesses that provided supported employment4:00-4:30 Wrap up & Networking
Bronna Crase, Director of Programs at CICIL
In April of 2017, Bronna joined the team at CICIL as the Director of Programs. Bronna came to CICIL from Candeo where she was a Customized Employment Specialist. Her previous accomplishments include: assisting with coordinating, instructing and providing customized job development with the REDI program, and Project SEARCH at Unity Point instructor, job coach, and developer. Bronna enjoys writing curriculum and this is evident in her work with Try Transition, here at CICIL. Bronna is the Vice President of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, on the board of Iowa APSE, and co-chair of the Fuse DSM Non-Profit Forum.
Bronna holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance, a degree in Human Services and is a CESP and a Certified Benefits Planner.
Brian Dennis, Interim Director of Ticket to Work at Iowa Employment Solutions @DMACC
Brian S. Dennis has worked in disability and low-income services for the past 21 years. His career includes residential care, mental health case management, local housing services; and now education/training and employment services through Iowa's implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). He has presented on this model of poverty-informed care at the National Council on Rehabilitation Council and the Rehabilitation Services Administration conferences. Mr. Dennis holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling; as well as his CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) licensure and is a certified SSDI/SSI benefits planner. He is a member of the Board of Iowa APSE, Passageway and Central Iowa Center for Independent Living. He has worked with the YMCA Fatherhood Initiative; and he is an adjunct professor at Drake University where he has taught courses related to Disability Policy, Family Counseling, and Psychiatric Disorders which integrate insight into the systemic issues which contribute to generational poverty.
Pam Carberry, Director of Food Services at Calvin Community
Cassie Sampson, Owner of East Village Spa
Joe Hogan, Owner of Hogans Limousines
Association of People Supporting Employment 1st (Iowa APSE)
Department for the Blind
Goodwill of Central Iowa
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