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Past Webinars

The Continuum of Employment Options in NYS

We want competitive jobs, a living wage, and to work in the community.

Learn more about funding and employment services from The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Our presenter Anne Spisiak is the executive director of Cantalician Center and has been working with people with disabilities since 1986.


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Go Beyond – Learning lessons on employment/ability as a person with a disability

In March 2018, John Robinson was awarded the Capital Region Chamber Champion of the Year, in front of 1100 New York business leaders! John proudly accepted one of ten national White House Champions of Change for Disability Employment in 2014 in Washington D.C. Since 2011, he’s served as managing partner, CEO and Founder of Our Ability, which provides inclusive workforce and employment consulting, mentoring, workshops, keynotes and seminars on disability and diversity. Our Ability has a coalition of forty (40) New York State businesses interested in hiring individuals with disabilities. John was the subject of “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story,” a public television documentary and “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination,” an autobiography published in 2009.

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What is Employment First and What Does it Mean for Me and My Family?

Learn about programs that can help you or someone in your family achieve employment goals. We will discuss what types of programs are available, who is eligible, and how to apply. We will also discuss common concerns related to working with a disability and how wages affect public benefits.








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Supported Decision-Making as an Alternative to Guardianship


Parents of transition age children are often told they “should” or “must” get guardianship when  children with I/DD reach 18, but guardianship means the loss of all legal rights, and is inconsistent with the self-determination parents want for their children. Supported decision-making is an emerging practice that allows people with I/DD to retain all their rights while getting support in their decisions from trusted persons in their lives. In this webinar you will learn about supported decision-making and an exciting project sponsored by  DDPC, SDMNY that is facilitating supported decision-making in a number of sites around New York.









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Supporting Your Child on a Path to Work: Social Security Tools to Have In Your Toolbelt




Many individuals with disabilities and their family members who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) have a hard time understanding how their benefits are impacted by earnings. This webinar will help you understand the SSI and SSDI return-to-work process, and give you helpful tools and resources. Find out how earnings impact benefits, how to maximize earnings to create improved economic outcomes, and learn about specific work incentives that exist to provide important safety nets.

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Health Homes







Health Home Care Management (HHCM) is a service for Medicaid-eligible adults and/or children who have complex medical, mental health, substance abuse or social needs. For these individuals, HHCM helps coordinate the varied types of care that may be needed—working closely in collaboration with physicians, therapists, social workers and more—to ensure the most effective care is achieved, and improve the participant’s overall health. This presentation will introduce HHCM as a service of Hillside Family of Agencies, describe the distinctions between Adult and Children’s HHCM, and offer useful details about eligibility and enrollment.

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Transition Age Youth and​ Mental Health Resources










Young people with disabilities face many challenges when

​they age out of the public education and youth service systems.

​There are fewer resources, less available support, and proper diagnosis and treatment become even more difficult for adults. ​

This webinar explores the topic of mental health

​and transition-​aged youth, share related resources​, and provide next steps​. 

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