A Word from new IN-APSE President Brian Gilbert

 Greetings IN-APSE members! As the 2018 Indiana APSE Chapter President, I’m very excited to serve you in this role and am confident that we will continue making great strides in promoting competitive, community employment as the first and preferred option for all people with disabilities.  In the field of Supported Employment, my focus has been working with individuals who have a serious mental illness. Since 2014, I have been the Vocational Services Coordinator at Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health.  Our core belief is that all people with disabilities who want to work, should be given the opportunity to pursue their goals. Working with job seekers is based on individual strengths and needs, and our approach to Supported Employment is based on principles of the Recovery Model, and the IPS model of Supported Employment. Our Employment Consultants work regularly out in the community and are constantly looking for new employer contacts and partnerships.  This year will be my 6th as a part of the IN-APSE Board of Directors, and we have many exciting projects coming up! After helping Indiana become the 17th state to pass Employment First legislation, our attention will shift to getting people involved with their local lawmakers to advocate for specific changes that will best support those we serve. Our new website is up and running, and as we fine tune the details, it will become an excellent source of information regarding Employment First, and supporting individuals with disabilities. Our newest sub-committee focuses on supporting transition aged people with disabilities and has been working tirelessly to become the “go to source” for information and support. They have put together some great information and this year will focus on spreading the word.  Last year’s state conference was one of our biggest EVER with nearly 250 attendees! This year, we plan to build on that success, as well as address some of the logistical issues that we faced. We are confident that this year’s conference will be even better #Celebrate.  It is because of all of you that the Indiana chapter has always been one of the biggest and best APSE chapters in the country. Our goal is to continue that tradition as we move forward in promoting Employment First across the state. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at  brian.gilbert@eskenazihealth.edu  Thank you and Happy New Year!

Greetings IN-APSE members! As the 2018 Indiana APSE Chapter President, I’m very excited to serve you in this role and am confident that we will continue making great strides in promoting competitive, community employment as the first and preferred option for all people with disabilities.

In the field of Supported Employment, my focus has been working with individuals who have a serious mental illness. Since 2014, I have been the Vocational Services Coordinator at Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health.  Our core belief is that all people with disabilities who want to work, should be given the opportunity to pursue their goals. Working with job seekers is based on individual strengths and needs, and our approach to Supported Employment is based on principles of the Recovery Model, and the IPS model of Supported Employment. Our Employment Consultants work regularly out in the community and are constantly looking for new employer contacts and partnerships.

This year will be my 6th as a part of the IN-APSE Board of Directors, and we have many exciting projects coming up! After helping Indiana become the 17th state to pass Employment First legislation, our attention will shift to getting people involved with their local lawmakers to advocate for specific changes that will best support those we serve. Our new website is up and running, and as we fine tune the details, it will become an excellent source of information regarding Employment First, and supporting individuals with disabilities. Our newest sub-committee focuses on supporting transition aged people with disabilities and has been working tirelessly to become the “go to source” for information and support. They have put together some great information and this year will focus on spreading the word.

Last year’s state conference was one of our biggest EVER with nearly 250 attendees! This year, we plan to build on that success, as well as address some of the logistical issues that we faced. We are confident that this year’s conference will be even better #Celebrate.

It is because of all of you that the Indiana chapter has always been one of the biggest and best APSE chapters in the country. Our goal is to continue that tradition as we move forward in promoting Employment First across the state. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at brian.gilbert@eskenazihealth.edu Thank you and Happy New Year!

MEET IN-APSE's 27th Annual Conference Chair, Steve Upchurch!

As Training and Professional Development Manager for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), I have been busy training VR staff statewide on Order of Selection (OOS).  OOS is the process that VR is using due to limited resources in both staffing and funding.  The training I’m conducting focuses on ensuring those in VR who make determinations of who will be served under OOS carefully consider all of a prospective client’s limitations and barriers to ensure we are serving those who need us the most.

 

Another exciting project I’m involved in is a collaboration with Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the WorkOne leadership statewide.  This project enables DWD and the WorkOne staff to better serve those clients which VR will not be able to serve under OOS.  The first phase is a training I developed which is being used to help WorkOne staff to better understand disability and employment for persons with disabilities.  Phase two of this collaboration will focus on training for DWD and WorkOne business services professionals on disability awareness and how to engage employers to hire persons with disabilities.

 

I’m also busy working with others on the IN-APSE Board of Directors and Conference Committee as we plan for IN-APSE’s 27th Annual Conference, “Picture the Possibilities: Changing the Face of Employment”!  This year’s conference will feature a panel of persons with disabilities discussing how they achieved employment with the help of employment services professionals, as well as a variety of breakout sessions, including Employment Track sessions which qualify as foundational training under the Establishment Projects program.  Jim Ansaldo of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community will close the conference with a fun and interactive session involving improv.  I’m really excited for this event which takes place November 8-9, 2017 at the Indianapolis Marriott East! You can find out more about the conference and register at: http://www.inapse.org/27th-annual-conference-registration-brochure/.

Exciting Times are Here!

Welcome to the INAPSE blog page. This blog will be contributed to by Board Members of INAPSE and members. If you are a member and you would like to contribute to the blog, just sent an email to INAPSEmarketing@gmail.com and we will contact you with your request. Meanwhile, as a Board member, today I will start out the blog with a friendly hello and a celebratory WAY TO GO!  Public Policy!

Often times organizations really don't see long term systemic changes within the field that we work in. However today is not one of them. I am so excited about the Employment First Bill passing the Indiana House of Representatives! It is onto the Indiana Senate for reading and voting!

Everyone has the fundamental right to work and receive supports that enable them to do so. By choosing Employment as the first option in future planning for our youth, it is imperative that opportunities and skills are explored, developed and enhanced as they move towards their adult life! We have to change our mindset that working is not just an afterthought in future planning for today's youth - it is what they should build their entire lives around.

The Face of Employment is Changing! Just picture the possibilities....