2018 IN-APSE Conference Award Recipients

Employer award winner

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Josh Boze

AMC Theaters 16 in Evansville


Professional Award winner

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Chelsea Jones

Easterseals Crossroads


Wendy M. Wood Award winner

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Madeline Webster

Stone Belt Arc, Inc.


Kirles/Byrkett Consumer Advocacy Award Winner

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Jason Harris


Personal Achievement award Winner

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Laurin Knox




IN-APSE 28th Annual
Employment and Training Conference

November 7 & 8, 2018
@ Indianapolis Marriott East

Schedule At-A-Glance

Wednesday, november 7, 2018


registration - foyer


Welcome - salons 1-4

Welcome and Brief Comments
- Wendy Waldman, Conference Chair, Brian Gilbert, IN-APSE President


keynote - salons 1-4

Re-Kindle the Flame: Reigniting Purpose and Passion
- Denise Bissonettee, MS




breakout sessions

salons a & b

Essentials of Employer Engagement
- Denise Bissonettee, MS

salons c

Productivity Programs & Apps
- Chris Trageser, Zach Eltzroth

salons d

It’s Easy!! Finding What You Need For Pre-ETS Programs
- Jonathan Kraeszig, Jackie Tijerina, Dr. Mary Held

salons e

The Healing Role of Assistance Dogs
- Dr. Sally Irvin, ICAN




breakout sessions

salons a & b

Uncovering Strengths, Values & Gifts (Part 1)
- Denise Bissonettee, MS

salons c

Labor Market Information - WIOA, RSA, ABC, 123
- Jeffrey Hughes

salons d

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Tools & Foundations Essential to
Successful Transition to Adulthood and the Workplace
- Dr. Tiffany Neal, Hannah Smyth

salons e

Don't Worry, It's Just A Little Piddle: Effective Strategies for Working with
Individuals Diagnosed with Personality Disorder
- Tina Skeel




breakout sessions

salons a & b

Uncovering Strengths, Values & Gifts (Part 2)
- Denise Bissonettee, MS

salons c

Employment to Winners Circle: Shake & Bake, Ricky Bobby Style
- Bill Elmore

salons d

Innovative Job Accommodations and How to Request Them
- Sandy Widener, Meredith Freeman

salons e

Utilizing a Trust to Achieve Life & Employment Goals
- Jill Ginn



salons 1-4

Join us for an evening of cocktails, light appetizers, vintage pictures, and prize drawings!

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Schedule At-A-Glance

thursday, november 8, 2018


registration - foyer

9:00-10:15 AM

breakout sessions

salons a

Technology Tools to Increase Productivity/Efficiency for Everyone
- Wade Wingler, Brian Norton

salons b

The Power of 5

salons c

Breaking Barriers, Life Beyond Labels
- Debi Hayworth

salons d

Ticket to Work: Can You Afford to miss this Session?
- Sheriene Knox

salons e

Reasonable Accommodations: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
- Emily Munson, Bonnie Bomer



10:30-11:45 AM

breakout sessions

salons a

Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Employment: Helping Expand
and Stabilize Recovery from Substance Use Disorder
- Amy Brinkley, Nicholas Svetlauskas

salons b

A Closer Look at the PCISP and LifeCourse
- Gwen Chesterfield

salons c

Building Successful Relationships with Employers
- Employer Panel — Facilitated by Meredith Freeman

salons d

BosmaForce Salesforce Administrator Preparation Course
- James Michaels, T.J. McElroy

salons e

Natural Supports: Getting Out of the Way
- Sandy Block, Jackie Tijerina



Join us for our special Awards Luncheon as we honor
individuals who have made a significant impact on Employment First in Indiana!
- Jonathan Kraeszig, Awards Presenter

Special Guest Presentation:
- Theresa Koleszar, Director, Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services




breakout sessions

salons a

The Pre-ETS Experience: Administrative and Student Perspectives
- MaryEllen Jones, Madeline Webster

salons b

Successful Employment & Brian Injury
- Wendy Waldman, Jean Capler, Penny Torma, June Hennigan, Jane Wiles

salons c

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Cos Raimondi

salons d

The Power of You: How You Can Change The Course of Employment
- Maya Cox, Kelley Land

salons e

Supporting Individuals with High Support Needs to
Get and Keep Integrated Employment
- Dr. Pat Rogan, Susan Rinne

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Keynote & Presenters




Denise Bissonnette, MS

Denise Bissonnette is a highly acclaimed author, trainer, writer, and keynote speaker in the field of Employment and Training. As an impassioned advocate for individuals with barriers to employment, Denise has been inspiring audiences throughout North America for the past two decades with innovative thinking and practical strategies for helping people find their place in the world of work.

Her first book, Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Creating Opportunity is considered the definitive text in classrooms throughout the country, and ofen referred to as the job developer’s bible. Her celebrated book on job retention, 30 Ways to Shine, is championed in schools, job clubs, and utilized in a variety of workplaces and industries.

With her early work with refugees and immigrants, and her later involvement with persons with disabilities, Denise’s writing and teaching are infused with the substance and spirit of inclusion, invoking her audiences “to respond to the call and to be true to the dream of diversity”. With her book, The Wholehearted Journey: Bringing Qualities of Soul to Everyday Life and Work”, Denise broke new ground by bringing together her talents as poet, storyteller, and career developer, offering guidance and inspiration for anyone in the workplace to inhabit their job with a whole heart, a message that rings loud and clear throughout her presentations. With a style all her own, Denise succeeds in weaving poetry and parables with highly practical and pragmatic applications, leaving her audience equally inspired and equipped to approach their work with renewed vigor and vitality.

Denise received her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of California in Santa Cruz, California and her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Denise resided in her beloved Santa Cruz for 35 years before moving to Winnipeg, Canada in 2006 with her husband, Rob McInnes, where she has learned to love the Manitoba spring and summers, and somehow survive the prairie winters. Her greatest joys include writing articles for her celebrated True Livelihood Newsletter, cooking and hosting gatherings for their large and extended family, and planning, dreaming of, and reveling in her spring tulip garden.

The Indiana Chapter of APSE: The Association of People Supporting Employment First invites you to participate in our 28th Annual Conference: Celebrate! This conference brings together 200 key stakeholders from business, government, education, and disability organizations to promote employment for people with disabilities.

Download the Sponsorship Letter

Why should you consider sponsorship and/or exhibiting?

Sponsoring and/or exhibiting during the conference are great ways to market your services, obtain new customers, and sell your products.

Date: November 7th

Location: Mariott East, Indianapolis, IN

The exhibition space is available 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What is the purpose of the conference?

 Share and obtain new information on tools and techniques utilized to enhance the employment outcomes and the lives of people with disabilities. Sharpen the attendees’ skills and reignite their commitment to advancing disability employment in their own communities. Gain new knowledge based on research and practical experience.

Who will be attending?

Indiana’s conference is one of the largest statewide conferences dedicated to the employment of persons with disabilities in the nation. Participants include CEOs, employment providers, advocates, consumers and family members, program managers, direct service personnel, employment specialists, educators, WorkOne staff, mental health agencies, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, and other state agency personnel. On the following page the sponsorship and exhibitor information is outlined. Please note the various sponsorship levels are designed to recognize every individual and organization as a contributor. If you have any questions please review our website at www.inapse.org. You can also contact the conference planner, Susan Henning-Harris at susanhenningharris@gmail.com or (812) 360-9407. In order to be recognized in all conference materials, we must receive your sponsorship by October 5th, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


Carla Orr

Sponsorship & Exhibitors/ IN-APSE