State of the Science Conference

RRTC on Employer Practices State of the Science Conference Archives:
Successful Business Practices (Original dates: Oct 14 - 15, 2020)

Please register to view the video recordings of the conference sessions. Top researchers presented current studies related to successful employer practices, and businesses from across the country discussed how they are diversifying their workforces to include individuals with disabilities.

There is no fee for the archive presentations.

Continuing Education Credit: Registrants can earn:

  • 3 CRCs for each day attended, for a total of 6 CRCs

A certificate of completion from Virginia Commonwealth University will be issued to all participants who view the entire conference.

Download the conference agenda:   MS Word  |  PDF


Agenda for Wednesday, October 14, 2020
9:00 - 9:30am ET Welcome

Paul Wehman, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Kirsten Painter, Administration for Community Living

9:30 - 10:00am ET Systematic Review and Case Study Analysis of Employer Practices

Tim Tansey, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Invited Business

Handout:   Word  |  PDF  |  Equal Access (PDF)

10:00 - 10:15am ET Question & Answer Session
10:15 - 11:00am ET Establishment of Partnerships with Businesses and the Community to Empower and to Advance the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

Robin Freeman, Director of the University of Arkansas CURRENTS
Veronica Jackson, Consultant, University of Arkansas CURRENTS

Handout:   Word  |  PDF

11:00 - 11:45am ET Assessing Disability Inclusion Practices and Employment of People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Scale Development and Validation

Fong Chan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mary Huber, Wright State University

Handout:   Word  |  PDF

Questions about this presentation & the presenters' responses

11:45am - 12:15pm ET Question & Answer Session
Agenda for Thursday, October 15, 2020
9:00 - 9:45am ET An In-Depth Case Study of a Large Health System's Employer Practices to Promote Employment Outcomes

Paul Wehman, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Jennifer McDonough, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Travis Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Handout:   Word  |  PDF

9:45 - 10:00am ET Question & Answer Session
10:00 - 10:15am ET Diversity & Inclusion at Dominion Energy

Darius Johnson, Dominion Energy
Morenike Miles, Dominion Energy

Handout:   Word  |  PDF

10:15 - 10:30am ET Question & Answer Session
10:30 - 11:15am ET Employer Panel

Facilitator: Alissa Brooke, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

Panel:

James Godwin, Jr., SPHR, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Chief Strategic Human Resources Business Partner

David S. Geslak, President and Founder of Autism Workforce

Doug Williams, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the W Diamond Group

David Douglas, CEO, Yolobe, Inc.

Jessica Vehorn, Starbucks Restaurant Manager (AAFES), Fort Eustis

Handout: PDF

11:15am - 12:00pm ET Looking Ahead to Future Research: Comments and Suggestions on How to Advance the Agenda

Paul Wehman, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Fong Chan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jennifer McDonough, VCU, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

Handout:   Word  |  PDF