RRTC on Employer Practices State of the Science Conference:
Successful Business Practices
October 14 - 15, 2020
Conference Archive

Conference agenda:   MS Word  |  PDF  | View evaluation report (PDF)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Download Day 1 transcript:  MS Word

Day 1 Presentations:

9:00am - 9:30am:  Welcome

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


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

Presenter: Tim Tansey, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Presentation Slides: MS Word  |   PDF

Misc. Downloads: Equal Access brochure (PDF)


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10:00am - 10:15am:  Question & Answer Session

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

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

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

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

Presentation Slides: MS Word

Misc. Downloads: PDF  |   Questions about this presentation & the presenters' responses


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11:45am - 12:15pm:  Question & Answer Session


Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Day 2 Presentations:

9:00am - 9:45am:   An In-Depth Case Study of a Large Health System's Employer Practices to Promote Employment Outcomes

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

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9:45am - 10:00am:  Question & Answer Session

10:00am - 10:15am:  Diversity & Inclusion at Dominion Energy

Presenters: Darius Johnson, Dominion Energy
Morenike Miles, Dominion Energy

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10:15am - 10:30am:  Question & Answer Session

10:30am - 11:15am:  Employer Panel

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

Misc. Downloads: Autism Workforce brochure (PDF)


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

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Attendee Feedback

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Attendees said:

  • "Amazing content from incredible speakers."
  • "The virtual platform made it possible for me to attend whereas I probably would not have been able to otherwise."
  • "Wow. The presenters were great. I really loved hearing from Dr. Wehman and Dr. Chan. Really fascinating."
  • "What I enjoyed most about the conference was the format. I liked how we were able to view some of the PowerPoint information along with hearing and seeing the presenter. I also loved the closed captioning option, as I was able to read over the discussions and capture any missed or reverifying information."
  • "All the speakers were very knowledgeable and the information is fantastic."
  • "I really enjoyed listening to the enthusiastic employers. It is always refreshing to hear that the work we do has a such an incredible impact on the employers and the workplace."
  • "As a doctoral student, I especially enjoyed being a 'fly on the wall' while hearing current researchers discuss potential future directions of disability and rehabilitation research. It was beneficial to just be able to hear them talk and work out potential ideas for the future."
  • "Insightful information about different programs and resources I did not know existed."
  • "Information-packed and so well organized and put together. It was easy to see the progression of the conference themes woven through the two days."