Two-part training. In Part One, Building the Dream of Employment, we work with attendees to build a vision and expectation for competitive employment of the family member with a disability. In Part Two, Identifying and Accessing Employment Resources, we work with attendees to improve their knowledge of state and federal resources that can be used in concert to support employment.
Small group activities. To improve engagement in learning the information and to support attendees in applying their new knowledge, we incorporate small group activities that will provide an initial step in planning for employment.
Networking opportunities. In the afternoons of both Part One and Part Two, we invite in local community members to support the training. For Part One, we invite in local, competitively, employed individuals with disabilities, their employers, and entrepreneurs and their families to share their employment stories. For Part Two, we invite local representatives of the employment resources discussed in the training to present about the supports and services they provide and answer attendees' questions.
Technical assistance. Following training, families who requested it on their action plans were provided individual technical assistance to complete the steps identified on their action plans for employment. Families Together, Inc.'s parent information specialists contact families requesting technical assistance to support them as appropriate in the months following training. Attendees are also offered follow-up technical assistance at two scheduled meetings held in area Workforce Centers at three and nine month post-training.