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Family Engagement Training
September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Lighting the Way: Helping Families See Possibilities in Competitive Employment. A workshop for professionals.
Families play a crucial role in the lives of youth and individuals with significant disabilities. They are often the first and most consistent influence a person with a disability will have. Families are responsible for making many decisions and coordinating services and support, all while trying to cultivate and honor what youth want for themselves.
For many families, their youth’s transition to adulthood is an uncertain time. Where will they work? Where will they live? Will they have friends and be able to do things they enjoy? Families of youth with significant barriers to employment may not be able to envision employment in the community for their sons and daughters.
This session is intended to serve as an introduction to the topic of building partnerships with families and the following topics:
- Improve partnerships between employment professionals and families of youth and individuals with disabilities in Michigan
- Provide regional teams of professionals/parents with a presentation to train professionals on engaging families
- Expand capacity within Michigan’s employment and provider community to partner with families
- Improve the ability of families in Michigan to understand the value of competitive employment and their role as partners in the employment process