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Events in March 2024

  • Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort


    March 4, 2024

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain (RCR) is a leadership series designed for mid-level managers working in employment and community inclusion service provider agencies. By joining RCR, you will have the opportunity to develop immediately usable skills for developing your own career and promoting increased job satisfaction for staff you manage. In community with other program managers, we will re-energize, create solutions to complex problems and share expertise.

    Goals:

    • Learn strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff
    • Increase your leadership skills as a manager and leader
    • Develop a plan for advancing your career
    • Hone systems and processes for developing staff into leadership positions
    • Connect with other leaders that are managing employment and day services
    • Deepen and develop relationships across organizations in your community

    Training Topics:

    • Building Company Culture
    • Coaching vs. Managing
    • Self Care and growth for teams
    • Networking and building communities
    • Onboarding and Training Strategies
    • Career Development for staff and management

    Register Here

    Registration for this series is $750

    Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort

    Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort


    March 4, 2024

    Part 3. Systematic Instruction: Teaching, Learning, and Retaining Jobs 

    The Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series is an online training series based on customized employment core competencies. It is designed to provide employment professionals the training, knowledge, and skills they need to deliver quality customized competitive integrated employment services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    Registration for the 2024 Winter Cohort is full. Spring registration and more information is available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

    Series Goals:

    • Provide strategies and tools for employment professionals to implement into their practice -the same day.
    • Refresh and refine tools for people who want to stay current with the latest in customized employment.
    • Increase the competence of employment professionals, and support professionalizing the field of Supported Employment.
    • Create space for collaboration, and opportunity to network with peers doing similar work.

    Series Logistics:

    • This four-part series is a hybrid of instructor-led live training, work at your own pace/On-demand modules, collaborative community of practice, and interactive out of class activities
    • The total expected time to complete this series, including offline skill-building activities, is 43 hours. This includes the courses described above and a 5 hour On Demand on Social Security.
    • The total cost of this series is $750 for participants outside of Washington. *Limited sponsorships are available for WA state Employment Professionals. Reach out to [email protected] with for questions or more information. 

    More information & individual class details available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

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  • Wise Webinar Series: Learn From MY Story: Encouraging Self Advocacy, Advocacy, and Interdependence

    Wise Webinar Series: Learn From MY Story: Encouraging Self Advocacy, Advocacy, and Interdependence


    March 6, 2024

    Learn From MY Story: Encouraging Self Advocacy, Advocacy, and Interdependence

    Jeff Grace has worked at the Washington State DDA for almost 40 years in a variety of roles.  In the past five years, he has finally gotten a chance to tell his story of a man who both experiences a disability and supports others through his job. He has worked with Chuck Goodwin to help others with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities share their stories.  In this webinar, Jeff and Chuck will share what they have learned from individuals on promoting self advocacy & advocacy, the give and take of relationships, the importance of making contributions, Independence, and most importantly interdependence in achieving their dreams.

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    Presenters: Jeff Grace & Chuck Goodwin

     

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  • Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort

    Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort


    March 7, 2024

    Part 3. Systematic Instruction: Teaching, Learning, and Retaining Jobs 

    The Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series is an online training series based on customized employment core competencies. It is designed to provide employment professionals the training, knowledge, and skills they need to deliver quality customized competitive integrated employment services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    Registration for the 2024 Winter Cohort is full. Spring registration and more information is available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

    Series Goals:

    • Provide strategies and tools for employment professionals to implement into their practice -the same day.
    • Refresh and refine tools for people who want to stay current with the latest in customized employment.
    • Increase the competence of employment professionals, and support professionalizing the field of Supported Employment.
    • Create space for collaboration, and opportunity to network with peers doing similar work.

    Series Logistics:

    • This four-part series is a hybrid of instructor-led live training, work at your own pace/On-demand modules, collaborative community of practice, and interactive out of class activities
    • The total expected time to complete this series, including offline skill-building activities, is 43 hours. This includes the courses described above and a 5 hour On Demand on Social Security.
    • The total cost of this series is $750 for participants outside of Washington. *Limited sponsorships are available for WA state Employment Professionals. Reach out to [email protected] with for questions or more information. 

    More information & individual class details available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

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  • Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort


    March 11, 2024

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain (RCR) is a leadership series designed for mid-level managers working in employment and community inclusion service provider agencies. By joining RCR, you will have the opportunity to develop immediately usable skills for developing your own career and promoting increased job satisfaction for staff you manage. In community with other program managers, we will re-energize, create solutions to complex problems and share expertise.

    Goals:

    • Learn strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff
    • Increase your leadership skills as a manager and leader
    • Develop a plan for advancing your career
    • Hone systems and processes for developing staff into leadership positions
    • Connect with other leaders that are managing employment and day services
    • Deepen and develop relationships across organizations in your community

    Training Topics:

    • Building Company Culture
    • Coaching vs. Managing
    • Self Care and growth for teams
    • Networking and building communities
    • Onboarding and Training Strategies
    • Career Development for staff and management

    Register Here

    Registration for this series is $750

  • Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort

    Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort


    March 12, 2024

    Part 3. Systematic Instruction: Teaching, Learning, and Retaining Jobs 

    The Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series is an online training series based on customized employment core competencies. It is designed to provide employment professionals the training, knowledge, and skills they need to deliver quality customized competitive integrated employment services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    Registration for the 2024 Winter Cohort is full. Spring registration and more information is available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

    Series Goals:

    • Provide strategies and tools for employment professionals to implement into their practice -the same day.
    • Refresh and refine tools for people who want to stay current with the latest in customized employment.
    • Increase the competence of employment professionals, and support professionalizing the field of Supported Employment.
    • Create space for collaboration, and opportunity to network with peers doing similar work.

    Series Logistics:

    • This four-part series is a hybrid of instructor-led live training, work at your own pace/On-demand modules, collaborative community of practice, and interactive out of class activities
    • The total expected time to complete this series, including offline skill-building activities, is 43 hours. This includes the courses described above and a 5 hour On Demand on Social Security.
    • The total cost of this series is $750 for participants outside of Washington. *Limited sponsorships are available for WA state Employment Professionals. Reach out to [email protected] with for questions or more information. 

    More information & individual class details available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

    View full calendar

  • Wise Webinar Series: Unlocking Support: The Mentor's Role in Co-Creating Natural Support at the Workplace

    Wise Webinar Series: Unlocking Support: The Mentor's Role in Co-Creating Natural Support at the Workplace


    March 13, 2024

    Unlocking Support: The Mentor's Role in Co-Creating Natural Support at the Workplace

    In this webinar, you will learn about how the use of an in-house mentor can enhance natural support and workplace inclusion. You will be introduced to recent research about what a mentor is and what mentors themselves report as positive, but also challenging, aspects of the role. The concept of Workplace Inclusion Competence will be presented, and you'll gain insight into why it's important for this competence to be developed at the organizational level and as collective learning processes within the company. The lecture will also highlight the positive consequences of transitioning from a formal collaboration between an employment specialist and an employer to instead embrace co-creation with a mentor.

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    Presenter: Tonje Sanden Sannes

    Tonje Sannes has a master degree in international social work from Nord University, Norway. She has also studied sociology at UC Berkeley, California, and philosophy at the University of Oslo, Norway. After several years of working as an employment specialist, she now works at the intersection of research and the field of practice with research dissemination, courses and lectures. Through her job at the Work Research Institute at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, she develops and gives courses on inclusion skill competence and Supported Employment. She also works on assignment for the Norwegian Administration of Labour and Welfare. She has extensive experience in giving lectures in various arrangements, including at conferences such as the 12th European Conference on Supported Employment, EUSE, in Lisbon, Portugal, the 13th European Conference on Supported Employment, EUSE, in Amsterdam, Netherland, and the world conference on Supported Employment (WASE) in Vancouver, Canada, in 2023.

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  • Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort

    Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series: Winter Cohort


    March 14, 2024

    Part 3. Systematic Instruction: Teaching, Learning, and Retaining Jobs 

    The Wise Online Academy (WOA) ACRE 100 Series is an online training series based on customized employment core competencies. It is designed to provide employment professionals the training, knowledge, and skills they need to deliver quality customized competitive integrated employment services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    Registration for the 2024 Winter Cohort is full. Spring registration and more information is available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

    Series Goals:

    • Provide strategies and tools for employment professionals to implement into their practice -the same day.
    • Refresh and refine tools for people who want to stay current with the latest in customized employment.
    • Increase the competence of employment professionals, and support professionalizing the field of Supported Employment.
    • Create space for collaboration, and opportunity to network with peers doing similar work.

    Series Logistics:

    • This four-part series is a hybrid of instructor-led live training, work at your own pace/On-demand modules, collaborative community of practice, and interactive out of class activities
    • The total expected time to complete this series, including offline skill-building activities, is 43 hours. This includes the courses described above and a 5 hour On Demand on Social Security.
    • The total cost of this series is $750 for participants outside of Washington. *Limited sponsorships are available for WA state Employment Professionals. Reach out to [email protected] with for questions or more information. 

    More information & individual class details available on the Wise Online Academy 100 webpage.

    View full calendar

  • Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort


    March 18, 2024

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain (RCR) is a leadership series designed for mid-level managers working in employment and community inclusion service provider agencies. By joining RCR, you will have the opportunity to develop immediately usable skills for developing your own career and promoting increased job satisfaction for staff you manage. In community with other program managers, we will re-energize, create solutions to complex problems and share expertise.

    Goals:

    • Learn strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff
    • Increase your leadership skills as a manager and leader
    • Develop a plan for advancing your career
    • Hone systems and processes for developing staff into leadership positions
    • Connect with other leaders that are managing employment and day services
    • Deepen and develop relationships across organizations in your community

    Training Topics:

    • Building Company Culture
    • Coaching vs. Managing
    • Self Care and growth for teams
    • Networking and building communities
    • Onboarding and Training Strategies
    • Career Development for staff and management

    Register Here

    Registration for this series is $750

  • Region 3 Employment Rally: Vancouver

    Region 3 Employment Rally: Vancouver


    March 19, 2024

    Graphic image of Dan Thompson with a banner that reads, "2023-2024 Employment Rallies."

    An Exciting Opportunity for the Washington State Developmental Disability Employment Community!

    The 2023-2024 Dan Thompson Employment Rallies are coming to Washington State! Please join us to celebrate, share the history of our movement, and work together to define a vision and create a plan to move Employment forward through 2030. Come Rally with us!

    There will be six regional rallies culminating in a statewide gathering. All of the events will be led by people with developmental disabilities and include an online and in-person option for attendees. All event materials will be translated into Spanish and Russian.

    CESP recertification CEs and DDA/DSHS Residential CEs have been pre-approved for these events and will be included on your certificate: 5.5 hours for the Regional Events, and 8.5 hours for the Statewide event. For school staff looking for Clock Hours, you will need to reach out to your local school district for approval prior to the event – let us know if you need assistance with this at [email protected].

    View the regional rally agenda

    Region 3:  Vancouver

    March 19, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

    Clark College, Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

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  • Wise Webinar Series: Embracing Neurodiversity: Implementing Supportive Strategies for an Inclusive Workspace

    Wise Webinar Series: Embracing Neurodiversity: Implementing Supportive Strategies for an Inclusive Workspace


    March 20, 2024

    Embracing Neurodiversity: Implementing Supportive Strategies for an Inclusive Workspace

    In this webinar, participants will gain a comprehensive overview of neurodiversity and explore practical strategies for fostering an inclusive work environment. The session will begin with an exploration of the concept of neurodiversity, highlighting the diverse range of neurocognitive differences present in the workplace. Attendees will also gain insights into effective methods for establishing an inclusive work culture that respects and supports neurodivergent individuals. Participants will also learn about effective strategies for creating an inclusive work environment that values and supports neurodivergent individuals. This will include communication techniques, accommodations, and best practices for promoting collaboration and productivity among all team members. The goal of this session is to empower attendees to have the knowledge and tools needed to champion neurodiversity in their own workplaces, creating environments where all individuals can thrive and contribute their unique talents and perspectives.

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    Presenter: Silvia Gil

    Description: Silvia is standing in front of a green bush. She is wearing a black blazer and black and white shirt. She has long blonde curly hair and is smiling at the camera.

    Silvia Gil, M.S.Ed is the president and founder of Neuro Consulting Solutions, she builds the practice out of her conviction that employers could create environments designed to promote the well-being and productivity of all by bringing evidence-based awareness and supports to an underserved population. Before training and consulting for C-suite executives and top Fortune 500 companies, Silvia began her career as a special education teacher, where she fostered her passion and honed her skills for building effective student support.

    These skills were further developed through her time working in a non-profit focused on neurodivergent individuals and building out inclusive programming in local businesses. In addition she partners with JPMorgan Chase to expand financial literacy programs to the neurodivergent community. She received her Master’s degree in special education from Florida International University. Having worked with non-profits and individual families, to fortune 500 companies, and premier academic institutions, Silvia understands the benefits companies and communities stand to gain by accommodating and embracing the neurodiverse population.

    Silvia takes great pride in being a devoted mother to an extraordinary animal-loving daughter on the spectrum. Driven by her professional and personal commitment, she aims to secure equal access and opportunities for all individuals with autism and related disabilities.

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  • Region 3 Employment Rally: Tacoma

    Region 3 Employment Rally: Tacoma


    March 21, 2024

    Graphic image of Dan Thompson with a banner that reads, "2023-2024 Employment Rallies."

    An Exciting Opportunity for the Washington State Developmental Disability Employment Community!

    The 2023-2024 Dan Thompson Employment Rallies are coming to Washington State! Please join us to celebrate, share the history of our movement, and work together to define a vision and create a plan to move Employment forward through 2030. Come Rally with us!

    There will be six regional rallies culminating in a statewide gathering. All of the events will be led by people with developmental disabilities and include an online and in-person option for attendees. All event materials will be translated into Spanish and Russian.

    CESP recertification CEs and DDA/DSHS Residential CEs have been pre-approved for these events and will be included on your certificate: 5.5 hours for the Regional Events, and 8.5 hours for the Statewide event. For school staff looking for Clock Hours, you will need to reach out to your local school district for approval prior to the event – let us know if you need assistance with this at [email protected].

    View the regional rally agenda

    Region 3: Tacoma

    March 21, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

    UW/YMCA, Room 303/304, 1710 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402

    More information

  • Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy

    Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy


    March 25, 2024

    Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy

    There is a growing awareness of a natural range of neurodiversity among human beings. However, what gets lost among the feel good talking points about neurodiversity acceptance is the continuing need for people who are neurodivergent to fit themselves into schools and workplaces that weren’t designed for them. Self-advocacy, the act of neurodivergent people speaking up for their various and specific needs, is one of the most meaningful tools for fostering an equitable neurodiverse workplace. This webinar will explore some of the experiences of neurodivergent people and offer some strategies for both speaking as a self-advocate and for meaningfully holding space for employees to advocate for their needs.

    REGISTER

    Presenter: Andrew Coltrin

    Image Description: Andrew Coltrin, white male with graying hair and glasses, smiling in his home office.

    Andrew Coltrin is a writer, comics artist, and disabilities advocate when he’s not at his day job as a paraeducator for a large urban school district. For decades Andrew thought he was just weird, anxious and unexplainably broken until the DSM finally had an update that caught up with him. He was diagnosed as autistic in his late thirties. Since then he’s written several small publications designed to make the terminology and experiences of neurodivergent people accessible to everyone. His most popular publication is a glossary zine called A is for Autistic. Andrew has also led staff trainings about neurodiversity and has spoken on panels at the Interdisciplinary Autism Research Festival (2021) and the Tucson Zine Fest (2023).

    More information

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain: Winter Cohort


    March 25, 2024

    Recruit, Cultivate and Retain (RCR) is a leadership series designed for mid-level managers working in employment and community inclusion service provider agencies. By joining RCR, you will have the opportunity to develop immediately usable skills for developing your own career and promoting increased job satisfaction for staff you manage. In community with other program managers, we will re-energize, create solutions to complex problems and share expertise.

    Goals:

    • Learn strategies for recruiting, developing and retaining staff
    • Increase your leadership skills as a manager and leader
    • Develop a plan for advancing your career
    • Hone systems and processes for developing staff into leadership positions
    • Connect with other leaders that are managing employment and day services
    • Deepen and develop relationships across organizations in your community

    Training Topics:

    • Building Company Culture
    • Coaching vs. Managing
    • Self Care and growth for teams
    • Networking and building communities
    • Onboarding and Training Strategies
    • Career Development for staff and management

    Register Here

    Registration for this series is $750

  • Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy

    Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy


    March 27, 2024

    Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy

    There is a growing awareness of a natural range of neurodiversity among human beings. However, what gets lost among the feel good talking points about neurodiversity acceptance is the continuing need for people who are neurodivergent to fit themselves into schools and workplaces that weren’t designed for them. Self-advocacy, the act of neurodivergent people speaking up for their various and specific needs, is one of the most meaningful tools for fostering an equitable neurodiverse workplace. This webinar will explore some of the experiences of neurodivergent people and offer some strategies for both speaking as a self-advocate and for meaningfully holding space for employees to advocate for their needs.

    REGISTER

    Presenter: Andrew Coltrin

    Image Description: Andrew Coltrin, white male with graying hair and glasses, smiling in his home office.

    Andrew Coltrin is a writer, comics artist, and disabilities advocate when he’s not at his day job as a paraeducator for a large urban school district. For decades Andrew thought he was just weird, anxious and unexplainably broken until the DSM finally had an update that caught up with him. He was diagnosed as autistic in his late thirties. Since then he’s written several small publications designed to make the terminology and experiences of neurodivergent people accessible to everyone. His most popular publication is a glossary zine called A is for Autistic. Andrew has also led staff trainings about neurodiversity and has spoken on panels at the Interdisciplinary Autism Research Festival (2021) and the Tucson Zine Fest (2023).

    More information

    Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy

    Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy


    March 27, 2024

    Neurodivergence and Self-Advocacy

    There is a growing awareness of a natural range of neurodiversity among human beings. However, what gets lost among the feel good talking points about neurodiversity acceptance is the continuing need for people who are neurodivergent to fit themselves into schools and workplaces that weren’t designed for them. Self-advocacy, the act of neurodivergent people speaking up for their various and specific needs, is one of the most meaningful tools for fostering an equitable neurodiverse workplace. This webinar will explore some of the experiences of neurodivergent people and offer some strategies for both speaking as a self-advocate and for meaningfully holding space for employees to advocate for their needs.

    REGISTER

    Presenter: Andrew Coltrin

    Image Description: Andrew Coltrin, white male with graying hair and glasses, smiling in his home office.

    Andrew Coltrin is a writer, comics artist, and disabilities advocate when he’s not at his day job as a paraeducator for a large urban school district. For decades Andrew thought he was just weird, anxious and unexplainably broken until the DSM finally had an update that caught up with him. He was diagnosed as autistic in his late thirties. Since then he’s written several small publications designed to make the terminology and experiences of neurodivergent people accessible to everyone. His most popular publication is a glossary zine called A is for Autistic. Andrew has also led staff trainings about neurodiversity and has spoken on panels at the Interdisciplinary Autism Research Festival (2021) and the Tucson Zine Fest (2023).

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    Wise Webinar Series: Zines as Self-Expression and Self-Advocacy

    Wise Webinar Series: Zines as Self-Expression and Self-Advocacy


    March 27, 2024

     Zines as Self-Expression and Self-Advocacy

    In this session we will have a brief introduction to the creative small publishing format known as a zine (pronounced zeen). We’ll discuss how zines can be a useful medium for presenting important information that may otherwise be difficult to discuss verbally. We’ll also look at a format for creating zines that does not require any special equipment to produce. The session will culminate in an activity during which participants may create their own mini-zines.

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    Presenter: Andrew Coltrin

    Image Description: Andrew Coltrin, white male with graying hair and glasses, smiling in his home office.

    Andrew Coltrin is a writer, comics artist, and disabilities advocate when he’s not at his day job as a paraeducator for a large urban school district. For decades Andrew thought he was just weird, anxious and unexplainably broken until the DSM finally had an update that caught up with him. He was diagnosed as autistic in his late thirties. Since then he’s written several small publications designed to make the terminology and experiences of neurodivergent people accessible to everyone. His most popular publication is a glossary zine called A is for Autistic. Andrew has also led staff trainings about neurodiversity and has spoken on panels at the Interdisciplinary Autism Research Festival (2021) and the Tucson Zine Fest (2023).

    More information

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