September 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am – September 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Holiday Inn Airport
8439 NE Columbia Boulevard Portland
OR 97220
Emily Harris


The goal of this two day training session is to inspire participants to realize that work is important and achievable for people who experience disabilities. This training will further help participants understand that people with disabilities can work and retain essential benefits, allowing them to move toward greater financial gain from employment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences in how income affects the two social security cash disability benefits programs (Title  II and Title XVI).
  • Have a basic understanding of an impairment related work expense and a plan for achieving self support.
  • Gain a general knowledge of the rules for Medicaid vs. Medicare, and the associated cash benefits program for this framework.
  • Have a working description of how access to Medicaid may be essential in accessing employment services. 
  • Gain the ability to list how, where, and why benefits planning is accessed.
  • Recognize that other means-based programs can also be affected by increases in income.

Additional Information:

  • Coffee and snacks will be provided each day.  Lunch will be on your own.
  • In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training, attendees can miss no more than one hourtotal during this two-day event.
  • CANCELATION POLICY: If you are unable to attend this training, please notify Emily Harris as soon as possible. Please note that attendence lists are sent to the Oregon State Employment First Office on a regular basis in order to track no-shows.
  • If you need any additional accommodations please contact Emily Harris, [email protected] at least 2 weeks prior to the event to allow for adequate scheduling time.
  • ODDS Employment First Office has requested that if you have previously taken this class, email Emily Harris at  [email protected] before you register; to prioritize space for students who have not taken this course.

This training series is put on by the Employment First/ ODDS Employment team. Registration for this training is open to Oregonians. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Harris.

Your trainers will be:

Katie Thompson, Work Incentive Network Program Manager. Katie Thompson comes to VR from Independent Living Resources (ILR) where she worked as a Work Incentive Coordinator. Her additional experience includes work with a Social Security disability law firm, giving her the ability to provide clients and community partners with a holistic picture of this complicated benefits system. In addition, her experience continues to inform her vision to help deliver benefits planning to the ID/DD community and creatively make complicated policy and procedure more accessible and understandable to clients and their supports. In her free time, Katie likes to hike, read, knit, and embrace her inner cat lady


Josh Goller, WIN Program Manager, Oregon’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  Josh Goller brings seven years of benefits planning field experience into the role of WIN Program Manager. His passion for a person-centered approach to services focuses on meeting people where they are, identifying their goals, and providing the tools and resources for them to succeed in the pursuit of personal and professional growth. Prior to WIN, Josh spent time working at a law firm with an emphasis on Social Security disability and Workers’ Compensation cases, and he began his professional life as a Workers’ Compensation claims examiner. He’s a movie buff, a music snob, and mediocre cook.

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