May 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
Zoom / Webinar
Beth Mckenney

Wise Webinar a Day Series: 

A Partial History of Supported Employment in Washington: As told from the Viewpoint of a Frequent Visitor with Dr. David Mank

Please join us on Tuesday, May 26th for our webinar, A Partial History of Supported Employment in Washington: As told from the Viewpoint of a Frequent Visitor” with Dr. David Mank.

How did Washington get to this moment in leading Integrated Employment for People with Significant Disabilities? And what might that tell us in this new and unforeseen reality? Come hear David Mank share his perspective on the history, leadership and key elements that have gotten Washington State’s employment services to where they are today, as well as what his thoughts are about what the future may look like.

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • A Partial History of Supported Employment in Washington as noticed from a friend and frequent visitor.
  • Information about the role of Leadership on Employment in Washington.
  • Discussion and ideas about Supported Employment in the Future.


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Dr. David Michael Mank

David Michael Mank, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He is formerly the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities.

As a writer and researcher, Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities. He has authored or coauthored dozens of articles and book chapters. His interests also include transition from school to work and community living.

Mank has worked on issues related to Competitive Integrated Employment for people with significant disabilities for many years. His work has included developing the first free standing supported employment program in Oregon, McKenzie Personnel Systems. McKenzie was originally incorporated as a non-profit organization by Mank and two women who had daughters with developmental disabilities.  He has worked on provider transformation (from sheltered work to competitive integrated employment) in a number of states across the country. He has emphasized “capacity building” to deliver integrated employment outcomes at the local level. He has also assisted in developing employment related data systems in a number of states. He is frequently requested to present at Leadership Institutes. In addition, he has been a frequent participant in Policy Development and Analysis at the state and national levels. He has assisted states and local communities develop, implement model programs for transition from school to work for youth with disabilities.

Mank is a member of the editorial boards of the Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH), the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. He is Associate Editor for the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

In January 2015, Mank was appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Labor to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. He was subsequently elected Chair of the Committee, which delivered its Final Report and Recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and Congress in September 2016. This Committee delivered its Final Report to the Secretary of Labor and Congress in September 2016.


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