Zoom / Webinar
Wise Webinar a Day Series:
Social Skills: It’s up to interpretation with Shaun Wood, Zack Siddeek, and ChrisTiana ObeySumner
Please join us on Monday, June 22nd for our webinar, “Social Skills: It’s up to interpretation” with Shaun Wood, Zack Siddeek, and ChrisTiana ObeySumner.
Interpersonal skills can make or break an employment opportunity. What do providers need to know and who should they work with to discover employment related interpersonal skills with the people they serve? This webinar will explore the interpretation of social skills from a few helpful perspectives. First, we will hear from a panel of consultants and trainers with lived disability experience to share what they want providers to know about social skills when serving people with disabilities. Then, we will hear from a panel of transition teachers and employment providers on how social skills are taught in their programs, how providers can work with school-based staff to get to know their customers better, and what social skills employers are really looking for. Finally, we will hear from a funder’s perspective on how providers can produce quality products that maintain momentum in an employment team. This dynamic webinar is designed to meet training needs for Washington State DDA’s Job Foundations pilot, but will be relevant to anyone serving people in employment services.
Panel participants include:
Zack Siddeek, a Wise board member, practicing social worker, and founder of Square Pegs Autistic Meetup group of Washington
ChrisTiana ObeySumner, CEO of Epiphanies of Equity LLC, a social equity consulting firm
Carylon Abbot, a transition teacher from the Issaquah School District
Grant Driver, a transition teacher from the Ferndale School District
TJ Protho, an Employment Services Manager at Vadis in King County
Youg-wha Coulter, a Lead Employment Consultant at Vadis in King County
Aaron Dickson, an Employment Specialist at Cascade Connections in Whatcom County
Jessica Lee, Program Specialist for Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities
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Shaun is all about jobs! He’s a community developer and has worked to support people with disabilities since 2002. He continues to work in schools, people’s homes, and job sites, helping to build inclusive communities. Shaun is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a certified Employment Specialist. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Eastern Europe, and obtained both his M.Ed. (Applied Behavior Analysis) and B.A. (Political Science/Human Rights) from the University of Washington.
Shaun uses applied behavior analysis, emerging technology, reflective processes, and mentorship to drive employment outcomes. In his current role, he’s available to work in local communities across Washington State and beyond! He has active projects from Alaska to the southwestern U.S. and eastern Canada. Shaun loves languages, and is fluent in Bulgarian with experience in French, Macedonian, Turkish, and Romani (he’s currently studying Spanish). When he isn’t working, he likes to garden, brew espresso, stare into his aquariums, and jog circles around his adopted hometown of Burien, Washington.
Zack Siddeek is a Social Worker practicing in Seattle, Washington. He is Autistic and is passionate about finding solutions to address the Autistic community’s 80% unemployment rate, as well as creating services to address the lack of services that contribute to the high suicide rate. He is the community organizer of Square Pegs Autistic Meetup group of Washington.
My name is ChrisTiana ObeySumner, and my pronouns are them/they. I am a Black and Indigenous, Queer, Nn-Binary, and Multiply disabled person. I am the CEO of Epiphanies of Equity LLC, a social equity consulting firm that particularly specializes in social change, intersectionality, antiracism, and disability justice.
For almost two decades, I’ve dedicated my life and career to amplifying the importance of social equity — particularly narrative identity development and its role in cultural humility and allyship, bringing awareness to the lived experience of racialized ableism and externalizing antiblackness, and dismantling the psychosocial paradigms that underlie social injustice and inaction. On my off-time, I love reading, watching pro-wrestling, and spending hours staring at stimming YouTube videos of marble runs and recipe videos.