April 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
Zoom / Webinar
Beth Mckenney

Wise Webinar A Day Series: Job Coaching from a Self-Advocate Perspective with John Lemus & Ivanova Smith

Please join us on Thursday, April 23rd for our webinar, Job Coaching from a Self-Advocate Perspective” with John Lemus and Ivanova Smith.


Employment Consultants receive a lot of training and information from various experts in various ways.  However, we don’t often turn to or ask for key details from the very people we support.  John and Ivanova – Activist Advocates for AtWork! – will share their top tips on how to be a better coach and support for individuals in their career path, and share their stories and experiences from being on the receiving end of employment services. 

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

  • Help customize and personalize services for the people you support.
  • Understand the key factors and struggles of people receiving services. 
  • Create new tools to better support individuals on their career path.


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There are no refunds for those that do not attend the scheduled webinar. If you do miss the webinar, we will provide you with a code to access the next webinar free. 

Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here. 

John Lemus

John Lemus has worked in the I/DD community for 16 years as a policy and systems change advocate. John currently works for AtWork! As an activist/advocate in Spokane WA. John Is also a 2020 UW LEND Trainee and works for the UW Center on Human Development and Disability under their Autism ECHO project. John also serves as the 2nd District Commissioner/Vice Chair of the City of Spokane Human rights Commission. In 2014, John was awarded the National Tom Miller award for Advocacy by SourceAmerica. John also serves as the Current president of People First of Lilac City and was the 1st youngest state board president for people first of Washington in the organization’s history.

Ivanova Smith

Ivanova Smith is activist advocate, for Atwork!, anemployment agency in Bellevue Washington, and University of Washington Leadership Education Neurodevelopmental disabilities LEND Faculty. Ivanova is a leader in the Washington state self-advocacy movement; they are chair of Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL.) They are on the board for the Washington state APSE Chapter and member of People First of Washington.They are happily married with a two year old daughter. Ivanova’s first years of life were spent in an institutional orphanage in Soviet occupied Latvia. This experience is increased their passion for civil freedoms and liberty for all citizens and workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Language: Ivanova uses both identity and people first language. They value both with their unique histories. They use them interchangeability throughout the presentation because they arespeaking on intellectual disability experience along with autistic experience..

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