June 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
Zoom / Webinar
Beth Mckenney

Wise Webinar a Day Series: 

The Long and Winding Policy Road to Competitive, Integrated Employment with Christopher Button

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Please join us on Monday, June 15th for our webinar, “The Long and Winding Policy Road to Competitive, Integrated Employment” with Christopher Button. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This webinar will provide an overview of the disability rights movement that led to its enactment, highlighting key accomplishments with pictures from each decade, and emphasizing the layering of policy in an attempt to secure the goal of competitive, integrated employment- and economic advancement – for youth and adults with disabilities. Recent accomplishments including WIOA, the ABLE Act and other important policies will be discussed. Employment First activities of the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the US Department of Labor will be highlighted.

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

  • To understand the history of the Disability Rights Movement that led to enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • To understand key public policy accomplishments, by decade, intended to result in competitive, integrated employment for youth and adults with disabilities
  • To understand and discuss current disability employment policy efforts and accomplishments, including the ABLE Act and WIOA implementation
  • To learn about activities of the US Department of Labor to advance competitive, integrated employment.


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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. 

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Christopher Button, Ph.D

Christopher Button is a Supervisory Policy Advisor for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor where she leads the Workforce Systems Policy Team and serves as one of  ODEP’s Senior Management staff.  The Workforce Systems Policy Team focuses on removal of structural, policy and other workforce barriers to increase competitive, integrated employment and economic advancement for people with disabilities, with particular focus on people with the most significant disabilities. Chris leads ODEPs Employment First, Provider Transformation and Mental Health initiatives working with states, service systems and providers nationally to expand competitive, integrated employment and economic advancement for youth and adults with disabilities, and to promote capacity building within the public workforce development system to effectively serve all jobseekers.

Chris’s prior experience includes employment as Professional Staff to former U.S. Senator Lowell P. Weicker (Connecticut). Her legislative responsibilities included the Rehabilitation Act, the Developmental Disabilities Act and the Education of the Handicapped Act (later renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), generic Labor statutes and other laws relating to health care/Medicaid and small business.  Her efforts as lead staff person for reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act in 1986 resulted in creation of the new supported employment state grant program, established a new Section 508 for electronic equipment accessibility, and placed increased emphasis on rehabilitation technology throughout the Act. In 1988 Dr. Button was voted by her Congressional staff peers to be profiled in the Almanac of the Unelected as one of the most influential aides in the U.S. Congress on issues related to disability.  She later was invited to appear on the national NBC Today Show to participate in a debate on education reform and inclusion of students with disabilities in regular education classes, with Katie Couric as moderator. In 2012 she was honored to receive the first ever Marc Gold award for employment of people with disabilities, given to someone who has made significant contributions in the area of employment and disability. In 2016 she was further honored to receive the Dave Hammis Innovation Award, a national award given for innovation and leadership in the field of disability.

Chris’s undergraduate program included living at a segregated state institution in Florida – an experience which profoundly influenced her life and work. Her doctoral dissertation examined state policy influences on the educational integration of youth with disabilities.

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