Boots on the Ground Seminar: Understanding the Purpose of a Benefits Planner with ENSO


April 20, 2021

                                

Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice Seminar

In collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration, Wise is pleased to announce the Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice! Comprised of two sessions per week, this Community of Practice will offer hands on examples and opportunities to see innovative direct service from employment providers across the State of Washington. Tuesday seminars will occur each week from 9:30 to 11:30am PST, and Friday workshops will provide follow up conversation and activities based on the Tuesday content from 9:30 to 10:30am PST. These events are open to all and free of charge.

*Attending the Tuesday seminar is not required in order to participate in Friday's workshop, although you are encouraged to do so. Recordings of Tuesday's events will be made available the following Wednesday to those who could not attend. Register for the Friday workshop that corresponds with this event by visiting to the Wise Calendar (scheduled for Friday of that same week).

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Understanding the Purpose of a Benefits Planner

 ENSO

Please join us on Tuesday, April 20 for our seminar, "Understanding the Purpose of a Benefits Planner" with ENSO.

Please join ENSO to talk with a certified benefits planner. We will be sharing horror stories around what happens without a benefits planner as well as providing some positive and negative outcomes. We will also be discussing the basics of benefits planning, how you can find a benefit planner, as well as major changes that occur every year with focus on Covid19 changes. 
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding the importance of involving a benefits planner
  • Contacting a Benefits Planner.
  • Understanding basic federal and state changes since the Covid19 pandemic began.
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Do you require an accommodation, materials in alternate format or have inquiries about accessibility in this event? If so, please reach out to [email protected] no later than 5pm Friday prior to this webinar. Due to the short turnaround of our webinar series we are unable to accommodate same day requests. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.

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*Please note: Wise maintains registration and attendance records for our events and training programs. Wise is required to monitor participation in our courses and provide reports to our funding sources so that they may utilize these records in the course of their audits of programs. These reports may include actual time spent by attendee name, event/training title, county and state. Reports are provided to ensure there is documented proof of the appropriate use of government funds for the purposes of professional development. Attendees that participate in our events and/or complete training programs will receive a certificate to document participation as back up for billing purposes.  

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

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Meet the Panel:

 

                                               Ehraina McDonald

Ehraina McDonald brings over twenty years of experience in the Human Service profession. Ehraina started in the Home Health Care field and joined the ENSO team in 2006. Ehraina continues her passion for supporting people with all abilities while obtaining and maintaining employment with a person centered approach. Ehraina enjoys hitting the ground and networking with various people in the community, supporting the ENSO team and challenging herself to think outside the box while creating tools to assist the supported employment profession.

 

                                                      Christina LeaseMy name is Christina Lease. I am a Service coordinator for ENSO with a specialty in benefits planning. I received my certificate through Cornell University in November 2018 to provide benefits planning support. I have provided over 200 benefits plans to customers in need. I work closely with our School to Work participants as well as all other participants we support. Outside of working with customers to understand their Social Security and State benefits I also provide direct service to customers as well as students in the Spokane County School to Work program.  I as well as the other service coordinators have also been providing staff motivated trainings to further support staff and our participants throughout this pandemic.

 

Amy Fiddes

Amy Fiddes has twenty years of teaching experience throughout various communities. Since 2016 Amy has worked as a Service Coordinator with ENSO. During her time with ENSO, she has had the privilege of becoming a Person Centered Plan Facilitator as well as facilitating many best practice trainings for direct service. ENSO assists customers to value and inspire all voices and dreams that enrich lives and communities. Amy’s passion for discovery has allowed her the opportunity to support individuals beginning their journey toward a first job as well as those who have maintained long term employment. She continues to support individuals and teams to realize their potential and maintain best practices.

*Supported employment is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination. Here at Wise, we are committed to standing up for and embracing positive changes in policies and practices to stamp out oppression and discrimination in our institutions and systems. We are focused on our mission of inclusion and equitable employment for people with disabilities. With this in mind, we ask that all participants extend respect, humility and grace during our events. We strive to create a learning platform where we all leave with new ways of thinking, doing and moving supported employment forward.
                                                          

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