Boots on the Ground Workshop: Accommodation Roundtable with Work Opportunities

June 11, 2021


Boots on the Ground: Employment Consultant Community of Practice Workshop

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 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.


Accommodation Roundtable

Work Opportunities

Please join us on Friday, June 11 for our workshop, "Accommodation Roundtable" with Work Opportunities.

We will be discussing creative systems, low-tech tools, and emerging adaptive electronic solutions for increasingly common workplace and sensory processing needs. This session will showcase an array of low-tech solutions for common on the job requirements such as sequencing, dexterity, and precision. Sometimes simple DIY jigs, templates, and indicators can allow a person needs to develop more independence at work, whereas sometimes more technical support and equipment is needed. We will discuss the benefits of building and using simple tools, discerning when it can be more appropriate to seek more complex machines, the power of networking on projects, and funding. Be sure to bring your creative thinking caps and submit you projects for the workshop!

Learning Objectives:
  • Introduction to numerous types of creative accommodation ideas and applications
  • Tips for finding resources and networking on accommodation projects
  • A template for formalizing the accommodation request process

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.


*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.  


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



Meet the Panel:

Alicia McCoy

Alicia McCoy has been providing employment and community inclusion services for over 10 years with Work Opportunities of Whatcom County, where she is a newly Team Lead. She is also a neurodivergent mixed media artist and musician who lives in Bellingham, WA with her pet mantises. Alicia openly shares her dual perspective as not just an innovative employment professional, but as someone with her own creative accommodations and systems for navigating the community and workforce. She most enjoys helping others build greater self-awareness, self-advocacy, and independence. Alicia is a self-study, who, through her own healing journey, continually brings new ideas and best practices to her team and the field that she has found most effective. Through facing and overcoming obstacles in her own life, Alicia sources insight that allows her to build strong, empathetic, and trusting relationships in her work. Some of her other professional interests include: designing low tech accommodations, goal setting, community accessibility, legislative advocacy, and art therapy.

Ali Hawkinson

Ali Hawkinson is an Employment Specialist III with Work Opportunities of Whatcom County, focusing primarily on job development and creating meaningful engagement in the community.  She aspires to find customized jobs that are a good fit for her clients, while building lasting relationships with the employers in her community.  Ali is an elected official, serving as a city council member, has created an Equity Advisory Committee for the city of Ferndale and is very active in the local music scene as a lyricist and vocalist (or at least was before the pandemic).  Ali is also a self-proclaimed cat lady who has only has one cat.  Ali loves sharing her knowledge and talent with others!

*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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