March 2, 2022
2021-22 Wise Webinar Series:
Harnessing Vision, Values, High Expectations & Belief at Any Age
In this session presenters Joanna Blanchard and Emily Harris will highlight the value of utilizing processes such as Person Centered Planning to meet a person and their team where they are to Dream Big and create movement. Presenters will explore stories and tools about how the value of belief and setting the framework for high expectations should start from the very beginning with families, teams, and people. You can be empowered to shift your thinking about the people you work with and yourself. This session will help you think about your role in this process and how to be prepared to see the ways people already bring value in any situation.
- Understand your influence when working with teams/ people to foster belief, and the value of starting early on a person’s path to success in their community.
- Understand how to use Person Centered Planning tools to think about client identity early on and how you can support them to move towards their goals.
- Tools and ideas for enlisting families and teams as valuable resources in an employment planning process.
Joanna Blanchard is the parent of two sons on the autism spectrum and a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience specializing in Autism, sensory processing, and behavioral supports. By advocating for inclusion and access for her sons (now young men) over their entire academic careers, she became experienced in collaborating with public school systems from both a professional and personal perspective. She currently works as a content developer and trainer for educators on the Special Education Support Cadre and Inclusionary Practices Project through a WEA and OSPI grant funded collaboration.
Emily Harris has had the good fortune to be affiliated with people with disabilities throughout her life. She has over 13 years’ experience doing work as an Employment Consultant and a Positive Behavior Support Consultant with individuals, families, and Employment Agencies in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She also has international consulting experience working with employment agencies across New Zealand. Emily is committed to the concept of inclusion and full participation and knows that employment is critical to equity. She holds a BS in Arts and Letters with a focus in Women Studies and English, is a Certified Employment Professional through APSE, and currently serves on the National APSE Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC). Emily is a trainer and trained in the process of Person-Centered Planning. Emily is a natural networker and believes that being connected in your community is vital to the success of connecting people with sustainable employment.