Outside the Box: Reaching Beyond Barriers to Develop Self-Employment and Community Opportunities

Outside the Box: Reaching Beyond Barriers to Develop Self-Employment and Community Opportunities

Steve Mannard is a 26-year-old Des Moines native who lives with his parents and loves the outdoors.  Steve’s employment journey took a turn when his three-year career at the local fire station ended after an unfortunate incident.  Traditional employment options didn’t fit Steve’s unique needs and so collaboration and creative thinking led to the creation of a community art studio and Steve’s own business!  With support from his family and job coach, Steve is creating and selling artwork on-line through his website www.PaintingOutsideTheLines.org.

Presenters: Steve Mannard, Judy Mannard, Lindsay Mora and Chuck Goodwin

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Steve Mannard

Chuck Goodwin

Steve Mannard

Steve Mannard has lived in Des Moines, WA all his life.  He loves the outdoors, painting, and being with his family.  Steve attended school in the Highline School District, and eventually graduated from the Community Based Services transition program when he was 21 years old.  Steve is non-verbal, diagnosed with Potocky-Lupsky syndrome and autism.  After school, Steve worked for three years shredding paper for South King Fire and Rescue.  An unfortunate behavioral event at work led to Steve losing his job.  Given Steve’s love for art, his parents worked with ENSO staff to create a business for Steve where he sells his art on-line.  Steve has a job coach from ENSO that supports him as he paints, weaves and expands his skills. 

Judy Mannard

Judy Mannard has spent her life in Des Moines, WA.  She and her husband have 2 daughters and a son.  As a Mechanical Engineer, Judy worked at Boeing and as an engineering instructor at Highline College.  When her son Steve finished his public-school program, she stopped work to be home with him.  After Steve lost his job at the fire station, and neither a job coach or another job was available, Judy helped Steve start his own business, Painting Outside the Lines.  Steve sells his paintings, weaving, cards and other art on-line.  To provide a more social environment for Steve to work in, Judy also created Des Moines Open Door Arts, an art program for adults with disabilities.  This allows Steve and others a unique opportunity to come together in a safe, welcoming, creative space to make art!

Lindsay Mora

Lindsay Mora has known Steve his entire life.   She began providing residential support services for Steve in 2022.   When Steve’s business was created she was recruited as a job coach.  Having Lindsay as his job coach has provided Steve the support he needs to expand his talents  and skills.

Chuck Goodwin

Chuck Goodwin has worked for over 30 years with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of capacities. He has worked in both the residential and vocational arenas providing direct support for individuals. For the past 13 years as a private consultant around the Northwest, he has provided trainings on such subjects as positive behavioral supports, history and values around services, job coaching, supporting individuals with challenging behaviors, precision training, natural supports, utilizing community resources, and vocational issues. He has provided technical assistance to employment agencies around teaching individuals difficult tasks using universal design, understanding and supporting individuals with challenging behaviors, creating schedules, analyzing and modifying work flow issues, working with speed and quality issues, and teaching self-management. His passion is helping individuals who are struggling to find success. He continues to work individually with people and their families to help them realize their potential.

 

Innovating Inclusion

Innovating Inclusion

In late 2021, CASE launched an Innovation Lab to research, select, test, analyze and grow transformative solutions that facilitate the sustained and valued contributions persons experiencing disability make to the Canadian economy. Together with 20 partners from service providers to employers to research institutions, the Innovation Lab set out to explore the role of innovation in breaking down the barriers to employment faced by people experiencing disability and other, intersectional challenges. In this webinar, we will share the lessons we have learned along the way, including approaches that show promise, as well as those that did not go as planned.  

Presenters: Joy McKinnon and Shannon Johnson

Image: Jeff Grace, a white man with dark-rimmed glasses and gray hair wearing a light blue vest over a dark shirt, smiles.
Image: Chuck Goodwin, a white man with dark brown curly hair and beard, wearing a red Polo shirt, smiling and slightly squinting in the sun.

Joy McKinnon 

Joy has been working in the employment sector for three decades in Canada and the United States assisting both business leaders and job seekers to create inclusive and diverse workplaces.  She believes that meaningful employment is the first step to full citizenship.

Joy works with business and community leaders to develop policy and strategies that assist with recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce which increases productivity and workplace morale. In her current role as New Concepts Coordinator with CASE’s Innovation Lab she focuses on finding innovative solutions to workforce challenges.

Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in education and is a certified facilitator.

Shannon Johnon

Shannon Johnson is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist at the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE). She has been working for the past 2 years on CASE’s Innovation Lab project with a mission to research, select, test, analyze and grow transformative solutions that facilitate the sustained and valued contributions persons experiencing disability make to the Canadian economy. Shannon came to CASE with over 25 years of experience working internationally for organizations such as UNHCR, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Panzi Hospital Foundation.

The ROI Benefits of Hiring Talented Neurodiverse Employees in the Workplace

The ROI Benefits of Hiring Talented Neurodiverse Employees in the Workplace

Join Dr. Kerry Magro, an acclaimed professional speaker and author, as he shares his journey from being nonspeaking to becoming a renowned speaker who has engaged audiences at over 1,300 events worldwide, including prestigious organizations like Google and American Express. In this session, Dr. Magro will delve into the significant ROI benefits of hiring autistic individuals and the broader scope of neurodiversity in the workforce. He will discuss his firsthand experiences, the insights from his books such as “Defining Autism From The Heart,” and his involvement in influential films and TV shows like Netflix’s ‘Love on the Spectrum U.S.’. This presentation will not only educate but also equip attendees with practical tools and insights to harness the potential of neurodiverse individuals in their organizations.

Presenter: Dr. Kerry Magro Ed.D.

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Dr. Kerry Magro (Mah-grow) Ed.D. was nonspeaking till 2.5, diagnosed with autism at 4 and didn’t speak in complete sentences until 7 years old. Today as an adult he is an award-winning autistic professional speaker, best-selling author and autism consultant to the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher and the latest season of Netflix’s Emmy-Award Winning Series ‘Love on the Spectrum U.S.’ He started professional speaking 13 years ago via the National Speakers Association after he fell in love with theater as a child to help with his social and communication skills. Today he has spoken at over 1300 events during that time include 2 TEDxTalks and a ‘Talks at Google’ presentation. In addition, Kerry is CEO & President of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has provided 150 scholarships for autistic students for college and counting since 2011. He’s provided 27 small business grants for small businesses that hire people with disabilities.

 Kerry’s best-selling books Defining Autism From The Heart, and Autism and Falling in Love, I Will Light It Up Blue and his latest, Autistics on Autism have reached Amazon Best-Seller Lists for Special Needs Parenting. His latest book ‘Supporting Your Autism Journey’ was released on April 2, 2024.

For his efforts in the community he’s been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CBS News, FOX5, Upworthy along with additional outlets. He frequently speaks in-person and virtually to companies on Neurodiversity in the Workplace including JP Morgan Chase, TD Bank, and S&P Global.