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Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN)

Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN)

The Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN) provides core supported employment professional training through a series of four, 2 day trainings. These trainings help employment professionals meet Oregon’s employment professional core competencies requirement through eight days of in person training. Each of the two-day seminars results in twelve hours of training.

The OELN Training Series is now accredited by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The series is organized as follows: 

Session 1:

An Introduction to the History of Supported Employment, Discovery, and Person Centered Employment Planning

This training seminar will be covering the history of Supported Employment, the basics of Discovery when working with individuals who experience intellectual or developmental disabilities, and person-centered employment futures planning. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar with Supported Employment history and the current state of the field
  • Be familiar with the Discovery Process, be able to perform Discovery with an employment candidate, and be able to write a Vocational Profile as the basis for Employment Planning, and
  • Be familiar with Person-centered Futures Employment Planning and able to use it in assisting in developing Employment Action plans.

Session 2:

Job Development and Marketing 

This training seminar will provide a basic overview of essential functions of marketing and customized job development for employment support professionals who work with job candidates with disabilities. Along with learning the essential functions of job development, individuals will be introduced to various models and methods successful developers use in their communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of the history of supported employment as it relates to current customized employment models
  • Learn to design a customized employment approach for job candidates
  • Learn to create business networks and job leads by following business trends and using social media in your community
  • Learn various ways to network, research, cold call and present effective presentations to employers
  • Demonstrate the ability to make business introductions, a formal business presentation along with negotiating difficult questions from employers
  • Ability to perform informational interviews, environmental/job analysis and marketing proposals to employers
  • Obtain strategies for job matching and job candidate portfolio development
  • The ability to identify internal practices for staff training needs and department goals to position the agency as an employment service.
  • Obtain an overview of ADA Title I Employment provisions including the job candidate’s right and time of disclosure disability. 

Session 3:

Systematic Instruction and Follow Along 

This training seminar will focus on helping individuals learn to perform and maintain their employment. Topics will include a basic overview of a job start, including how to prepare for the first day of work and how to conduct a job analysis. We will explore systematic instruction and task analysis, with particular attention to fading support from the first day of work. The training will also include the use of natural supports, as well as important elements of successful long term support.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of instruction and self-determination as these topics relate to the history of supported employment.
  • Obtain a general understanding of job design.
  • Learn to conduct a task analysis.
  • Consider how individual learning styles and teaching methods can be applied in various situations.
  • Obtain a general understanding of systematic instruction.
  • Gain tools to help an individual prepare for their first day on a new job.
  • Develop the ability to identify and implement natural supports at a worksite.
  • Identify key elements in providing long term supports to help individuals maintain employment.
  • Consider how employment agencies can provide strong training, job start and retention services.

Session 4:

Social Security Benefits and Work Incentives 

This training seminar aims to inspire participants to realize that work is important and achievable for people who experience disabilities. This training will further help participants understand that people with disabilities can work and retain essential benefits, allowing them to move toward greater financial gain from employment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences in how income affects the two social security cash disability benefits programs (Title II and Title XVI).
  • Have a basic understanding of an impairment related work expense and a plan for achieving self-support.
  • Gain a general knowledge of the rules for Medicaid vs. Medicare, and the associated cash benefits program for this framework.
  • Have a working description of how access to Medicaid may be essential in accessing employment services. 
  • Gain the ability to list how, where, and why benefits planning is accessed.
  • Recognize that other means-based programs can also be affected by increases in income.

Interested in learning more?

Please contact if you’d like more information or need to obtain a certificate for a previous training. 

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