Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Daily Kick-off

8-8:15 a.m. (On-Demand)

Dr. Cinda Johnson (she/her/hers), CCTS
Justin DeFour, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Kick off the start of your day with Dr. Cinda Johnson from CCTS and Justin DeFour from DVR! They’ll share some welcome messages, an overview of today’s sessions, and housekeeping reminders.


Transition Self-Assessment Tool (TSAT): A statewide needs assessment of pre-employment transition services

9-9:50 a.m. (Live)

Dr. Marcus Poppen (he/him/his), Washington State University
Dr. Holly Whittenburg (she/her/hers), Washington State University

This presentation will share the results of a statewide evaluation of school-based pre-employment transition services conducted in 2019/2020 using the Transition Self-Assessment Tool (TSAT). Findings show that on average, only between 26-50% of all potentially eligible students with disabilities were accessing each of these services, and that services were being delivered in coordination with Vocational Rehabilitation less than 25% of the time. Service gaps were the largest within the areas of work-based learning and self-advocacy. Qualitative findings suggest educators want more access to resources and committed partnerships from DVR. This session will present the findings from the statewide needs assessment, and demonstrate through a case study ways data from the TSAT can be used to inform coordinated services between schools and DVR.


Implementation of Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention in Washington

10-10:50 a.m. (Live)

Bethany Johnson (she/her/hers), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Ashley Schweiger (she/her/hers), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Dr. Anya Sheftel (she/her/hers), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

This session will describe the implementation process of Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention (MEGI) in Washington. The creator of MEGI and Regional Transition Consultants who are currently implementing MEGI in Washington schools will be the presenters for this session. Presenters will discuss how MEGI and motivational interviewing engages students in conversations about self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and self-determination. Additionally, presenters will share their experiences of working collaboratively with schools and students, as well as lessons learned and future directions.


Economic Empowerment Through Education

11-11:50 a.m. (Live)

Munira Sheriff (she/her), Junior Achievement of Washington
Roxanne McCloud (she/her), Junior Achievement of Washington
Janet Banaugh (she/her), Junior Achievement of Washington

Learn how you can partner with Junior Achievement of Washington to help young people make the connection between school and future career success, learning how to manage money, and understanding how to start a business, if that’s their dream. Hear about the programs that JA offers and how they may fit the needs of your students.


Crip Camp: A Guided Discussion

12-12:50 p.m. (Live)

Dr. Cinda Johnson (she/her/hers), CCTS
Kris Hirschmann (she/her), CCTS
Robin Worley, (she/her/hers), CCTS

This session will be a facilitated discussion of the Academy Award nominated film Crip Camp. Crip Camp can be viewed on Netflix or YouTube and should be watched prior to this session.

Watch Crip Camp on Youtube


Disability Etiquette and Awareness

1-1:50 p.m. (On-Demand)

Emily Shuman (she/her/hers), Rocky Mountain ADA Center
Heather Evans (she/her/hers), Morningside
Cody Brown, Self Advocate

In this session, participants will learn the prevalence of disability and why access matters. We will cover disability awareness and etiquette concepts such as equity, spoon theory, offensive language, and the euphemism treadmill. Additionally, we will discuss etiquette fundamentals such as proper language when addressing people with disabilities and best practices for interacting with people with different types of disabilities.


A Crisis within a Crisis: Mental Health Needs for Youth & Young Adults Post-COVID-19

1-1:50 p.m. (On-Demand)

Michelle Pappas (she/her/hers), Disability Action Center Northwest 

As the vaccine rollout reaches more and more Americans, there is a dream of
returning back to how things used to be. However, before the wide spread of COVID-19, the
country was already in a mental health crisis which has only been exacerbated by the
pandemic. This session focuses on identifying the pressing mental health needs of youth and
young adults and strategizing how to move forward.