Supporting Families

Harbor Island 2

Creating a Successful Employment Coalition

Friday, November 3
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Harbor Island 2

Target Audience: Professionals

Employment coalitions play an important role in increasing the numbers of individuals with disabilities in the work force. This session will provide information on how to find partnering organizations, as well as schools to aide in creating employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We will discuss how to forge connections with businesses to increase employment and networking opportunities for individuals with I/DD and discover how to develop events that will encourage local businesses to learn about the benefits of employing individuals with disabilities, as well as how to form successful relationships with local schools to aide in the transition from school to work. Participants will also learn how successful employment coalitions are able to reduce the fears of families as their loved ones transition into the work force and how competing organizations can work together to find employment for those we serve. Videos that show successful employment coalition events from the Pennsylvania region and testimonials from individuals currently participating in them will be shown. The session will conclude with a collaborative discussion on how the participants in the audience are generating successful employment opportunities in their community.

Learning Objectives:

Joseph P. Mancini

Director of Programs
The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Scotrun, Pennsylvania

Joseph Mancini is the Director of Programs for The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Joseph has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education along with a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Currently, Joseph is working on completing his Doctorate in Organizational Management. Joseph has over 15 years of experience in the disability field working in development of community living arrangements and a residential supervisor before taking on his current role with The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties as Director of Programs. Joseph oversees six programs including an Adult Training Facility, as well as an advocacy program. Joseph sits on several local coalitions including a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team Advisory Board, Rapid Response Team and an Employment Coalition. Joseph is also the lead on their annual Wings for All program. Joseph resides in the Pocono Mountains with his beautiful children, Matteo, Lillian, Julia and Benjamin, and his amazing wife Rachel.


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