Employment First: Maximizing Success and Improving Employment Outcomes for Special Populations

Rochester Rehabilitation will be hosting a first-of-its-kind employment conference in Western New York, focusing on employment outcomes for special populations.
This conference, presented by Wegmans, will offer workshop sessions for both human service providers and other businesses. It will feature evidenced-based, best practice models and highlight successful partnerships between non-profit vocational employment programs and local businesses.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Radisson Rochester Riverside – 120 East Main Street, Rochester
For more information or to register, click on the Registration Brochure under Helpful Resources area below
You can also contact Jen Bellows at or via phone at 585-473-2052.


Webinar — Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach

On Nov. 12, the Casey Foundation will host a webinar to discuss their new policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. This session will focus on ways the public, nonprofit and private sectors can work together to help equip the 10 million low-income families with young children in the United States with the tools they need to move out of poverty and thrive.

When: Nov. 12, 2014, at 2 p.m.


  • Roderick L. Bremby, commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services
  • Karen Crompton, president and CEO, Voices for Utah Children
  • Patrice Cromwell, director of strategic initiatives, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Ron Haskins, senior fellow in economic studies, The Brookings Institution
  • Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and advocacy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Register for this event today! The registration password is “casey.”

If you have any problems registering for this event, contact Arin Gencer ( at the Casey Foundation.

via Nov. 12 Webinar to Highlight New KIDS COUNT Policy Report – The Annie E. Casey Foundation.


White House Champions of Change: New York’s John Robinson

From the White House: “U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang spoke on Tuesday at a White House event celebrating ‘Champions of Change‘ who are doing extraordinary work to hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities in their local com­mu­nities and throughout the nation. The event was held in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is held each October to renew the nation’s commitment to an American workforce that extends opportunities to all, including people with disabilities. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals who are nominated by their communities for making a difference on a particular issue.

‘There are many qualified people with disabilities who want to contribute their talents, but they can’t get a job or advance in their career,’ said EEOC Chair Yang. ‘To change this, we need to engage more people to become as passionate about employing people with disabilities as are the champions we recognize today. This afternoon, each of us has seen the tremendous impact that one individual, one company or one government agency can have to eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities.’

Among those who were honored was New York’s John Robinson. According to the White House website, “John Robinson is Managing Partner and CEO of Our Ability, a company owned and operated by people with disabilities to support people with disabilities. John has made it his life’s work to ensure that individuals with disabilities receive equal employment benefits and opportunities. Over the past five years, Our Ability has worked with individuals, non-profits, and large corporations to facilitate better employment outcomes for those with disabilities. Now, John is helping build a unique web portal that will help individuals with disabilities find employment.”


Family Connect Conference 2014: The World Is What You Make It – United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 United Cerebral Palsy of NYC is hosting a Family Conference with the theme The World is What We Make It. The day will focus on proposed industry-wide changes to services for individuals with disabilities and the resources and knowledge needed for navigating them.

The conference will take place at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania (401 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor between 32nd and 33rd Streets) from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. and is free of charge to families, professionals, and other interested members of the community.

There is no fee to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided. However, registration is required, and we anticipate registration to fill up quickly. You can register on the UCP of NYC website at, call 718-436-7979 Ext. 704.

via Family Connect Conference 2014: The World Is What You Make It – United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.