Employment Possibilities in Illinois Training Series

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a series of training events for any staff and direct service providers who are interested in expanding or developing employment services as an outcome for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The trainings will be conducted by Michael Callahan, a nationally recognized expert in employment for people with developmental disabilities.

Participants are expected to attend both webinars and either the Springfield or Chicago seminar. When you click on the training titles below, you will be taken to the registration page.

  1. A Working Life for Everyone - Webinar Concluded

    October 22, Wednesday - Webinar Intro (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

    This webinar will help to expand or develop employment services as an outcome for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Information will be provided on establishing the importance of employment as an aspect of full citizenship for all people as well as the emerging strategies of customized employment and discovery. Examples will be provided along with a discussion of the underlying concepts and process components that make community possible for all persons. This overview webinar will set up the full day training event, to be held in Chicago and Springfield, as well as the final webinar.

    Please see the CEs Awarded and the recording of the session for earning CEs.

  2. The Discovery and the Employment Process - Seminar  (Attend Only One) Concluded

    November 5, Wednesday (note start time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m) - The Discovery and the Employment Process - St. John's Hospital, Springfield

    November 6, Thursday (note start: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)  - The Discovery and the Employment Process - South Suburban College, South Holland

    This training will provides a more intensive look at the employment process components of discovery, profile documents, employment plans, representational materials and job development. Participants will be offered a deeper understanding of the value of discovery, job development and customized employment as well as how they can support individuals throughout the employment process. 

    CEs Awarded -5 hours. 

  3. Job Development and Job Support - Webinar Concluded

    December 17, Wednesday (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

    This final webinar will complete the customized process by focusing on the employer's side of the equation. The initial webinar targeted customized employment and the one-day seminar detailed the individual's side of a customized relationship with employers. The topics that will be covered in this event include the development and use of a concept portfolio as a sales tool for job developers, the implementation of an Employer Needs/Benefits Analysis as a service to employers by job developers and strategies for contacting and presenting the concept to potential employers. When the individual's side of the equation is successfully matched to that of potential employers, quality, long-term employment can ensue for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. Be sure to join us as we complete the customized process in this final webinar. 

    CEs Awarded - equal to the length of the webinar, rounded to the nearest .25 hour. 

Michael Callahan Bio

Michael has consulted throughout the US, Canada and Europe in the area of supported employment for the past twenty-three years. He has worked with Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) since 1979, and has served as president of the organization since Marc Gold's untimely death in 1982. MG&A is a network of consultants that provides technical assistance to systems, agencies and families interested in insuring the complete community participation of persons with severe disabilities. Mike also studied vocational rehabilitation while at Syracuse University in a doctoral studies program.  He is an editor of a popular "how-to" book on employment for persons with severe disabilities, Getting Employed, Staying Employed (1987) and co-author of Keys to the Work Place (1997) a text on systematic instruction and natural supports in supported employment. He has written numerous articles, chapters, manuals and curriculums pertaining to employment of persons with disabilities. Michael is the vice-president of Employment for All.

Michael also worked with United Cerebral Palsy Association's (UCPA) from 1987-2000. He directed a Department of Labor grant, One-Stop to Success, which offered persons with significant disabilities access to services in generic one-stop employment centers. He was also the former director of the Choice Access Project, a six-year project that examined the feasibility of providing direct vouchers to persons with severe physical disabilities and for them to purchase the employment services of their choice. He managed the UCPA's Research and Demonstration Project on supported employment and the UCPA Self-Directed Staff Training Project for Supported Employment, a pilot project to test the feasibility of an individualized, competency-based curriculum for staff development as well as the UCPA National Demonstration Project for Supported Employment in the late 80's. These projects employed hundreds of persons with significant physical disabilities using individualized supported employment. Michael and his family live in Ocean Springs, MS.