Employment Webinar Archive

For a list of upcoming employment webinars, please view the FCIC Webinar Series.

Categories: Self-Advocacy, Finance / Benefits, Employment Planning, Networking / Job Search, Family Supports, Employment Providers, Vocational Rehab

Category Title Time Description
Employment Planning

Abilities Work: Connecting Great Talent with Great Jobs

55 min

In this session, both employers and job seekers will learn about the many benefits of the Abilities Work Portal and Help Desk along with how they connect qualified talent with their next great job. Participant will gain an understanding of:

  • The Abilities Work Portal and how it can improve your search for qualified talent or that next great job
  • The Abilities Work Help Desk and how it can optimize your experience using the Portal
  • The implications of disclosure of disability
Employment Planning

Marketing Strategies for Interviewing

55 min

The presenter will share effective strategies and tools for job seekers that lead to a successful job interview. Attendees will receive instructions on basic effective job interview practices. The presenter instructions will also include strategies and tools to help job seekers gain an understanding of how to make a good first impression, represent their most marketable skills and qualifications, answer common interview questions, and avoid common mistakes in a job interview.

Employment Planning

What to Expect When Receiving Supported Employment Services

55 min

What Are the Qualifications? Helpful Tips in Choosing an Employment Specialist. Vocational Rehabilitation and Agency for Persons with Disabilities will present pertinent information to individuals with disabilities and families about supported employment. Attendees will learn how to access both agencies and select supported employment services to assist in obtaining and maintaining employment. The training will also explain the significance of customization in supported employment.

Transition Planning

Effective Strategies for Online Application Process

55 min

A comprehensive look at applications, learning techniques to help your application stand out from the rest. Our discussion will focusing on:

  • Form tips (online and in-person).
  • How to get the application seen by staff.
  • Marketing skills effectively.
  • Jobs/Volunteer Opportunities to list (and what not to list).
  • What sabotages the Application?
  • Salary statistics.
  • Techniques that can be used by Ex-Offenders.
  • How to deal with Employment Surveys ethically.
  • Importance of references and whom to choose.
Employment Planning

Keys to a Successful Job Interview

51 min The presenter will share effective strategies and tools for job seekers that lead to a successful job interview. Viewers will receive instructions on basic effective job interview practices. The presenter instructions will also include strategies and tools to help job seekers gain an understanding of how to make a good first impression, represent their most marketable skills and qualifications, answer common interview questions, and avoid common mistakes in a job interview. Viewers will have access to download translation tips to twenty frequently asked interview questions. A checklist tool to guide successful preparation for a job interview is also available for viewers to download and customized to their needs
Employment Planning

Keeping It Together and Keeping Busy - An Employer and Employee Perspective on Success in the Workplace

51 min Yvonne Newson, a workplace supervisor at Glazer Children's Museum, will share her perspective on employee success in the workplace. She will talk about her journey as a department manager and direct supervisor to an employee who received employment consultant supports and workplace accommodations in order to gain and retain employment. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the workplace needs and how both the employer and employee's needs were addressed in support of successful performance on the job. Read more...
Self-Advocacy Coping with the Employment Process: Effective Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques 51 min

Everyone experiences feelings of stress at times while in the workplace. Regardless of individual abilities, special needs, work responsibilities, personalities, or how long we have worked at a particular job ' we all get stressed at various times throughout our career. How do we know when we are stressed and what can we do about it? Lydia Abrams will help attendees identify signs of stress, triggers of stress that can occur during various stages of the employment process, effective relaxation techniques, and will guide listeners in a relaxation exercise. Q&A welcome at the end of the presentation.

Self-Advocacy Navigating the Workplace with Invisible Disabilities

47 min

Individuals with invisible disabilities--such as epilepsy, anxiety, ADHD, Asperger's, and others--face a number of unique challenges in the realms of education, employment, housing, and accessing public services and businesses in the community. We will discuss some of these challenges and practical solutions for addressing them, while giving an overview of the laws that protect the rights of those with invisible disabilities. Some of the topics we will touch on include IEPs and 504 plans in the school setting; revealing disabilities and reasonable accommodations in the workplace; housing issues, such as assistance and comfort animals; and access issues at businesses and agencies. We will also have a segment for Q&A.

Related Materials: PowerPoint

Self-Advocacy Essential Skills for Employment: Developing Soft Skills For Workplace Success 39 min

Many youth experience challenges as they transition from the classroom to the workplace. For youth with disabilities, who face higher unemployment rates than their peers without disabilities, often experience additional challenges as they transition to the workplace. The webinar will focus on a few behaviors that are keys to success in any workplace. The demonstration of these behaviors may help job seekers and employees overcome some of the challenges and open doors to employment possibilities. Therefore it is important that youth with disabilities are exposed to and experience how to demonstrate these expected workplace behaviors. The presenter will share tips on the importance of the following six 'soft skills': Communication, Teamwork Networking, Enthusiasm and attitude, Professionalism Problem solving/critical thinking skills. The presenter will also share effective strategies and tips to help job seekers gain more confidence and awareness about the impact of each area. Webinar attendees will learn how these six areas are also useful to help you succeed in education, job training, independent living, community participation, and, ultimately, in the workplace.


Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

54 min

Your voice matters in the workplace!  During this webinar, participants will learn answers to the following questions: What is Self-advocacy? Why self-advocacy in the workplace is important? From the unique perspective of a self-advocate and employment support consultant, participants will hear strategies self-advocates may use to identify their workplace goals, plan to advocate for support, accomplish their goals in the workplace. This is a webinar designed to ensure self-advocates are a part of the conversation and their issues and concerns are discussed.

Employment Planning

Breaking Barriers to Employment

65 min

During this webinar, the presenter will provide promising practices and strategies to support employment outcomes for job seekers with criminal background issues. Attendees will hear what employers are seeking in applicants, some of the barriers to applicants' employment and solutions to break barriers to fit what employers are seeking. Attendees will be given practical tips to support job seeker preparedness for successful employment outcomes. The presenter will share ideas and examples used in her community to partner with local networks to leverage support for the employment of job seekers with criminal background issues. Resources, materials, and information on Certifications will also be provided which can open doors to additional possibilities for employment.

Networking / Job Search Building Employment for Individuals Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 76 min

The unique and unjust struggles often endured by persons who are deaf and hard of hearing attempting to seek and build successful careers can be significantly lessened with the general population's further understanding of the deaf and hard of hearing culture. The webinar will help to clarify facts, myths, and misconceptions related to the deaf and hard of hearing culture. Participants of this webinar will be provided with promising practices to support successful employment outcomes for job seekers, employees, and employers who are deaf and hard of hearing. Read more...


Epilepsy and Employment

49 min

Having epilepsy does not mean that fulfilling employment is out of reach. Individuals with seizure disorders are able to work in a variety of challenging and rewarding careers. This webinar will provide tips on pursuing a career with epilepsy, including obtaining the training and education needed for the field you choose, overcoming barriers to employment, deciding whether to disclose your condition to potential and current employers, seeking accommodations in the workplace, laws that protect against discrimination, dealing with misconceptions and myths about epilepsy, and resources that are available on epilepsy and employment.

Networking / Job Search Don’t Judge a Book by Its’ Cover…I Have a Story to Tell 39 min

Looking for a solution to catch the attention of busy hire authorities who frequently use mechanical applications and other technology methods as their first line of review in the hire process? Visual resumes are fast growing as a tool today to catch the attention of decision makers looking to address their human resource needs. During this webinar the presenter will discuss using visual resumes as an employment tool to assist job seekers on job interviews, to apply for jobs, and to introduce themselves to employers. Webinar attendees will be shown actual examples to create informative and relevant visual resumes. An array of options and useful tools to design and develop a visual resume will be presented. Ideas, strategies, and promising practices for addressing some complex issues for job seekers with significant challenges will be shared. The presenter will also discuss the use of visual resumes to highlight to employers the students skills and market their contributions in situations when a student has little work experiences.

Self-Advocacy Living Independently in my Home and Community 54 min

Participants will learn that By 2030, Florida will be home to more than 9.7 million seniors over the age of 65. One in four households will include someone aged 65 or older. Demand for housing will shift dramatically and the need for services to help older adults and persons with disabilities to remain active and independent in their home and community will grow exponentially. Florida is also home to 3.5 million families with disabilities. Universal Design features allow the same quality of life enchantments for individuals aging as those with disabilities. Presenters will discuss the acceptance of Universal Design features as standardized home design elements and accessibility to community resources and amenities as avenues to independent living.

Employment Providers Thinking Outside of the Box 58 min

"Thinking outside of the box" is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This webinar will empower business owners, workers and communities to reevaluate their current system of operations to become innovative thinkers and doers in every aspect of business and life. The webinar will teach participants how to maximize their potential and minimize business failures. The webinar will provide financial resources and creative ideas for employers, employment consultants and communities to break free from dull routine to produce positive results.

Employment Planning Employment Supports and Job Seekers with Criminal History 50 min

The webinar presentation will concentrate on supports and practical tips specific to job seekers with criminal history. The presenter will share examples of types of information to include on an application and in a resume and strategies for the job search. The webinar will also address what's hot and what's not for the job seeker's dress to impress. Participants will receive a booklet with resources and information on programs (such as federal bonding program), businesses that hire offenders, and employment agencies committed to support job seekers with criminal history.

Self-Advocacy Disclosure - To Do or Not? 58 min

Disclosure: To Do or Not To Do is a webinar intended to provide information concerning the rights, laws, and some choices related to Disclosure. Materials and resources will be shared to help the participants to understand what disclosure is and why disclosure may be important. Participants will hear key terms and concepts related to Disclosure in the world of work. The presenter will provide strategies for job seekers and employees to consider before disclosing , how to disclose effectively, and the advantages/disadvantages of disclosing. During the webinar participants will also be provided information to help them to understand different example situations when job seeker or employee might disclose on the job.

Family Supports Family Roles in the Job Search 62 min

"To Work or Not to Work"' that is a question that is asked by many individuals with disabilities and their families. Having family members and other supportive adults involved in the career preparation and job search strengthens the motivation of individuals with complex disabilities to work. It is critical to encourage the involvement and realize the impact of family members on the positive customized employment outcomes for jobseekers with complex disabilities.

Networking / Job Search Marketing Your Strengths for Your Job Search 62 min

Marketing Your Strengths for Your Job Search webinar focuses on utilizing community social capital. Participants will be given tips on job development to small business and independent companies for customized employment opportunities. Discussions will include tips to appeal to large corporations and strategies to develop profitable relationships with your Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development organizations, Business Leadership Networks and other business community forums. Best practices on how to capture the attention of hiring managers to market the array of possibilities for contributions to the workforce by the untapped and under-utilized human resource of job seekers with developmental disabilities.

Self-Advocacy Getting Started with Self-Employment Planning 48 min

This webinar provides information to think about when considering if self- employment is right for you. Participants will be given best practice strategies to implement when developing a business plan, answers to why planning is necessary, key components to the plan, information to include in the plan, and given information on resources available in most communities to help perspective entrepreneurs with developing a business plan.

Employment Planning Achieving Dreams: Discovery & Successful Transition Planning for Individuals with Autism 90 min

Presenter provides specific examples and successful strategies that optimize transition outcomes for youth with autism. The Individualized Career Planning Model is an individualized process that includes the Discovery person-centered planning approach.

Related Materials: 20 steps to DiscoveryDiscovery SurveyDiscovery Brain Blizzard SampleHOWI Form

Finance / Benefits Asset Development Strategies for Persons with Disabilities 75 min

Michael Roush and Elizabeth Jennings from the National Disability Institute address many of the negative myths that surround the accumulation of assets by individuals with disabilities which are debunked and strategies for improving personal finances are shared.

Vocational Rehab

Integrating Customized Employment Strategies into the Vocational Rehabilitation System

(from FCIC's 2016 Employment Virtual Conference)

60 min

Customized employment strategies consider the unique aspects of each person such as the person's age, type of disability, functional capacities, disposition, and interaction style while also recognizing contextual factors such as living arrangements, geographical location, support systems, connections, and resources to help facilitate an employment outcome that aligns with the individuals interests and talents while considering conditions that may impact successful, long-term employment. These strategies have proven to be highly effective and particularly useful when applied with persons with complex disabilities. This presentation will provide information on the philosophy and rationale for utilizing CE strategies and descriptions and examples that illustrate the customized employment process. The material will be presented in a manner that considers the needs of vocational rehabilitation counselors as they integrate these strategies into practice.

Includes 6 segments, 6-15 min each.

Vocational Rehab

Discovery 101: Mobilizing Theory into Practice as the Blueprint for Success in Supported Employment

(from FCIC's 2016 Employment Virtual Conference)

41 min

During this presentation, the presenters will:

  • Provide guidelines, highlight considerations and offer best practices on the VR Discovery journey from referral to customized employment
  • Provide information on what VRCs and consumers can expect from the Discovery process
  • Provide insight into the Discovery and customized job development processes in the field
  • Explain the elements of a quality vocational profile as the blueprint for success in employment
  • Explain the role of the planning meeting in exploring vocational themes to determine an IPE goal
  • Preview VR's upcoming Customized Employment initiative

Includes 3 segments, 12-15 min each.

Vocational Rehab

Unpacking Self-Determination

(from FCIC's 2016 Employment Virtual Conference)

47 min

Self-determination is a foundational concept encapsulated in policy, vision, and social systems in the field disabilities. To date, however, self-determination has been more a vision than a practical reality.'We are better at describing the construct of self-determination than at delivering the practices for realizing self-determination.'A need exists to link the vision of self-determination with both existing empirical evidence, and overt description of the practices that will help us better realize a society in which self-determination is central to practice in work, home, and community settings. This presentation provides a framework for thinking about self-determination as a whole, while breaking down the concept to discrete skill sets and environmental conditions that maximize the opportunities for individuals to nurture these skills. Participants will learn about evidence-based strategies for building skills related to self-determination in both youth and adults and considerations for practice.

Includes 3 segments, 15-16 min each.

Vocational Rehab

Caseload Management: Increasing Effectiveness through Evidenced-based Practices

(from FCIC's 2016 Employment Virtual Conference)

22 min

This presentation provides timely'information on'case management and provides'tools and techniques to'increase effectiveness and improve VR counselor practice. This presentation consists of three 15 minutes sections that covers topics in caseload management and quality documentation. These topics include: effective caseload'management, quality'documentation, and evidence -based VR'practices.

Includes 3 segments, 5-10 min each.


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