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1A – ESC's Job Developers Network: A model for Community Collaboration
A project of Employment Sector Council (ESC), the Job Developers Network (JDN) is a forum of 20+ community service provider organizations which deliver job development services across Southwestern Ontario to meet, share information and strategize solutions that promote collaborative and coordinated service delivery to job seekers and employers.  JDN member organizations and their staff actively share job opportunities, information, referrals, and resources across this network in order to enhance job seeker success and employer satisfaction, while reducing service overlap, duplication and working in isolation and/pr competition.  
 
This session introduces the significant research that ESC has conducted into effective job development collaboration models across Ontario, which finds that networks such as the JDN contribute to more efficient and inclusive employment outcomes for job seekers and enhances the profile of community employment service providers, particularly with employers.  We examine how the JDN applies these evidence based learnings and best practices to our own standards, protocols and resources for collaborative service coordination. 
 
1B – Making Employment a Reality for Individuals with Significant Disabilities
Individuals with more significant disabilities can often pose a particular challenge in terms of employment success, with too often a perception of limited options by both the individual and professionals. At this session, we will discuss field-tested strategies for helping those individuals who may initially be perceived as “unemployable” to achieve job success. We will discuss who we are talking about and what specifically makes job placement for them challenging. We will then look at how to address specific employment barriers, within the context of an overall philosophical context of a strengths-based presumption of employability, and expanding on existing best practice strategies. A number of examples of individuals with significant disabilities who have achieved successful employment will be shared, with a look at the uniqueness and commonalities of their successes.
 
1C – Don’t Confuse Compliance with Quality.  What is required for service excellence? PART I
How do we move from simple "compliance", that is, focusing on minimum contract standards, to being “competitive”- doing the right things, focusing on the right outcomes, and constantly demonstrating ‘value for money’, even when there is not a simple bottom line? Both at the best of times and especially when resources are scarce, the competitive organization gives itself the opportunity to prosper, whereas the compliant organization at best survives.
 
This high-speed, energizing 2-part workshop explores the direction of outcome based funding, examines the all-too-common (and very hazardous) 'compliance trap', and presents the four MUST-DO's for today's highly competitive environment. How can we do business differently?
 
2A – Innovations Pitch Challenge
Each year ODEN celebrates those organizations that present ideas or processes that have had a positive impact upon assisting people who have a disability gain employment.  The top Innovations will have the opportunity to present their innovation to a judging panel and to you the audience in hopes of being “Innovator of the Year”.  Come see and hear what new innovations are being used across the province!
 
2B – Independent Learning – Independent Employee – How Technology can Enhance Employment Support
Sharing her experiences from many years of working with Learning Disabilities in both a family and working context, we'll be illustrating working examples and case studies of how technology used via everyday devices is changing and improving working practices and models for clients & end users, coaches & facilitators and Employment Services and Support providers. 
Examples will be provided from the State supported initiatives and projects in Ireland, in the USA and in the UK.
 
Benefit to delegates
Delegates will be able to understand the positive impact everyday technology can have on their capacity for direct engagement with clients/employees or students, and on the transformation of administration time spent on reports and on activity preparation – materials, prompts and assessments.  Maximizing time spent "with" clients and on the balance between time spent with people of varying abilities. 
 
2C – Don’t Confuse Compliance with quality.  What is required for service excellence?  PART II
How do we move from simple "compliance", that is, focusing on minimum contract standards, to being “competitive”- doing the right things, focusing on the right outcomes, and constantly demonstrating ‘value for money’, even when there is not a simple bottom line? Both at the best of times and especially when resources are scarce, the competitive organization gives itself the opportunity to prosper, whereas the compliant organization at best survives.
 
This high-speed, energizing 2-part workshop explores the direction of outcome based funding, examines the all-too-common (and very hazardous) 'compliance trap', and presents the four MUST-DO's for today's highly competitive environment. How can we do business differently?
 
3A – Employers Speak Out (Business Panel)
Join a panel of employers that will inform the audience of what they want to see in the partner agencies that they want to work with.  Employers will share with the audience their take on “if you want our business, this is what you need to do…” 
 
3B – Exploring the Impact: Strength-Based Employment for people with Intellectual Disabilities
Through Ontario’s the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Community Living Essex County received Ontario Trillium Foundation funding to conduct an independent 3rd party research project on the impact of Career Compass (our modernized employment services); that is, the impacts on the reduction of poverty and the increase in inclusion.   A steering committee to guide this project includes The Ontario Disability Employment Network(ODEN), Workforce-Windsor-Essex and Community Living Windsor.  The preliminary results of this research will be shared at the ODEN Conference, October 22-25, 2017.
 
3C- Effective, demand-led employment & training supports for persons with disabilities
A design think workshop that will engage participants in using existing knowledge, and creative problem-solving approaches, to develop innovative practices for service delivery. Cases profiles of effective practices will be based on our work with both employers and service providers from around the province. Participants will also be provided with evidence emerging from recent reviews of promising practices from other jurisdictions (both within and outside of Canada) to explore how (or if) those models/approaches might be adapted to support meaningful employment outcomes in Ontario.
 
4A – Building your Business through Influence Marketing
The Internet and our society’s hyper-connectedness has changed the manner in which we engage each other, shop, and even behave. That’s both a threat and an opportunity for modern businesses. Business executives savvy enough to take advantage of the channel gain significant competitive advantage; however, the landscape is fraught with risks, including serious brand reputation damage and unchecked marketing budgets. How do we leverage the channel to show real bottom line results?
 
This session will answer that. Sam Fiorella, entrepreneur, marketing professor and author of Influence Marketing – a Nielsen Book Scan “Top 100 Business Book” award recipient – will provide a blueprint for how businesses can identify, manage, and measure brand influencers in social media marketing.
 
4B – Job Development using Business Advisory Committees & Client Profiles
How can we increase the meaningful employment outcomes for our clients AND decrease the need for cold calling employers?  For LiveWorkPlay – a charity small in size that is delivering big results for people with intellectual disabilities in Ottawa, Canada – the answer has been a volunteer Business Employment Task Force.  In this interactive session, the presenter will showcase how a pilot project originally utilizing a group of 15 volunteer business champions has led to an increase in employment outcomes in both the private and public sector for people with intellectual disabilities.  Session participants will learn how any organization – big or small – can build sustaining relationships with employers through the utilization and leveraging of the right group of employer champions.  The presenter will work with the audience to brainstorm how to build their own effective Employment Task Force, how to motivate and work with employers to share their successes effectively and to engage other employers to hire.  The presenter will share highlights and success stories as well as pitfalls to avoid.  Session participants will practice interactive, person-centred strategies that have worked to engage volunteer Task Force members to generate new employment opportunities. 
 
4C – Empowering the Employment Sector to Serve Youth with Mental Health Issues
In this session, YES will provide a basic overview of mental health, discuss the benefits of employment for those living with mental health issues, review some best practices and tips on how to best support clients living with mental health issues as employment counselors, and will explore the employment resource: Empowering the Employment Sector to Better Serve Youth with Mental Health Issues – a suite of workshops designed in partnership between YES, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and the Counselling Foundation to, as the title suggests, support employment agencies/counsellors in better supporting youth living with mental health issues seek and gain successful employment.
 
5A – Provincial Update on Services for People with Disabilities
This session will provide an overall provincial update on services for people with disabilities.  Hear about what’s new, what’s happening and where the province is headed. 
 
 
Ontario Disability Employment Network Email: sdafoe@odenetwork.com
ODEN, P.O. Box 70576, Whitby, ON L1N 9G3, Canada
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