AT for Employment Support Professionals Certificate Program
Learn how Assistive Technology can assist with job placements
When employment support professionals work with people with significant physical disabilities, they often look for work that the person can do without accommodation. This tendency comes from a lack of training and experience in developing and implementing accommodations and assistive technology.
With funding from the Kessler Foundation, Advancing Opportunities is working to remove that barrier and is offering a fast-paced, two-day certificate program for professionals working in employment, that shows them how to develop and implement job accommodations and assistive technology supports.
Next AT Certificate Training SetThe two-session program will be offered on Friday, May 31 and Friday, June 7, 2013 at Advancing Opportunities' Ewing location. Download the flyer here. Space is limited, so register early. Visit the registration page here. Or call toll free at 888-322-1918 ext. 595 for more information.
The very first ethical guideline from the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE's) Ethical Guidelines for Professionals in Employment states:
"People receive assistance as unique individuals with varying interests, preferences, and aptitudes. They should not be grouped together on the basis of label, functioning level, or convenience of support."
When job accommodations and assistive technology are not used in the process of identifying potential jobs, the interests, preferences, and aptitudes of our consumers are put in the backseat instead of where they belong- as the primary driver.
At the end of this training program, participants will:
- Be able to identify consumers who can benefit from assistive technology.
- Understand the consideration process and use of assistive technology in the vocational rehabilitation process.
- Consider a wide range of jobs for the consumers they work with.
- Become familiar with a wide range of assistive technology tools to meet the specific needs of consumers with various disabilities.
- Understand the process of implementing assistive technology to ensure consumer success.
- Access a variety of resources that will facilitate the best match between consumer needs and possible technology solutions.
Training topics include:
- AT consideration process
- Overview of computer access
- Overview of Supports for writing, reading and organization
- Overview of Ergonomics
- Everyday Tech as AT
- Mobile Tech
- iPads, iPods, tablets, ereaders, smartphones
- Overview of Job Accommodations (Non computer related jobs)
- Technology implementation
Each program consists of two sessions that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the program is $149. For more dates and locations of the next available sessions, send an inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
With may states proclaiming themselves Employment First states, and with the development of APSE's Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) credentialing program, the time is right to support these professionals, and support employment first.
Advancing Opportunities is pleased to be working with the Kessler Foundation to present this certificate program. One of the Kessler Foundation's primary goals is to provide support that ensures vocational training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
For information on when this certification program will be offered again, contact us at email@example.com.