New York State's First Annual Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month Symposium

Oct
4
2022
10:00 am
04:30 pm
Empire State Plaza Concourse 100 S Mall Arterial Albany, NY 12242
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New York State's First Annual Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month Symposium
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Watch recordings, with subtitles, of the opening ceremony and workshops by using the links in the below schedule.

The goal of this event is to acknowledge the rights that people with disabilities are entitled to, highlight the extreme value that disabled New Yorkers bring to the workforce and also assist in matching prospective qualified candidates with employers who believe that a diverse workforce is an empowered, quality workforce.

Schedule of Events:

8:00 – 10:00 am
Vendor Fair Set-Up
Concourse Hallway

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Vendor Fair
Concourse Hallway

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Disability History Exhibit
In War Room in the Capitol for all of October
Concourse Hallway & War Room

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Opening Ceremony
Meeting Room 6
Watch Opening Ceremony

Chief Disability Officer Kim Hill
Commissioner Kerri Neifeld (OPWDD)
Commissioner Ann Sullivan (OMH)
Commissioner Timothy Hogues (OCS)
Commissioner Sheila Poole (OCFS/CFB)
Chris White, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development
Deputy Commissioner Ceylane Meyers-Ruff (SED/ACCES-VR)   

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
BREAK
performance by FLAME, the Band
Concourse Hallway

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Workshop 1
The ABLE Program in New York State
Presenter:
Grisel Davis, Senior Program Officer, NYS Able Program 
Meeting Room 2 & 3
Watch Workshop 1
 

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Workshop 2
An Overview of OPWDD’s Proposed 5.07 Plan – 2023-2027
Presenters:
Lynne Thibdeau, OPWDD State of the State Project Manager
Alexis Harrington, Associate Commissioner, Program Implementation and Service Access
Allison McCarthy, Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Jessica Pidgeon, Director of Strategic Planning, Office of Strategic Initiatives   
Meeting Room 6
Watch Workshop 2

 

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm        
Workshop 3
New York State’s Civil Service 55 B & C Programs
Presenters:
LaShanna King, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist 3
Nichole Harden, Disability & Inclusion Specialist 2
Meeting Room 2 & 3
Watch Workshop 3

 

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm        
Workshop 4
Work Incentives for People with Disabilities
Presenter:
Lisa Brown, MS, CRC , WIP, NYESS Program Specialist    
Meeting Room 6
Watch Workshop 4

Hosted by:
The New York State Office of the Chief Disability Officer
The New York State Department of Labor (DOL)
The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
The New York State Department of Civil Service (OCS)
The New York State Education Department (SED/ACCES-VR)
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS/CFB)