Employment AHEAD: Giving Youth Space to Lead
Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, CRC, CESP, Director, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, The University of Arizona
D. Richard Johnson, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
This webcast is worth 1 CRC credit.
In this webcast, the presenters will discuss the following topics:
- Planning secondary vocational programming
- Developing supported leadership and goal-setting opportunities
- Elevating employment expectations
- Implementing Work-Based Learning experiences (preETS)
- Incorporating employment into the transition process
Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson is Executive Director of the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities and Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis on Transition for Individuals with Severe Disabilities, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Parent-Johnson has thirty-seven years’ experience in the areas of supported and customized employment, transition from school to work, and Employment First policy and practice. She is well-known for her state, national, and international work focused on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The emphasis of Dr. Parent-Johnson’s work has been on model development, capacity building, and implementation strategies that contribute to data-informed decision-making impacting policy, practice, and systems change. Dr. Parent-Johnson has conducted presentations and trainings; produced journal articles, book chapters, and other written products; and developed practical tools reflecting her innovative scholarly work and contributions to the field. She is Editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities Network Journal.