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The AoD Disability Employment TA Center’s National Community of Practice (CoP) webinar, “Engaging Diverse Communities Through Financial Education and Empowerment, will be hosted Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET.

Join the AoD Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center (DETAC) for a webinar to increase awareness about National Financial Capability Month. Financial education is a key first step on the pathway towards financial health and wellbeing to live more independently in the community. The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities funded a three-year initiative with the National Disability Institute (NDI) called Financial Wellness for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). The panel will highlight how this train-the-trainers model in Illinois provided training to individuals with I/DD and their family members to manage money, reduce debt, and use credit wisely. The training was customized based on individualized needs ranging from a short class to a 10-module curriculum. While we often focus on helping people with disabilities find jobs, this webinar will highlight a model to ensure we also provide a roadmap on the importance of making good financial decisions to further increase independence.


  • Kimberly Mercer-Schleider: Director, Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Michael Roush: Director, National Disability Institute
  • Tyson Bedford: Council Member, Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Curtis Harris: Council Member, Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Registration is required. Please register for this webinar here.


Last Thursday, ACCSES was pleased to be among the panelists on the National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network Community of Practice webinar. For those who were unable to attend or wish to see it again, you can watch the webinar recording. The NEON National Plan to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment is available here.

One of our members, Brandon Yorty from VISTA, spoke in the webinar as an RCPA/ANCOR NEON project participant!

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

The Regional Collaborative interactive map on Pennsylvania’s Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families web page has been updated with contact information for each county as well as website/social media links, communication and meeting structures, goals, next steps or action plans, and community partners where available. The CoP web page on MyODP also includes contacts for the ODP Regional Leads, information about the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools, and vision and ways to connect with the four Areas of Innovation work groups within the CoP: Employment, Front Door, Supports Coordination, and Supporting Families. An account is not needed to access these pages, though more of the MyODP platform can be accessed with an account.

Provider Transformation Series
ANCOR and the US Office of Disability Employment Policy are offering a technical assistance series, Virtual Provider Transformation Technical Assistance. This is a six-month program that will feature webinars every three weeks from December 2015 through March 2016. Webinar topics to assist agencies transitioning to community integrated employment services include: Leadership, Strategic Planning, Operations Focus, Workforce Focus, Customer Focus, and Measuring Results. Registration deadline is Monday, November 30, 2015.