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The Employment First Training Calendar lists information on required and optional trainings in Oregon. Trainings listed include the Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN) trainings, Oregon Training and Consultation (OTAC), and webinars, as well as APSE CESP Exam opportunities. Trainings that will meet the required 12 hours under OAR 411-345-0300 are also noted.
List of VR I/DD Counselors, Education Transition Network Facilitators and ODDS Employment Specialists
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Webinars
Theme: America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion
About: Hosted by the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, the Oregon Commission for the Blind and the Oregon Department of Education, these weekly webinars will be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in October, starting October 5, 2021.
Register in advance for any sessions
Series subjects and schedule
- Tuesday, October 5: Employment Innovations in the time of COVID-19
- Tuesday, October 12: Youth Employment Journey
- Tuesday, October 19: Maximizing Hours: How to Navigate Services
- Tuesday, October 26: Workforce Recovery: Powered by Inclusion (panel with business leaders)
The Oregon Legislature awarded a Policy Option Package in the 2015-17 session for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to fund innovative Employment First projects to increase capacity throughout the state. The purpose of these grants is to expand efforts to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).
Summer Work Experience
The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Oregon Department of Education issued a Request for Application (RFA) No. 4331 for Summer Work Experience Programs to fund pilot programs throughout the state aimed at giving youth with disabilities experience with summer work.
The goal is to develop a work experience program that increases job opportunities for young people with disabilities. This RFA is part of ongoing efforts in ODDS, VR and ODE to increase job opportunities for transition-age and high school youth. More information is in the following message:
Local Employment First Teams
As part of the Employment First initiative, local leadership teams around the state started gathering in 2011. The strategy behind local teams started with the recognition that in order to implement Employment First successfully, efforts at the community level needed to be organized and supported. There are now more than 30 local Employment First teams in Oregon. A full list of teams, with contact information for team leads, is available online:
In 2016-17, Employment First funded Community of Practice (CoP) webinars, a subject-based discussion series of topics. Each topic is featured in a two-hour session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing discussion forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).
Archive of Community of Practice Webinars:
Training and Technical Assistance Resources
Employment Support Professionals
Service Coordinators and Personal Agents
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors