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Susan Harrell 
Washington Initiative for Supported Employment 


Wednesday January 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST

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Registration deadline: January 14, 2013

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Cary Griffin - Griffin - Hammis Associates




Webinar - $30.00

Washington State Stipends - Free for first 53 registrants who live and work in Washington State

Webinar: Self Employment

This session will focus on setting a foundation to move forward with self-employment as a defining characteristic of America’s economic landscape by addressing the concerns and questions routinely raised when proposing self-employment for and with individuals with complex disabilities. From those questions an outline will be presented of an approach to supporting prospective sole proprietors using discovery and the techniques of customized self-employment, one person at a time.  A survey of sole proprietors with complex disabilities completed by Griffin-Hammis Associates will be presented along with The U.S. DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) funded Start-Up/USAs’ research findings, and testimony to the U.S. Department of Labor, including examples from across the country. 

(Note: In keeping with the clarity of customized employment from the U.S. Department of Labor based only on one person at a time, and the definition of sole proprietorship as a for profit business with a single owner - no social enterprises, non-profits, cooperatives, or multi-owner approaches will be addressed.)

Self-employment clearly is a significant defining characteristic of America’s economic landscape. 1 out of 5 workers (20%) is self-employed as a sole proprietor. Sole proprietor by definition requires assisting one prospective self-employed worker with a complex disability to become successfully self-employed and then continuing based on one sole proprietor at a time. Our country’s sole proprietors’ total taxable earnings reported to the IRS make up 20% of the taxable earnings of all workers.  In a dramatic contrast, the ratio of self-employed workers with complex disabilities across the county is conservatively estimated at less than 1 out of 10,000. From an informed choice, social equity and social justice perspective we have a long way to go to move from 1 out of 10,000 to 1 out of 5.

 Cary Griffin is Senior Partner at Griffin-Hammis Associates, a full service consultancy specializing in building communities of economic cooperation, creating high performance organizations, and focusing on disability and employment. He is also Co-Director of Training for the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s National Self Employment Technical Assistance, Resources and Training project with Virginia Commonwealth University, and is one of only 4 Subject Matter Experts hired by the U.S. Dept. of Labor to help implement Employment First nationally. Cary maintains a strong relationship with the Rural Institute (UCED) at the University ofCary Griffin picture Montana, where he served as Director of Adult Community Services & Supports. He is the former Executive Director of the Region VIII CRP-RCEP at the Center for Technical Assistance & Training (CTAT), now part of the TACE, which he founded at the University of Northern Colorado in 1989. Cary provides training to administrative and direct service level professionals in the rehabilitation field; consultation to businesses and rehabilitation agencies regarding the employment of individuals with significant disabilities; field-initiated research & demonstration; family & consumer consultation; resource development; organizational development. He is also the lead author for several new series of on-line synchronous and asynchronous web-based courses developed in partnership with Essential Learning, Virginia Commonwealth University, and various agencies addressing training & certification of personnel in customized employment, vocational assessment, self employment, Social Security benefits, and related policy.

Cary is author of the book Working Better, Working Smarter, and co-author of the books Making Self Employment Work for People with Disabilities , and the first book on Customized Employment, The Job Developer’s Handbook: Practical Tactics for Customized Employment. Current projects include development and management of a statewide Rural Florida Customized Employment initiative, a statewide disability self-employment project in Kansas, and a similar project in Appalachia, developing the strategic plan for British Columbia’s CE and Employment First program, several state Money Follows the Person and Medicaid Infrastructure Grant initiatives (Rhode Island, Minnesota, Iowa, et al.), and inner city Customized Employment projects (Philadelphia, Los Angeles, et al.). Cary also serves as one of only 3 national Subject Matter Experts/Consultants on Customized Employment for the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Cary is also Deputy Director and Board Chair of the Center for Social Capital, a non-profit affiliate of Griffin-Hammis Associates.

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