Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0

Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Summits are being scheduled throughout the country. These events bring together youth with disabilities interested in careers in the film, tv, advertising and interactive media industries. PolicyWorks partners with EINSof Communications on these events.

LCA 2.0 Summits are scheduled –
February 20th – Hollywood
April 3 – New York City
May 17- Silicon Valley

WINTAC Peer Mentoring Project

WINTAC map of peer mentoring pilotsPolicyWorks continues to work with state vocational rehabilitation agencies to design and implement peer mentoring programs in their state.

PolicyWorks is currently expanding from the original three pilots in Florida, Mississippi, and Alaska. We are working with nine additional states that include: Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Washington.

In early January, PolicyWorks conducted its first Community of Practice call on Peer Mentoring and the call attracted 63 participants representing 25 states.

We will continue to work on developing support for states who want to develop peer mentoring programs to help young people transition to jobs and careers.

Policy Works Celebrates the Re-Dedication of the Center on Disability at Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University LogoPolicyWorks leadership participated in the re-dedication of the Center on Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University. The Center is housed in the offices of Stand Among Friends, a long-time PolicyWorks Partner.

The Center will now be led by the College of Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Vermaila Prakash, Ph.D. in partnership with Stand Among Friends, PolicyWorks, and Autism After 21.

The three agencies coming together as CollaborationWorks will serve as an advisory board to the center.

The College of Medicine is interested in working with us to develop a Peer Mentoring Experience for medical students in the College of Medicine.

Event Celebrates Our Partnerships, Friends and Customers

We had a great event in mid-December that brought together our partners, our friends and individuals who use our services and their family member.

Partners included: Dawn Hicks, Stand Among Friends, Michelle Rubin, Autism after 21, and Alicia Roots, representing the College of Medicine.

Friends included: Dr. Caren Sax, Ed.D from the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University, Elaine Katz and Stephanie Holcomb representing the Kessler Foundation, Zack Gibson, representing the Governor’s Office and Sue Abel from Independence Works.

The event also included individuals who work for the partners and individuals who have participated in our services and their family members.

CollaborationWorks Sponsors Think Tank Session

The CollaborationWorks partner – Stand Among Friends, PolicyWorks, and Autism After 21. sponsored a workshop at the College of Medicine focused on developing strategies that will assist the new center in reaching its full potential to support individuals with disabilities reach their full potential and connect to jobs and careers.

This session was led by Dr. Caren Sax, Ed.D. and included Elaine Katz and Stephanie Holcomb, Kessler Foundation, Sue Abel. IndependenceWorks, Dawn Hicks, Stand Among Friends, Steve Allen and Barbara Butz, Skeets Friedkin, a Stand Among Friends board member, Rod Reed, and Shawn Fiala, PolicyWorks and other friends.

Florida Peer Mentoring Program Update

Seventy new project coordinators have been trained for the Florida Peer Mentoring Program! In addition, 70 service providers continue to embrace peer mentoring as a valuable tool for youth to develop self-advocacy skills and connect to jobs and careers. A total of 89 youth have started the online course and 42 have completed!

Mentoring Works