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Webinar series: Spring 2022

Business Development Conversation with Mo Bunnell

April 26, 2022, 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.

  • Speaker(s) Mo Bunnell, CEO and Founder of Bunnell Idea Group, Inc. and Doug Crandell, MFA, Advancing Employment Director


Mo Bunnell launched Bunnell Idea Group (BIG) to teach other professionals how to do business development the right way. The training teaches people a comprehensive business development system that is based on behavioral science and is designed to be efficient while delivering real results. The core elements are authenticity, proactiveness, and helpfulness. Mo believes when you approach business development as being helpful, it can even be fun. Since founding BIG, Mo’s team has trained over 15,000 professionals at more than 400 organizations all over the world. Mo has graciously agreed to help us think about our work surrounding disability and employment using his proven techniques. Mo is a podcaster, a thought leader, and is the best-selling author of a fabulous book as well: You don’t want to miss this one!

Twenty-Two Cents an Hour: Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wages

April 19, 2022, 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.

  • Speaker: Doug Crandell, MFA, Advancing Employment Director

Join us for a kickoff event for Doug’s new book from Cornell University Press. This webinar will focus on the impact poor public policy makes on the lives of workers with disabilities. Drawing on ongoing federal Department of Justice lawsuits, the horrifying story of Henry's Turkey Farm in Iowa, and more, Doug will focus on the history of the policies that have led to these unjust outcomes, and will consider important questions about the rise of a disability industrial complex. We will also examine the two bills in Congress related to the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. Several books will be given away!

Thinking About Real Income for People With Developmental Disabilities

March 22, 2022, 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.

  • Speaker: Tracy Rackensperger, Ph.D. Public Service Faculty

We talk a lot about employment for people who have developmental disabilities. Yet, our service systems are built on the notion people cannot produce income. We have systems that actively discourage people from making money. As a professional as well as a person with developmental disabilities who can look outside the service world, Dr. Tracy Rackensperger will share insights and suggestions regarding our approaches to supporting people who depend on services. She will discuss what we are doing right and how we can improve the things we are not doing correctly. This webinar has information for everyone -- providers, vocational rehabilitation staff, school transition specialists, family members, and people with disabilities.

Mental Health in the Workplace

March 29, 2022, 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.

  • Speaker(s): Amanda Platner, Ph.D., Director of Adult Behavioral Intervention Services at the Emory Autism Center, and Laura Coleman, Autistic Research Coordinator at the Marcus Autism Center


There has become more awareness about the importance of prioritizing mental health and the impact that mental health challenges can have on people while at work. Mental health challenges can affect job performance, relationships with supervisors and colleagues, stress and burnout, and more. In this webinar Dr. Amanda Platner, Director of Adult Behavioral Intervention Services at the Emory Autism Center, and Laura Coleman will explore this topic. They will both share information and answer questions from their experience about ways to support mental health in the workplace.

Treyvon's Customized Employment Success Story

April 5, 2022, 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.

  • Speaker(s): Treyvon Smith and his job coach Ben Dell at REI


Treyvon Smith started working in the REI bike shop 7 months ago. Treyvon, along with his job coach Ben Dell, will share their journey of utilizing the Discovery method and customized employment to support Treyvon to learn about jobs that incorporate his skills and interests. This is a great example of how to work with a larger employer to do job carving and increase natural supports in the workplace for people. Through learning about Treyvon's journey, we hope it encourages others to discover people's gifts and skills and utilize that information to support people to find opportunities!

Prioritizing Supported and Customized Employment Services

  • Speaker(s) Doug Crandell, University of Georgia’s Institute on Human Development and Disability and Tricia Jones-Parkin, Utah State University


This webinar consists of a panel of provider organizations from multiple states, sharing strategies and how they have continued to prioritize supported and customized employment services during difficult times. Doug Crandell from University of Georgia’s Institute on Human Development and Disability and Tricia Jones-Parkin from Utah State University facilitate this panel. 

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