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Evidence for Success Virtual Disability Conference - 7/7/2021

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) invites you to attend the Evidence for Success Virtual Disability Conference from 7/7/21-7/9/21. Nationally known speakers and local experts will focus on a diverse set of disability and assistive technology related topics, including education, employment, community living, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility, ethics and much more. The RSA-Funded American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) will present on “Subsistence Activities as an AIVR Employment Outcome” and “Mental Health and American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation: Dual Diagnosis and De-Escalation”. 

Mental Health and American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation: Dual Diagnosis and De-Escalation  - July 8, 2021 The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Programs throughout the United States are in very rural areas on government lands known as reservations. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, that is ongoing, numerous AIVRS programs are facing unprecedented numbers in mental health cases, in addition to their already staggering mental health caseloads due to social and economic constricts of the Native American/Alaskan Native reservations. This presentation addresses many of the issues that vocational rehabilitation programs face in their daily provision of services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives who are disabled and are attempting to reach their employment goals by overcoming obstacles to employment due to their disability. Presenters: Teresa Brewington, Sean Bear, and Jamie Emanuel

Subsistence Activities as an American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Employment Outcome - July 9, 2021 - Subsistence living involves maintaining a self-sufficient livelihood through traditional methods of natural resource use, such as hunting and fishing. It is practiced today by some Alaska Natives as well as other cultural groups living in remote and isolated locations. Subsistence living is a form of self-employment, in which individuals produce goods and services that are either consumed by the household or used for noncommerical trade and bartering. It therefore provides viable vocational goal for AIVRS Program participants, particularly those residing in regions with limited employment opportunities. Presenters: Tom Cyrus and Amanda Race

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