Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Employment First Conference!

Continuing On: Strengthening Partnerships for Community Life
May 15, 2019

This year’s Employment First conference provided an intensive, collaborative day of learning and problem solving for service providers, funders, families, and self-advocates who want to transform services to support people with disabilities to build full lives in their communities that include employment, volunteering, recreational, social and other community activities.

Service transformation requires strong communication and collaboration between all stakeholders at all levels.  At this year’s conference, we focused on sharing a variety of perspectives and experiences from these stakeholders and learned from others who have successfully forged through the changes we are undergoing in Wisconsin.  View the Conference Program and check out the compilation of ideas generated during the closing session on tangible ways to drive Wisconsin forward.

Session Recordings

View recordings here.

The following sessions were recorded:

  • Collaboration to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities – Act 178  —  Sarah Lincoln, Iris Jacobson, Alexa Nobis
  • HCBS Nonresidential Settings Rule (“Everything You Need to Know about the Federal Home and Community-based Setting Rule for Non0Residential Settings”) — Betsy Genz, Tammy Hofmeister, Gail Propsom
  • Using Community-Based Service as an Effective Pathway (though not a prerequisite!) to Work — Genni Sasnett  Please note: due to technical difficulties the entire presentation was not recorded.
  • Competitive Integrated Employment  – Pay for Performance Initiative — Jennifer Flemal, Elaine Leon, Vanessa Shaw, Erin Smith, Lindsey Kreitzman
  • Trends in Employment Policies: Update from Washington DC — Nicole Jorwic
  • Us and Them: Understanding the Family Experience and Making them Your Most Valuable Partner — Sean Roy

Many thanks to the WI Department of Health Services for recording these sessions for the conference!

Session Handouts

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Cooney at or call 608-266-0266.