①a. The Key to Independent Travel “Ride Safe, Ride Smart”- Allison Berg & Frances Rankos Room 106 (2 sessions 8:30 and 9:25) Riding Pierce Transit buses can give you more options. This session will give you information about how to be safe using the buses and how to use the resources available to plan your trips.
①b. Looking for Love in All the Right Places – Emily Rogers and Panel Room 106 (1 session 10:20) This session is by advocates for advocates. Come talk with other self-advocates who are married or dating about the ups and downs of dating and marriage. They will share stories and answer questions about healthy relationships. What to look for? How to set boundaries? What works in their relationships? What challenges they faced? And how they deal with those challenges and more…
②Success Stories - Panel Presentation Room 120 (3 sessions 8:30, 9:25 and 10:20) People with disabilities will share their experiences with work, independent living, college and more! Listen and learn from their success and ask questions during this interactive session facilitated by Lew Napolitano.
③Navigating Through the Employment System – Sundus Ali Room 201 (2 sessions 9:25 and 10:20) The move from the Public School’s Transition Programs to Employment Services can seem a bit overwhelming. Come learn about how Transition students and their families can access Employment Service.
④Self-Advocacy at Work – Noah Seidel and Tim McCue Room 202 (3 sessions 9:25 and 10:20) Learn about workplace self-advocacy. What are your rights? Should you disclose your disability? How do you ask for accommodations? Find answers to those questions and more! Also, learn how the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds can help you advocate!
⑤Tell me about yourself! - Kim Myers and Christine Muwanga Room 203 (3 sessions 8:30, 9:25 and 10:20) Do you know what to say? It's important to make a good impression in those first few minutes you spend with potential employers or others. In this class, you will learn how to craft your own simple “about you speech” and have the opportunity to practice with other participants in a safe and fun learning environment.
⑤ a. Working Across Cultural Differences with Transition Planning – Miho Onaka Room 203 (1 session 10:20) The workshop will focus on planning for the life after high school that reflects culture and values of students with disabilities and their families. Will introduce tools for self-advocates and families to think about the different aspects of life to prepare for future and communicate with professionals.
⑥Preparing for a Job Interview – Korina Heard Room 204 (2 sessions 9:25 and 10:20) This workshop will focus on 10 tips for preparing for a job interview and what to expect during an interview. This will also include mock interviews and a discussion on disability disclosure.
⑦Build Independence with Technology – Kayla Martin Room 220 (3 sessions 8:30, 9:25 and 10:20) Learn how the technology aides in learning skills in the community, staying connected socially, and navigating the city. Learn how to promote yourself with schedules and communication. Learn fun ways to quiz yourself and your friends on what they know. Let’s get your hands on some equipment and learn together.
⑧ Build a Great Resume with the Tacoma Public Library - Rhonda Kristoff Room 301 (3 sessions 8:30, 9:25 and 10:20) The Tacoma Public Library has resources to help anyone build a great resume or improve an existing one. Explore formatting strategies and how to use keywords to highlight the skills that matter most. Worksheets and sample resumes will be available.
⑨Job Search Tips - You Got This! – Charly Walters Room 302 (2 sessions 9:25 and 10:20) In this session, job seekers will learn top job search tips in this fun and interactive session. Together, we can make sure you have the right tools to get that job!
⑩Respect at Work – Dealing with Discrimination & Bullying – Martha Keogh and Ivanova Smith Room 303 (3 sessions 8:30, 9:25 and 10:20) Learn how to handle bullying in the work place and how to interact with your co-workers and supervisors if harassment occurs. Helpful tips about these topics will be provided. Help us maintain respect in the workplace.
⑪College is for Everyone! Comprehensive Transition Programs and Traditional College Accommodations- Julie Pollard, Highline College and Rhonda Sample, Bates Community College Room 304 (1 session 10:20) College can help students develop skills and expand their community and social networks. This session will outline two ways students with disabilities can access college accommodations and supports in our area. Learn about the ACHIEVE comprehensive post-secondary transition program at Highline College.
Keynote at 12:00 in Building 2 The Path to Self-Advocacy by Tim McCue Self-Advocacy Educator, DD Ombuds Program
Thank you to all the school districts, youth, community members and organizations who attend and support others to attend the Tools 4 Success Conference.