Evaluation of a Demand Side Approach to Connect Medium to Large Corporations to Workers with IDD: A Mixed Method Study
Jennifer McDonough, M.S., Project Director, Virginia Commonwealth University, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment
Through the work of the RRTC on Employment for Individuals with IDD, VCU has had the opportunity to work with multiple large corporations to explore their process and experiences of hiring individuals with IDD. During this presentation, participants will learn more about the overall study, implications of COVID-19, partnerships with large businesses, and the community rehabilitation agency and business's role in hiring and supporting new employees with disabilities. Frontline managers and employees of the participating companies will share their experiences and knowledge gained through the process.
Presenter Panel: Jennifer McDonough, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center; Dean Whitbeck, Workforce Development Manager, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens; Joseph Williams, Senior Manager of Regulatory Engagement, Altria; & Brandon Jenkins, Apprentice, Altria