Agency Perspective on Customized Employment Strategies
John Luna, Dallas Metrocare Services
John Luna is the Director of Vocational Services for Dallas Metrocare Services. Recognized as an exemplary employment program for people with disabilities, Metrocare is noted for implementing customized employment strategies to facilitate community integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. Mr. Luna was selected to be a member of Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) and University of Massachusetts Boston's Training and Technical Assistance for Providers (T-TAP) CRP Leadership Network based on his agency's track record of success. John will discuss the services or resources a community rehabilitation program has to offer employers from a business perspective versus a human services perspective. By sharing real-life examples, he will give the framework for developing employer partnerships. He will talk about the importance of marketing and networking with businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, churches, communities, and families. John Luna is the Director of Career Design & Development Services (Vocational Department of Dallas Metrocare Services). He is a board member and Ambassador of the Great Irving-Las Colinas Chamber and is appointed by the Governor of Texas to the State Council. Mr. Luna has been employed by Dallas Metrocare Services for 31 years. He has practical knowledge in vocational administration, budget, program, and conversion of workshop to supported employment.