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AFP Elects Four Self Advocates to Board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 18:17

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) today announced the election of four At-Large Self Advocate members to its Board of Directors:  William Krebs, Julie Petty, Liz Weintraub and Betsy Valnes.

"We are very excited to welcome Bill, Julie, Liz and Betsy to our Board of Directors," said James F. Gardner, President and CEO of CQL| The Council on Quality and Leadership and chairman of AFP’s nominating committee. "The Alliance for Full Participation is centered on self advocates—our mission is to make the promise of inclusion, integration, productivity, independence and quality of life a reality in policy and practice.  We depend on our Board to determine our direction and it is critical to have the voice of Self Advocates clearly represented in this process.  These new Board members bring expertise, experience and good judgment in critical areas and are a great benefit to the Alliance.”   With their diverse networks, these four Board members will also significantly increase the Alliance’s outreach into the self advocate community.

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AFP Takes Stock of Activities to Double Integrated Employment by 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 22:22

With the AFP Summit fast approaching, each founding organization took time recently to outline the activities they are taking in support of AFP’s goal to double integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by the year 2015.  "While the AFP Summit marks the midpoint in AFP's campaign, it's just three days in a five year campaign," said Renee Pientrangelo, ANCOR President and CEO.  "To reach our goal of doubling employment, our founding organizations are releasing a multitude of programs, policies and resources in support of increasing integrated employment.  Collectively, we maintain a fierce determination to ensure our goal is reached."  Among the activities being conducted by AFP's Partners: 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:40
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Senate Hearing Features AFP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:22
Recently, the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Intellectual Disabilities to a standing room crowd. Senator Harkin, in his opening remarks, stated, "Recognizing the scope and urgency of this issue, fifteen of the most significant organizations working with people with developmental disabilities have joined together to form the Alliance for Full Participation. The Alliance will hold a conference in November focusing on competitive, integrated employment, and will set a goal of doubling the employment participation rate of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by 2015." Speaker Joan Evans, in her testimony on the work that Wyoming has done to help persons with disabilities find meaningful employment in a competitive and integrated work environments, identified the formation of a Wyoming AFP State Team as one of the Developmental Disabilities Division's strategies for improving competitive employment opportunities for persons with disabilities within their state.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:38
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AFP's Employment Goal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Monday, 28 February 2011 16:06

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP) was established by 14 leading national associations committed to the full participation of people with intellectual disabilities in the community. In 2009, the AFP launched an initiative with a very specific goal:  to double employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by the year 2015.

AFP's Definition of Employment States:

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to work in integrated settings along with their non-disabled colleagues. They want to be afforded the same wages, benefits, and opportunities to advance in their careers, and contribute to society, and move out of poverty. To obtain equal access to employment, education must make transition from school to work a priority rather than an add-on, and adult service providers must work to remove barriers and support individuals in real jobs for real pay.

AFP's members and its state teams maintain a fierce determination to support all efforts to achieve AFP's goals

 
AFP Receives Contract from SSA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Walsh   
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:32
The Alliance for Full Participation was recently awarded a $50,000 contract from the Social Security Administration to examine existing transition policies pertaining to youth with disabilities. The one-year contract was awarded to assist state level policy makers in developing more results driven systems that support successful adult outcomes, including competitive employment and community living.
"AFP's State Teams and their work identifying, measuring and promoting employment practices and policies will be instrumental in identifying the programs and practices that make a difference ," said Karen Flippo, AFP State Team coordinator. This procurement will support the further development and continuing improvements to Social Security's youth employment initiatives.  Results will be shared in AFP's newsletter, webinars and at the 2011 Summit.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:40
 


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