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Professional Trainings and Keynote Speakers

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To assist you with providing access to people with disabilities, Able SC offers a variety of professional trainings. We have trained thousands of professionals, including educators, employers, police officers, service providers, community program staff, higher education students, and government employees, with a 99% satisfaction rate.

Our customized, disability trainings can cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Disability
  • Importance of the Disability Perspective
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Disability Sensitivity & Customer Service
  • Keynote & Empowerment Speaking
  • Employing & Supervising Inclusively
  • Creating Accessible Digital Resources
  • ADA Architectural Standards/Barrier Removal
  • ADA Transition Planning
  • Accommodations Made Easy
  • Youth Empowerment & Goal Setting
  • Best Practices in Youth Transition
  • Employment First
  • Alternatives to Guardianship and Supported Decision Making
  • Parenting with a Disability
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Sex and Relationships

And much more!

Meet your trainers and keynote speakers:

Dori Tempio, Director of Community Outreach and Consumer Rights:

Popular Topics: Diversity and Inclusion; Disability Rights; Disability Sensitivity and Etiquette; Service Animals; Empowering People with Disabilities; Voting Rights; Person-Centerred Planning; Disability Pride; Emergency Preparedness; Sex and Relationships

Robbie Kopp, Director of Advocacy and Community Access:

Popular Topics: Accessibility Assessments; Americans with Disabilities Act; ADA Transition Planning; Web Accessibility; Employer Obligations under the ADA; Effective Disability Advocacy; Emergency Preparedness; Inclusive Meetings and Events

Chris Sparrow, Employment Services Coordinator:

Popular Topics: Employer Obligations under the ADA; Employment Rights; Disability Sensitivity and Etiquette; Fair Housing; Empowering People with Disabilities; Diversity and Inclusion; Disability Pride

Paige Maxwell, Director of Youth Transition Programs:

Popular Topics: Quality Youth Transition Planning and Services; Building Opportunities for Self-Determination and Supported Decision Making; Youth Engagement; Universal Design in Learning; Healthy Relationships and Sexual Education for Youth; Student Led IEPs

Sandy Jordan, Director of Employment Programs:

Popular Topics: Employment First; Building a Diverse Workforce; Outcomes-Based Interagency Teaming for Youth Transition; Reasonable Accommodations; Employment Rights and Advocacy; Systems Change and Coalition Building to Improve Employment Services; Employer Engagement

Melissa Snyder, Lead Certified Work Incentives Coordinator:

Popular Topics: Myths about Benefits and Working, Person-Centered Planning

Jordan Keels, Youth Transition Specialist:

Popular Topics: Adaptive Yoga and Mindfulness

Youth EQUIP Leaders:

Popular Topics: Youth Empowerment and Advocacy; Disability Pride; Autism Inclusion

Jerri Davison, Assistant Director:

Popular Topics: Alternatives to Guardianship and Supported Decision Making; Employment First; Youth Program Development; Disability Rights; CIL programming

Kimberly Tissot, Executive Director:

Popular Topics: Parenting with a Disability; Independent Living Philosophy; Disability Perspective; Quality CIL Services and Collaboration; Universal Design and Accessibility; Legislative Disability Rights Advocacy; Executive Director Leadership/Mentorship

Sarah Nichols, Public Relations & Events Coordinator:

Popular Topics: Accessible Communications; Disability in the Media; Intersectionality; Digital Communications & Advocacy

Testimonial:

“The trainers exuded enthusiasm throughout the training. They were a wealth of knowledge.”

“The trainer was able to educate and gave great information based on her life experiences. She helped me look at the life of people who are disabled in a different way.”

“Dori is a very engaging presenter. She keeps your attention and makes it feel more like a conversation than a training. She does not make people feel bad if they do not have the answer.”

“Excellent, destigmatizing overview!”

“Information provided first hand by experienced instructors.”

“The speaker was knowledgeable & energetic!”

“Excellent introduction for people unfamiliar with disability etiquette”

“It was an excellent overview; appreciated the concrete tips & advice for how to improve programs & discuss with individuals.”

“Emphasis that each person with a disability is the expert on themselves, so it’s important to find out from them how we can best serve them/what resources they need.”

“Many tips learned today will assist in providing the community with the policing they deserve.”

“Empowering speaker and made me re-evaluate how I viewed people with disabilities.”

Able SC staff are trained, motivated, and ready to provide, an upbeat and memorable training experience! To learn more about our technical assistance services, please contact us at advocacy@able-sc.org or 800-681-6805.

Columbia Office

720 Gracern Rd. Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29210
803.779.5121
800.681.6805
TTY 803.779.0949

Greenville Office

135 Edinburgh Ct. Suite 101
Greenville, SC 29607
864.235.1421
800.681.7715
TTY 864.235.8798
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