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Department of Justice attorney Victoria Thomas was the keynote speaker for the October Arc employment summit.

MASWM Leaders and Members Speak at State Meeting

MASWM leaders were among the speakers at two important state events on employment this fall in Columbia.

Managers Association members addressed Arc of Missouri’s “Employment: The Landscape Has Changed” held Oct. 12.

MASWM President Bruce Young, Legislative Co-Chair Randy Hylton   and two workshop workers and their parents were among the speakers. The group also presented several videos from the Dignity Has a Voice campaign.

This article was first published in the January 2017 MASWM newsletter. You may download the entire newsletter PDF.
The conference featured multiple discussions regarding how Missouri employment programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been affected by recent changes in federal regulations and guidelines.

The keynote speaker was Victoria Thomas, trial attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice. She noted that Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires placement of people with disabilities in the most integrated setting that is appropriate, and they should be enabled to interact with people without disabilities to the fullest extent possible.

Thomas also cited court cases upheld by the Supreme Court prohibiting unjustified segregation and the establishment of two evident judgments regarding institutional segregation.

The daylong event was held in the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Columbia.

MASWM members also attended the Nov. 3 conference held by the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services, (MACDDS). The meeting was held to review and discuss recent developments related to competitive integrated employment for people with developmental disabilities and featured David Michael Mank, Ph.D., as keynote speaker. Topics included Medicare, Medicaid and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.