2024 Colorado Employment First Summit and Resource Fair

The Colorado chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and the Colorado Office of Employment First (COEF) are collaborating to coordinate the 2024 Employment First Summit and Resource Fair. These events will focus on elevating Employment First across Colorado and sharing the vast resources available to people who are pursuing competitive integrated employment.
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  • We are thrilled to release the dates of the 2024 Employment First Summit sessions. This year, sessions will take place during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. All Employment First Summit sessions will be held virtually. Registration information will be provided as the event approaches.

    • Session 1: October 8th, 2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Session 2: October 16th, 2024 from 1:30pm-4:30pm
    • Session 3: October 24th, 2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm

    The Summit will focus on 3 content tracks:

    • Employment First:This track focuses on promoting awareness of Employment First policy and philosophy, prioritizing competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. It explores policy frameworks, collaborative partnerships, innovative practices, and progress across Colorado to elevate inclusive and equitable employment opportunities.
    • Skill Building: This track focuses on skill enhancement, knowledge acquisition, training on essential and innovative technologies, and other professional development related to delivering high quality services, including Supported Employment and Customized Employment, Benefits Planning, for Job Seekers, Employment Specialists, and Benefits Planners.
    • Services & Resources: This track focuses on sharing vast resources for employers, service agencies, direct care providers, people with disabilities, and families on existing services and resources including digital content, Youth and Transition services, access and pathways to services, and guiding materials.

    A full Summit Agenda will be available Summer 2024.

  • Submit a Proposal to present at the 2024 Colorado Employment First Summit! The Employment First Summit will take place over three half-day sessions during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Sessions will be held virtually over Zoom.

    Each day will include breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will last 45 minutes, so we are looking for short, engaging presentations that align with one of three Summit tracks: Employment First, Skill Building, and Services & Resources.

    Proposals are due: Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59pm MDT. Early submissions are encouraged. Proposals will be reviewed and notification of results will be communicated no later than Friday, July 12, 2024 at 5:00pm MDT.  If selected to present, a copy of all presentation materials will be due no later than September 30th, 2024 by 5:00pm MDT. If not selected, alternative opportunities to share information may be offered depending on the quality and relevance of the submitted proposal.

    If you need accommodations or support to submit your proposal, please reach out to Tiffany Cron at tiffany.cron@cuanschutz.edu.

  • We are working on providing Continuing Education Credits to Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP’s) for attending the 2024 Employment First Summit. Details Coming Soon!

  • We are in the early stages of coordinating an in-person Resource Fair with locations and dates to be announced. We will also be recruiting vendors for the Resource Fairs including services provider, funders, advocacy organizations, community partners, employers, and more! More information coming soon!

  • Interested in sponsoring the 2024 Colorado Employment First Summit and Resource Fair? Details will be released soon about our Sponsorship Packages as well as opportunities to donate to these events and/or sponsor a registration for people with lived experience to attend at no cost!

Check this webpage for up-to-date news and information. You can also receive all of the latest updates by signing up for communications through Colorado APSE and/or the Colorado Office of Employment First.
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The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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