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Schedule

Hearty training and engaging the workforce community.
Day 1
23 Jul 2018
7:00 am - 8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Building Successful Portals using Aware APIs

The associated training class to the complementary conference breakout, this session answers some basic questions: what is an API, what a portal is, how they interact, and what they mean for your agency.
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Karen Dunn
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Pam Clevenger

Analyzing Your Agency with the Common Performance Measures

This class examines the common performance measures – what they are, where to find the data, and how to leverage the associated Aware tools to measure and present the common performance measures for your agency.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss

Review Basics Using Date Rules and Overrides

The first class of the Adaptation Review series includes a plan outline, a review of date rules and overrides, and templates for reviewing how your Aware adaptation supports your agency’s ability to report accurate, complete and timely information.
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Lisa Gifford
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Ralph Vigil
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break

Fine-Tuning the RSA-911 Report

Starting with a review of edit specs, we then cover new info about the RSA-911, tips & tricks for keeping data clean, edit checker and portal submissions, testing for “black holes”, and expectations for reporting that is currently missing.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss

Measuring Data Quality with the QA Tool

What is QA, why is it important, and what Aware tools can you use to assure data quality?  Potential topics include: OIG audits, PEQA and WINTAC models for QA, TAC guidance, CRFs, and adapting and implementing the QA tool.
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Karen Dunn
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Pam Clevenger

Financial Adaptation

The second class in the Adaptation Review series, this session walks you through a review of essential adaptation associated with Budget Management, Authorization Rules, Authorization Approval Limits, and Separation of Duties.
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Lisa Gifford
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Ralph Vigil
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

RSA-911 Reporting

The third class in the Adaptation Review series, this session focuses on recently added RSA-911 adaptation that supports Students with a Disability, Pre-ETS, Potentially Eligible and Actual Services.
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Lisa Gifford
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Ralph Vigil

Tracking and Reporting Pre-ETS

A deep dive into Pre-ETS covering:   federal   guidance, different models for Pre-ETS delivery, leveraging Aware tools (managed layouts, reporting), ways to move the needle, staff time, actual services, expenditure tracking, and other opportunities.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss

Tracking Services and Job Opportunities with the Employer Module

Are you taking full advantage of this feature of core Aware?  We will highlight tools, system upgrades, features that allow for “job matching”, reporting for services to employers, and new and emerging elements found in Aware v6.4.
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Karen Dunn
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Pam Clevenger
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Break

Security and Timesaving Features

The final class in the Adaptation Review series, this session reviews Personal Security, timesaving features such as advanced use of Activity Due Reminders, and the Employer module included in the Aware Enterprise License.
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Lisa Gifford
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Ralph Vigil

Documenting and Reporting Provided Services

In this class we look at how to rethink and optimize the use of tools in core Aware, and review an example of accurate reporting of direct services.
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Karen Dunn
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Pam Clevenger

Getting Ready for a Monitoring Visit

The associated training class to the complementary  conference breakout, this session will break down the monitoring guide and identify Aware tools to assist in preparation for and management of data.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss
Day 2
24 Jul 2018
7:00 am - 8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Review Basics Using Date Rules and Overrides

The first class of the Adaptation Review series includes a plan outline, a review of date rules and overrides, and templates for reviewing how your Aware adaptation supports your agency’s ability to report accurate, complete and timely information.
Lisa Gifford Image
Lisa Gifford
Ralph Vigil Image
Ralph Vigil

Building Successful Portals using Aware APIs

The associated training class to the complementary conference breakout, this session answers some basic questions: what is an API, what a portal is, how they interact, and what they mean for your agency.
Karen Dunn Image
Karen Dunn
Pam Clevenger Image
Pam Clevenger

Analyzing Your Agency with the Common Performance Measures

This class examines the common performance measures – what they are, where to find the data, and how to leverage the associated Aware tools to measure and present the common performance measures for your agency.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break

Fine-Tuning the RSA-911 Report

Starting with a review of edit specs, we then cover new info about the RSA-911, tips & tricks for keeping data clean, edit checker and portal submissions, testing for “black holes”, and expectations for reporting that is currently missing.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss

Financial Adaptation

The second class in the Adaptation Review series, this session walks you through a review of essential adaptation associated with Budget Management, Authorization Rules, Authorization Approval Limits, and Separation of Duties.
Lisa Gifford Image
Lisa Gifford
Ralph Vigil Image
Ralph Vigil

Measuring Data Quality with the QA Tool

What is QA, why is it important, and what Aware tools can you use to assure data quality?  Potential topics include: OIG audits, PEQA and WINTAC models for QA, TAC guidance, CRFs, and adapting and implementing the QA tool.
Karen Dunn Image
Karen Dunn
Pam Clevenger Image
Pam Clevenger
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

Tracking Services and Job Opportunities with the Employer Module

Are you taking full advantage of this feature of core Aware? We will highlight tools, system upgrades, features that allow for “job matching”, reporting for services to employers, and new and emerging elements found in Aware v6.4.
Karen Dunn Image
Karen Dunn
Pam Clevenger Image
Pam Clevenger

RSA-911 Reporting

The third class in the Adaptation Review series, this session focuses on recently added RSA-911 adaptation that supports Students with a Disability, Pre-ETS, Potentially Eligible and Actual Services.
Lisa Gifford Image
Lisa Gifford
Ralph Vigil Image
Ralph Vigil

Tracking and Reporting Pre-ETS

A deep dive into Pre-ETS covering: federal guidance, different models for Pre-ETS delivery, leveraging Aware tools (managed layouts, reporting), ways to move the needle, staff time, actual services, expenditure tracking, and other opportunities.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Break

Security and Timesaving Features

The final class in the Adaptation Review series, this session reviews Personal Security, timesaving features such as advanced use of Activity Due Reminders, and the Employer module included in the Aware Enterprise License.
Lisa Gifford Image
Lisa Gifford
Ralph Vigil Image
Ralph Vigil

Designing Rapid Cycle Evaluations

Experience a demonstration of the VR Program Evaluations Coach.  This tool helps VR program staff test the impacts of implemented service and process innovations.  Get a tour of design, purpose, features, and use case examples.
John Harper
John Harper
Ken Goss
Ken Goss

A Blueprint for Going Paperless

What does "paperless" mean exactly?  We’ll cover that, along with tools available in core Aware to help you get there, case studies of agencies that have gone paperless, pitfalls to avoid, and an implementation plan that works.
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Karen Dunn
Pam Clevenger Image
Pam Clevenger
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception and Registration

Day 3
25 Jul 2018
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Keynote Presentation – Jessica Cox: Thinking Outside the Shoe

Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational speaker that “no will ever forget.” Born without arms, she learned to adapt and conquer challenges in her own, unique way.  She shares her remarkable personal story, including being the first certified pilot without arms, a tae kwon do black belt and a surfer, by developing the mental skills that allowed her to conquer the seemingly impossible.
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Jessica Cox
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Break and Networking + Answer Station

RSA-911 Quarterly Reporting Best Practices

The Rehabilitation Services Administration’s quarterly reporting went into effect November 2017. Learn tips from agencies that have developed methods for submitting successful reports.

Using Portals to Streamline Data Collection with External Partners

Technology tools and portals allow for automating data collection and exchange with external partners. Come hear how Aware agencies are working to improve gathering needed data.

Elevate Program Effectiveness with QA and Analytics

Using Quality Assurance and Analytics to improve data integrity, reporting, and program management, resulting in more participants gaining meaningful employment.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch with 30 minute presentation by Diamond Sponsor

Keynote Presentation – U.S. Senator Thomas Harkin: Disability Rights in America – Past, Present and Future

As a long-time U.S. Senator and co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Tom Harkin has been a lifetime advocate for people with disabilities. His keynote brings a deeply insightful historical perspective on the fight for disability rights in America, the current state including the recently proposed changes to the ADA, and a rallying call to action around what we can collectively do to drive up employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Tom Harkin (retired)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Break and Networking + Answer Station

Aware Adaptation Review: An Executive Overview

Alliance Strategic Account Managers introduce the approach, benefits, and lessons learned from conducting an Aware Adaptation Review.

Using Rapid Cycle Evaluations to Drive Better Program Decisions

Rapid cycle evaluations lead to better results and fits the essence of WIOA changes. This presentation will help agencies evaluate their effectiveness in changing processes.

Cool Technology that Can Improve the Future of VR

Some of the brightest names in technology discuss the apps and services that are changing – or will change – the VR industry.

Successful Setup for an RSA Monitoring Visit

Is RSA coming to visit your agency? A state agency customer shares their experience after a recent RSA visit and helps you prepare with a to-do list.

21st Century Labor Market Research

Come listen to how VR agencies can use new labor market research tools and methods to improve their effectiveness in servicing participants and increasing employment outcomes.

Elevate Program Effectiveness with QA and Analytics

Using Quality Assurance and Analytics to improve data integrity, reporting, and program management, resulting in more participants gaining meaningful employment.
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Break and Networking + Answer Station

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Evening Banquet – Mandy Harvey: Always Remember to Try

Day 4
26 Jul 2018
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Keynote Presentation – Randy Lewis: Why I Hired a Workforce Others Overlooked

Employers have historically overlooked potential employees with disabilities, relegating them to simple repetitive tasks often isolated from the general workforce. Walgreens successfully changed its culture from exclusion to inclusion without a decline in production standards. As a consequence, Walgreens’ workforce today - people with and without disabilities working side-by-side doing the same work and earning the same pay - is happier, more committed and involved with the company, and proud of their accomplishments. In Randy’s presentation, he’ll share his personal story of how his son, born with autism, inspired him to pioneer a disability employment program at Walgreens. He’ll explain how to:
  • Confront the stereotypes about people with a disability (PWDs)
  • Identify the obstacles PWDs face when entering the workforce, including typical recruitment, evaluation, and hiring processes
  • Report the success Walgreens achieved - and continues to enjoy - through their efforts
The results are a testimony for all companies: There is No Greatness Without Goodness!
Randy Lewis Keynote Speaker getAwareLive! Conference
Randy Lewis
9:30 am - 10:00 am

Break and Networking + Answer Station

Engaging Employers and Improving Business Relations through Tracking

Learn how to use Employer Relation Tracking to develop methods that serve businesses and employers effectively.

Performance Measures: Proactive Methods for Improving Outcomes

How to take Performance Measures from a mandatory reporting exercise to a tool that helps improve program effectiveness.

Using Portals to Streamline Data Collection with External Partners

Technology tools and portals allow for automating data collection and exchange with external partners. Come hear how Aware agencies are working to improve gathering needed data.

Tapping into Staff Strengths to Boost Service Delivery

VR agencies have many resources in the tool box. This presentation will help identify methods to maximize agencies’ internal resources.

Get Noticed: Build a Polished Profile and Resume

LinkedIn experts share tips on how to use this business networking tool to land your clients jobs that match their skills and passion.

RSA-911 Quarterly Reporting Best Practices

The Rehabilitation Services Administration’s quarterly reporting went into effect November 2017. Learn tips from agencies that have developed methods for submitting successful reports.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Hour – Partnering with Labor: A Blossoming New Relationship

Keynote Presentation – Glen Gordon, CTO at VFO and Sven Akerman Jr., CTO at Alliance Enterprises: The State of Technology in VR

Two of the industry’s most influential chief technology officers share their perspectives on the forces that are powerfully impacting the industry today. Glen Gordon, CTO at VFO, the world’s leading assistive technology (AT) provider for the visually impaired, and Sven Akerman Jr, CTO at Alliance Enterprises, also examine how the industry could be affected by emerging technologies.
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Sven Akerman Jr.
Glen Gordon
Glen Gordon
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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