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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 an API is, what a portal is, how they interact, and what they mean for your agency.
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Karen Dunn

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

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
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

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 an API is, what a portal is, how they interact, and what they mean for your agency.
Karen Dunn Image
Karen Dunn

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
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

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.
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Lisa Gifford
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Ralph Vigil

Designing Rapid Cycle Evaluations

Experience a demonstration of the VR Program Evaluations Coach conducted by Todd Honeycutt.  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
Todd Honeycutt
Todd Honeycutt

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
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception and Registration

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

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Conference Kick-off

Russ Cusack getAwareLive! Conference Host
Russ Cusack
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Chris M. Pieper

Welcome To Georgia

Sean T. Casey
Sean T. Casey

Thinking Outside the Shoe

Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational speaker that “no one 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.
Jessica Cox Keynote Speaker getAwareLive! Conference
Jessica Cox
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Break and Networking + Answer Station

WIOA 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.
Rachel Anderson
Rachel Anderson
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Alan Rhoten

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.
Samatha Heckmeyer
Samantha Heckemeyer

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.
Terry Donovan
Terry Donovan
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch with 30 minute presentation by Diamond Sponsor

Disability Rights in America – Past, Present and Future + THAD Award presentation

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.
Becky Oberrecht
Becky Oberrecht
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Lisa Gifford
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Ralph Vigil

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.
Todd Honeycutt
Todd Honeycutt

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.
Jeff King
Jeff King

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.
Bill Colombo
Bill Colombo
John Stem
John Stem
Becky Oberrecht
Becky Oberrecht

WIOA 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.
Rachel Anderson
Rachel Anderson
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Alan Rhoten

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.
Mark Kinnison
Mark Kinnison
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Break and Networking + Answer Station

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Evening Banquet – Mandy Harvey: Always Remember to Try

Day 4
26 Jul 2018
6:30 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Conference Day 2 Kick-off

Russ Cusack getAwareLive! Conference Host
Russ Cusack
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Chris M. Pieper

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.
Rod VanStavern
Rod VanStavern

How to Use Real Time RSA-911 Data as a Tool to Help Improve Program Effectiveness

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

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.
Terry Donovan
Terry Donovan

RSA-911 National Reporting Trends

RSA shares what they have seen in the data reported by agencies since the transition to quarterly reporting. The presentation will include a preview of national data from the WIOA Annual Report and some tips on how to avoid common reporting issues.
Andrew Kerns
Andy Kerns

A Practical Guide to Better Employer Relations

Since leaving her post as RSA Commissioner in early 2016, Janet has been working at the grassroots level to grow partnerships between VR and the business community. She shares practical ideas that VR agencies can use at the local level.
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Janet LaBreck

Turning Facts into Information: LMI in Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Come listen to how VR agencies can use new labor market information tools and methods to improve their effectiveness in servicing participants and increasing employment outcomes.
Susan Foley
Susan Foley
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Hour – Partnering with Labor: A Blossoming New Relationship

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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