Millions of people exit the workforce each year after an injury or illness that occurs either on or off the job. In higher education, this has a myriad of implications for not only the employee and family, but also for provision of high quality postsecondary education. This webinar will provide an overview of Return to Work / Stay at work (RTW/SAW) strategies and application of multi-systems change projects that are addressing this issue.
As a result of participants in this webinar, participants will understand the value of RTW/SAW, be familiar with a range of RTW/SAW strategies, understand the strengths and challenges of said strategies, and be able to assess how/if those strategies could be implemented at their home institution.
Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D., C.R.C. (Educational Psychology, University of Kentucky) is an adjunct assistant professor in the Counselor Education program at the University of Kentucky. She is also the Executive Director of the Human Development Institute, Kentucky’s University Center on Disability. In that role, she oversees one of the University’s largest Centers under the Office of the Vice President for research, with approximately 240 professional staff and $25 million in annual external grant and contract funding. She developed the University’s Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design, a first for a Research I university. She is also responsible for several projects in collaboration with the US Department of Labor, Administration for Community Living, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Her research interests include inclusive employment, transition, postsecondary education, quality of life, and universal design. She teaches courses around rehabilitation research, transition, supported employment and independent living. Dr Sheppard-Jones has served on the National Return to Work/Stay at Work Toolkit Leadership Team, and is currently on the Governor appointed Kentuckyworks Collaborative. She has received the AUCD Young Professionals Award for contributions to the field of developmental disability.