March Forth to Employment Virtual Conference

March 4, 2022 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Passion and Purpose

Our March Forth to Employment Virtual Conference features virtual programming for students ages 16 and above with disabilities and their families, as well as local employers and managers interested in learning more about how to support individuals with disabilities in employment.

There are 2 tracks for this virtual conference:

  • The first track will focus on information valuable to individuals, families, and providers who are working towards and gaining skills for employment.
  • The second track will highlight organizations that have successfully hired individuals with disabilities and ways employers can increase their accessibility practices.

You are welcome to attend presentations within both tracks. Please be aware that some presentations under the employer track are still very appropriate for individuals, family members and professionals and vice versa. Your schedule is up to you!

Upon registration, additional information regarding this virtual conference will be sent to you in the weeks leading up to the conference.



For Individuals/Families (I/F):

Students with disabilities and their families or providers will hear from self-advocates and learn how to prepare for employment. Mock Interviews and networking opportunities will also be offered.

For Employers (E):

Employers and managers will hear from other businesses who have successfully hired individuals with disabilities and will also have opportunities to network and learn about growing your inclusive hiring practices.

9 - 10 a.m.

Keynote: Making It Work! (I/F & E)

Panel of Self-Advocates and their Managers/Employers (Café Bon Appétit at Denison University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Zanesville Steel).

Moderated by Keith Banner, Project Manager with Employment First, an Initiative within the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

How To Support Individuals at Career Centers (I/F)

by Jackie Johnson, Vocational Special Education Coordinator at the Delaware Area Career Center.

The Employer Toolkit (E)

by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Transportation Realities and Considerations (I/F)

Panel (COTA, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Ohio State’s Assistive Technology Center) moderated by Macie Moore, Public Transit Manager with ODOT.

Employer Panel #1: Employment at the Macro Level (I/F & E)

Panel (Advance Auto Parts, Auticon, Huntington Bank, and Ohio Health) moderated by a Nationwide Children’s Hospital Talent Acquisition Partner.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Charting the Life Course (I/F)

by Ambassadors from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Family to Family, Ohio State University Nisonger Center, and University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Employer Panel #2: Employment at the Micro Level (I/F & E)

Panel (Blue Spectrum and Growlers) moderated by a Nationwide Children’s Hospital Talent Acquisition Partner.

3 - 4 p.m.

Self-Advocacy In The Workplace (I/F)

by Project STIR

Supported Employment (E)

by ARC Industries