Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline Workers

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Date and time: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:00 pm Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

Duration: 1 hour

Overview: Internationally, some COVID-19 policies meant to protect people with IDD could have the negative effect of restricting people with IDD from working due to health concerns solely based on disability status in the absence of any evidence supporting this practice. This presentation will explore these policies and discuss Project SEARCH graduates who are part of the solution on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of people with IDD working on the frontlines will be discussed along with policy implications.

Presenter: Erin Riehle is a recognized authority and national leader in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She is a Senior Clinical Director of Disability Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Erin is a co-founder and Director of Project SEARCH, an employment preparation and transition program that has received national and international recognition for innovative practices.


COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak (jsisirak@uic.edu) at least 10 days before the webinars.
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