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Presented by
Richard Pimentel & Denise Bissonnette

Photo of Richard Pimentel   photo of Denise Bissonnette
Richard Pimentel   Denise Bissonnette

Milt Wright and Associates and Diversity World are pleased to announce a special two-day “Employment and Disability Forum", featuring two of the most celebrated authors and recognized trainers in the field, Richard Pimentel and Denise Bissonnette.  This special training event promises to be both highly informative and deeply inspiring for those charged with assisting people with disabilities to find their place in the work world and engaging employers in the process of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees with disabilities. The combined talents of this dynamic duo guarantees a coupling of the philosophical with the practical, offering a reservoir of time-tested tools and hands-on methods for achieving placement results.  

This event will address the needs and challenges of anyone involved in the work of employment and disability including: 

Forum Agenda

With Day One devoted to preparing and working with the applicant, and Day Two devoted to working with the employer, the training Forum is organized into four half-day sessions with designated themes in which Richard and Denise will each take an hour to present best practices and advice on that theme, followed by 30 minutes of dialogue and lively Q & A between the trainers and the Forum attendees.

Day One
Moving the Applicant Beyond Barriers to Possibility

Morning: Paradigm Shifts Regarding Ability and Disability

Afternoon: Empowering the Applicant in the Job Search

Day Two
Employer Engagement and Staying the Course

Morning: Getting Business on Board 

Afternoon: Shifting of Mindsets – Employers’ and Our Own


Each Forum Attendee will receive:

A copy of Beyond Traditional Job Development by Denise Bissonnette (retail price $29.95). image of book and link to the Diversity World website There is good reason that this book is affectionately referred to as the job developer’s Bible. Whether they are seasoned workforce professionals or newly-hired placement staff, this book is a gold mine of insights and tools for all readers. More than just a “how to” book, it is written in a spirit of respect and celebration for the job seeker, the job developer and the employer alike.

A copy of Working With People With Disabilities in a Job Placement / Job Retention Environment by image of the book and link to the Milt Wright & Associates websiteRichard Pimentel
(retail price $30.00). For people who are charged with developing/creating work opportunities for people with disabilities, this practical guide offers an innovative approach for:

Additional handouts will be distributed at the event.

Continuing Education Credits

For participants who attend the two complete days of training, the Employment and Disability Forum is approved for twelve continuing education units for the following professional certifications:

Accommodation Needs

To ensure there is ample time to arrange accommodations/special needs requirements, please make your request no later than two weeks prior to the event. Your request can be noted on the Registration Form or emailed to us.

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Richard Pimentel is an internationally renowned expert on working with employers on Disability Inclusion, Job Development, Job Retention, and the ADAAA. As a consultant, keynote speaker, professional trainer, primary author of the Windmills attitude change program and author of numerous curricula and training guides, Dr. Pimentel is distinguished by his ability to predict industry trends, the needs of employers and the rehabilitation community.

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Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For over two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual "genius" of each person. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer.

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