David Michael Mank, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He is formerly the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities. As a writer and researcher, Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities. He has authored or coauthored dozens of articles and book chapters. His interests also include transition from school to work and community living. Dr. Mank is a member of the editorial boards of Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH), the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. He is Associate Editor for the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
In January 2015, Dr. Mank was appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Labor to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was created in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. He was subsequently elected Chair of the Committee, which delivered its Final Report and Recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and Congress in September 2016.
Dale Verstegen is a Senior Research Associate at TranScen and one of the State Liaison for the YES! Center.
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At the 2018 APSE conference, the YES Center’s Dale Verstegen caught up with David Mank. David Mank is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, where he served as the Director of the University Center for Excellence on Disabilities. In 2015 he was appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Labor to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which advised the Department on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. They discuss Professor Mank’s six keys to success in competitive integrated employment.
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Today we spoke with David Mank about six keys to success in competitive integrated employment. You can find links to a longer interview with him by the Indiana Disability History Project and the full report of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities at the show notes page.
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Music for YES! To Employment is an original composition and performance by Sunny Cefaratti, the Co-Director and Autistic Self Advocacy Mentor at the Musical Autist. You can learn more about the Musical Autist at www.themusicalautist.org.
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