On June 28, 2011, the Maine Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, hosted an Asset Summit in the Bangor area designed to address the integration of asset-building strategies with the needs of individuals with disabilities. Auta Main, the Project Lead for the Maine DEI project, and Gwen LaPointe, the DEI Disability Resource Coordinator, who is helping to implement Maine’s strategic approach in this area, helped to facilitate and coordinate this event.
The Asset Summit brought together stakeholders within the local area with the goal of creating greater awareness of the options for economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. Panel members included representatives from Maine’s One-Stop Career Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, Bangor Savings Bank, Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, Maine's Community Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Program (Social Security Administration—SSA), Penquis CAP/CA$H Coalition, as well as a consumer who shared her experiences accessing many of these programs. Through small group participation, attendees were able to identify opportunities for community collaboration, additional partners to call to the table, and possible outreach strategies to expand asset building within the disability community.
Asset Summit Video Modules include:
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