July 26, 2017
About the Webinar
Preparing adults with disabilities for the workforce: When young adults with disabilities graduate from the public school system, they are left with limited opportunities for development. In fact, they are provided less of an educational path than typical graduating seniors. A new model emerges that focuses on long-term development and growth for this major piece of our population, and the possibilities are endless.
Diversity & Inclusion: While the conversation of Diversity and Inclusion in the workforce is happening more regularly, people with intellectual disabilities aren’t typically included. Why? What is lacking is education and training for the employers and community. I will discuss how we can establish an educational model that supports the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
About the Speaker
Michael Thomas, Executive Director
Michael, a graduate of SMU, began his career with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Corpus Christi, TX. He worked with MDA in Nevada, where he then transitioned to a nonprofit called Opportunity Village, dedicated to vocational training for adults with disabilities.
In April of 2010, Michael moved back to North Texas to join My Possibilities as the organization’s Executive Director. Under his leadership, MP has grown from serving 30 families each week to over 400. Michael drove the organization’s move in 2013 to the current larger facility where the new building design and remodel provided the organization an opportunity to move into continued education. Additionally, he expanded the therapy department to include speech, music, counseling, and behavioral therapies. MP is now working on a long-term expansion project, establishing a campus for higher learning set to open in the spring of 2018.
Michael is a graduate of Leadership Plano and Leadership North Texas. Michael’s goal is to ensure My Possibilities utilizes every possible outlet of support and funding, building a foundation for long-term success and stability. Michael lives in Plano, Texas with his wife Julie and their twin boys Jackson and Maxwell.