Our Ability talks to the “Your Dream, Your Team” group! Yourdreamyourteam.com is a website designed to be used by anyone and everyone who cares about the education, career, and financial outcomes of young people who have disabilities. It shows job seekers with disabilities how to turn people they trust into a team that supports them along their career journey and puts them in charge. It has everything they need to manage their team, including recommendations on who to invite, what to talk about, and when to meet. It also provides tools that other members of the team (parents, teachers, case manager, bosses…) can use to help keep the team person-centered and focused on career outcomes.
Maria Lombardi is a Disability Resource Coordinator at HempsteadWorks. Her career with HempsteadWorks began as a Career Counselor. Her experience at DOOR as a Disability Resource Coordinator and Certified Work Incentives Practitioner began in 2014 working with adults with disabilities, and has now expanded to serving youth with disabilities ages 14 -24. Her mission and that of her team is to ensure that all participants are aware of the resources and support system that is available to help them reach their goals and achieve their dreams.
Kathy DeAngelo is a Certified Benefits and Work Incentives Planner for CDO Workforce in upstate New York, providing advocacy for Social Security beneficiaries who are seeking assistance to return to employment. She has worked in positions both at the Department of Social Services and at Otsego County Office of Employment and Training, cultivating a unique perspective leading to her nationally recognized success in the role of Disability Resource Coordinator and Sr. Employment & Training Counselor.
Grateful to whoever first said “advocrat,” Mary McLaughlin is currently a community nag/resource for universal accessibility and go-to person for goofy titles (on her resume, it says “Disability Resource Coordinator at Tompkins Workforce New York”). She has wanted to improve the human experience for decades but never saw this path coming.