Abilities Employment Symposium 2024 - The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte

Abilities Employment Symposium 2024

APRIL 10, 2024



The Ability Employment Symposium (AES) is dedicated to advancing workforce inclusion for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Our symposium specifically caters to two key groups:

1.) Individuals with I/DD who are actively seeking employment or vocational training opportunities.

2.) Employers who are committed to creating inclusive workplace environments and are ready to hire individuals with disabilities.

AES provides valuable education for parents, covering essential topics such as job opportunities, SSI education, and the transition to adulthood.


Welcome to the inaugural Abilities Employment Symposium. This event is a grassroots effort in collaboration with Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte LIFESPAN Services and a phenomenal planning committee with AllAbility Solutions, Cakeable Charlotte, Phillips Academy, KennedyStrong Foundation, Gigi’s Playhouse, and A Special Needs Plan.

We are excited for this collaborative symposium to embark on a new opportunity for our I/DD community and inclusive employers as a platform for networking and get invaluable information on next steps on individual employment path.


Individuals with I/DD, Parents, Caregivers, school groups” Abilities Employment Symposium Registration – Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (flipcause.com)

Resource groups, organizations and inclusive businesses that support Individual’s and caregivers in the array of the employment journey are welcome to register for participation in this symposium as vendors.

Abilities Employment Symposium Vendors – Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (flipcause.com)

By securing a table, you will have the opportunity to share valuable information with participants who are seeking guidance on their employment journey. These diverse areas of connection encompass, but are not limited to:

  • Life Skill Builders
  • Pre-Vocational Training
  • Vocational Training/Support
  • Employment Programs
  • Inclusive Businesses
  • Supported Employment
  • Future Planning (Guardian support)


SESSION BREAKDOWN (space is limited and requires advanced registration)

There will be two sessions available to the participants and caregivers and limited availability per session. Vendors are asked to stay for both sessions in order to allow for each group to benefit from their connections in the community.

Session 1: 10am-12pm

Session 2: 1pm-3:30pm

Each session will include a welcome meeting, vendor/employer connection and 3 break out rooms with guest speakers available during each 2-hour session. There will be a special Speaker Panel at the 2nd session at 1pm, moderated by our very own Anessa Powell with AllAbility Solutions. Vendors are welcome to join during this panel.

Registration is required and every participant (I/DD individual, caregiver/parent/teacher, vendor, guests, volunteers) must register by April 5.

Names, email and phone numbers will be provided to Bank of America and identification is required upon check in on the day of the symposium.

Date: April 10, 2024

Time: 10am-3pm

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