Special Topic Seminar:
ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE WITH LUPUS DEALING WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHER ISSUES
Communicating with Others
LFAGW Support Group Leader
Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law
Fairfax Virginia Attorney specializing in Social Security Disability Law
Steven Nissen, M.S., CRC
National Multiple Sclerosis Society- National Capital Chapter
Director of Employment Programs
Director of Operation Job Match (OJM)
WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2009
WHERE: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
This Special Topic Seminar is offered as a free service of the LFAGW. All costs of services for patients and families are underwritten by the fundraising efforts of the LFAGW, including the Walk for Lupus Now held in April of each year.
Pat Jackson is an LFAGW Support Group Leader with over thirty years of experience developing, managing, marketing, and evaluating diverse workforce employment and training programs for persons with disabilities. She was with St. John’s Community Services, advancing community support and opportunities for people living with disabilities. She was a Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation, responsible for managing national information technology programs and recruiting a diverse workforce. She has directed national programs for the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the National Council on Disability. In 2005, Ms. Jackson was commissioned by the National Council on Disability to direct a comprehensive assessment and produce a rigorous, relevant impact study of the American’s with Disabilities Act on the lives of people with disabilities. Ms. Jackson served as the Executive Director of Mainstream Inc., a national nonprofit organization that developed programs and services for youth and adults with disabilities. She has comprehensive direct services, placement, technical assistance and consultation experience with employers, and extensive knowledge of practical solutions to increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
Steven W. Nissen, M.S., CRC:
Steven W. Nissen is Director of Employment Programs at the National Capital Chapter of the National MS Society in Washington, DC and Director of Operation Job Match (OJM), the employment assistance and support program of the chapter. He is also an Employment Consultant to the national office’s Client Programs and Services Department. Before coming to the National MS Society, he worked extensively in the vocational rehabilitation field including as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, the state vocational rehabilitation agency. In addition to his experience in the public sector, Steve worked for a private vocational rehabilitation and case management company where he provided job development and placement assistance to individuals with physical disabilities. Steve has a B.S. degree in psychology, an M.S. degree in rehabilitation counseling, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). He recently co-authored Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis, 2nd edition (P. D. Rumrill, Jr., M.L. Hennessey, and S.W. Nissen, 2008, available from Demos Medical Publishing [www.demosmedpub.com]).
Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law:
Sheri R. Abrams is a Fairfax Virginia attorney specializing in Social Security Disability Law. She founded her own law firm in 1995. Since that time she has concentrated her law practice to the areas of Social Security Disability Law, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law and Estate Planning. Ms. Abrams regularly handles cases in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She received a B.S. B.A. degree from Boston University, School of Management, and received a law degree from George Washington University School of Law. Ms. Abrams has been invited to speak to numerous groups, including the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services. Ms. Abrams was selected for the 2009 Best of Fairfax Award in the Local Business category. Contact Sheri R. Abrams at www.sheriabrams.com