This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.person with apron at work

  • Slides from the training are located here.
  • A recording of the webinar is located here.
  • See ACHIEVA’s Board Resolution that outlined their transormation.
  • See ACHIEVA’s Position Statement on transformation.

This training was sponsored by The Arc Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

A Provider Transformation Story

In 2015 ACHIEVA, a large facility-based provider of disability vocational and day services in Greater Pittsburgh, started asking this question:

How can we continue to operate workshops and adult training facilities where people earn less than minimum wage with little or no access to the greater community?

It was this question that led to ACHIEVA’s Board of Trustees adopting a resolution to divest itself from providing workshops and training facilities.  Over the last several years they have taken steps to move their vocational supports model away from a congregate, facility-based approach to a truly person-centered way of providing supports that promotes competitive employment opportunities and/or inclusive community experiences for people with disabilities.

Presenter: Shayne Roos, Senior Vice President, ACHIEVA Support,
ACHIEVA, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh

Shayne Roos is the Senior Vice President of ACHIEVA Support. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2001, Shayne worked in North Carolina, first as a Qualified Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Professional and then as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. He was employed in ACHIEVA’s vocational supports department for 10 years before moving into his current role. Shayne graduated from Westminster College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1996 and in 2009 became a graduate of The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies.