“Coffee Talks”: A Replicable Model of Employer Engagement promoting Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

What is this resource?

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for any Supported Employment provider to partner with their local Chamber of Commerce to co-host a “Coffee Talk” event for employers.

The Coffee Talk model was originally piloted by Work Together NC in partnership with the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber, and it has proven to be a successful and innovative model of employer engagement, ultimately leading to increased employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Now, we are ready to replicate the model across North Carolina!

How to use

Read through the guide to determine whether hosting a Coffee Talk could be feasible for your organization, in partnership with your local chamber. Follow the steps listed to start planning your event!

Benefits of hosting a Coffee Talk for a Supported Employment Provider:

  • Broaden your network of employer partners / job sites for clients
  • Join forces with a statewide initiative to train and recognize IDD Inclusive Employers: the IDD Inclusive Employment Alliance, reducing your staff’s time focused on employer education

Benefits of hosting a Coffee Talk for a Chamber of Commerce:

  • Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Support your local area’s economic development by leveraging an overlooked yet high value workforce
  • Attract new chamber members by opening the event for non-members to attend

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Resource Topic: Employment

Resource Type(s):  PDF

Resource Audience/Topic: Adult Service Resources, Educators and Service Providers, Employers, Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Employees with Disabilities

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