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Sheila Fesko

Program Manager

B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Boston University
M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University
PhD, Rehabilitation Administration and Special Education, Boston College

Sheila L. Fesko has 25 years of experience working on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. As the director of National Service to Employment Program (NextSTEP) Sheila is working with the Corporation for National Community Service on increasing employment opportunities for youth with disability through community service and volunteerism. Areas of her research include inclusion of people with disabilities in the generic workforce development system, effective job development strategies and universal strategies to support inclusion of all employees in the workplace. Sheila has an extensive history of national and international training of employers, community providers and workforce development personnel. Sheila has a Ph.D. from Boston College in Rehabilitation Administration. She has also worked at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (the state vocational rehabilitation commission) and as a program manager for a community-based employment program, and is a certified rehabilitation counselor.

ICI publications by Sheila Fesko

Case Studies of Local Boards and One-Stop Centers: Levels of Involvement of State VR Agencies with Other One-Stop Partners

This series of products offers practical solutions for Local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers as they strive to serve all customers, including those with disabilities. Although WIA's requirements for VR participation are clear, the parameters are flexible. Defining the role of VR has had its challenges, but there are numerous examples of VR agencies working creatively to establish effective partnerships. (9/2004)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Accessibility

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (3/2003)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Leadership

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (3/2003)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Involving People with Disabilities

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (2/2003)

Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Focus on Co-location

The many changes mandated by WIA create opportunities and challenges. These lessons from the field offer practical solutions for state and local entities and are intended to stimulate discussion, creativity, and thoughtful planning among members of the workforce and disability communities. (1/2003)

Select outside publications by Sheila Fesko

Butterworth, J. & Fesko, S.L., Ma, V. (2000). Because it was the right thing to do: Changeover from facility based services to community employment. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 14, 23-35.

Fesko, S.L. (2001). Disclosure of HIV status in the workplace: Considerations and strategies. Health and Social Work, 26(4), 235-244.

Fesko, S.L. (2001). Workplace experiences of individuals who are HIV+ and individuals with cancer. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 45(1), 2-11.

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