Sonoran UCEDD Trainee Spotlight: Belinda Escalante Supporting Employment First Initiative in Arizona

Sonoran UCEDD Update
Fall 2017

Belinda Escalante (headshot)Belinda Escalante is a graduate student completing the Advanced Standing Masters in Social Work degree program specializing in Policy, Administration, and Community Practice at Arizona State University (ASU) and expects to graduate May 2018. As a non-traditional student with many years of work experience, she has worked with diverse populations – most notably working with youth, young adults, and adults that have a disability while employed with Tempe Union High School District, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Arizona Department of Education. She is passionate about employment and education access as a way for people to gain a sense of stability and self-sufficiency.

She is currently interning with the Sonoran UCEDD on the AZ Employment First Initiative. She is excited to be part of a broad team of stakeholders across the state of Arizona that is helping to advance competitive integrated employment for individuals who have a disability. In her role, she is assisting the Employment First Team(s) to facilitate needed employment system and policy changes in collaboration with various local, community and state stakeholders. She is conducting policy research on evidence based and best practices to share with the different AZ Employment First committees/work groups. She will also be assisting with the creation of several marketing tools and resources for the AZ Employment First Initiative; including the website, videos, and info graphics.

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