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Wendy Parent-Johnson

Collaborative Relationships: Promoting Transition Capable Youth
Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, CRC, CESP, Director, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, The University of Arizona
D. Richard Johnson, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City


In this webcast, we will cover the following topics:

  • Key Lessons: Total Impact + Holistic Approach + Capable, I AM
  • Establishing a Collective Impact Team
  • Models of Holistic, Collaborative Relationships
  • Emerging Adults as a Team MEMBER
  • Content and Practice that generates “Capability”


Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson is Executive Director of the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities and Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis on Transition for Individuals with Severe Disabilities, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Parent-Johnson has thirty-seven years’ experience in the areas of supported and customized employment, transition from school to work, and Employment First policy and practice. She is well-known for her state, national, and international work focused on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The emphasis of Dr. Parent-Johnson’s work has been on model development, capacity building, and implementation strategies that contribute to data-informed decision-making impacting policy, practice, and systems change. Dr. Parent-Johnson has conducted presentations and trainings; produced journal articles, book chapters, and other written products; and developed practical tools reflecting her innovative scholarly work and contributions to the field. She is Editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities Network Journal. 

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