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Carol Blessing, LMSW has spent the past decade of over 25 years of professional service on the faculty with Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute within the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. As a faculty member she currently serves as Project Director for the New York State Office of Mental Health Career Development Initiative, a project working within New York State psychiatric centers designed to enhance the system's ability to facilitate community employment and individualized recovery-oriented services with people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Ms. Blessing has an extensive history of working with individuals, their families, and service organizations to foster and facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities within typical community settings through paid employment and other meaningful community membership roles. She has been both a direct care practitioner and a program administrator. Her broad range of experience includes working with youth in special education in transition from post-secondary education to adult learning and earning; working with individuals with developmental disabilities in sheltered employment and supported employment settings, as well as with inmates with special needs.
In addition to having expertise in the theory and practices that promote successful employment outcomes with people with disabilities, Ms. Blessing is also well-versed in the areas of organizational change, strategic planning, Appreciative Inquiry and person-centered planning.
LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) 1990 - SUNY Albany