Sara Murphy is a Senior Training Associate for TransCen, Inc. and the Director of TransCen’s WorkLink program. TransCen is an American non-profit organisation dedicated to improving education and employment success of youth and young adults with disability. TransCen’s work is driven by the belief that employment and active community participation are attainable for all individuals, regardless of disability or other perceived barriers to employment. For the past 30 years, Ms. Murphy’s focus has been on community inclusion and employment for people with disability.
She has extensive experience in program development, person-centered community-based services, Customised Employment methods and system change and service transformation. As part of TransCen’s training and consultation team, Ms. Murphy provides technical assistance and training at multiple levels: US federal/state agencies, school districts, service providers and individuals/families. Ms. Murphy has participated in a number of American federal and state initiatives, such as Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration Projects, the Federal Department of Education’s Customised Employment training project and Wisconsin’s Building Full Lives Project.
Currently, she is a Subject Matter Expert for the US Federal Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) and is supporting state agencies and providers across America with system and service transformation efforts. In addition to this work, Ms. Murphy also consulted for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Project SEARCH program, replicating the project model, and helping to establish Project SEARCH’s Learning Academy.