With over 30 workshops to choose from, the Annual Conference is the best place for staff of all levels of experience to connect with colleagues from around the state while engaging in quality professional development opportunities.
The Employment Section track offers industry professionals the opportunity to learn the latest trends for persons with disabilities seeking employment. The track kicks off with "Mobile Essentials," a hands-on workshop designed to teach participants how to select a mobile platform and device, select an application and implement it for individual and organization-wide use.The afternoon will shift into an adventurous mood with Dr. Chuck Dietzen, who will present "Life Itself is a Death-Defying Act," a humorous and high-energy session about how persons with disabilities can get the most out of adventurous activities. The afternoon concludes with a choice of two dynamic sessions on managing digital information or dealing with real-world ethics.
The final day of Conference offers several great morning workshop options, including sessions regarding traumatic brain injury and an introduction to the work of forensic examiners. Of particular interest to Employment Section members is "Employment Learning Community: Building Blocks for Systems Change," which explores a variety of federal initiatives that heighten the importance of state agency systems as critical facilitators of employment.
Lastly, Employment Section participants are encouraged to take part in "Trauma and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities," part of the Dual-Diagnosis Track offered by Conference Partner Meridian Health Services.