12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Lunch and Annual Awards Program
Join us as we honor the best of the best in the DSP workforce, agency leadership, community partnership, and persons with disabilities who are following their dreams and making a difference.
     1:45 PM - 3:00 PM, Concurrent Educational Sessions

ID# 06 Common Sense - Where Did it Go?
Melissa Skaggs, Provider Resource Group
Monica Armstrong, Provider Resource Group
Recommended Audience: Business and Industry

This session will dig into the complex challenges facing organizations in the future which will require a new type of leader. Staying ahead of the competition means that you need leaders with the capabilities to deal with a more diverse, fast-changing, global workforce. While organizations need to understand this to prepare leaders, they have to develop skills within leaders so they can better manage the changing dynamics in the outside context. Leaders will need to make new choices to influence the new reality.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the role company culture places in the race for top talent
  • Handling a change in the workforce
  • Preparing current leaders for change

Nancy AhlrichsNancy Ahlrichs applies her extensive industry experience to help FlashPoint’s clients identify their talent management needs, diagnose problems, and develop appropriate solutions. Ahlrichs is a prolific author, and her works have appeared in print and online journals. Ahlrichs most recent book is Igniting Gen B and Gen V: The New Rules of Engagement for Boomers, Veterans and Other Long-Termers on the Job.

ID# 07 How to Resuscitate an Agency
Onias Taruwinga, MBA, CDC Resources
Recommended Audience: Financial Management

This session will discuss how Supported Decision-Making can increase both independence and empowerment. Participants will learn specific ways to use the Supported Decision-Making method in response to specific situations and how to implement the method at different times along the course of a person’s life.

Learning Objectives:
  • How Supported Decision-Making can increase independence and improve life outcomes
  • How Supported Decision-Making is applicable at various stages of life
  • Implementing Supported Decision-Making in specific situations and based upon individual abilities and needs

Tina CampanellaTina Campanella is Chief Executive Officer of Quality Trust. She has over 35 years of experience in working with and on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and/or development disabilities. Campanella has directed residential and employment services as well as worked as an expert consultant regarding quality improvement and organizational development strategies for human service agencies throughout the US and abroad.

ID# 08 Part II: Building Lasting Relationships with Community Members
Angela Amado, Ph.D., FAAIDD, Human Services Research & Development Center
Recommended Audience: Business and Industry Community Supports Employment Supports

In this session current and future leaders/coaches will participate in an interactive manner to learn why it is important to "know" the team member and how best to interact with those individuals; while maintaining consistent expectations. Keeping all of your employees motivated and productive by leading and coaching effectively is a difficult, yet not impossible task. Today's difficulties are due mostly to a mix in demographics of the workforce.

Learning Objectives:
  • Why it is important to meet employees where they are
  • How to maintain consistency in expectations when responding differently
  • When and how to act, choosing your battles

Sabra BurnettSabra Burnett is the owner/CEO of Make A Difference Everyday (MADe). After working in the field of Developmental Disabilities in the areas of residential services and case management for 25 years she started MADe in the fall of 2015. She works with businesses in the tri-state area to assist with Leadership Development, specifically consulting to address management growth needs, develop training materials and to build new programs and services.

ID# 09 Supporting Families in Their Homes
Heather Sorrells, IPMG
Carolyn Underwood, IPMG
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports

This session will discuss, at an advanced level, the different types of dementia and the common symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia. It will also address strategies for caregiving and end-of-life planning to promote increased quality of life for both persons with dementia, as well as their caregivers and loved ones.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify four different types of dementia
  • Describe symptoms of dementia
  • Identify non-pharmacological interventions for resident/patients with dementia

Sarah ThurstonSarah Thurston is Manager of Hospice Education for Great Lakes Caring. Thurston has worked as the hospice social work preceptor and a social worker in the field for over 13 years in settings that included the home, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities and the hospital. Sarah is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

ID# 10 Working with Schools: What Employment Providers Should Know
Teresa Grossi, Ph.D., Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Recommended Audience: Community Supports Employment Supports

This session will focus on typical barriers, issues and reasons that affect why individuals do not take their medications. Missed medications, or medications taken out of the prescribed order can be caused by a variety of issues, such as memory or attention. Participants will learn about research and projects involving the development of solutions to these problems.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the most common causes for individuals not taking prescribed medications
  • Major issues and challenges in matching technology with the individual
  • Emerging technology areas to further extend the likelihood of medication adherence

Stephen SutterStephen Sutter is the founder and president of CreateAbility Concepts. Sutter has been the principle investigator on 19 research and development projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (related to helping rural people with special needs). All research and development is focused on the appropriate use of assistive technology devices in Vocational, Independent and Educational settings.

ID# 11 MHS - Dual Diagnosis TBD
Teresa Grossi, Ph.D., Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Recommended Audience: Meridian Health Services

This session will focus on typical barriers, issues and reasons that affect why individuals do not take their medications. Missed medications, or medications taken out of the prescribed order can be caused by a variety of issues, such as memory or attention. Participants will learn about research and projects involving the development of solutions to these problems.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the most common causes for individuals not taking prescribed medications
  • Major issues and challenges in matching technology with the individual
  • Emerging technology areas to further extend the likelihood of medication adherence

Stephen SutterStephen Sutter is the founder and president of CreateAbility Concepts. Sutter has been the principle investigator on 19 research and development projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (related to helping rural people with special needs). All research and development is focused on the appropriate use of assistive technology devices in Vocational, Independent and Educational settings.

     3:15 PM - 4:30 PM, Concurrent Educational Sessions

ID# 12 Supervision - Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask!
Dr. Greg LaForme, FAAIDD
Tom Speaks, The Impact Group
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session will explain how organizations may protect themselves in an unpredictable world of issues, such as: personnel, accidents, social media, etc. Participants will be able to engage in discussion of Crisis Communications and Practical Prevention Tactics. The presenters will wrap up the session with a by addressing how to deal with an actual crisis, engage affected parties in the aftermath of a crisis, and then promote a healing process.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify key areas of crisis vulnerabilities
  • Proactively plan to mitigate vulnerabilities
  • Understand key elements of a Crisis Communications Plan

Greg LaFormeDr. Greg LaForme has over 40 years’ experience in the field of developmental disabilities. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Fellow in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, he has served as a Private Service Provider, a Public Service Administrator in the field and Senior Instructor at the University of Akron.

Tom SpeaksTom Speaks is Principal and Co-founder of The Impact Group. He is recognized as a leader in municipal communications. He has developed and implemented communication strategies to help communities reach their goals. Speaks background in political science and qualitative and quantitative research techniques provides clients with an in-depth understanding of the audiences they are trying to motivate.

ID# 13 Investing In Staff to Improve Recruitment and Retention
TBD, Wabash Center
TBD, LifeDesigns
Recommended Audience: Financial Management Human Resources

This session will be an introduction to Support Decision-Making (SDM), an alternative to guardianship. SDM uses trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help people understand the situations and choices they face. This may lead to increased self-determination and have outcomes like greater independence, employment, community integration, and safety.

Learning Objectives:
  • How SDM increases self-determination
  • Why overbroad/undue guardianship decreases self-determination
  • How SDM can be used throughout life - including education, work, and medical care

Tina CampanellaTina Campanella is Chief Executive Officer of Quality Trust. She has over 35 years of experience in working with and on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and/or development disabilities. Campanella has directed residential and employment services as well as worked as an expert consultant regarding quality improvement and organizational development strategies for human service agencies throughout the US and abroad.

ID# 14 How to Address Challenging Behaviors
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports

This session will delve into care for professional caregivers, who experience grief and feelings of loss after the death of a client. Participants of this presentation will be able to identify some symptoms of grief as well as describe the symptoms related to loss as a professional caregiver. They will also work through effective coping strategies when dealing with grief.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify symptoms of grief for the professional caregiver
  • Describe complicated grief and its impact on the professional caregiver
  • Identify effective coping strategies for dealing with grief

Sarah ThurstonSarah Thurston is Manager of Hospice Education for Great Lakes Caring. Thurston has worked as the hospice social work preceptor and a social worker in the field for over 13 years in settings that included the home, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities and the hospital. Sarah is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

ID# 15 Transitioning from Sheltered Workshop to Community Based Employment
Kelly Mitchell, SIRS
Jason Meyer, Passages, Inc.
Recommended Audience: Community Supports Employment Supports

This session will explore the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) Resource Facilitation program and how it augments employment services to address the vocational barriers specific to those with brain injury. It is not uncommon for Vocational Rehabilitation State agencies to report less than 20% of people with brain injury are successfully placed. The RHI program evaluation results indicate that 77% of participants successfully returned to work.

Learning Objectives:
  • Effects of Brain Injury
  • Brain Injury-Specific Barriers to Employment
  • Overview of the Resource Facilitation Program Model

Lance TrexlerLance Trexler, PhD is the Director, Department of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. He is a clinical neuropsychologist by training and has been specialized in brain injury rehabilitation since 1982. Trexler’s research has been focused on interventions for people with brain injury, including pharmacological, rehabilitative and social interventions.

ID# 16 Topic:HCBS Settings Rule/CMS
Steve Cook, INARF
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports Employment Supports

This sesssion will focus on how tablet devices are increasingly being used for communication training in autism or developmental disabilities. AT and autism specialists, special education teachers, SLPs, OTs will see evidence-based strategies on augmentative and alternative communication for functional communication, eliciting speech and language, and facilitating social-pragmatic development using the SPEAKall! application from Purdue University.

Learning Objectives:
  • Pros/cons of electronic communication devices for beginning communicators
  • Strategies for using an iPad to teach and facilitate
  • How to involve parents into iPad training

Oliver WendtOliver Wendt is assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Educational Studies at Purdue University. His research investigates the efficacy of graphic symbols, Picture Exchange Communication System, and speech-generating devices for individuals with severe autism. Wendt specializes in single-subject experimental designs and evidence-based practice in autism treatment.

ID# 17 MHS - Dual Diagnosis TBD
TBD, INARF
Recommended Audience: Meridian Health Services

This sesssion will focus on how tablet devices are increasingly being used for communication training in autism or developmental disabilities. AT and autism specialists, special education teachers, SLPs, OTs will see evidence-based strategies on augmentative and alternative communication for functional communication, eliciting speech and language, and facilitating social-pragmatic development using the SPEAKall! application from Purdue University.

Learning Objectives:
  • Pros/cons of electronic communication devices for beginning communicators
  • Strategies for using an iPad to teach and facilitate
  • How to involve parents into iPad training

Oliver WendtOliver Wendt is assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Educational Studies at Purdue University. His research investigates the efficacy of graphic symbols, Picture Exchange Communication System, and speech-generating devices for individuals with severe autism. Wendt specializes in single-subject experimental designs and evidence-based practice in autism treatment.

     4:30 PM, Annual Conference Reception
After a full day of educational sessions and celebrations, join us for the Annual Conference Reception to exchange ideas learned from the educational sessions, meet new people, and catch up with old friends. The Dinner Program will immediately follow the Reception and offer an evening of lighthearted entertainment. Please plan to join us!


     7:30 PM, "All In" Casino Night
After a full day of educational sessions and celebrations, join us for the Annual Conference Reception to exchange ideas learned from the educational sessions, meet new people, and catch up with old friends. The Dinner Program will immediately follow the Reception and offer an evening of lighthearted entertainment. Please plan to join us!

Thursday: March 16, 2017

     7:30 AM - 9 AM, Registration & Breakfast with Exhibitors

     8 AM - 2:30 PM, Exhibit Hall Open

     8:30 AM - 9:45 AM, Concurrent Educational Sessions

ID# 18 TBD
Sabra Burnett, Make a Difference...everyday
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session will focus on how to work with your County to receive financial assistance for services to individuals with disabilities. Hear from Rauch, Inc. as they walk you through their experience with their County elected officials and the appropriation of funds from their levy. Also, Indiana State Representative Ed Clere will join the panel to discuss the process by which to receive the appropriations and the potential funding that can be received.

ID# 19 An Introduction on Customized Employment
Patty Cassidy, Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.
Recommended Audience: Community Supports Employment Supports

This session will center on public perception of provider organizations. Negative perceptions, whether true or false, can and will ruin agencies. Participants will hear the results of numerous focus groups concerning the subject. Knowing what these perceptions are and developing strategies for managing them will be critical in assuring future success.

Learning Objectives:
  • Awareness of the common themes of Provider Perception
  • Strategies to defusing/refuting Negative Perceptions
  • Strategies to develop and promote Positive Perceptions

Greg LaFormeDr. Greg LaForme has over 40 years’ experience in the field of developmental disabilities. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Fellow in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, he has served as a Private Service Provider, a Public Service Administrator in the field and Senior Instructor at the University of Akron.

ID# 20 Part I: Workplace Bullying
Pete Demopoulos, CFE, Demopoulos & Associates, LLC
Recommended Audience: Human Resources

This session will educate participants on writing an effective, proactive behavior plan. These plans can help Direct Support Professionals appropriately support individuals who are struggling and keep the house functioning smoothly. However, writing a plan that's both useful and realistic given limited resources can be tricky. Participants will learn quick tools they can use to develop meaningful behavior plans that can realistically be implemented in a group living setting.

Learning Objectives:
  • Important sections of positive Behavioral Support Plans
  • Understand the functions of behavior
  • Routine interventions that could speed up the writing process

Kelly HowardKelly Howard is the CEO/owner of Behavior Services & Therapy, a behavioral health company providing behavior management, music therapy, recreational therapy and outpatient counseling in Northern Indiana. Howard was a residential director when she first entered the field before transitioning to providing behavioral supports to Waiver recipients and finally to owning her own company in 2008.

ID# 21 Disabling the Disabled: Creating Problems Not Protections
Antha Flood, SHRM-SCP, Life's WORC
Makenzie Sandler, MA, L-BCBA, SHRM-SCP, Life's WORC
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session will tour how providers keep track of the progress/activities of individuals with disabilities who participate in jobs, training, supported living, community habilitation, and group homes. Participants will be exposed to some of the available technologies that can be used to facilitate communication among employers, employees, families and residential staff. There will be discussion about what has been effective and what could be improved.

Learning Objectives:
  • Communication needs of professionals and those they serve
  • Awareness of the types of tools currently available
  • Determine the type of tools needed for each situation

Craig BurnsCraig Burns is an Assistive Technology Specialist with Easter Seals Crossroads. He has been working in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication field for nearly 20 years. Burns has designed mobile device applications for both individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as those needing an Augmentative and Alternative Communication tool.

ID# 22 Supports for Those on the Autism Spectrum
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, IIDC
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports

This session will give support providers practical strategies to help individuals effectively cope with these symptoms. The strategies are organized into two main sections – what can be done to set up environments that promote relaxation for all (Level One PBS strategies) and what can be done to prepare individuals to cope effectively with anxiety inducing situations when there’s a known risk (Level Two PBS strategies).

Learning Objectives:
  • Why people with I/DD are at greater risk for experiencing stress and anxiety
  • Recognize how stress and anxiety manifest through behavior and its impact
  • Identify at least three variety tools to increase relaxation/coping skills

Melissa CheplicMelissa Cheplic is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Positive Behavior Support project at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. She provides training and technical assistance to community support agencies. Cheplic co-authored a book entitled Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers, together with an associated Trainee Workbook.

ID# 23 MHS TBD
TBD, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Recommended Audience: Meridian Health Services

This session will give support providers practical strategies to help individuals effectively cope with these symptoms. The strategies are organized into two main sections – what can be done to set up environments that promote relaxation for all (Level One PBS strategies) and what can be done to prepare individuals to cope effectively with anxiety inducing situations when there’s a known risk (Level Two PBS strategies).

Learning Objectives:
  • Why people with I/DD are at greater risk for experiencing stress and anxiety
  • Recognize how stress and anxiety manifest through behavior and its impact
  • Identify at least three variety tools to increase relaxation/coping skills

Melissa CheplicMelissa Cheplic is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Positive Behavior Support project at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. She provides training and technical assistance to community support agencies. Cheplic co-authored a book entitled Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers, together with an associated Trainee Workbook.

     10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, Concurrent Educational Sessions

ID# 24 Part II: Workplace Bullying
Pete Demopoulos, CFE, Demopoulos & Associates, LLC
Recommended Audience: Human Resources

This session is a training on how to welcome and support individuals, who identify within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and/or other spectrum (LGBTQ+). The presenter will give a background on some of the common issues faced by individuals in terms of lack of support and resources. Participants will be able to have an open, safe-space to discuss concerns and questions on how to best advocate for the well-being of a person in their care.

Learning Objectives:
  • Awareness of basic LGBTQ+ terms & definitions
  • Create a welcoming, safe-space for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families
  • Balance professionalism with diverse cultural views

Graham BrinklowGraham Brinklow is an Education Outreach Coordinator with the Indiana Youth Group (IYG). He works to start, support, and sometimes “resuscitate” the over 80 LGBTQ youth groups in communities and schools across the state by facilitating the Indiana Gay Straight Alliance Network. Brinklow also presents LGBTQ Cultural Competency trainings to a wide range of organizations, classrooms, and businesses.

ID# 25 Watch Video (Valuing Lives - Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization)
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session will focus on staff retention issues, as it relates to the “millennial” workforce. Studies show that the workforce of this generation may not always respond to what is seen as “traditional” personnel motivators. Participants will gain awareness of how to improve one’s communication to help motivate, manage and retain these employees.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify retention strategies for maintaining a viable workforce
  • Develop motivational strategies for millennial staff
  • Strategies for identifying significant communication issues within your staff

ID# 26 Positive Behavior Supports
Kelly Hartman, MA, Insights Consulting
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports

Students with disabilities face unique and significant challenges as they transition to the world of work after high school. This session will be a facilitated discussion among panel members from Project Search programs across the region. They will discuss successful strategies utilized within their programs as they prepare students with disabilities for the next phase of their lives - the world of work.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand total work immersion in the Transition process
  • Systematic approach and universal design in training
  • Developing strong relationships with businesses and other key partnerships

ID# 27 Part I: Overview of Customized Employment and the Process of Discovery
Patty Cassidy, Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.
Recommended Audience: Employment Supports

This session will tackle the complex process of developing a plan, which coordinates and communicates all of the services and supports required for successful employment, independent living, or education. This includes adding a structure to address the needs of the individual, employer, family and residential personnel. Participants will learn new approaches that define stakeholder responsibility, coordinates schedules, and simplifies communication.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the most common communication barriers between stakeholders
  • Major issues and challenges in matching technology with the stakeholders
  • Emerging technology areas to increase coordination and communication

Speaker NameStephen Sutter is the founder and president of CreateAbility Concepts. Sutter has been the principle investigator on 19 research and development projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (related to helping rural people with special needs). All research and development is focused on the appropriate use of assistive technology devices in Vocational, Independent and Educational settings.

ID# 28 Yoga in the Workplace
Antha Flood, SHRM-SCP, Life's WORC
Recommended Audience: Human Resources

This session will be brief overview of how depression manifests in people with I/DD, and a review of treatment and support strategies for individuals with mood disorders, using Positive Behavior Supports as a model for integrating treatment and behavioral supports. These will be illustrated through the presentation of a case illustration.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify best practices in meeting the inter-related needs of individuals with I/DD and depression
  • Strategies to coordinate and address Depression as a setting event to challenging behavior

Melissa CheplicMelissa Cheplic is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Positive Behavior Support project at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. She provides training and technical assistance to community support agencies. Cheplic co-authored a book entitled Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers, together with an associated Trainee Workbook.

ID# 29 MHS TBD
TBD, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Recommended Audience: Meridian Health Services

This session will be brief overview of how depression manifests in people with I/DD, and a review of treatment and support strategies for individuals with mood disorders, using Positive Behavior Supports as a model for integrating treatment and behavioral supports. These will be illustrated through the presentation of a case illustration.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify best practices in meeting the inter-related needs of individuals with I/DD and depression
  • Strategies to coordinate and address Depression as a setting event to challenging behavior

Melissa CheplicMelissa Cheplic is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Positive Behavior Support project at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. She provides training and technical assistance to community support agencies. Cheplic co-authored a book entitled Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers, together with an associated Trainee Workbook.

     11:30 AM - 1 PM, Lunch with Exhibitors

     1 PM - 2:15 PM, Concurrent Educational Sessions

ID# 30 The Workforce Puzzle - Part 1
Melissa Skaggs, Provider Resource Group
Monica Armstrong, Provider Resource Group
Recommended Audience: Human Resources

This session will provide strategies for creating a positive environment that will assist in the growth of your business and the retention of quality staff. Participants will become aware of practical information that can be immediately applied to assist you with branding and messaging issues. Experience demonstrates that this is absolutely critical for business success.

Learning Objectives:
  • Setting service expectations for their staff
  • Develop elements of a positive business environment that will assist in growth
  • Develop strategies to assist in the retention of quality staff

Greg LaFormeDr. Greg LaForme has over 40 years’ experience in the field of developmental disabilities. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Fellow in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, he has served as a Private Service Provider, a Public Service Administrator in the field and Senior Instructor at the University of Akron.

Tom SpeaksTom Speaks is Principal and Co-founder of The Impact Group. He is recognized as a leader in municipal communications. He has developed and implemented communication strategies to help communities reach their goals. Speaks background in political science and qualitative and quantitative research techniques provides clients with an in-depth understanding of the audiences they are trying to motivate.

ID# 31 Part 1: Welcoming & Supporting LGBTQ+ Clients
Graham Brinklow, Indiana Youth Group
Recommended Audience: Human Resources

This session will provide strategies for creating a positive environment that will assist in the growth of your business and the retention of quality staff. Participants will become aware of practical information that can be immediately applied to assist you with branding and messaging issues. Experience demonstrates that this is absolutely critical for business success.

Learning Objectives:
  • Setting service expectations for their staff
  • Develop elements of a positive business environment that will assist in growth
  • Develop strategies to assist in the retention of quality staff

Greg LaFormeDr. Greg LaForme has over 40 years’ experience in the field of developmental disabilities. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Fellow in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, he has served as a Private Service Provider, a Public Service Administrator in the field and Senior Instructor at the University of Akron.

ID# 32 Training DSPs in Optimism
Makenzie Sandler, MA, L-BCBA, Life's WORC
Brian Goldman, L-BCBA, Life's WORC
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session is a training on how to welcome and support individuals, who identify within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and/or other spectrum (LGBTQ+). The presenter will give a background on some of the common issues faced by individuals in terms of lack of support and resources. Participants will be able to have an open, safe-space to discuss concerns and questions on how to best advocate for the well-being of a person in their care.

Learning Objectives:
  • Awareness of basic LGBTQ+ terms & definitions
  • Create a welcoming, safe-space for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families
  • Balance professionalism with diverse cultural views

Graham BrinklowGraham Brinklow is an Education Outreach Coordinator with the Indiana Youth Group (IYG). He works to start, support, and sometimes “resuscitate” the over 80 LGBTQ youth groups in communities and schools across the state by facilitating the Indiana Gay Straight Alliance Network. Brinklow also presents LGBTQ Cultural Competency trainings to a wide range of organizations, classrooms, and businesses.

ID# 33 Part I: Hands on Introduction to Video Modeling
Brian Norton, ATP, CEAS, Easterseals Crossroads
Josh Anderson, ATP, Easterseals Crossroads
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports Employment Supports

This session will examine the vocational options for people with intellectual disabilities. Options have traditionally been limited to janitorial, simple food services or counting and sorting types of jobs. With the aid of technology, exciting new approaches that combine Apps with cloud resources have been demonstrated to expand the vocational horizons. These new approaches not only independently coach the individual, but also reduce supervisory verification and setup responsibilities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Common situations where video modeling has been successful
  • Issues and challenges in matching technology with the individual and the vocational setting
  • Emerging technology areas to extend the job opportunities people with intellectual disabilities

Stephen SutterStephen Sutter is the founder and president of CreateAbility Concepts. Sutter has been the principle investigator on 19 research and development projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (related to helping rural people with special needs). All research and development is focused on the appropriate use of assistive technology devices in Vocational, Independent and Educational settings.

ID# 34 Part II: Overview of Customized Employment and the Process of Discovery
Patty Cassidy, Griffin-Hammis
Recommended Audience: Community Supports Employment Supports

This session will describe an evidence-based, health promotion program designed to empower and support individuals with developmental and mental health disabilities to improve their overall health and well-being. HealthMatters Program development, goals, and implementation in various organizations will be discussed. With a connection between healthy lifestyles and mental health, the “Health Matters” curriculum can benefit all individuals receiving support services.

Learning Objectives:
  • Importance of incorporating health promotion activities
  • Individual/organizational roles to increase physical activity and healthy food choices
  • Strategies for supporting long-term lifestyle changes

Beth MarksBeth Marks, RN, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Associate Director for Research in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities. She has published numerous articles and books related to health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care for people with disabilities. Marks also co-produced a film entitled “Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities.”

ID# XX MHS TBD
TBD, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
TBD, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports Employment Supports Human Resources Meridian Health Services

This session will describe an evidence-based, health promotion program designed to empower and support individuals with developmental and mental health disabilities to improve their overall health and well-being. HealthMatters Program development, goals, and implementation in various organizations will be discussed. With a connection between healthy lifestyles and mental health, the “Health Matters” curriculum can benefit all individuals receiving support services.

Learning Objectives:
  • Importance of incorporating health promotion activities
  • Individual/organizational roles to increase physical activity and healthy food choices
  • Strategies for supporting long-term lifestyle changes

Beth MarksBeth Marks, RN, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Associate Director for Research in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities. She has published numerous articles and books related to health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care for people with disabilities. Marks also co-produced a film entitled “Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities.”

Jasmina SisirakJasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Associate Project Director in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities (RRTCDD) in DHD. Sisirak coordinates several health promotion projects in the RRTCDD; and has written publications and presented papers in the area of disability, health, and nutrition.

     2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, Concurrent Educational Sessions

ID# 35 The Workforce Puzzle - Part II
Melissa Skaggs, Provider Resource Group
Monica Armstrong, Provider Resource Group
Recommended Audience: Human Resources

The session will provide an overview of the benefits and coverage limitations for the home health and hospice programs. Participants will experience and outline in the aspects of coordination of care between home health agencies and waiver providers as well as care between hospice providers and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities based on the federal regulations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the benefits and coverage of the Medicaid benefits
  • Review policies and procedures outlined in FSSA Medicaid Provider Manuals
  • Understand federal conditions of participation for hospice care

Jean MacdonaldJean Macdonald is a registered nurse and received her Bachelors of Nursing from the Ohio State University and a Master's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. In her current position, she is responsible for the clinical, regulatory and legislative issues that affect homecare, hospice and home support services.

Michelle Stein-OrdonezMichelle Stein-Ordonez is the Membership Services Director as well as the Medicaid Specialist for the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care (IAHHC). She was the policy analyst for the Medicaid hospice benefit from 1997 thru 2010 and was responsible for the day to day operations of the program. Previously, Stein-Ordonez has worked for Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) for 20 years in several capacities.

ID# 36 Part 2: Welcoming & Supporting LGBTQ+ Clients
Graham Brinklow, Indiana Youth Group
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session will share real life experiences on what it means to be really out of the work-life balance. Studies show that 65% of all Americans say they are stressed to the limit. Participants will learn how to bring that balance back through activities and videos throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Realizing where you fall with your work-life balance
  • Issues related to having no balance in your life
  • Strategies to get your life in balance

Monica ArmstrongMonica Armstrong is currently working as an independent consultant as well as working for Provider Resources Group. She has over 30 years' experience in case management, residential and adult day support, working in both private and public sectors, as well as non-profit agencies. Armstrong helped create and open an adult fitness program and community recreation program to meet the needs in the community.

ID# 37 Linking Discovery & Job Development: A Customized Approach
Patty Cassidy, Griffin-Hammis
Recommended Audience: Community Supports Employment Supports

Join this session to listen in and ask questions of a panel of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) from different member organizations throughout Indiana. The panel will provide you a DSP perspective on topics ranging from recruitment and on-boarding, to interacting with supervisors, and workforce diversity. This is the perfect time to get an insider’s view on how DSPs feel about their work environment and how organizations can take steps to ensure staff feel prepared and motivated from day one.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attract, on-board, and then effectively train DSPs
  • How to provide on-going feedback and support to DSPs
  • Strategies for retaining talented DSPs

ID# 38 TPart II: Hands on Introduction to Video Modeling
Brian Norton, ATP, CEAS, Easterseals Crossroads
Josh Anderson, ATP, Easterseals Crossroads
Recommended Audience: Child and Family Services Community Supports Employment Supports

This session will display different technologies that may assist persons with a disability in overcoming barriers. Beginning with a general overview of challenges presented with navigation and transportation due to a disability, this training will allow attendees to observe and try out different technology used for community navigation and transportation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding of barriers for persons with disabilities
  • Experience technology, which aids in navigation
  • Awareness of how to use technology

Joshua AndersonJoshua Anderson is an Assistive Technology Specialist with Easter Seals Crossroads. Previously, he had worked in the Employment Division. Anderson is currently completing his last semester at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as he earns a Bachelor’s of Public Administration through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

ID# 39 REPEAT Watch Video (Valuing Lives - Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization)
Recommended Audience: Community Supports

This session will discuss the role of staff and caregivers in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to improve their health outcomes, health behaviors, self-efficacy, and socio-environmental supports. As the health of people with I/DD is “interdependent” with those they rely on for supports, evidence-based best practices for promoting health and preventing disease and injuries will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the individual role in promoting health
  • Strategies to foster a culture of health and wellness for all
  • Review programs and initiatives to promote health for people with I/DD

     3:45 PM, Annual Conference "Send-Off"
NOTE: Agenda and sessions subject to change without notice.