Tera Yoder, EdD

Partnership for People with Disabilities
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia University Center for Excellence
PO Box 843020
700 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
 
Phone: 804-828-3879
Email: tyoder@vcu.edu
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Last Updated: May 09, 2008

Tera Yoder
 

Leadership: Associate UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Education Director
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Supporting People with Challenging Behaviors in Virginia
 
Discipline(s): Interdisciplinary
 
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
 
Research: Areas of interest include:

Perspectives of individuals with disabilities on services and supports that they need and use to be active community members

Effectiveness of positive behavior support practices on individuals who have brain injuries

Use of person-centered skills and practices by service providers

Referral of children with founded abuse and neglect to early intervention services

Increase in self direction, in particular the use of flexible individual budgeting of public resources for waiver users

Ease of use and fidelity of implementation of school improvement models that include all students
Education: Areas of interest include:

Incorporation of person-centered and positive strategies in the training opportunities for service providers

Supports and strategies that assist in the children and youth receiving the support they need to be active participants and learners

Provision of training opportunities for individuals with disabilities in self-advocacy leadership
Service: Areas of interest include:

Support to individuals who need assistance with supports in order to live in communities (transportation, shopping, etc)

Participation in activities that ensure that voice of individuals with disabilities in heard

Vita/Bio

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

NAME:  Tera T. Yoder

TITLE IN PROPOSAL:  Associate Director for Program Support

EDUCATION:

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

YR. CONFERRED

FIELD OF STUDY

Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA

B.S.

1971

      Biology

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

M.S.

1974

      Rehabilitation Counseling

George Peabody College for Teachers, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Ed.D.

1982

      Educational Leadership


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND APPOINTMENTS:

1992-present - Associate Director for Program Support (2004-to present), Director of Community Supports (2002-2004), Director of Program Development (1992-2002), Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1989-1991 - Administrative Consultant for Virginia's Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers Program, Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, Richmond, VA

1985-1989 - Administrative Coordinator for NICHD multi-state project. St Mary's Hospital and the Virginia Foundation for the Exceptional Child and Adolescent, Richmond, VA

1978-1985 - Mental Retardation Community Services Coordinator, Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, Richmond, VA

1974-1977 - Mental Retardation Coordinator, Hanover County ARC and Community Services Board, Hanover County, VA

1971-1973 - Biology Teacher, King George County Public Schools, King George, VA

MAJOR RESEARCH/PROFESSIONAL INTEREST: Individual and family directed supports provided in home communities; participation and membership by individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community life

CURRENT INVOLVEMENT WITH PROJECTS:

Partnership for People with Disabilities Core Grant: Supports the administrative and programmatic aspects of Virginia's university center for excellence in developmental disabilities education, service, and research. Funded by ADD. Role: Associate Director for Program Support (includes oversight of Community Services core function)

Person-Centered Planning Implementation: Becoming Person-Centered Organizations. A six state initiative with sub-awards to the National Association of Directors of Developmental Disability Services and Support Development Associates to increase the use of provide person-centered practices. Funded by CMS. Role: Co-PI

Rebalancing Initiative: Increasing Person-Centered Planning, Informed Choice, and Self Direction: Through a collaborative effort with Virginia's Office of Mental Retardation Services, the project work with local communities to provide resources to strengthen person-centered approaches and informed choice. Funded by CMS. Role: PI

Positive Behavioral Supports for People with Disabilities: Coordinates training, mentoring, and endorsement of positive behavioral support facilitators in Virginia and makes recommendations for processes that ensure qualified providers are available in Virginia. Funded by VDMHMRSAS and CNI/DRS. Role: PI

Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership: Three projects that promote the active involvement of self-advocates: Self Advocacy Mobilization (funding from VBPD); Youth Information, Training, and Resources (funding from ADD) and National Service Inclusion (funding from University of Massachusetts and AUCD). Role: PI

Infant and Toddler Connection of Richmond: Provides early intervention services and supports to infants and toddlers and their families in the City of Richmond. Funded by VDMHMRSAS. Role: Fiscal Agent Liaison

Early Intervention Technical Assistance: Funds the provision of technical assistance to local interagency coordinating councils and supports the administration of the early intervention (Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia) state office. Funded by VDMHMRSAS. Role: Liaison with Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia state office

School By School Evaluation: Provides for an extensive evaluation of a model process for school improvement that was developed to assist schools in identifying, implementing, and tracking school improvement initiatives. Funded by VDOE. Role: PI

SELECTED OFFICES/MEMBERSHIP ON ADVISORY COUNCILS, BOARDS:

2006-08

Staff member from the Partnership to the Systems Transformation Workgroup, an interagency committee formed as a requirement for Virginia's Systems Transformation Grant

2006-08

Co-Team Leader for Resource Team 2 of Systems Transformation Grant, a work group for person-centered planning and individual budgeting

2006-08

Member of the Mental Retardation Waiver Study Steering Committee, a group formed as a result of a required legislative study

2005-08

Member of the Mental Retardation Office Advisory Council (TACID), a statewide group that meets monthly to review and inform issues related to individuals with intellectual disabilities

2004-08

Staff member to the Consumer Advisory Team, an advisory group of individuals who are users of CD-PAS services in Virginia (part of Rebalancing project)

2004-06

Member of work group established by DMAS to work on quality assurance and quality improvement for HCBS waivers

2004-06

Member of work group established by DMAS to make recommendations on additional consumer-directed services

2003-06

Staff member for a statewide Steering Committee on promoting a positive behavioral support agenda in Virginia

2002-06

Staff member to the Real Choice Systems Change - Consumer-Directed Services Training Advisory Committee

2001-08

National Community Education Directors Council (NCEDC), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

2002-04

Member of the statewide Steering Committee for Real Choice Systems Change project of 2001

2002-04

Member of the Evaluation Guidance Team for Virginia's project on General Supervision Enhancement, a grant through USDOE for improvements in the Part B and Part C systems

PUBLICATIONS and PRODUCTS:

               

Member of team that developed three workbooks for consumer-directed services:

Introduction to Consumer-Directed Services in Virginia's Mental Retardation Home and Community Based Services Waiver (revised 2007). Richmond, VA: Partnership for People with Disabilities.

Introduction to Consumer-Directed Services in Virginia's Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Waiver (2007). Richmond, VA: Partnership for People with Disabilities.

Introduction to Consumer-Directed Services in Virginia's Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction Waiver (2007). Richmond, VA: Partnership for People with Disabilities

Buck, D., Hill, C., Harvey, J., Quinonez, S., Uhl, M., & Yoder, T., (2002). Kaleidoscope: New Perspectives in Service Coordination, (a curriculum for Part C service coordinators). Richmond, VA: Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

Hammar, E., Sterling, M., Wilberger, S., & Yoder, T. (2002). Creating collaborative IEPs: A training for parents and professionals. Richmond, VA: Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

Shannon, P., Daly, D., Malatchi, A., Kvarfordt, C., & Yoder, T. (2001). Assessing statewide capacity to coordinate the use of positive behavioral supports. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. 3(2), 95-100.

Buck, D., Uhl, M., & Yoder, T., (2000). Optimizing financial resources for family-centered early intervention services: A guide for Local Interagency Coordinating Councils, (2nd Edition). Richmond, VA: Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

Member of team that developed: Creating Collaborative IEPs: A Handbook (Revised edition, 2001)

Richmond, VA: Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities