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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Advocacy & Self-determination

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Monday, November 6, 2017 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM

Location: Congressional Ballroom C


Implementing the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction in Inclusive General Education Classrooms


Sheida K. Raley, M.Ed, Doctoral Student, Spring 2017 Virtual Trainee, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND

In support of the Obama administration's national Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps and the promotion of STEM education in an increasingly competitive economy, this presentation reports on the impact of the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction in promoting the development of skills associated with self-determination of high school students with and without disabilities in an inclusive general education mathematics class across a semester.

Voices of Students with Disabilities: Experiences Self-Identifying and Self-Advocating -Six Perspectives Taken when Seeking Services


Rachel Blinn, MSW, Ms., Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Students with disabilities (SWD) must self-identify and self-advocate, per the ADA and Section 504, to access accommodations and services within postsecondary education settings. Twelve SWD participated in three focus groups to explore their experiences of self-identifying and self-advocating; and potential supports that may be indicated. Three interplaying themes were identified; and SWD described six perspectives they take when seeking services.

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The Effects of a Post-Secondary Education Program on Self-Determination Among Individuals With Disabilities Within a University Setting


Mary Whirley, M.Ed., Trainee, Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD
Christina Gushanas, M.Ed., College Station, TX, United States, TX - Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD;
Dalun Zhang, PhD, College Station, TX, TX - Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD;
Cheryl Grenwelge, PhD, College Station, TX, TX - Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD;
Students participated in a two-semester post-secondary education employment training program at a large southern university. We will present the effects of participation in the post-secondary education program on self-determination.

Collaboration to Foster Self-Determination Best Practices


Lucy Lund, PhD, Dr. , Walden University Dissertation Presentation

Collaboration is essential to ensuring teams are active in fostering self-determination. As the person who receive services is the consistent messenger in goal development, a collaborative team with this sole focus can create a platform for goal development long-term. In utilizing research on current collaborative strategies, the opportunity to increase collaboration will be the focus of this session using team development practices to ensure self-determination drives goal development.

The Right to Personhood as The Right to Make Decisions about Your Own Life.


Arlene Kanter, J.D. LL.M., Professor , Syracuse University College of Law

This program will explore recent developments in laws and policies that promote the right of people to personhood, which entails making decisions about their own lives.

Siblings of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Their Perspectives on Guardianship and Its Alternatives


Anna Brady, , Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice, UCEDD/LEND
Keith Christensen, Logan, UT, UT - Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Stephanie Juth, Logan, UT, UT - Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;

Adult siblings of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) often play a key role in supporting the decisions of their brothers or sisters. However, little is known about what these adults siblings know and think about guardianship and its alternatives. This qualitative research study explored these siblings? knowledge and perspectives about guardianship and its alternatives. Implications about ways to support adult siblings and people with ID will also be reported.

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Meaningful Participation in Decision-Making:A Toolkit of Promising Supported Decision Making Practices in the Transition to Adulthood


Steve Ruder, B.S.W., Program Coordinator, Transition and Adult Projects, UC Davis at the MIND Institute, UCEDD/LEND
Robin Hansen, M.D., UC Davis MIND Institute: CEDD, Sacramento, CA, United States;
Ann Bui, M.S.H.C.A., UC Davis MIND Institute: LEND, Sacramento, CA, United States;
Cathy Mikitka, M.A., UC Davis MIND Institute: CEDD, Sacramento, CA, United States;
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Exploring services and supports during Transition is often coupled with concerns about how families will continue to support and guide young adults with disabilities once they become legal adults. Many families are counseled by schools, professionals, and publications to automatically become legal guardians. This session will explore some potential pitfalls of guardianship and the supported decision-making model that addresses these concerns with greater flexibility and less restriction.

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You Don't Have To Do It Alone: Collaboration at Kentucky's UCEDD


Kathy Sheppard-Jones, PhD, Executive Director, Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, UCEDD/LEND
Bev Harp, MSW, Lexington, KY, United States, KY - Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, UCEDD;
Amy Cooper-Puckett, MSW, Kentucky Office of Autism , Lexington, KY, United States;
Laura Butler, MRC, Lexington, KY, United States, KY - Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, UCEDD;
Jonathan Martinis, JD, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse Unversity, Washington, DC, United States;

Collaboration and self-determination are core values of the University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI). This panel presentation will feature projects on which HDI is currently collaborating with other agencies, in and out of Kentucky. Each project relies on significant input from self-advocates in promoting self-determination. Key personnel from these projects will discuss their work; collaborating partners will discuss their roles within the larger context of their agencies.

Advancing the Rights of People with Disabilities


Caitlin Bailey, Phd ABD, Director of Research and Evaluation, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware
Nancy Weiss, MSW, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, United States;
Marian Saulino, MSW, Values Into Action, PA, Media, PA, United States;

This session focuses on the needs and experiences of people with disabilities, families and service agencies invested in ensuring that people with disabilities fully access to their human and civil rights. Specifically, session facilitators will present findings and collaboratively strategize with participants to identify: 1) what is needed to advance social equality for people with disabilities and, 2) the current strategies, practices and lessons that have led to making that happen.

Picture YOUR Life Academy: Collaborative Effort to Assist Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities to Gain Advocacy and Independent Living Skills


Jacy Farkas, MA, Assistant Director, Sonoran UCEDD
Melissa Kushner, MSW, Tucson, AZ, United States, AZ - Sonoran UCEDD;

It is essential that youth have the opportunity to learn and practice advocacy and independent living skills in preparation for adulthood. Through collaboration with Arizona independent living centers and council, a Title V agency, and DD network partners, the Sonoran UCEDD coordinated summer academies for youth with disabilities and in foster care in two locales. We present data collected from youth participants, lessons learned, and efforts for sustainability.

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