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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Strengthening Systems Collaboration and Coordination to Improve Community Integration and Self-Determination

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Monday, November 10, 2014 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Location: Congressioanl Hall B

Session Description

New in 2014, eight AUCD poster symposia seek to deepen levels of engagement and connection between those interested in common topics. Posters have been hand-selected by a review committee and grouped by room according to theme. Facilitators will open each poster symposia with broad thoughts about the room’s theme, and attendees will be allotted ample time for in-depth exploration of the information presented and make connections with others in the room. Attendees are free to select one symposia to attend as space allows; pre-registration is not required.


While our nation values full participation and integration of people with disabilities, many systemic barriers remain.  This session looks at innovative research and best practices in systems change efforts to promote community integration and self-determination.  These include efforts to encourage federal and state-based cross-agency collaboration to promote competitive integrated employment, increase affordable housing and accessible transportation, and utilize Medicaid waivers to support successful self-direction.


Featured Presenter(s)

Facilitator: Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, former disability and education policy advisor for Senator Tom Harkin, Washington, DC


Poverty in America: The intersection of disability and housing
Kelly Nye-Lengerman, MSW, Research Associate, Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND
Derek Nord, PhD, Minneapolis, MN, United States, MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND;
Kristin Hamre, MSW, Minneapolis, MN, United States, MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND;

Access to quality housing options in communities of their choosing is a fundamental need for people with disabilities to be fully included in their communities. Housing is a vital component of a person's membership in their community. Using current American Community Survey (ACS) data this presentation will explore the complex relationships between poverty, housing access, and disability status at the state and county level.

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Internships: Real Jobs with Real Solutions
Chris Harper, BA MBA, President, Youth Transitions Inc
Skill development is an important part of employment success. Competitive employment outcomes for persons with disabilities lag far behind non-disabled persons. Jobs, job retention, and career development all contribute to the poor employment rate for persons with disabilities. This poster will address employment training, and specific internship program designs that will improve employment outcomes.

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Engaging Social Innovation: The Motivations of Social Entrepreneurs with Intellectual Disabilities
Kate Caldwell, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
This presentation will present research findings that explore the motivations of individuals with intellectual disabilities in social entrepreneurship and how participation and support in this regard can affect their capacity to act as social innovators. The impact of motivation on disability employment policy will also be discussed.

Changing the Conversation: Engaging Local Communities in New Discussions About Competitive Employment
Erik Carter, Professor, Vanderbilt University, UCEDD/LEND
Elise McMillan, JD, Vanderbilt UCEDD, Nashville, TN, United States, TN - Vanderbilt University, UCEDD/LEND;

We will present an asset-based approach for increasing the capacity of communities to improve employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We held 'community conversations' across six diverse communities in Tennessee, each focused on generating local solutions to supporting competitive employment. We will share findings from qualitative and quantitative data collected during and after each event, along with recommendations for applying this methodology to other issues.

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Starting Our Adventure Right: Helping Individuals with Developmental Disabilities SOAR In Their Communities
Jennifer (Bass) Smith, PsyD, BCBA-D, LEND Program Director, Cincinnati LEND
This presentation will discuss the Starting Our Adventure Right (SOAR) program, a collaboration between Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport, The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and The Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati. SOAR brings family members, professionals, and community partners together to educate community members while preparing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to have active engagement opportunities within various community venues.

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"Community-Based Nonwork" services in an Employment First environment
Jennifer Sulewski, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
^, MA;

As disability policy increasingly prioritizes integrated employment for people with IDD, defining the role of nonwork activities has been an emerging challenge. This poster will examine the role of community-based nonwork (CBNW) supports in an Employment First environment. Current research and development efforts aimed at promoting quality CBNW outcomes at the national, state, and local levels will be described.

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Self-Directed Supports for Individuals with Autism, Intellectual, and Developmental Disabilities: Results from a Preliminary Inquiry into 1915c Medicaid Waiver Programs
Matthew DeCarlo, MSW, Doctoral Student, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jennifer Hall-Linde, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND;
Amy Hewitt, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND;
Matthew Bogenschutz, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;

This poster reports findings from a document analysis of CMS 1915c Medicaid waiver documents for self-directed supports for children and adults diagnosed with IDD and Autism. The waiver documents demonstrate a greater acceptance of and adherence to the model of self-direction in state-level programs than observed in previous national studies. The documentary analysis was conducted as part of a larger State of the States research project

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Employment Supports and Services Systems Change-Success through Stakeholder Engagement
Tammie Amsbaugh, Program Manager, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND
This session will describe the depth and variety of engagement of essential stakeholders in Iowa's comprehensive employment systems change initiative. This systems change work focuses on expanding the array of services available to Iowans with disabilities. The goal is to increase the availability and improve the quality of community based employment supports and services, resulting in more people with disabilities employed in the general workforce.

New York State Project SEARCH: Transitioning Students into Careers
Julie Christensen, PhD, LMSW, AUCD Director, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND
Erin Riehle, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cinncinnati, OH, United States;

Project SEARCH is a successful high school transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is recognized for its innovative approach to providing job readiness training through collaborative efforts between business, education and vocational rehabilitative services. New York State has adopted Project SEARCH as a best practice model for transition-to-work based on employment outcomes, which far exceed the national averages for this group of individuals.

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Employment service providers understanding and practice regarding clients' challenging behaviors.
Brian Freedman, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Christine Barthold, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, United States;

Employment service providers in Delaware were surveyed regarding clients' challenging behaviors. Survey respondents described different behaviors they encounter in a client's workplace and how they go about understanding, measuring and responding to the behavior. Respondents shared their beliefs about their capacity to support people with challenging behaviors in an employment setting. The results of the survey and preliminary conclusions and next steps will be described.

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Engaged Policy: The History, Development, and Impact of the Partnership for Hope Medicaid Waiver
George Gotto, Ph.D., Director, University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND
This session will present the results of a two-year impact study of an innovative Home and Community Based Waiver in Missouri. The Partnership for Hope waiver is an engaged partnership between county, state and federal agencies that has eliminated wait lists and impacted the statewide economy. Researchers will describe the impact this partnership has on individuals receiving services, their family members, county-based services, and the state economy.

Barriers and Facilitators to Homeownership for African American Women with Physical Disabilities
Angel Miles, Doctoral Candidate , Housing & African American Women with Disabilities, Women's Studies Doctoral Candidate University of Maryland College Park
Most studies considering homeownership as a tool towards economic advancement do not include people with disabilities in their discussion and have limited or no analysis of gender or race. This study contributes to filling in these gaps through examining the intersecting impact of inequalities of race, class, gender and ability in the descriptions of and narratives about homeownership among a sample of African American women with physical disabilities.

Partnerships in Employment: Building a Vision through Systems Collaboration and Coordination
Karen Flippo, MRA, Program Director, Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
Partnerships in Employment is funded by AIDD to address systemic barriers that youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience when transitioning from high school to competitive employment. This project, located in 8 states, requires extensive collaboration and communication between state vocational rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and special education agencies. The poster session will describe policy and practice changes introduced by the projects and their effect upon the respective state systems  

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