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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room Level


Educational Institutions as Model Employers of People with Disabilities
Michael Murray, Principal Advisor, OPM
Sarah Von Schrader, PHD, Cornell University Employment and Disability Instidute, Ithaca, NY;

Educational institutions in their role as employers can pave the way for how to find, hire, retain, and advance employees with disabilities. Using research by Cornell University and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, participants in this interactive workshop will: 1: Analyze research on policies and practices implemented by the public and private sectors to employ people with disabilities; and, 2: Strategize ways to implement these practices at educational institution.

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Scaling-Up Evidence-Based Transition Across Three States: Engaging the UCEDD Network
Margo Izzo, PhD, Program Director, The Nisonger Center, UCEDD/LEND
Martin Blair, PhD, University of Montana Rural Institute, Missoula, MT, United States;
Martha Mock, PhD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, United States;
Allison Lombardi, PhD, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, United States;

Find out how the UCEDD network is scaling-up transition services by engaging with state and local agencies to implement evidence-based transition practices. Hear perspectives from Directors and researchers on how to build capacity within three states. Gain information on Stepping-Up grant competition from OSEP, US DOE. See how to engage the UCEDD network to implement transition services at state, local and student levels.

How To Get Involved in Disability Policy If You Don't Know Where to Start
Kim Musheno, Public Policy Director, AUCD
Rachel Patterson, MPA, Policy Manager, AUCD, Silver Spring, MD;

Informing, educating, and building relationships with policymakers are key roles for AUCD network members and all disability advocates, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. This session will highlight pressing issues in disability policy, making the most out of visits to Capitol Hill, and how to continue relationships with your members of Congress at home. Special bonus: analysis of the recent election and its impact on disability policy!

Inclusive Leadership in Action: Diversity Includes Disability
Kathy Miller, MSW, Director of Community Services, Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD
Guy Caruso, Ph. D , Wexford, PA, United States, PA - Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD;

Inclusive Leadership in Action is a project of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. The project supports generic community organizations to include individuals with disabilities as fully participating members of decision-making bodies, boards and committees. This presentation will share the methods, evidence based resources and tools being developed to assist community organizations to recruit, support and sustain qualified leaders with disabilities on their decision-making bodies.

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Children with Special Health Care Needs, Child Maltreatment/Trauma and Foster Care: A Statewide Interagency Approach to Care and Capacity Building
Janet Todd, PhD, Psychologist, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Melissa Hoffmann, PhD, Memphis, TN, United States, TN - Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Kristin Hoffman, PhD, Memphis, TN, United States, TN - Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;

This presentation will describe the development and functioning of a statewide network of pediatric referral centers that assist the state's child welfare system and community providers by improving health and behavioral health services to children in or at risk of state custody. Discussion will focus on engagement of local and state stakeholders in collaborating to improve outcomes in this vulnerable group of children and their families.

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Engaging Consumers in Building Self-directed Medicaid Managed Long-term Services and Supports Programs for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Merrill Friedman, Vice President for Advocacy, WellPoint
^Kathy Brill, MEd, MPS, Parent to Parent USA, Washington, DC;

To provide integrated and quality healthcare and services, states are turning to managed care to coordinate LTSS for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Consumer engagement is critical for ensuring these programs attain their stated goals. Co-facilitated by a parent advocate and managed care executive, this session will share Best Practices for consumer, family, self-advocate and advocate engagement of states and health plans on managed care program development and oversight.

Early Identification of Developmental Delays or Concerns to Receipt of Early Intervention Services Among Infants and Toddlers
Catherine Rice, PhD, Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Maureen Greer, Infant Toddler Coordinator Association, Indianapolis, IN;
Brian Barger, USC-DRDC, Atlanta, GA, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
Christine Bethell, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR;
Amy Daniels, Autism Speaks, New York, NY;

This session will present data on early developmental concerns, delays, and diagnoses and participation in early intervention and medical home services for infants and toddlers. The current picture of early identification and opportunities to fill gaps in knowledge will be discussed. This session will be relevant to practitioners, policy makers, and researchers interested in using data to inform services and policies for young children with developmental delays or disabilities.

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Successful Engagement of Colleges, Vocational Rehabilitation, Students and Families: Lessons Learned in College2Career Programs in California
Wilbert Francis, MBA, Project Director, Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD
Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., Tarjan Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, United States, CA - Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD;
Catherine Campisi, Ph.D., California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Sacramento, CA, United States;
Denise Simpson, M.Ed., North Orange County Community College District, Cypress, CA, United States;
April Guajardo, M.S. Ed.C., M.S.Tech, North Orange County Community College District, Cypress, CA, United States;

California has completed a three year pilot College2Career program, funded by vocational rehabilitation (VR), for students with IDD. This effort required engagement between VR, higher education, the DD service system, students, and families to attain the desired outcome of integrated, competitive employment. A panel of program experts will describe results, discuss emergent policy issues and share lessons learned as the program expands and enters the future.

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Engaging Partners to Intervene with and Support Persons with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
David Deere, MSW, MTh, Director, Partners for Inclusive Communities, UCEDD/LEND
Ann Carrellas, LMSW, Detroit, MI, MI - Developmental Disabilities Institute, UCEDD;
Luke Comeau, MA, Sioux City, SD, SD - Center for Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Mary O'Connor, PhD, Los Angeles, CA, CA - Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD;
Susan Ryan, PhD, Burlington, VT, VT - Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, UCEDD;

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are the cause of the largest number of preventable cases of intellectual disabilities, affecting 20-50 per 1,000 births and costing the nation more than $8 billion annually. Participants in this presentation will learn how their programs can engage their communities to better support persons with FASD. Presenters from four different UCEDDs will describe their programs and make available a toolkit of interventions and educational resources.

Using Writing and Poetry to Engage Diverse Students
Norma Jean Stodden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center on Disability Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Cherie Ward, Howard University, Washington, DC;

This session features two presentations on "Diverse Learners and a School-wide Writing Initiative and "Using Poetry as a Communication Multimodality to Engage African American Students with Mild Disabilities in Reading."

Healthcare Transition Updates from the Field
Ilka Riddle, PhD, Director, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND
Adriane Griffen, MPH, MCHES, Public Health Director, Silver Spring, MD, MD - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities -;
Steve Sulkes, MD, LEND Director and Co-UCEDD Director, Rochester, NY, NY - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Lisa DeLucia, DDS, Rochester, NY, NY - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Leslie Cohen, JD, Director, Tucson, AZ, AZ - Sonoran UCEDD;
Tamsen Bassford, MD, Director, Tucson, AZ, AZ - Sonoran UCEDD;

This session features presentations on "Special Hope Grantees: Updates from the Field on Transition" and Healthcare Transition Readiness Across Five Groups of Youth: Looking at What Matters."

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