Easter Seals Family Support Navigator Academy

Friday, February 19, 2010- Saturday, February 20, 2010
Location: Detroit, Michigan

Easter Seals Family Support Navigator Academy
February 19-20, 2010
Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel, Detroit, Michigan

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. Registration is limited to 100 people.

The Easter Seals Family Support Navigator Academy is a free 2-day training conference for parents of children with disabilities and self advocates, in partership with the Developmental Disabilities Institute of Wayne State University (MI UCEDD). The conference is designed to train family members and self advocates how to discover, access, and use their local services and supports to strengthen
their families.

Attendees are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses. Easter Seals has negotiated a meeting rate of $99/night (plus tax) for hotel rooms. A limited number of stipends are available for parents and self advocates.  These stipends are to be used to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for participating in the Academy.

The Family Support Academy will train Navigators in the philosophy, ethics, and skills needed to implement a family-centered, empowerment model of support. At the end of the 2-day Academy, participants will create action plans that they will implement in their home communities. Academy staff will provide follow along support to assist participants become proficient in navigation. Participants will build personalized toolkits of evidence-based practices and skills and complete a navigation portfolio that will be reviewed by the Academy staff.

Meeting Agenda 

Application to Attend Form 


The Academy is limited to 100 attendees. Interested Individuals must apply to attend.

The meeting application deadline is Friday February 5, 2010 by mail or fax

  • Mail (with postmark on or by 2/5/10) to: Tatisa Joiner, Easter Seals, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago IL 60606
  • Fax: 312-726-1494, Attn: Tatisa Joiner


The deadline for reserving hotel rooms at the meeting rate is February 3, 2010

  • The Westin hotel is located at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (2501 Worldgateway Place, Detroit, MI), no ground transportation is required
  • The meeting room rate is $99/night plus tax.
  • Book the hotel room by clicking here.


Please direct ALL QUESTIONS to Leslie Jackson of Easter Seals at 312-551-7175 or ljackson@easterseals.com