Advanced Directives for Health Care: Your Choices, Your Life - You've Got the Power!


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern
Location: online

An archive of the audio and visual recording of this webinar is available at You will be asked to enter your email address and registration information, then will be able to access the recording in a Windows Media file. The presentation alone is able to be printed from the link on the right side of this page.

Aging and End of Life Webinar Series

Sponsored By AAIDD - AUCD - The Arc of the US - ANCOR - AAIDD Gerontology Division -   UIC RRTC on Aging & DD

No Registration Fees - You Pay Your Ordinary Telephone Charges

Date Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Time:  1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time

Moderator:  Doreen Croser, Executive Director, AAIDD

Topic:  Advanced Directives for Health Care: Your Choices, Your Life - You've Got the Power!


  • Tia Nelis, Self-Advocacy Specialist at Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Institute of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago 
    • Tia Nelis was the past chairperson of the National Organization Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered. She founded People First of Illinois and has successfully promoted People First. Ms. Nelis has served as president of People First of Illinois and Naperville. She was honored with the Burton Blatt Award by the Illinois TASH and the Elizabeth Boggs award from AARR. Ms. Nelis has wide experience conducting training and advocating for progressive polices with legislators and public officials.

  • Stacy Yusim, MA, Training Manager, Equip for Equality
    • Stacy Yusim joined Equip for Equality in 2002 as the Training Institute Manager. Her responsibilities include planning and managing the policies, strategies and program content of the Training Institute for Disability Rights. Ms. Yusim has a MA degree in Human Performance & Training from Governors State University. Her experience includes over twenty years creating, managing and evaluating training programs for people with disabilities.

Webinar Description: 

People with disabilities will learn about advanced health directives including:

  • What are advanced health care directives
  • How the importance of everyday choices relates to advanced health care directives
  • Why creating an advanced health care directive is another way to be a self-advocate
  • The different kinds of forms available
  • The different ways to create their own advanced directives
  • Examples of what detailed choices other people have made
  • Using a process to start thinking about the supports and the people they would want involved
  • Access to a lawyer to help make the directive legal

Target Audience: Self-Advocates 

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When: 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Time:1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

April 21, 2010:  End of Life Through a Cultural Lens

Speaker: Tawara Goode, MA, Associate Director Georgetown UCEDD, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

April 21 will be the final webinar in this series. Thank you for your interest!

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