Technical Assistance Provided by UCEDDs

Technical Assistance Provided by UCEDDs


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Thursday, June 27, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this webinar:

This webinar will address the Technical Assistance UCEDD core function. This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS.

For our previous installments:

  • Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Preparation for UCEDDs without a LEND or Training Grant; archived here.
  • Continuing Education for UCEDDs; archived here.
  • Community Training for UCEDDs; archived here


Colleen A. McLaughlin, M.Ed.  is the Associate Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. Ms. McLaughlin is responsible for directing the Center’s Disability Policy and Community Training and Technical Assistance initiatives. In collaboration with the Executive Director, Ms. McLaughlin coordinates the Center’s UCEDD related functions and strategic planning. Ms. McLaughlin received her MEd from Temple University and a BS from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has focused on inclusive community supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities. With more than five years’ experience working at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and ten years of experience at The Boggs Center, Ms. McLaughlin brings expertise in self-determination, direct support workforce development, service coordination, quality improvement, systems change, and disability policy. Ms. McLaughlin served as a strand leader and primary author for Workforce Development subject matter resulting from 2015 National Goals in Research, Practice, and Policy. She is a fellow of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for which she also serves as co-chair of the Direct Support Professional Interest Network. Ms. McLaughlin is also a member of the College of Direct Support National Advisory Board and the NADSP Frontline Initiative Editorial Board.

Jana Ferguson, M.Ed. Jana Ferguson, M.Ed., is a project coordinator for the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota where she works in the area of transition to provide training and technical assistance to districts on Check & Connect and Expanding the Circle around the country. Mrs. Ferguson is currently coordination the Improving Graduation Rates for Black and American Indian Students with Individual Education Plans project, where she works closely with districts in Minnesota to decrease the achievement gap for these students. She previously was a special education teacher in the high school setting.

Terri Vandercook, Ph.D. is the assistant director of TIES Center. She previously was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education at the University of St. Thomas and coordinator for the program in Developmental Disabilities. She has worked with and learned from individuals with significant developmental disabilities, their families, and team members for 40 years. Themes throughout her career have been the active belonging, participation, and learning (inclusion!) of each child in her or his community. Her areas of focus include inclusive schooling, collaborative teaming, instruction of students with significant cognitive disabilities, and teacher training.

Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI). She leads the Community Living and Employment area of ICI. Kelly's work is focused on making public policies and systems work for people through research, training, technical assistance and advocacy. Her work supports the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in community life. Some of Kelly's current research projects include Promoting Readiness in Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) TA Center, Think Work, Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) initiatives, and the College of Direct Support (CDS). She is also involved in a number of other community and research projects as part of the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) focused on workforce development, person centered practices, and evaluation.

Barbara Kleist, M.Ed., JD, FAAIDD is the program director for entrepreneurial and development programs at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. She received her M.Ed. in Recreation Park and Leisure Studies from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. Ms. Kleist works on state and federal projects focusing on improving community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Current projects include leading training and technical assistance and federal and state policy development in person centered practices, direct support workforce development and community living. Ms. Kleist is a certified Person Centered Thinking trainer and also trained in ToP participatory facilitation methods. She is currently a member of the MN Disability Law Center Advisory Committee, WINGS MN, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP), and chair of the Legal Process and Advocacy Network of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Ms. Kleist is a licensed attorney with Minnesota State Bar with 30 years of experience representing self-advocates and family members in conflict resolution, guardianship and administrative proceedings, mediation, service evaluation and training for community services staff, families and self-advocates on a variety of topics including alternatives to guardianship, supported decision making and person centered practices. Her relationship with her sibling provides the foundation for Ms. Kleist’s commitment to the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.