Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
The Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series is a community and continuing education program provided for Division of Developmental Disabilities staff, community provider agencies, people with disabilities, and family members to enhance their knowledge and skills in innovative approaches and state of the art practices for people with developmental disabilities.
Eight sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series are held each year, four in the Fall, and four in the Spring. Nationally known speakers with expertise in their field serve as faculty for the program, each conducting a morning presentation and providing technical assistance in an afternoon forum. Over 1,500 people attend the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series each year.
See the descriptions of current sessions and registration information below.
Happy People Don’t Act Out: Looking at the Whole Picture
Karen Baker, PhD
Behavior does not happen in isolation. It is related to history and experience, medical, psychiatric and emotional issues, social environment, and other factors. This presentation offers a new way of looking at the individual, support systems, and ourselves, within a neurodevelopmental framework. By taking a multimodal and positive systems approach, we go beyond traditional applied behavior analysis to understand the true antecedents of behavior, and develop appropriate supports based on a biopsychosocial model.
The Support Coordination Model of Service
Margaret Theisen, MA
This presentation will provide an overview of Oregon’s change to a supports coordination model of planning, development, and connection to community-based services. Ms. Theisen will describe how they transitioned to this model and worked with an array of constituent groups to reach a common vision and effective support system. Utilizing examples of partnerships with individuals with developmental disabilities, families, state systems, providers, community supports, and schools, specific approaches to effectively implement systems change will be discussed.
A Disability-Inclusive Approach
to the Right to Decide
Michael Bach, PhD
Centuries of confinement and exclusion based on the idea of ‘mental incapacity’ has meant that people with intellectual, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities are often considered to have a lesser moral and legal status than other human beings. This presentation will critically examine the traditional formulation of legal capacity and the concept of guardianship, the right to make decisions about one’s own life, and how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities writes a new formula for recognizing this fundamental right.
Effective Strategies for Interagency
Collaboration: Ensuring Seamless
Mary Morningstar, PhD
The importance of interagency collaboration during transition planning cannot be overstated. This session will define interagency collaboration as it addresses the transition from school to adult life. The barriers and facilitative factors to interagency collaboration will be presented along with strategies for improving collaboration. Multiple examples will be shared of how schools and community organizations serving students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can work together to improve planning and to ensure seamless transition to adulthood.
Fee information: Free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited.
Continuing Education Available: ASWB, CRCC, CCMC, DDNA, NJDOE. View Continuing Education details
Please note: Submission of the online form is not a confirmation of registration. Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center. When your form is received, Boggs Center
For more information: Please email Debbie Mahovetz or call (732) 235-9543.
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Fall 2013 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
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