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Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Fall 2018






Fall 2018 Session Details

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Creating a Strong Direct Support Workforce:
A Policy Roadmap

Robert Espinoza, MPA
Vice President of Policy
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)
Bronx, NY

Direct support professionals provide essential, daily supports to people with developmental disabilities around the country. Despite their value, as well as the growing demand for long-term services and supports (LTSS), this workforce faces many critical challenges that threaten both their well-being and the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. This lecture will provide demographic profiles of the direct support workforce and people with developmental disabilities, describe the key challenges facing this workforce, and review various trends shaping direct support professionals and LTSS. The lecture will conclude with a series of public policy recommendations to strengthen workforce supports for people with development disabilities.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, September 13, 2018
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ


The ABLE Act: A Down Payment on Freedom

Michael Morris, JD
Executive Director and Founder
National Disability Institute (NDI)
Washington, DC

People with disabilities have long been bound to a life of poverty for fear of losing vital supports and services provided by means-tested public benefits. As a result of the passage of the transformative Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, a pathway to a more sound financial future has been paved. This session will discuss the systemic barriers that often prohibit people with disabilities and their families from realizing the financial self-sufficiency and economic mobility that many of us take for granted, and how ABLE accounts provide a tool to address those barriers. The basic features of ABLE accounts, the development of ABLE programs nationwide, what ABLE will look like in the coming years, and how the ABLE National Resource Center can provide the tools to assist people with disabilities in getting involved in ABLE and maximizing the benefits of being an ABLE account owner will be shared.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, September 27, 2018

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ


The Disability Civil Rights Movement: From No Pity to Me Too

Joseph Shapiro, MS
Author and Journalist
National Public Radio (NPR)
Washington, DC

Joe Shapiro, an award winning journalist, has been a witness to the disability rights movement, chronicled some of its most dramatic moments, and written about its biggest heroes. He’s an investigative reporter for NPR and the author of a “classic” book on disability history, NO PITY: People with Disabilities Forge a New Civil Rights Movement. In this session, Joe Shapiro will discuss the origins of the disability civil rights movement and how people with disabilities and their families advocated for change – and how system evolution helped all Americans, especially as we age. He will play some his radio pieces and talk about his reporting – including a recent ground-breaking series on the epidemic of sexual assault of people with intellectual disabilities – and share behind-the-scenes stories.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, October 11, 2018

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ


Working with Employers: Changing Minds and Changing Lives through Disability Inclusion

Kristine Foss, MA, SPHR
Managing Director
Disability Solutions at Ability Beyond
Bethel, CT

Employment professionals, leaders, advocates, and jobseekers have a shared mission based on the belief that people with disabilities can and should work, and bring talent, perspective, and innovation to the workforce. As a former HR Professional, now working nationally with Fortune 500 companies as a disability inclusion consultant, Kris has seen the common disconnects, misperceptions, and conflicting priorities that keep us from achieving our mission. She will discuss her Top 5 secrets to working with employers, including avoiding the pitfalls and traps of disability inclusion well intentioned employers, jobseekers, and providers often encounter. Strategies will be shared for daily employment service delivery, proactively creating talent partnerships with employers, working collaboratively to form networks for success, and addressing risk or misperceptions.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, November 8, 2018
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Registration Details

Fee information: Free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited.

Continuing Education Available:
CRCC, NJ Social Work, NJDOE
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