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DDLS From Your Desk

DDLS From Your Desk Featuring nationally-known experts in the field of developmental disabilities, DDLS From Your Desk allows viewers to access key points and takeaways from selected sessions of the Center’s Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. Through each episode, viewers learn about pressing topics, emerging trends, and innovative approaches in services and supports for people with developmental disabilities in 15 minutes or less.

Spring 2019

On the Way…But Not There Yet: Movement, Power, and Pride in Supported Employment


This episode of DDLS From Your Desk features Wally Tablit, MA, Vice President of Mission Services for AtWork! Washington. Viewers will learn:

  • How employment specialists can approach employers about hiring employees with disabilities
  • How agencies can assist people with significant support needs to move from segregated settings to integrated employment

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Clinical Considerations in the Behavior Support Planning for Adults with IDD and Co-occurring Mental Illness

This episode of DDLS From Your Desk features Tim Barksdale, PsyD, NADD-CC, Sr. Executive Director of Clinical Services at Merakey. Viewers will learn:

  • How Direct Support Professionals can be involved in planning for and implementing behavior support plans
  • How to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that don’t require a behavior specialist
  • Resources to learn more about supporting people with dual diagnosis
  • The key to collaboration across disability and mental health systems

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Fall 2018

Creating a Strong Direct Support Workforce: A Policy Roadmap

This episode of DDLS From Your Desk features Robert Espinoza, MPA, Vice President of Policy at PHI, is now available. Viewers will learn:

  • Why the direct support field is experiencing a workforce shortage
  • What states, service providers, and advocates can do to strengthen and improve the direct support workforce

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Audio recordings and handouts for all recent DDLS sessions are also available

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