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Pre Conference Sessions
Monday, June 25, 2018

Psychologists: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists for the pre and post conference sessions offerings for up to five (5) CE credits. 

Social Workers: This program's pre and post conference offerings are approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886593756-5126) for up to five (5) Social Work continuing education contact hours.

CEU fee $30

1:00 – 4:00 pm 
Fee: $35

Students and Early Career Professionals Research Colloquium
This session is organized by the Student and Early Career Professional and Research Interest Networks.  It will highlight the innovative work done by students and early career professionals.  Each presenter will present their project followed by a feedback session to discuss next steps.  The session is arranged to provide feedback and networking opportunities for students and early career professionals.  We welcome participation in the feedback sessions from seasoned professionals and researchers as well as other students and early career professionals.  Come support the next generation!

1:00 – 4:00 pm 
Fee: $45
Building College and Career Readiness for Youth with IDD During the Transition to Adulthood
(approved for 3 psychology and 3 social work CEs)

Mary Morningstar, PhD, University of Kansas
Hatice Uyanik, MA, University of Kansas

This workshop will provide researchers, practitioners, social workers, psychologists and parents with information on the skills youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) should develop during the transition from high school to college and career. It will address critical strategies necessary to ensure inclusive opportunities and supports are provided in order to develop positive postsecondary experiences related to integrated employment and life-long learning. The presenters will share strategies and resources associated with preparing for inclusive postsecondary experiences and integrated career development to ensure students with IDD are college and career ready as they leave secondary education.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $45

Coming at Access From All Directions: Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework to Identify Possibility
(approved for 3 social work CEs)

Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, FAAIDD, RAISE, Inc.
Deborah Taub, PhD, Trinity Washington University

Participants will build overall knowledge about the UDL framework as a tool to enhance the inclusion of students with intellectual and developmental disability. The session will include opportunities for discussion, identifying how UDL relates to a variety of fields, observing classroom examples, and the application of new knowledge. Participants will interact via conversation,  and digital tools. This session will model UDL practices and is appropriate for those who are just learning about the framework and those who already use UDL principles in their work, which will be beneficial to social workers and psychologists.

1:00 - 4:00 pm  
Fee: $45                                                                                                     

Medicaid, from Healthcare to Community Living: Is it a Pot of Gold?
(approved for 3 social work CEs)

David Ervin, MA, FAAIDD, The Resource Exchange, Inc.
Amie Lulinski, PhD, FAAIDD, University of Colorado
Steven Eidelman, MSW, MBA, FAAIDD, University of Delaware
Sheryl White-Scott, MD, FACP, FAAIDD, AHRC/New York City

Long-term services and supports (LTSS), healthcare, and other community supports are three major categories of Medicaid expenditures. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families rely heavily on Medicaid to live, work, and play in their communities and have long been impacted by shifting policy priorities and, more recently, significant threats to Medicaid at the federal level. Despite the critical role Medicaid plays in their lives, people with IDD and their families have not been fully invited into the public policy discussion. This presentation will feature interactive discussions of current Medicaid policy concerning LTSS, healthcare and other supports, and an examination of current and/or likely threats to current policy. It will also solicit and discuss recommendations on needed change to emphasize person-driven and directed services, universal funding and outcomes-based financing options in healthcare, and the creation of a policy framework that enhances diversity and inclusion to meet the needs and increase the quality of life of people with IDD and their networks of support. This session will be relevant to the clinical practice of social workers and psychologists who work with people with IDD and their families.

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $45

Inclusive Disaster Planning for Diverse Populations
(approved for 3 social work CEs)

Larry Weishaar, MA, ResCare, Inc.
Peter Sturner, Peter C. Sturner & Associates
Mark H. Yeager, PhD, FAAIDD, William Carey University

Over the past several decades, a large number of natural disasters have impacted people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the communities in which they live. Sound, timely planning provides the foundation for effective emergency management.  This workshop will cover lessons learned from previous disasters and how those lessons impacted planning for more recent disasters. The need to have an all hazards plan will be discussed as well as the elements of a good all hazards plan, how to write a useful emergency plan, and the need to have an annual exercise of the emergency plan. The new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness rule that went into effect November 15, 2017 will also be reviewed and how current emergency plans need to be revised to be in compliance with the rule.  This session will be relevant to the clinical practice of social workers and psychologists who work with people with IDD and their families.

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $45

Promoting Resiliency as a Social Justice
(approved for 3 psychology and 3 social work CEs)

Vincent Chesney, MS, FAAIDD, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Selinsgrove State Center
Michael Yonkovig, PhD, Presbyterian Hospital

This session will review concepts of trauma informed care through a lens of social justice. As our society struggles with the notions of diversity and inclusion, clinicians, as well as administrators are faced with the challenge of encouraging resiliency effectively. Trauma informed care can offer a framework to put social justice into action. In doing so, a greater awareness of both personal empowerment and societal well-being can be achieved. Clinicians, social workers, psychologists, managers and administrators can benefit from the session, which will include both presented material and interactive discussions.


Complimentary Pre-Con Session

Monday, June 25 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Discussion and Signing with Sarah F. Rose, PhD, author of No Right to be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s-1930s
no right to be idle
By tracing the experiences of policymakers, employers, reformers, and people with disabilities from the close of the industrial revolution to the onset of the great depression, the author has masterfully integrated disability history and labor history. She shows how people with disabilities lost access to paid work and the status of “worker”--a shift that relegated them and their families to poverty and second-class economic and social citizenship. This shift has had vast consequences for debates about disability, work, poverty, and welfare in the century to come.