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Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities 2024
Description

Registration is now CLOSED for the 30th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities. If you want to be added to a waitlist, please email Brenda Cleary-Williams at bwilliams@edadvance.org.

The Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

THEME: Second Chances

SCHEDULE:

  • 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM to 8:45 AM - Welcome
  • 8:45 AM to 10:00 AM - Keynote Presentation - Kevin Hines
  • 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM - Break
  • 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM - Workshops - Session 1
    • (A01) Disability Awareness Training
    • (A02) Preparing for the Future: Supporting Individuals with Disabilities for Adulthood
    • (A03) Social Media, Substance Use, and Mental Health Symptoms: Isolation, Depression, and Regret
  • 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM - Lunch & Networking
  • 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM - Keynote Presentation - Carol Glazer
  • 2:00 PM to 2:15 PM - Break
  • 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM - Workshops - Session 2
    • (P01) Access Granted: A Roadmap for Students with Disabilities in CT Higher Education
    • (P02) Accessible Second Chances: Sharing Your Content Accessibility
    • (P03) Resilience - Can You Find Treasure in Trauma?

ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have a disability and require assistance, please notify Carol Boin at (860) 836-4222 by April 12, 2024, to ensure that proper accommodations are made.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: To assure consistency, the cancellation and refund policy for the conference is as follow:

  • Cancellations of conference registrations made on or before April 12, 2024, are eligible for a refund but will incur a $25 administrative fee.
  • Registrants who cancel after April 12, 2024, will not be eligible for a refund.

The policy concerning refunds and cancellations cannot be waived, However, registration fees can be transferred to another individual. A registrant may designate someone else to attend in their place after making arrangements with ATDN.

In the event we must cancel the conference due to unforeseen circumstances, we will refund the cost of the registration. Unforeseen circumstances are used to describe an event that is unexpected and prevents us from continuing with the conference such as inclement weather or other natural disasters.

Session Type
Multiple Session
Year Code
2023-2024
Code
242-24-EA200-001
Activity Type
Face to Face
Status
CLOSED
Maximum Attendance
249
Max # of Awards
7
Min # of Awards
0
Subject Area
[Adults with Disabilities]
Target Audience
[Adult Education - Director], [Adult Education - Disability Contact Person], [Adult Education - Program Facilitator]
Area of Focus
No Associated Area of Focus
Topic  
EA200 EA Disability Workshops 08400200
Award
NO AUTO AWARD
Objectives

Additional Notes
Address
Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook,  Connecticut 06498
Payment PricePayment price
Check$150.00
Credit Card$150.00
Purchase Order #$150.00
Schedule(s)
DateStart TimeEnd TimeSessionInstructor
Date -- 05/03/2024
 05/03/202410:15AM11:45AM
(A01) Disability Awareness Training

Disability Awareness starts with identifying and understanding our own emotions, stereotypes, experiences, and attitudinal barriers concerning individuals with disabilities. Through group discussions and activities, the participants will reach an understanding of those attitudes and will learn methods and techniques to assist with becoming more effective in working with individuals with disabilities as an employer and/or service provider. This workshop assists with starting an honest conversation which allows us to look at our own unconscious bias and then how to change our perspective and move forward with an open mind. Participants will learn about themselves while learning strategies and resources to assist with moving forward.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
Carly Duffy
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 05/03/202410:15AM11:45AM
(A02) Preparing the Future: Supporting Individuals with Disabilities for Adulthood

As the fastest-growing developmental disability, autism currently affects 1 in 36 individuals. Social, communicative, and restrictive behavior challenges can often severely hinder skill development and growth. Because of this, the transition into adulthood is often a difficult road with services being scarce or hard to engage. More than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed or unenrolled in higher education in the two years after high school, however, research shows that engaging in vocational skills and job activities improves independence, and daily living skills and reduces the impact of symptoms. This workshop will focus on the programs, opportunities, and initiatives that Adelbrook has developed to address these needs. We will focus not only on how we support adults with autism and their transition from school services but also on how pre-vocational training while still in school sets the stage for better outcomes.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
Brian Heslin
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 05/03/202410:15AM11:45AM
(A03) Social Media, Substance Use, and Mental Health Symptoms: Isolation, Depression and Regret

This workshop will overview social media platforms and their risk level, explore the de-socialization of individuals through screen presence versus actual presence and their impact on loneliness and depression, review FOMO, loss of true identity through Photo Shopping, updating profiles due to poor self-image, and catfishing vulnerability, as well as outlining how to seek balance and skill development for a healthy relationship with social media.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
Mary-K O'Sullivan
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 05/03/20242:15PM3:45PM
(P01) Access Granted: A Roadmap for Students with Disabilities in CT Higher Education

Join CT State Community College and Goodwin University Disability Service Providers to explore the requirements and changes students with disabilities face as they transition from high school to college. Gain insights into the landscape of disability services in college and workforce development, and learn how students can effectively apply for accommodations and appropriately self-advocate. This workshop aims to equip rehabilitation counselors and families with the knowledge and tools needed to guide students toward a seamless and empowered college experience for workforce success.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
Helena Carrasquillo
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 05/03/20242:15PM3:45PM
(P02) Accessible Second Chances: Sharing Your Content Accessibility

Incorporating accessible strategies and tools within your practice can ensure your message is received by everyone. This workshop will share tips and tricks to implement when creating content for the community (newsletters, presentations, emails, flyers, and more!). You will leave this workshop with tangible resources for accessibility compliance and implementation of accessibility across platforms.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
Lauren Tucker
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 05/03/20242:15PM3:45PM
(P03) Resilience - Can You Find Treasure in Trauma?

Resilience is the ability to recover from failures and/or setbacks quickly. If you don’t, from that point on, you will see everything through the lens of that negative event. This can be a big “T” trauma or a little “t” trauma. Maybe we blame ourselves for allowing it to happen, which creates self-doubt, guilt, and shame. We might blame someone else, but then feel frustrated, disappointed, and resentful. We may even blame the event itself, but this can leave us feeling disappointed, deflated, and hopeless. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to return to a “ready state” mentally and emotionally, and the most important thing you can do to find the Treasure in Trauma.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
Denise Hanks
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