Don't Miss The Arc of Illinois Annual QIDP Conference!
8:30 - 10:15 a.m. - "Demand, Demographics and Dollars"
Presented by John Dickerson
As leaders in the support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, you are faced with tremendous opportunities every day. Some in the form of people having great successes, some in the form of great challenges.
Three of those challenges are:
Demand: what is it people expect, want and need from you both those in your services and those waiting and needing help. This is no simple task as for each person or family it can be different. It varies by age, personal experiences and their life story. How you listen, respond and design the response for each person. Demographics: how do you adjust and work differently as a result of changing demographics both in who we support and our workforce. With both low unemployment and a workforce that is aging, how you manage this change is critically important. Dollars: what is available, the rules for using resources, and the needs of people are a constant pull on doing what is right for the person. At every level we are being challenged to use resources the most creatively and wisely – yet the rules often keep us from doing just that. In addition, constantly changing regulations make using dollars wisely difficult when paperwork seems to fill more and more time.
The opening session will focus on each of these three issues, using both presentation and having you participate with your peers - learning from each other. A key feature of this session will be making sure your response is always rooted in the positive psychology of opportunity and reinforcement of the success we achieve every day while responding to these incredible challenges.
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - BREAK
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - "Demand, Demographics and Dollars continued"
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Lunch
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. & 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
You can see two out of the four different sessions. The 1:45 presentations will be repeated at 3:15 p.m.
"Making a Difference"
Presented by John Dickerson
A practical, hands-on session for leaders designed to give you tools that will help you go back home and make a difference. We often think of coverage of shifts – a problem everywhere – as our greatest challenge. Yet coverage is just a symptom of some much more basic problems. This workshop session will focus on some very specific tools you can use to bring people closer to the people they support, more engaged with your organization, and feeling more supported and better about themselves. You will leave with specific, easy to use ideas that you can begin implementing tomorrow.
"Government Benefits - What's New, What's True: Q to Q"
Presented by Sherri Schneider
This interactive informative session will address the who, what, where, when, and how of benefits with a strong emphasis on Medicaid (which is needed like oxygen for waiver programs). Ending in case studies and a round of Benefit Bingo, you will be surprised how much you have learned!
"Creating Trauma Informed Organization"
Presented by Krescene Beck
This workshop recognizes that the majority of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have experienced trauma, and as a result of that trauma, engage in verbal aggression, physical aggression, self-injurious behaviors, and property destruction. Trauma-Informed organizations are mindful of environmental factors, intake procedures, service planning, employee training, policies, and factors that can reduce triggers and increase opportunities for calming and coping with a trauma history. Educational content includes definition of trauma; incidence of trauma in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; effects of trauma; and creating environments that do not re-traumatize individuals. Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of the people you care about!
"Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disabilities"
Presented by Susan Kahan
Everyone desires to love and be loved. The myths and misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) often lead to rules and restrictions that make healthy relationships difficult to obtain. This session will explore the facts and myths around relationships and sexuality for people with I/DD. We will discuss the importance of laying the foundation for healthy relations early on through social skills and sexuality education. Resources and strategies for teaching healthy sexuality will be presented. In addition, we will discuss the role of healthy sexuality education as a primary prevention tool for sexual abuse and other strategies to promote sexual abuse prevention.