Schedule

  • Wednesday November 4
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    Grass Roots Advocacy- Let's Activate
    This is a presentation geared for individuals and families who are embarking on advocacy to ensure services and choices they believe in are sustained for themselves and /or loved ones. It provides participants with tools and knowledge to initiate actions that will gain positive results with providers and law makers.
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    1:30
    Motivational Interviewing Beyond the Basics
    Looking to enhance your Motivational Interviewing skills? Review the spirit and language of Motivational Interviewing; practice processes of Engagement, Focusing, Evoking Change Talk and Planning using core skills (EARS). Session will include role-playing, activities to use with clients, supervising to Motivational Interviewing, avoiding burn-out and developing effective client partnerships. Motivational Interviewing may be used for approaching various types of change. Whether addressing a client's area of concern or working to develop staff performance, Motivational Interviewing is an effective approach for walking along side another person in their journey to achieve their goals.
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    1:30
    Provider Transformation
    Genni is a Subject Matter Expert for the Dept. of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). She will be joined by a panel of CEOs from MARO member organizations that participated in the recent Provider Transformation grant project funded by ODEP – which focuses on creating more opportunities for competitive integrated employment. Discussion topics will include funding diversification, staff decentralization, effective practices to support integrated employment, messaging, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Thursday November 5
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Judge Not a Book by Its Cover: Disability=Diversity
    Judge Not a Book by Its Cover: Disability=Diversity This presentation will look at challenges & best practices for providing disability services to a diverse student population with a focus on "don't judge a book by its cover." This session will discuss the connection between racial & cultural differences and disability. It will also explore what could be seen as micro-aggressions.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Job Development 101: Guide for New Job Developers
    An introduction to job development for professionals who work with people with barriers to employment such as physical and cognitive disabilities, criminal records, invisible disabilities, etc. Attendees will learn strategies to develop relationships with employers and assist job seekers in finding long term, competitive employment.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    How Working Effects Disability & Health Benefits
    How Working Effects Disability & Health Benefits Learn how using Work Incentives can be useful for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries while working. Get to know how a Community Work Incentives Coordinator can explain Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other benefits to customers as they begin to WORK!
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    8:30 - 9:30
    A School To Work Transition Program
    A School To Work Transition Program Discussion will show how MRS, CIL, JVS, and DPS have worked together to prepare students for the world of work through a four-part process with the ultimate goal of job placement or post secondary training.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Implementation of the HCBS Rule in Michigan
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working to implement the final rule on home and community-based services. This rule impacts Medicaid waivers and sets new requirements for characteristics that settings must have to be considered home and community-based. The Department will provide an update on the implementation process.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    How Technology Impacts Reasonable Accommodations
    ADA Title I, Definition of Disability, Reasonable Accommodation Process, Various forms of accommodation, Technology as accommodation, Technology Trends, and Technology Challenges
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Employment First and Provider Transformation
    This session will describe 4 community rehabilitation organizations' participation in DOL-Office of Disability Employment Policy Provider transformation grant including: agency analysis, mentoring component, and organizational culture. Progress thus far with the grant with increasing community employment opportunities for individuals served will be discussed.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Integrated Employment: Movement Beyond the Mandate
    Identify value & need of employment for people with disabilities. Effects of WIOA & HCBS on facility-based employment/day programs and people with disabilities in Michigan. Review successes & challenges in case studies of organizations that transition to integrated settings. Call for shift in programs, funding/resources,and personal perspective to meet individualized employment needs of people with disabilities.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Felony & Conviction Employment Supports (FACES)
    FACES is a collaborative best-practices approach for working with ex-offenders that builds upon existing, though separate, partnerships between MRS, Disability Network/Lakeshore and Goodwill Industries of West Michigan. Panel discussion about the three distinct components/stages to FACES: Evaluation/Planning, Job Readiness Training, and Job Placement/Retention.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    An Introduction to Sales and Presenting
    As the landscape of our industry is evolving, we are all tasked with selling our programs and services. Not everyone is comfortable with this idea, and this training will help to alleviate some of those fears. Four individuals, with different experiences, will each take 15 minutes to discuss how they prepare, what has worked for them and what hasn't.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Public VR responds to WIOA
    The passage of WIOA in July of 2014 requires significant changes to public vocational rehabilitation in the areas of Transition, Supported Employment, State Planning, Workforce Development, Employers, and performance measures. This presentation will discuss the overall changes and the VR agencies' joint and individual responses to it.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Project SEARCH: Michigan Statewide Expansion
    Project SEARCH is a national employment model for young adult students with proven results. The collaborative partnership between business, VR, mental health, and education is the key to success. State level funding has been designated to support the expansion in Michigan. The model, partnerships, funding, and outcomes will be highlighted.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Communicate with Adaptable Documents
    Digital materials are wonderful! They can be transformed into other languages, to Braille, read out loud and changed to many other formats - if they are created correctly. Learn why it is important to provide effective communication and how easy it is to create documents that are adaptable to meet your readers needs.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Identifying Your Leadership Style
    Overview of various management and leadership styles and understanding the pros and cons of each. Leveraging your natural approach to maximize the output of your team. "A look into successful companies and programs that have created a culture where work-life integration/balance, and happiness are part of the business strategy."
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    11:00 - 12:00
    ADA 25 Years in Review
    This presentation will provide a legal overview of significant cases under the ADA over the past 25 years. We will cover all Titles of the ADA, with an emphasis on Title I employment cases. We will review the legal findings established and discuss how they have created the legal framework for the next 25 years.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    From Vocational Assessment to Community Placement
    Vocational Assessment Protocol, Work site Evaluation, Vocational Counseling, Community Placement Process, Accommodations, and Plan for vocational success
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    11:00 - 12:00
    MONEY! Let's talk about it!
    Money - or the lack thereof - impacts every part of our lives. Goodwill's Financial Opportunity Services will share how they have incorporated financial capability into their employment services. Learn how you can introduce simple financial tools into your services to provide a more holistic approach to serving clients and employees.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Aligning the E's
    When there is alignment of the IEP (Education) and IPE (Employment), competitive integrated employment for students with disabilities is increased. This presentation is a discussion of Michigan's vision to achieve alignment and improve student outcomes. Opportunities to collaborate, and strategies to align services with Intermediate School Districts, State VR Agencies, and Community-Based Organizations.
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    Grassroots Advocacy in Practice
    Recent changes in federal and state policies have made it more important than ever for people with disabilities to make their voices heard. Come hear real world examples of how two Michigan CRPs, Peckham and Hope Network, are coordinating grassroots advocacy campaigns. Learn about creating a client advocacy group, preparing clients for meeting with state and federal political representatives, and running a single issue advocacy effort.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Deaf Community & Behavioral Health Services
    The Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing community in Michigan experiences health disparities in behavioral health services. This workshop will emphasize the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health services for this community. This approach will allow us to remove the gap in services for this community.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Anxiety in Clinical Supervision: Friend or Foe
    Although vital to counselor training/development, clinical supervision (CS) is rarely utilized fully and one reason is anxiety. This session focuses on recognizing/managing appropriate levels of anxiety in supervision, thereby maximizing learning and professional development. Strategies for supervisors/trainers are provided.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Funding 101: The Art and Science of Grant Writing
    Open the door to more resources. This workshop will introduce you to the art and science of grants and grant writing. Get tips that make your proposal stand out. Identify resources for grant writing and funding sources. Differentiate between public and private funding. Recognize the major parts of a proposal and how to communicate your ideas.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Identifying Opportunities and Achieving Outcomes
    Content and activity related to Job Development, Labor Market, and Employment Opportunities in regard to current legislation that is focusing on integrated competitive employment. Discussion panel to include successful Job Placement Specialist and proactive agency approach.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Transitional Work as a Gateway to Employment
    Quick attachment to employment is key to successful reentry into the community. TWEs leading to employment is one way to achieve this. Working with community partners enables Hope Network to assist in meeting employer needs and provide employment opportunities for those with barriers to employment. Lessons learned and outcomes will be discussed.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Ethical Conflict and Resolution Strategy in Rehabilitation Counseling
    This presentation focuses on providing the rehabilitation counselor with a full understanding of the existence of ethical conflict in the field of rehabilitation counseling, as well as commonly used resolution strategies. Specific reference to the CRCC Code of Ethics is applied along with clinical case examples.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    GOALden Program
    This program benefits high school transition students (age 17-23) who will be moving into secondary or vocational pursuits after graduation. The program focus is on developing independent social competence across all settings. The curriculum of the program will cover: Social/Communication, Career/Vocational prep, Self Determination and IL Skills.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    How Veterans With PTSD Succeed On The Job
    How Veterans With PTSD Succeed On The Job This panel presentation will de-stigmatize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the workplace as we bring together veterans and their employers to share stories of their successful partnerships.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Section 14(c)
    Overview of section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which authorizes employers, after receiving a certificate from the U. S. Dept. of Labor, to pay special minimum wages to workers who have disabilities. Basic principles and Wage Hour Division's role in enforcement (investigation process and resolution).
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    3:30 - 4:30
    Governor's Directive on Hiring People with Disabilities
    State ADA Compliance Director Sharon Ellis will provide a progress report on Governor Snyder's Executive Directive on hiring people with disabilities into the State of Michigan, as well as Lt. Governor Calley and Supreme Court Justice Bernstein's concurrent efforts toward the private sector.
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    3:30 - 4:30
    MCTI's Innovative Community Expansion Project
    MCTI will show the steps it took in order to provide a training program to customers turned down for other similar training due to low evaluation test scores. MCTI will show how partnerships can be developed that align the workforce development system to achieve maximum access and opportunities for individuals with significant barriers to employment.
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    3:30 - 4:30
    Helping Employers See Beyond Perceived Barriers
    In our digital world, the old way of seeking out work, with a paper resume and an awkward interview, is quickly becoming obsolete... for everyone. When it comes to finding employment for people with barriers, we not only need to catch up with the times, but to get ahead of them, in order to give candidates the best opportunity at a good job.
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    3:30 - 4:30
    Enhanced College Supports for Employment Skills
    Presentation of a comprehensive college supports program that integrates soft skills development, life skills, job readiness skills, job coaching, and internship opportunities into the college experience. This unique program is an enhanced support program for college students with Aspergers at Eastern Michigan University.
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    3:30 - 4:30
    Tough. Girls
    Tough. Girls. is a cutting edge raw presentation about the challenges facing girls. Participants will have the opportunity to see and hear the stories of three Peckham youth. The presentation will reveal the brutal statistics against girls in the justice system and the many societal obstacles they face and need to overcome.
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    3:30 - 4:30
    "On My Own" - Transitioning to Independence
    Explore the development and implementation of meaningful curricula in order to aid people to increase their knowledge of public and personal safety as well as healthy relationships. The goal of these groups has been to increase independence and allow those who can to transition into daily life without staff support. Join this journey of independence!
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    3:30 - 4:30
    Legislative Advocacy
    This presentation will discuss how legislative advocacy is done to make a significant change in policy. Also included will be how to form relationships with lawmakers, how to grow these relationships and how to effectively present your issue in a manner that is respectful and organized to assure the best possible results.
  • Friday November 6
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    9:45 - 10:45
    The Pulse of Federal & State Benefits Policies
    A current overview and possible implications of potential Federal & State legislation or proposals will be shared. Participants will engage in strategy building related to key actions.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    10 Easy Steps to Starting a Business in Michigan
    This presentation will address the needs of consumers pursuing self-employment as a vocational rehabilitation goal to become self-sufficient.
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    MI Health Link-Dual Eligible Demonstration Pilot
    MI Health Link-Dual Eligible Demonstration Pilot Medicaid, Integrated Care Organizations, and Pre Paid Inpatient Health Plans in 4 of Michigan's PICP regions. The Demonstration is for integrated care and better outcomes for people.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Overview of Complex Combat Post Traumatic Stress
    PTS in Historical Record, Overview of Combat PTS, Comorbid/Coexisting Issues, Implications of PTS on Vocational Status, Theraupetic Assessment and Interventions, and Referral Considerations
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Successful Transitions in Disability and Higher Education
    Students with disabilities have unique needs in college and appropriate preparation and support are essential to success. Disability Specialists from two Universities will discuss the importance of high quality transition services, into both college and employment, using a strength based counseling approach. Differences in academic and workplace accommodations will also be examined.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    SD, COG, and PCP... Oh My!
    Self Determination, Culture of Gentleness and Person Centered Planning have been part of CMH for nearly 2 decades. Even so, not every individual plan of service uses these tools and even fewer use them to a full and highly individualized extent. This presentation will highlight specific examples how one PCP puts it all together.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    Are you using a Smart Phone for Work? Is it time to find the "Device Manager"?
    This session will provide insights into the ways we use our smart phone or other multi-use portable devices that may be counterproductive to our need for more time and can place you at odds with your consumer's expectations. Helpful tips and strategies will be provided for managing your use of the device for day to day workplace tasks, in ways that meet your needs and your consumer's expectations, in less time with same quality service. And, ways to ensure vacation success.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Provision of Comprehensive Benefits Planning Services
    This model program will describe how customers who receive both Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Benefits Planning (BP) services have a higher success rate of gaining and maintaining employment and increase financial independence. Techniques in providing BP services will be reviewed as the customer proceeds with employment action steps.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Employer Diversity Training for Interns with ASD
    Companies are beginning to see the value of including college students with Autism in their internship programs. The discrepancy between the lack of knowledge regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder on the part of the employer and the unique strengths and challenges of interns make it is necessary to provide training for a successful work experience.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    High Performance in VR: A Look at Our Value
    Presenters will share findings from their study that examined how staff across three state vocational rehabilitation agencies envisioned their organization as valuable, innovative, and effective in meeting the service needs of VR customers. We will define metaphor and describe it as a tool to spark creative ideas when partnering and performing with core groups under WIOA.
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    Everyday Ethics as a Rehabilitation Counselor
    A review of the CRCC Code of Ethics along with its organization. Identification and processes to incorporate in the resolution of ethical dilemmas. Exploration of specific ethical consideration including: Communication, Confidentiality, Consent, and Competency.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Transition Services: A Collaboration Effort
    This presentation will discuss summer transition programs that are offered through the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) and how they fit with the Guideposts for Success and newly implemented requirements, as a result of WIOA.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Speed Apping
    This session will allow participants to share their favorite apps. Participants can present their favorite app. and will have 2 minutes to provide an overview of the app and its features. The content can range from organizational, time management, daily living, recreational and everything in between. The more apps presented the better.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    What Makes a Leader?
    In this session, participants explore various characteristics of leadership and describe the qualities found in strong leaders. Participants distinguish between the concepts of management and leadership and determine how they perceive their personal growth in these areas.

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