• Pre-con Wednesday
    November 2
    Andrew Naykarsten
    1:00 - 4:15
    Part One: Ethical Issues in Evaluation and Assessment Part Two: The State of Professional Practice and an Introduction to the New Draft Code of Ethics
    Janis Weckstein
    1:00 - 4:15
    1:00 - 4:15
    Workplace Wellness: Achieving and Maintaining Balance
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employed adults spend an average of 8.9 hours of time working on designated workdays. For the typical full-time employee, this totals to well over 40 hours per week. In addition to their careers, many employees have further priorities including caring for family and children, higher education, not to mention common household upkeep and daily errands. Considering the bulk of these priorities are non-negotiable, it’s no wonder why people are experiencing difficulty when it comes to maintaining balance in their lives. This interactive session focuses primarily on habits employees can adopt to incorporate imperative aspects of personal wellness into their workday, without sacrificing significant time or attention from daily tasks. When utilized consistently, the strategies discussed will result not only in increased productivity, but also higher office moral and employee retention.
  • Thursday
    November 3
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Respire-Initiative for Returning Citizens
    Based on data from a 2012 Department of Justice (DOJ) survey, about 52 percent of inmates report a disability of some sort. Mental and learning disabilities are particularly prevalent. During this presentation we will discuss how to successfully assist individuals with felonies/disabilities to mainstream to society and achieve self-sufficiency.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Understanding of the ADA and the most effective accommodations
    The focus is on understanding the ADA from different perspectives. Trina is legally blind and provides her personal story and the strengths that people with disabilities (PWD) bring to employment. The ADA and disclosure as a choice for PWD. Activity about illegal interview questions. A new way of looking at workplace accommodations.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Overview of ACRE Job Development Strategies and their Role in Organizational Transformation
    A panel of Job Development Staff and Supervisors discuss the evolving landscape of service provision while working to transform agencies to a community based model. The process of meeting new employers, presenting yourself and those you serve in a positive manner, and use of tools and strategies for customer success will be presented, with ample time for sharing of challenges, best practices and success stories.
    Amy MaesKellie
    8:30 - 9:30
    Document accessibility - the myths vs. the reality
    This session will examine myths of document accessibility and provide solutions to ensure accessibility for individuals with print disabilities. Participants will also learn about how to connect with their local CIL as a resource for both compliance with the laws of affective communication and creation of accessible documents.
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Project SEARCH: Partnering for MI Expansion
    Project SEARCH is a school to work transition model that exemplifies WIOA and has 73% employment outcomes nationally. Vocational rehabilitation and education partners are blending funding and services through the MI contract to expand sites statewide. 5 new sites are on board for 2016-2017 bringing the total to 17...could your area be next?
    Debra MorrisonTodd Morrison
    8:30 - 9:30
    Technology serving the Deaf Community
    Description of presentation for brochure: Sharing how ADS has used Technology to positively impacted the deaf community with increasing the access to voicing their input into legislative decisions , success in making public services accessible and educating employers on the technology available for communication solutions to open Employment opportunities,
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    8:30 - 9:30
    Reprofessionalization in the age of WIOA
    Presenters will be exploring the challenges facing the rehabilitation counseling profession and what role will professional organizational have in the future. Inherent to the challenges is the role of the professional organizations. This presentation will investigate the potential of professional organizations to help the future of rehabilitation
    Daniel VanderMolenMary Scottmichelle-bryk-headshot
    9:45 - 10:45
    ESC: A Community Collaborative Engaging People and
    The Employment Services Collaborative is an 8 organization partnership addressing individual’s needs and barriers to employment, and assisting them in navigating through community offerings to avoid duplication of services. Employer alliances, educational partnerships and community-wide engagement are weaved into our collaborative framework.
    Kara Scheenemanscott-devarona
    9:45 - 10:45
    MiABLE: Saving and Investing Without Jeopardizing Benefits
    The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program was created to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life; and to provide secure funding for qualified disability expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary’s employment and other sources. The federal ABLE Act was signed into law in December 2014. The Michigan ABLE (MiABLE) was signed into law in October 2015. The Michigan Department of Treasury will administer the MiABLE program.
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    9:45 - 10:45
    The Empowerment of Self-Advocacy!
    Peckham's Self-Advocacy team is a group of team members receiving specific job training services in a rehabilitation program at Peckham Inc. The teams mission is to advocate at the local, state, and federal level to promote disability and rehabilitation policy that will provide a better quality of life for all
    katy mcdonnellkelly blakeslee
    9:45 - 10:45
    Navigating Adulthood with a Disability: Lessons Learned Along the Journey with Adults with Autism
    The Autism Alliance of Michigan is a state-wide non-profit serving individuals with autism, their families, educators and providers, to live the best lives they possibly can. The policies that impact all adults with developmental disabilities and mental health are no different in the autism world. However over the past two years the MiNavigator team has worked closely with adults who also face specific challenges and dysregulation that can impact personal, professional, and day to day lives and trajectory of the future. Team members working specifically with adults on the spectrum will share case examples and insights into supports and systems navigation in Michigan.
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    945 - 1045
    Partnering to Serve Youth in Transition: A Collaborative Model for Work Experience & Placement
    MRS & Goodwill have partnered to create the Y Work program, combining paid work experience, placement and retention into a program that serves transition youth. With the increased focus on PETS we believe this model can be replicated by other MRS/CRO partners to serve youth who are still in school.
    9:45 - 10:45
    Disability Misconceptions
    A panel discussion about common misconceptions regarding disability.
    Justin WalworthScott Derthick
    9:45 - 10:45
    LeaderShift: the Millennial tidal wave is here
    Millennials are now the largest segment of the workforce and will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. This session will use research and best practices to look at how a generationally diverse workforce can exchange knowledge and leadership skills to strengthen the workplace culture and prepare this next generation of leaders.
    Cassandra VolkersPaul Mulka
    11:00 - 12:00
    The Haworth and MCTI: A Value-added Partnership
    Unemployment in West Michigan is below 3%. Finding skilled employees is becoming a critical economic issue for business and industry. In fall of 2015 Haworth embarked on campaign to find the right partner in their search for talent. That search led to a long-term partnership with the Michigan Career and Technical Institute. This presentation will present the essential elements needed to develop long term partnerships between business and industry and vocational rehabilitation. Also explore workforce development strategies needed to meet the critical skills shortage in Michigan.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Service Animal The Law under The Americans with Disabilities Act and New Michigan
    Sharon Alston Ellis, Michigan’s Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Director, will present information on the recent state legislation effective January 18, 2016, regarding service animals. She’ll discuss rights and responsibilities of establishment owners and those of people with service animals, the difference between service and comfort animals, and answer your questions.
    Alan Bolter
    11:00 - 12:00
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    Disability And Aging
    An overview of the challenges specific to persons with disabilities as they age.
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    11:00 - 12:00
    Transition:10 Years of Successful Collaboration
    Southfield School to Work program is a partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation, Southfield Public Schools, and New Horizons Rehabilitation Services. We have been in partnership for over 10 years and have provided a continuum of planned activities to high school youth entering the world of work.
    Amy Maes
    11:00 - 12:00
    LGBT Older Adults
    An informational session to talk about the unique concerns facing LGBT older adults
    place holder for speakerEdward Wollmann
    11:00 - 12:00
    'Hidden' Grant Funding for Disability Programs
    Michigan’s 2,400 foundations made over $1.5 BILLION! in grants last year, and many grants were for disability-related programming. But over 95 percent of these foundations are ~hidden’ because they don’t have websites. This workshop will show disability organizations how to FIND Michigan’s ~hidden’ funders.
    Colleen Allen
    2:00 - 3:00
    Competitive Employment Models for Autism in the Workplace
    The Autism Alliance of Michigan, in order to combat epidemic employment rates in the autism community, determined that it is critical to partner with employers who could make significant impact and employ significant numbers of individuals. Cases and considerations from lessons in the competitive employment world will be shared for those less familiar with these contexts. As we raise the bar for expectations for individuals with autism of the community at large, we also raise expectations for ourselves as agencies in providing models that work for the company.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Employment Systems Change @ BHDDA...oh my!
    This interactive discussion will highlight current efforts to update the Medicaid Provider Manual, Follow-Along, Face-to-Face, HCPCs codes and the status of Freedom to Work/MBI
    2:00 - 3:00
    Owning a Business- A Disability Perspective
    Panel Discussion of business owners with disabilities.
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    2:00 - 3:00
    Human and Assistive Technology
    n this presentation, we will share with the audience current trend and the most updated information about assistive technology devices. In addition, we will discuss the human aspects of the AT. Although AT can be extremely helpful promoting quality of life of an individual with a disability, user’s subjective opinion is the key to ensure successful implementation. Current research and service delivery models will be discussed and shared with current practitioners.
    kate-longtammison smith
    2:00 - 3:00
    The MRS/MSU Careers Collaborative
    Learn how a unique partnership between Michigan Rehabilitation Services, MSU Career Services Network, and MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is creating opportunities for college students to build connections and achieve quality employment outcomes.
    Kelly Loftis
    2:00 - 3:00
    Mental Illness and the Young Adult
    Mental illness is one of the most common diagnoses for students at the post-secondary level and the numbers continue to grow. Many mental illnesses often first appear between the ages of 18 and 24, creating challenges for young people as they transition from high school to work or post-secondary education. This session will explore the prevalence of mental illness on college campuses, as well as strategies for barrier and symptom reduction and bridging the gap for improved school to work transition.
    J. Caleb AdamsJustin Walworth
    2:00 - 3:00
    Candid Conversations = Prosperous Organizations
    This session will help to develop the courage and skill required to facilitate candid conversations that promote healthy relationships and prosperous organizations. When things don't go according to plan, bad news must be delivered. This session will explore why bad news is an opportunity, not a liability and delivering it well can increase
    3:30 - 4:30
    Customized Approach to Job Development & Training
    The presenters will outline a common language, job development tools, online resources including social media to support individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities to secure integrated employment. Presenters will also present training strategies and terminology to foster independence.
    Lynn Boza
    3:30 - 4:30
    Accommodating ADHD--Pieces of the Puzzle
    Individuals with ADHD face challenges especially during the Transition years when they are trying to find their niche in the world and in an occupation. Share your experience and gain ideas about how to help individuals with ADHD manage school, work and life.
    tammison smith
    3:30 - 4:30
    Invisible Disability: “Mr. Cellophane shoulda’ been my name.” The social and employment huddles of invisibility disabilities.
    26 million persons have a severe disability. Of those, 7 million of them use a visible aid device. In other words, 73% of Americans with severe disabilities do not use something which would visually indicate to others their disability status (US Department of Commerce, 1997). This statistic does not include the millions of Americans who deal with disabilities that are considered less severe. Invisible disabilities can range from chronic conditions such as diabetes, mental health issues such as depression, to developmental concerns such as Autism. The common thread is that the person may look fine but have their ability to function drastically reduced in sporadic episodes. Society’s heavy reliance on visual cues and the importance of appearance as a marker for health makes these individual’s fight for recognition of their diseases, reduction in public stigma, and fair treatment in the workplace a constant battle. This workshop will explore the social and workplace issues surrounding invisible disabilities.
    Renee CraigShani Feyen
    3:30 - 4:30
    Exchanging Wishes, Building Bridges, and Finding Unicorns: The Language of College Transition
    This presentation will engage K-12 and higher education panelists as well as participants in a dialogue to promote successful transitions for students with disabilities from high school to higher education. We will explore the “language” or “culture” inherent in each current system and how it impacts the transition process, as well as learn skills and strategies for bridging the gap between K-12 and higher education.
    Brooke LippertLindsay Button
    330 - 4:30
    The Role of the Service Coordinator in Housing
    This presentation will discuss the roles of service coordinators, how they link resident's to resources and services in the community, and how tools are identified. Emphasis will be placed on how SC's assist individuals to age in place. SC program statistics, outcomes and future will be discussed. Resident stories will be shared.
    Brent MikulskiJoe EvansTerey DeLisleplace holder for speaker
    3:30 - 4:30
    MARO Leadership Academy: An Inside Look
    A discussion panel with mentors and past participants
  • Friday
    November 4
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    915 - 10:15
    How Working Affects Your Social Security Benefits
    Learn how your SSDI/SSI benefits are affected while working. Get to know how local benefits counselors can assist in explaining how working affects a beneficiary's benefits.
    place holder for speakerHeather Barsy
    9:15 - 10:15
    The Provider Transformation Experience
    An opportunity to hear from two providers who are participating in the ODEP Employment First Grant. The providers will talk about The Provider Transformation and the Capacity Building components of the grant. Hear about why they got involved, the changes they have already implemented, and their goals for the future. They will also discuss the change in culture they are initiating at their agencies with some of the significant barriers they have encountered, and how they are working through them.
    Dr. Gall
    9:15 - 10:15
    Organizational Ethics
    Will define organizational ethics the complex combinations of influences which ontribute to ethical and unethical behavior. Organizations must move beyond sole reliance upon the ethical judgments of individuals to develop an organizational culture of integrity.
    Shani Feyen
    9:15 - 10:15
    A Coaching Approach in Disability Services: Questions, Connections, and Outcomes
    Rebecca Grassi
    9:15 - 10:15
    Transition from School to Work and Adult Life of Youth with Disabilities
    Transitioning from school to work and adult life often means overcoming social and environmental constraints that may present as roadblocks to meeting society's expectations of 'successful transition'. This presentation will discuss the results of the study examining services that will best prepare students with disabilities in this transition.
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    9:15 - 10:15
    Employment Barriers and Strategies To Increase Success In The Workplace
    Gain knowledge and understanding of communication disorders and the impact they may have with employment. Strategies for enhancing employer-employee interactions and ways to promote improved outcomes will be presented. Regulations and community resources for assisting those with communication orders in vocational endeavors will be discussed.
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    9:15 - 10:15
    Justin Caine
    10:30 - 11:30
    Why is there such high unemployment for individuals with disabilities and how we're going to fix it.
    We have been on a multi-year journey to revoluntionize how we better and more frequently get job candidates with disabilities in front of employers and once these groups are connected, how we make sure that that these connections are successful for everyone involved. We've started to see successes and have received backing from many of the largest employers in the Greater Lansing Area. We plan to keep expanding our site and growing throughout the state. Come check out how we're breaking beyond barriers!
    Lindsay Raymond
    10:30 - 11:30
    DOL Overtime Regs
    leanne baumeler
    10:30 - 11:30
    Requesting Academic Adjustments in College
    More and more people with a disability are attending postsecondary schools. It is important for the student and their supporters to know the procedure for requesting the academic adjustments needed to ensure equal access to the programs and services at the chosen institution. This session will review those steps.
    Jason Towler
    10:30 - 11:30
    cking the Community 2.0
    Come learn new technology that “hacks” the community with transportation, life skills, employment, recreation and overall higher quality of life for all individuals. The presentation will cover mobile apps, widgets, websites, accessibility and other services. If you asked what a widget is, you need to come to this presentation. “Everyone gets smarter because of this technology… and the empowerment of people is the secret to technological progress.“ - Erin Schmidt , Chairmen of Google.
    10:30 - 11:30
    Michigan Rehabilitation Services' Roadmap to Serving Our Dual Customer
    Overview of the expanded business services arm of the agency and how MRS and the CSAVR-National Employment Team (NET) are serving both of our customers, the individual with a disability and the business. Jenny Piatt and Tonia Peterson will talk about how this model is being implemented in Michigan and the various drivers behind the initiative.
    10:30 - 11:30
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    10:30 - 11:30
    A Successful Journey Above The Bridge With Pre-Employment Transition Services In Action!
    The Inter-Agency Cash Transfer Agreement was utilized in providing pre-employment transition services. In order to achieve student outcome in paid work based learning experiences, students utilized programs such as Conover, Skills to Pay the Bills, and Careerscope along with educator lead work readiness skills workshops. After completing the work readiness programs students entered paid work based learning experiences with community agencies and businesses throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula—businesses committed to improving post-secondary outcomes for our students with disabilities.