• Wednesday
    Pre-con November 1 2017
    12:30 - 2:30
    How Working Affects Your Social Security Benefits
    Learn how SSDI/SSI and state benefits are affected while working. Get to know how local benefits counselors can assist in explaining how working affects a beneficiary's benefits.Learn how a Community Work Incentives Coordinator can explain about Social Security benefits & provide an individualized Benefit Analysis of one’s situation as they work
    12:30 - 2:30
    Mind and Body: The Cyclical Connection
    Mind and Body: The Cyclical Connection This interactive session focuses not only on understanding wellness as it relates to job satisfaction, but also on the application of wellness in our daily lives. Attendees will leave armed with a deeper awareness of the value of wellness, experience participating in various wellness activities, and a plan of action to implement going forward.
    12:30 - 2:30
    Leading Yourself to Lead Others
    Before we can effectively lead teams, we first must examine ourselves and have a thorough understanding of our own style, strengths and develop a plan for personal development. This presentation will examine leadership competencies and how to leverage individual strengths and personality traits along with Emotional Intelligence to become more effective leaders.
    2:45 - 4:45
    Ethical Decision Making in Counseling: Applied Participatory Ethics
    A brief introduction to ethical decision making in the clinical counseling setting, prominent decision making models and their application with examples, and the introduction of current research being conducted in applied participatory ethics in rehabilitation counseling. Implications for counselor education and clinical practice discussed.
    2:45 - 4:45
    Building the Bottom Line: Self-Advocacy & Soft Skills for Pre-college Students with Disabilities
    The pre-college high school curriculum leaves little time for skill building outside of the traditional subjects, and yet it’s apparent that soft skills are key to student transition success. We’ll discuss soft skills development with an eye toward self-advocacy and present approaches and tools for building this critical skill in students planning to participate in higher education.
    5:00 - 7:00
    re:connect Networking with Exhibitors
  • Thursday
    November 2, 2017
    Continental Breakfast
    8:00 - 9:00
    Breakfast with VR- Small Group Sessions
    A chance to discuss current policy and programs with VR staff from both MRS and BSBP in small groups Topics Include WIOA, Business Services, Training Facilities and Pre ETS
    9:15 - 10:00
    BOOM Awards
    BOOM is a statewide award ceremony recognizing individuals with a disability who have excelled professionally or personally. Each year, three individuals are honored at re:con as Athlete of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year. The goal of the BOOM Awards is to provide stereotype-busting role models for people with disabilities. Great inspiration comes from people who have done it and done it well – that’s who we’re celebrating. 2017 Athlete of the Year: Scott Lacey, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Accomplished Marathoner and Triathlete 2017 Employee of the Year: Roshanda Donald, M.B.A. Peckham / Capital Area Michigan Works! WIOA Career Coach 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year: Bob Wilton Owner, BW’s Dog Biscuits “Wholesome treats for that special dog.”
    10:00 - 11:15
    Networking Brunch
    11:30 - 12:30
    Updates on CORE-CACREP Merger
    This presentation will review the recent changes regarding the CORE-CACREP merger and the implications for current rehabilitation counselors, students, and supervisors. New legislation regarding licensure and the current status of accredited programs will be reviewed.
    11:30 - 12:30
    Campus Links: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    The Disability Support Resources office at Grand Valley State University created a living and learning community for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The model is a high-impact practice which includes residential learning, service learning, and common intellectual experiences with a mentorship component.
    11:30 - 12:30
    Shifting the focus to Community based employment
    Through the Employment First policy, CMS is looking to shift funding to have the vast majority of funds going to support competitive employment. At a local level, how do we put more emphasis on community based employment and move from fee for service to outcomes-based payments? Learn how this is happening in Oakland County.
    11:30 - 12:30
    Upward mobility for People Who are Blind
    11:30 - 12:30
    Transformational Leadership for Supervisors
    Rehabilitation counselor supervisors are charged with direct provision of clinical/administrative supervision within their respective settings. Implications of transitioning from transactional to transformational leadership are explored with recommendations for rehabilitation counselor supervisors.
    12:45 - 1:45
    12:45 - 1:45
    Transition & Pre ETS Trends in Diverse Communities
    Demand drives program development and results in focused services leading to successful outcomes for students. The Lansing District Office of MRS will offer a foundation for needs based programming and implementation in diverse communities. Emphasis will be on Pre ETS programs, summer transition programs and community resource development.
    12:45 - 1:45
    Medical Marijuana & Rehabilitation
    Discussion to include implications of use for providers and employers. Specifically the barrier marijuana presents in terms of employment, driving and housing. Information presented will include employee/employer rights as well as educate vocational rehabilitation professionals in legal/practical implications of medical marijuana usage. Vocational rehabilitation professionals can assist job seekers using medical marijuana navigate possible return to work barriers. Topics included are circumstances under which medical marijuana might be used with reasonable safety by workers.
    12:45 - 1:45
    PDD- Personal Development Days
    Personal Development Days (PDD) provides a professional conference style experience for adults with Developmental Disabilities. Each topic is consumer generated and designed to further participants' knowledge in health, safety, disability awareness, and self-advocacy.
    12:45 - 1:45
    Vocational Planning and Accommodations under ADA
    This presentation will explore the comprehensive vocational evaluation process and counseling experience. It will identify accommodations that are available on a community based work site and the process to request accommodations under the ADA. It will identify the steps that lead to a successful community placement.
    12:45 - 1:45
    The Changing Landscape of Leadership
    What makes an effective leader? How must leadership change when followers change? Are leaders as important as the leadership industry tells us they are? This session will offer an opportunity to discuss these questions, consider the what leadership competencies are most valued today and how this may impact your professional development.
    1:45 - 2:45
    2:45 - 3:45
    HCBS Implementation Update
    This panel discussion will feature members of the Implementation Advisory Group, established by the Ml Dept. of Health and Human Services, on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rule. Agenda items will include an overview of the Final Rule, timeline of activity since adoption in 2014; current updates on Michigan's Statewide Transition Plan, HSW compliance notifications and corrective action plans, Heightened Scrutiny, and b3 services compliance assessments.
    2:45 - 3:45
    Dynamic, Engaged, Integrated, Employment Partnerships
    Overview of the Ability Centered Employment (ACE) Partnership with Herman Miller, OAISD, CMH, MRS, and Hope Network - that allows many students and adults to experience training and employment throughout the year, and throughout the county
    2:45 - 3:45
    The Clubhouse Connection
    To provide information to facilitate local partnerships between Rehabilitation providers, Clubhouses, and businesses in order to help organizations and participants to meet their employment goals.
    2:45 - 3:45
    Accommodating Deafness on the Job
    There are three main issues that affects all deaf individuals who work in hearing environments; communication, inclusion and accommodations. I will discuss ways to improve culture mediation. This will help hearing individuals understand how to integrate a deaf individual onto the team, helping bridge the cultural divide.
    2:45 - 3:45
    VRE/MRS working together
    Presentation will describe the working relationship between the Grand Rapids VRE and MRS office with a focus on concurrent cases.
    2:45 - 3:45
    Change Management and Succession Planning
    Succession Management focuses on continuing, daily efforts to build talent & may include the manager's role in coaching, giving feedback, & otherwise helping the individual realize their potential. Both succession planning &succession management emphasize the importance of developing talent to meet current or future talent needs of the org.
    4:00 - 5:00
    Boots on The Ground: Employment First and Two Provider Stories of Transformation
    Employment First in Michigan is a declaration of both philosophy and policy stating that individual integrated employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities. This presentation will describe the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council’s advocacy efforts in the state to move our state and providers towards the Employment First philosophy and give information on resources available to help providers looking to transform. It will also be an opportunity to hear first-hand from two providers who are immersed in the transformation process. They will share the changes they have made so far, barriers they have encountered, solutions they have found to be successful and their plans for the future.
    4:00 - 5:00
    BSBP College Prep
    The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (MI-LARA) is the State of Michigan Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency for consumers with legal blindness. For 7 weeks during the Summer II semester each summer, BSBP hosts potential and incoming college students from around the state at Western Michigan University for the BSBP College Preparatory program. The experience includes students taking one or two college courses for college credit and living in the on-campus dorms. As part of program, students participate in VR Pre Employment Transition Services including: workplace readiness training, instruction in self advocacy, counseling on postsecondary educational programs, and a paid work-based experience. In 2017, BSBP partnered with the WMU Disability Services for Students office to provide direct wages for summer on-campus employment paid through WMU payroll. Students are also exposed to living on a college campus and traveling in the urban environment of Kalamazoo.
    4:00 - 5:00
    Components of Effective Social Skills Training
    Evidence based social skills intervention focused on critical prerequisite skills, maintenance, and generalization of skills across settings (e.g. conversational exchanges, managing conflict, electronic media, controversial topics, using humor, etc.) through didactic and Socratic instruction, modeling, behavior rehearsal, and feedback coaching.
    4:00 - 5:00
    IOS (Apple) vs. Android, a Battle of the Brands
    This session will provide a fun, yet informative look into the accessibility features of both the IOS and Android systems. How smart is your smart phone when it comes to accessibility?
    4:00 - 5:00
    Employment Shift: Navigating from workshop to community based employment
    This presentation discloses the planning process, procedures, techniques, obstacles and results of a 2-year program designed to assist individuals in sheltered workshop settings into community based employment. The partners included public vocational rehabilitation, private rehabilitation organization and community mental health agency.
    4:00 - 5:00
    MRA Annual Meeting and Rehabilitation Field Trends
    Michigan Rehabilitation Association annual meeting and discussion of trends in the field of rehabilitation. Participants will receive an overview of activities over the past year, the purpose and importance of joining professional organizations and where the organization is heading in the next few years. Current legislation will also be discussed.
    5:00 - 7:00
    MARO Leadership Event
  • Friday
    November 3, 2017
    7:00 - 8:00
    8:00 - 8:30
    apex Awards
    Friday, November 3 8:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER - celebrates a business that has fostered exceptional employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to community access. General Motors – Natasha Barber, in Engineering and Purchasing at GM since 2000, is the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, and GM’s point of contact for the D-E-M-A-N-D program and partnership with the Autism Alliance of MI. TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP - recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated the ability to implement effective leadership strategies; nurture collaboration; and achieve transformational outcomes. Yasmina Bouraoui – Deputy Director, MI Developmental Disabilities Council. Yasmina’s leadership assembled an unlikely group of allies to successfully pursue provider transformation, and promote a change in culture to place an increased emphasis on community integration and the importance of work in the lives of those we serve. Kathy Crosby – President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids. As a nonprofit executive with over 35 years experience developing and leading services to the community, Kathy’s dedication to her community through strategic involvement on several West Michigan Boards, as well as her innovative programs and solutions, make her an ideal representative of the Transformational Leadership Award.
    8:30 - 9:00
    Employer Panel
    Friday, November 3 – 8:30 AM, Ambassador Ballroom Panelists: Natasha Barber, Senior Buyer – General Motors Tech Center Dorrie Tompsett, ADA Analyst | Integrated Leave Management - Meijer MARO CEO Todd Culver will moderate this panel discussion - featuring a conversation about moving toward a workforce more inclusive of people with barriers to employment, strategies for community partners to help employers meet their talent needs, and addressing the ongoing skills gap and current mismatch between supply and demand.
    9:15 - 10:15
    Service Animals meet the Real World
    This session will explore some practical & legal aspects of service animals in different life situations. An overview the Americans with Disabilities Act, EEOC & DOT guidance, Fair Housing Act, Air Carrier Access Act, state & local laws provisions will be covered.
    9:15 - 10:15
    Nonverbal Learning Disability: Yes, It Really Does Exist!
    It was determined, in 2013, that the DSM-V and ICD-10, would not code NLD (Nonverbal Learning Disability). Therefore, leaving Higher Education professionals, in a quandary, as how best to serve students with this disability. We will discuss, in brief, the challenges it presents, the working definition, the reason for the above decision, and how we can proceed in becoming an effective barrier-removal tool, which assists students in meeting their set goals.
    9:15 - 10:15
    Adaptive Technology Basics: Improving Functional Capabilities
    This presentation discusses adaptive technology in order to support reading, writing, notetaking, and proofreading.
    9:15 - 10:15
    Identifying funding resources to grow a business
    The presentation will cover the following funding resources for individuals with disabilities: 1) Microloans 2) Crowdfunding 3) Grants 4) Other funding sources"
    9:15 - 10:15
    Building Diverse Teams for High Performance
    A Holistic Approach to Building Diverse Teams: Embracing diversity, inclusion and equity is imperative to our success as a sector. The work is complex, requiring a focus on individuals and organizations, but not impossible. This session, a hybrid of self-reflection and practical strategies, will provide an opportunity for organizational leaders to examine the business case for diversity, inclusion and equity; identify solutions; and learn from peers. Attendees will also be introduced MNA’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Assessment, a practical tool for organizational leaders to assess their current status and future progress on the journey to make these values a reality.
    10:30 - 11:30
    Successful Transitions in Higher Education
    10:30 - 11:30
    An Introduction to WIOA Performance Accountability Requirements
    The session will provide an introductory overview of the performance accountability requirements for VR under WIOA. The audience will leave the session knowing the following under WIOA: 1. The goal behind the law 2. Workforce development system’s six core programs 3. Implementation timeline 4. New terms and definitions 5. Six primary performance indicators 6. Implications for MRS and partner agencies 7. New reporting requirements 8. Information on sanctions
    10:30 - 11:30
    SSA Benefits Information
    10:30 - 11:30
    Accessible Documents Training
    The main focus is to help people realized there are simple thing you can do to a document to make it more accessible.
    10:30 - 11:30
    Customized Employment – The past, present and future of the Pathways to Career Initiative in Michigan
    This session will review the Pathways to Careers key features, outcomes/metrics and plans for the future. We will discuss what hurdles needed to be overcome to implement, maintain and improve the model along with our initial research findings from Mathematica Policy & Research
    10:30 - 11:30
    Establishing Your Leadership Brand – How Will You Be Remembered?