• Wednesday
    Pre-con November 7 2018
    12:00-2:00 Breakout Session
    12:00 - 2:00
    Leading Teams Through Changing Times
    This is not a session on change management. Organizations are forced to deal with change, whether that is due to legislation, technology, new leadership or changing business models. This session will examine the leadership competencies to navigate change and build support and trust with those you lead. Utilizing the competing values model, you will gain the tools to assess your organization and identify the difference between the management competencies and the leadership competencies to navigate change. Finally this session will touch on practical tools for performance management and giving feedback along with conflict resolution and difficult conversations.
    12:00 - 2:00
    You Always Come Out Ahead While Working
    Understand how working effects a person's Social Security Disability benefits. Also understand how people CAN maintain their Medicare and Medicaid while being employed. Finally get to know how you can seek individualized benefit counseling within your local community.
    12:00 - 2:00
    Orientation” to the Intersectionality of LGBTQ, Gender Identity, and Disability Issues in Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    What is gender expansive language, why is it important, and how do Rehabilitation professionals apply gender language in an empowering way? What potential employment barriers exist when serving consumers experiencing the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ and/or gender diversity and disability? Join this “orientation” and discussion to share and learn more about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; terminology and language associated with the LGBTQ+ and gender diverse community; and to analyze how the intersectionality of the LGBTQ+ community and disability experiences may compound vocational barriers. Recommendations and resources will provide opportunity to foster an Inclusive environment for people with disabilities with intersecting identities in the rehabilitation process.
    12:00 - 2:00
    Understanding The Past To Chart The Future of Supports and Services
    This session will reflect on the changes coming to our system that are driven by funders, families and people with disabilities and how service organizations must implement continuous quality improvement practices in their approaches to empowering people to lead self-directed lives. This session will also address some of the issues that direct support professionals across the country are telling NADSP about what they need to be successful and offer suggestions that promote the notion that "Quality is defined at the point of interaction." The session will conclude with information about NADSP’s E-Badge Academy which creates a new opportunity for DSPs to document their skills and work toward a national certification in direct support.
    2:30-4:30 Breakout Session
    2:30 - 4:30
    Leadership and Social Media
    To communicate effectively with customers, employees and stakeholders, you must have strong leadership skills that are tailored to capitalize on the trends that shape the landscape of the current labor force and day-to day operations. In today’s digital world, it is expected that leaders increase social media usage to capture markets, elevate morale, and engage customers as well as employees. Discussed will be the importance of leaders understanding the advantages and disadvantages of social media, what tactics to avoid, what tactics to use, common communication obstacles, how to build trust and avoid a “Fake News” label, what motivates employees and strategic reputation management. Additionally, to evolve as leadership stewards, the difference between ensuring tasks are executed versus operating as a leader and why both are important will be discussed. To advance as leaders, managers have to internalize the idea that leadership is fundamentally different from managing tasks and how to manage both while navigating the world through the transparency of the social lens.
    Employment 1st
    2:30 - 4:30
    Informed Choice: Exploring Ethics, Implementation, and Tools for Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
    The presentation will identify what informed choice is and how professionals can utilize informed choice throughout the rehabilitation process with their consumers. Additionally, ethical implications of utilizing informed choice through each step of the rehabilitation process, internal locus of control, and tools to ethically implement informed choice will be explored.
    4:30-6:30 re:connect event with exhibitors
  • Thursday
    November 8, 2018
    7:00-8:00 Networking Breakfast
    7:45-8:30 Leader Impact Panel
    8:45-9:45 Break Out Session
    8:45 - 9:45
    Provider Transformation - Our Story
    As the landscape of our industry is evolving, we have the opportunity and challenge to move from building based services to community inclusiveness. We will share the evolution of our Community Connections program, our redesigned Employment Connections program, as well as how ODEP's assistance has helped develop our strategies.
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    8:45 - 9:45
    HCBS Rule - Implementation Update
    MARO CEO Todd Culver will provide an update on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule. Promulgated in 2014, with initial guidance to all states to achieve compliance by 2019, this deadline was subsequently extended to 2022 due to the scope and complexity of implementation. Todd will review the 5 characteristics of a compliant setting; Michigan's Statewide Transition Plan; the HCBS Implementation Advisory Group and resulting Provider Readiness Tools; and discuss the status of non compliant and Heightened Scrutiny settings across the state. Time will be allocated for interactive discussion.
    8:45 - 9:45
    Abuse of LGBT elders with disabilities: Learn the signs and how to help
    The 2013 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System indicates that 25% of Michigan adults endorsed having a disability. The Williams Institute estimates that Michigan is home to a high percentage of people who identify as LGBT (4.1% of Michigan's total population), relative to the rest of the country. It is documented that individuals who are LGBT experience higher rates of disability as compared to their heterosexual counterparts. It is also documented that individuals with disabilities experience higher rates of abuse throughout their lives. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about our community members who identify as LGBT, especially older adults, and what elder abuse looks like in this population. We will also investigate the connection between disability and abuse.
    8:45 - 9:45
    Effective Vocational Counseling as a Path to Long Term Vocational Success
    Examining vocational rehabilitation to explore keys to unlock endless vocational possibilities for individuals with disabilities as they embark on a path of self-exploration and move towards reaching their highest level of independence. We will review proven techniques and provide tips for long term vocational stability that will lead to successful community placements. We will examine the evaluation, vocational counseling process, proven job search techniques, advocating for those with disabilities and the how to guide for building successful employer relationships.
    TBI Overview
    The presentation will be an overview of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), defining ABI/TBI, looking into updated TBI statistics for the nation and Michigan. A look into stability of employment following TBI and correlating that into intervention strategies for vocational programming and TBI. A brief look at Eisenhower Center’s day treatment program and how this all ties together with real life circumstances in our woodshop, essentials, landscape & agriculture, metal shop and ceramics sites at our farm.
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    8:45 - 9:45
    The Intersection of Autism and Psychiatric Conditions: Common Concerns, Collaboration, and Programming
    Disability offices are seeing an increase in students with co-occurring autism and psychiatric conditions. During this presentation, we will discuss common concerns brought to us by students, faculty, and parents; the need for collaboration with other campus departments and community resources; and our current programming at Michigan State University along with new initiatives for engaging and supporting students with these conditions.
    8:45 - 9:45
    Individualized Services as a Path to Long Term Vocational Success
    Transitions Directors from Excel Employment Options will discuss the importance of individualized services within the structure of an organization. Adapting to the different needs of the various schools, funders and individuals under the umbrella of Pre-ETS funding enhances the personal outcomes for people served and allows vendors to meet the unique needs of each stakeholder. Utilizing a client-centered approach to customizing assessments, classes, vocational exploration and employment services with a focus on building rapport, gathering in-depth information and matching services to goals leads to better recommendations and greater longevity in employment.
    10:00-11:00 Breakout Session
    10:00 - 11:00
    No Limitations: Achieving greatness for yourself, your organizations and the people you serve through strategy and messaging.
    - Improve time management and collaborative spirit of your team and organization - Mastering the 3Ms: Money, Message, Mobilization - Moving from the "what" to the "how" - developing the right strategy to advance your agenda
    10:00 - 11:00
    Rate Development 101
    10:00 - 11:00
    Starting, Sequencing, Success: AT and Accommodations to Support Executive Functioning
    Neurodiversity recognizes that differences in neurological functioning are normal human differences to be recognized and respected just like any other human variation. You will learn about devices and apps to help with remembering, locating, orientation, and symptom management, Examples of devices include timers, medication reminders, recording devices, task management, and more! You will also learn about resources such as device demonstrations and short-term loans, the and the Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund. You will also learn how Executive Functions are coordinated by and support personal intention, making improved use of these skills important in both employment and daily life.
    10:00 - 11:00
    A Call To Duty: Strategies for Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Veteran Talent
    A Call To Duty includes discussions and examples in these areas: The Business Case for Hiring Veterans; Military Service & Culture; Challenges to Veterans; Challenges to Employers; Sourcing Veterans Talent; and Best Practices for Retention. Mr. Poyma utilizes a mix of personal and professional experience, as an Army soldier and as an employment professional, to guide attendees through the various nuances of the largest obstacle to veterans employment: the military- civilian cultural gap. Additionally, attendees will leave with takeaways: resources and professional contacts for the future. The objective is to inform the audience about how they can bridge the military - civilian cultural gap, and empower them with resources and opportunities to expand their network, all to help our veterans gain improved employment outcomes.
    10:00 - 11:00
    Deaf Employees and Hearing Supervisors
    Participants will receive an overview of deaf culture, with interactive discussions to provoke thought and facilitate practical application. Participants will gain knowledge about common functional limitations associated with this specific disability and practical tips for including and supporting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the workplace.
    10:00 - 11:00
    In Partnership: MRS and Offender Success
    MRS has set up a close partnership with Offender Success and the Michigan Department of Corrections to work with men and women returning to their communities from prison to acquire the supports necessary to successfully prepare/obtain and maintain employment. The men and women coming out of prison face unique challenges towards their successful community reintegration: substance use disorders, physical, mental and developmental disabilities, a lack of supports from family and friends, and systemic barriers. This presentation will focus on the ways partnering with agencies that work with this population can produce some amazing employees and create stronger (and more vibrant)
    10:00 - 11:00
    Youth Transitions Services Transformation
    How do you Transform your Youth Transition programs to make them valuable to the student, the school and the community? That was a question that MMI faced a year and a half ago. Join us to find out how we have learned to navigate the school transition system. How finding a ""Champion"" can help with a smooth transition and how our GOALS programs help meet the Pre-ETS five Federally Defined Required Services of: Job Exploration Counseling, Work-based Learning Experiences, Counseling on Post-Secondary Education, Workplace Readiness Training to Develop Social Skills and independent living and Instructions in Self-Advocacy. We will demonstrate how using a range of curricula, instructional techniques, and plenty of interactive activities can assist students to identify and achieve their career goals. We will show you how we assist students by helping them fit the pieces together of their own personal career puzzle, with all services being tailored to meet the needs of any audience.
    11:15-12:15 Lunch with BOOM Awards
    12:30-1:30 Breakout Session
    12:30 - 1:30
    A Millennial’s Perspective of Leadership in 2018
    This session will address how to be an effective leader in 2018. It will provide insight on how you view yourself as a leader and areas you may improve. You will also gain useful ideas for boosting employee morale.
    12:30 - 1:30
    Accessible Documents
    Learn the basic skills for creating accessible documents and the legal reasons you should care about making all of your information accessible.
    12:30 - 1:30
    Michigan Vocational Rehabilitation: A Shared Vision
    Description of presentation for brochure: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was passed in 2014 refocusing the vocational rehabilitation system on high-quality employment and strengthening alignment with the workforce development system. This shift has required the designated state VR units, BSBP and MRS, to innovate rapidly ensuring a positive impact for individuals with disabilities in Michigan. VR in Michigan, along with core and strategic partners, is developing programs and procedures to meet the new requirements of WIOA. This session will cover what BSBP and MRS are doing to meet the demands of WIOA including identifying strategic focus areas, strengthening core partnerships, developing innovative programming, and collaborating in VR reporting and service delivery.
    12:30 - 1:30
    Customized Job Development Strategies
    Come join the conversation as we explore Customized Job Development Strategies. This interactive training will give you tools to support employers and employees during the job development process. Incorporate business needs and job seeker skills in your approach to employers. We know when we work together amazing possibilities unfold before our eyes, one person at a time.
    12:30 - 1:30
    Human Trafficking: What you need to know as a rehabilitation services professional
    Human Trafficking is one of the more serious human rights violations of our time. Men, women and children are compelled to preform labor and sexual services. There are legal policies and supporting practices for the survivors of human trafficking. The services include legal, health and human services. Rehabilitation services are part of the comprehensive service package. Rehabilitation service professionals would best serve the needs of these potential customers by being aware and prepared for workplace supports.
    12:30 - 1:30
    Using Therapy and Psycho- Educational Techniques to Support Individuals with Disabilities
    Professional Counselors from Excel Employment Options utilize therapy and psycho educational techniques to support individuals with disabilities. Excels counselors address the hidden concerns and subgroups within this population; those who are part of the LGBTQ+ population, individuals with late diagnosis Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with comorbid diagnosis. Concerns include social impairment, sexual and relationship health awareness and knowledge, symptomology of comorbid psychiatric disorders and ASD, in addition to other concerns. Presenters will discuss therapeutic techniques to affirm individuals; psycho-educational and supportive techniques address concerns and improve community involvement. Psychiatric Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders are identified as having the highest rates of comorbidity leading to severe social impairment; understanding of the presentation of these conditions within this population allows for increased improvement in quality of life
    12:30 - 1:30
    Exploring Sole Proprietorship for people with Disabilities (Particularly Autism)
    Exploring Sole Proprietorship from an Autistic Individuals perspective. Sharing What Michael's experience in Sole Proprietorship has been like. Will be discussing what individuals with disabilities (Autism) may gain by venturing into a Sole Proprietorship, as opposed to seeking an occupation from traditional means.
    1:45-2:45 Breakout Session
    1:45 - 2:45
    Job Seekers & Social Media: Implications for Employment Specialists & Ethical Practice
    This session will assist professionals in supporting job seekers with social media use and best practices that can be utilized in accordance with the CRCC Code of Ethics*. Many clients with disabilities seeking employment engage in social media daily, as well as the professionals serving them, which can be an additional barrier to obtaining gainful employment or putting your professional relationship at risk. This presentation consists of different ways to overcome that barrier including how to identify ethical risks in social media and appropriate use, confidentiality, setting clear expectations, etc. We will end with a facilitated discussion because being able to hear from others within the field can be one of the best ways to find new ideas and resources for assisting our clients with disabilities
    1:45 - 2:45
    Dynamic Tools for Vocational Success
    Michigan’s Employment First Policy has driven Hope Network to develop a data tool and integrated work training program that assists in the determination of a person’s existing level of employability. The tool measures and reports the level of skill and job readiness throughout the continuum of provided vocational services. The program consists of four vocational phases that culminate in a community internship. Both the tool and program have been refined through Hope Network’s expansive years of experience with successfully serving people receiving employment services. Both the tool and program facilitate cooperative vocational service planning between the individual, funder, community employer and Hope Network.
    1:45 - 2:45
    Hands-Off Books: Low Mobility Options for Talking Books
    Learn more about services and equipment offered through the Braille and Talking Book Library that benefit persons with physical disabilities. Review products and tips that help make our service accessible to persons with limited mobility, such as breath switch and remote controls.
    1:45 - 2:45
    Vocational Evaluation
    The aim of this presentation is to provide a clear understanding of how to effectively deliver Vocational evaluations to individuals so that their path to obtaining and maintaining employment is smooth and the barriers encountered are less significant by identifying proper accommodations and jobs to aid in the fulfillment of personal vocational goals.
    1:45 - 2:45
    Challenges, Issues and Supports for our Veterans
    Today’s veterans face a myriad of different challenges in today’s world. Michigan’s veterans are no different, they are microcosm of a larger culture. Many veterans suffer in silence, not wanting to get any un-wanted attention, many remember the mantra they were taught in basic training of “Suck It Up and Deal With It” when it comes to physical and mental challenges they face. Many don’t know what services are available to them or how to navigate those services. This presentation will help give insight into the challenges, issues and supports for our veterans.
    1:45 - 2:45
    IPS Model
    Individuals in Michigan with mental illness are seeing an average 27% employment placement rate through the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model; more than double non-IPS employment services. Brenda and Dominic will provide a strong foundational overview of the 8 IPS Guiding principles and how heightened fidelity has been shown to increase successful outcomes for people with serious mental illness.Learn how some sites achieve exemplary outcomes challenges they face. Joe will provide information on how to become a recognized IPS site in Michigan. He will also share data highlights from the 2017 IPS report and how IPS is emerging as a Promising Practice for individuals with other disabilities or challenges. This session encourages audience questions so individuals, employment specialists, or administration are encouraged to ask questions about this leading employment services model.
    1:45 - 2:45
    Vocational Skills and Career Readiness; A community collaboration of excellence.
    The Hillsdale 2016 MRS collaborative grant recipients highlight their unique partnership between local higher education, secondary schools, and vocational rehabilitation agencies. The three year evolution of this flagship program showcases how their team approach has been working to open a work of exploration and opportunities to 10th grade students.
    2:45-3:15 Exhibitor Finale with Prize Drawings
    3:30-4:30 Wellness Breakout Sessions
    3:30 - 4:30
    This workshop will introduce the participants to the practice of mindful meditation. Mindfulness meditation means being aware in the present moment. We are often distracted from what we want to do in the moment because we haven't let go of past events, or we are worrying about the future
    3:30 - 4:30
    Time for Yourself: Mindfulness
    A basic concept in Counseling is being present in the here and now. Mindfulness is a popular way to practice this basic, traditional concept. Breathing, focus, and slowing down can transform your personal and professional life experience.
    3:30 - 4:30
    Compassion Fatigue, the cost of caring.
    Whether it’s from the direct exposure of a traumatic event, working with someone in chronic despair, or witnessing a person’s difficulty in overcoming catastrophic circumstances… compassion fatigue is a common condition among professionals who directly serve and support others.
    3:30 - 4:30
    Office Wellness
    By the end of this session participants will: -Be able to identify correct work height and positioning for office work -Apply movement and positioning principles to life both in the office and at home -Verbalize that lifting with your legs is impossible and know what to do instead -Make minimal lifestyle changes with maximal health benefits.
    3:30 - 4:30
    4:45 MRA Annual Meeting
    5:00 MARO Leadership Academy Event
  • Friday
    November 9, 2018
    7:00-8:00 Networking Breakfast
    8:00-8:30 apex Awards
    8:45-9:30 Leadership Panel
    9:45-10:45 Breakout Session
    9:45 - 10:45
    Solidifying your Ethical Diversity Foundation in a Divisive World.
    This session will discuss ethical decision making regarding diversity during this time of unrest in our country. What does the Code of Ethics say about diversity? Why is it important? Participants will participate by completing scenarios using the CRCC Code of Ethics.
    9:45 - 10:45
    Soaring Above and Beyond through Partnerships!
    Are two brains better than one? What about four brains or even 10 brains? Have you thought about the quality of services you provide and how to expand your service pool with the limited number of resources you have? You’re in luck! During this session we will guide you through how successful Ticket to Work partnerships and benefits counseling can increase employment outcomes and expand service offerings. Sharing of information and collaboration among employment providers, vocational rehabilitation agencies, schools and other agencies are challenges that impact employment for the individuals we serve. There is also increased pressure for agencies to serve more people efficiently and with limited funds. Hear about the benefits for the people we serve, collaboration with multiple agencies and why you should consider partnering other agencies.
    9:45 - 10:45
    Traditional Vs. off-the-shelf Assistive Technology for all
    In this presentation, we will compare traditional hardware and software, off-the-shelf alternatives and built-in features included in popular devices and programs, exploring the pros and cons of each system for specific use cases. The presentation will include demonstrations of hardware, software, apps and devices tailored to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of access solutions for people of all abilities and an awareness of some lesser known and more affordable alternatives.
    9:45 - 10:45
    Creating a SuperStar Status on LinkedIn
    LinkedIn can be intimidating for some people but when used correctly, it is the strongest tool for gaining meaningful employment. Let's learn how to help your clients obtain the same skills as other professionals in their field.
    9:45 - 10:45
    Textile Arts as a Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation
    Non-traditional job development takes many forms. One of these includes an exploration of hands-on creativity combined with quality control measures. Clients move from the planning to design to assembly stages and beyond. This interactive presentation will describe the textile arts program used to create an effective product and quality control process, build work skills, and enhance cognitive and physical abilities through vocational rehabilitation programs.
    9:45 - 10:45
    An Introduction to Dementia in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
    People with developmental disabilities are living longer than ever, and with longer life comes an increased risk of dementia. Join us to learn the risk of dementia for those with developmental disabilities; the unique signs and symptoms of dementia in this population; and how to best respond to changes in behavior.
    9:45 - 10:45
    Seeking Mental Health Services in College: What Professionals Need to Know
    College is a unique time in an individuals life, creating both positive and negative stress. Several recent reports have found that college counseling centers are seeing an increase in students seeking services for mental health treatment, as well as a wider array of mental health diagnoses and research has shown that among young adults, those with a disability have poorer mental health than their peers without a disability. Professionals working with college students with disabilities may wonder where, when and how to refer them for counseling services. This presentation aims to inform professionals about possible counseling options available at universities, as well as address common mental health diagnoses for college students, types of treatment, when to refer a student, and how to work with a student in crisis
    11:00-12:00 Breakout Session
    11:00 - 12:00
    Leadership: Leveraging Social Capital for Inclusion
    There is a growing need to equip emerging leaders with skills to generate, utilize and maintain social capital. To ensure social equity, it is essential for a leader's skill set to embrace developing initiatives with a focus on the inclusion of all people. Leveraging relational aspects and building networking opportunities are crucial for a fully inclusive workplace and community.
    11:00 - 12:00
    Medical Marijuana & Rehabilitation
    Discussion to include implications of use for treatment providers (residential, vocational, home health, case managers, guardian, outpatient services, etc.). Specifically the barrier marijuana presents in terms of employment, driving and housing. Discussions will include factors to be considered when developing a policy for medical marijuana.
    11:00 - 12:00
    Service Animals and Therapeutic Animals - A Legal overview on What types are in and What types are not.
    In this session, participants will expect to learn the following information: Differences between Service Animal, Companion Animal, Therapy Animal; Types of Animals Allowed by Law in the following settings: Employment, Housing, Private Businesses, Transportation, Public Buildings. In addition an overview of significant legal cases related to Service Animals, Companion Animals and Therapy Animals will be discussed."
    11:00 - 12:00
    Hiring People With Disabilities: The Tangible and Intangible benefits
    Hiring people with disabilities can be a win-win situation for employers. Besides acquiring trained and motivated employees,organizations can reap other benefits as well. Increased employee morale, positive PR and coaches to assist in task management are just a few examples. This presentation will look at real life examples from the world of sports and entertainment.
    11:00 - 12:00
    A Conceptualization of Sexual Health in Rehabilitation
    People with disabilities encounter vast disparities in their experiences of positive sexual health. There are many barriers which contribute to these disparities, occurring at various levels. While our society often views sex and disability as taboo, this is a topic not frequently discussed. As such, people with disabilities are not being given the opportunity to be properly educated about their sexual health and how to engage in safe and pleasurable sexual practices. Furthermore, when looking at specific disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, there are characteristics of these conditions which may exacerbate challenges in sexual health. This suggests that sexual health is an especially relevant and critical topic within the realm of disability. As rehabilitation professionals, we must be prepared in addressing these issues.
    11:00 - 12:00
    Interactive Home-Based Employees and Vocational Support: The Collaborative Experience
    Successes/challenges initially supporting work from home employees with disabilities and other barriers to employment and what we've done to overcome those challenges.Foundation for creating and supporting employees vocationally and operationally in a remote setting.Collaboration of Human Services and Business Services to create an environment of inclusion for home based employees
    11:00 - 12:00
    Preparing Adjudicated Youth for the World of Work
    The Marquette and Northern Michigan District MDHHS-Michigan Rehabilitation Services offices created a pre-employment transition services training program for adjudicated students with disabilities at Bay Pines Center (Escanaba) and Shawono Juvenile Center (Grayling). The model is a multi-faceted approach including job exploration, workplace readiness training, and independent living skills training. The program provides high-risk youth with social, vocational, and independent living skills to help reduce recidivism and achieve employment.