Building Bridges Conference
Understanding Refugee Populations with ID/DD in Virginia
September 26, 2013
Deep Run Recreation Center
9910 Ridgefield Pkwy. Henrico, VA 23233
$25.00 includes lunch and refreshments
The cost of this conference is $25.00. Please read instructions carefully.
Checks should be made to the Treasurer of Virginia and sent to:
HRDM - Building Bridges Conference
P.O BOX 1797
RICHMOND, VA 23218-1797
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTMBER 20, 2013. Checks should be received by September 20, 2013.
SORRY, NO WALK-INS
All registrations must be paid in full by September 20, 2013
Registration Refunds and Cancelations
Absolutely NO REFUNDS after September 20, 2013. Substitutions are always allowed.
Enjoy an authentic ethnic meal (included) while networking with peers from across VA
Tiece Ruffin has past teaching experiences as a licensed special educator (K-12) and reading educator (K-12) teaching youth with and without disabilities from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in both rural and urban contexts. Additionally, her teaching experience spans various educational settings such as the public school, correctional institution, and home/hospital. Lastly, her school administration experience was as a local education agency representative for a large urban school district monitoring placement and educational services for students with disabilities who attended private schools. Her research interests include disability, reading, and English language learners. She has authored publications and presented at both National and International Conferences. Past accomplishments include two notable fellowships: the prestigious honor of being selected as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar through the U.S. Department of Education and as a Past-President’s Fellow of the National Association of State Director’s of Special Education. She is an Assistant Professor and the Diversity Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Agenda (subject to change)
9:00 Welcome9:15 Overview of Refugee Populations in Virginia – Kathy Cooper Director, Office of Newcomer Services, Virginia State Refugee Coordinator
10:15 Limited English Proficiency, Immigrants, Refugees, and Disability: A Somali Perspective - Dr. Tiece Ruffin Assistant Professor, Diversity Outreach Coordinator University of North Carolina Asheville
1:00 A Day in the Life of a Refugee with Disabilities
2:30 African Refugees in the United States - Alimatu S Mustapha-Palmer, NCC; LPC; SCAC; CCDVC
Alimatu S. M. Palmer is a licensed mental health and human services visionary professional who has consulted and worked in various capacities with a number of organizations for over 20years. She was born in Freetown Sierra Leone and immigrated to the US as a student who left her country one day after her high school graduation. She is currently the founder and executive Director of the Heritage Multicultural Programs and Services, Inc. The agency is licensed and offers trainings, consultation and multiple programs and services, including cultural and diversity services, counseling and therapy, crisis intervention services, substance abuse/ addictions treatment services, grief and loss counseling, case management and other support services. Alima initially gained Certification in Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Virginia, and a Registered Addiction Counselor in the District of Columbia respectively. Mrs. Palmer then gained licensed and certifications in multiple states as follow: Licensed Professional Counselor in DC and Virginia respectively, Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, FEMA Certified Crisis/Disaster responder, Certified Social Work Practitioner. She is currently affiliated with several boards and organizations including, but not limited to APA, ACA, National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), and the American College of crisis and stress debriefing. In her quest to contribute to the improvement of humanity internationally, Mrs. Palmer and her team have undertaken several projects in her native country Sierra Leone, which is recovering from a very brutal ten years (blood Diamond) civil war. Under the Bridges Gap Project in Sierra Leone the team is currently mainly focused on the newly launched (2011) Orphanage and Youth Empowerment project center in Freetown. They also continue to collaborate and support multiple projects including the UCC feeding program, Faith Orphanage Project, Totkeleh water well project, the Youth Literacy Project.
When & Where
Building Bridges Committee
The Building Bridges Committe is a collaboration between the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services of VA, Commonwealth Autism Service, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, The Third Place, Inc, and The Partnership for People with Disabilities.