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UnitedHealthcare Community Plan presents the 3nd Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)

Friday, February 28, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM (MST)

Phoenix, AZ

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 Presents the 3rd Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities Agenda  

Friday, February 28, 2014 

7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening and Welcome 

Session 1 Workshops - 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Select One Workshop Only)

(ADA) Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment

Know your rights, specifically the law as it relates to asking for reasonable accommodations and keeping your disability information confidential.

Presenter:    J.J. Rico, Staff Attorney

                        Arizona Center for Disability Law 

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports - Part 1 - Working with Students with Challenging Behaviors

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has been implemented successfully in over 18,000 schools across the country, resulting in decreased office referrals and suspensions. But in some cases, students of color are experiencing the office referrals or suspensions at disproportionately higher rates. This two-part session will provide an overview of PBIS and key features that make it successful, along with recommendations for further improvements that can reduce disproportional discipline. 

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tiers 1 & 2: What makes it successful and how can we make it better?
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 3: What makes it successful and how can we make it better? 

Presenter:    Dan Davidson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Institute for Human Development

Northern Arizona University

 

Updates on the (DSM 5) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Presenter:    Bob Klaehn, M.D.

Medical Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

Arizona Department of Economic Security

 

 

Communication is the Key: Effective Outcomes for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

In this session, attendees will learn about the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and the people they serve.  The differences between the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing will be highlighted along with information about communication strategies, assistive technology, relevant laws, and sign language interpreter licensure.

Presenters:  Beca S. Bailey, B.S.W., Deaf Specialist

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

                       

Michele Michaels, Hard of Hearing Specialist

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

 

"Heart Mind and Soul: An Integrative Approach to Cardiovascular Care"

This workshop will:

  • Review the prevalence of heart disease in the African American community
  • Discuss the relationship between stress and heart disease.
  • Address simple, effective strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Presenter:    Andrew Atiemo, M.D.

Interventional Cardiologist, John C. Lincoln Heart Institute

 

Why Is Arizona Failing Third Graders?

This year, Arizona became one of 14 states that have instituted laws to hold back third-grade students who haven’t learned to read. Proponents of the policy argue that teachers of the higher grades don’t know how to teach reading; this might be the only way to ensure that children receive the remedial help they need. Its critics argue that children who fail a grade are more likely to drop out of school later, that there’s no proof that repeating a grade helps students learn better, and that low-income students will be disproportionately affected. Moreover, reading tutors, specialists, and other interventions require huge per-pupil expenditures that the state simply can’t afford. Will repeating third grade make better readers? How is this policy impacting schools and teachers, children and their parents?

Panel:            Ann Hart, PhD, Deputy Associate Superintendent

            Arizona Department of Education

 

                      Traci Williams, PhD, Certified School Psychologist

 

Break………………………………………………………..10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

 

Session 2 Workshops - 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Select One Workshop Only)

Fitness and Living Well - How Fitness and Proper Nutrition Play an Essential Role in your Life

Presenter:    Donald L. Thomas, Fitness Specialist, NSCA and Certified

                      Rehabilitation Assistant

 

Toni Grimes, Certified Personal Trainer, ACE and ASFA.  

 

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports - Part 2 - Working with Students with Challenging Behaviors

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has been implemented successfully in over 18,000 schools across the country, resulting in decreased office referrals and suspensions. But in some cases, students of color are experiencing the office referrals or suspensions at disproportionately higher rates. This two-part session will provide an overview of PBIS and key features that make it successful, along with recommendations for further improvements that can reduce disproportional discipline. 

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tiers 1 & 2: What makes it successful and how can we make it better?
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 3: What makes it successful and how can we make it better? 

Presenter:    Dan Davidson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Institute for Human Development

Northern Arizona University

 

Treatment Advances in Developmental Disabilities

Presenter:    Bob Klaehn, M.D.

Medical Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

Arizona Department of Economic Security  

 

Life After High School: What’s Next and How to Prepare for the Transition to Adulthood

This panel presentation will discuss various aspects of what youth with disabilities, their families and the professionals who support them should consider in preparation for transitioning out of high school to adult living. The interdisciplinary panel of professionals and parents will provide a general overview of transition with special attention to transition planning, post-secondary opportunities and employment, and the transition to adult healthcare through a case study format.  Panelists will also share information on specific programs, services and resources available in Arizona and nationally.

Panel:           Jacy Farkas, Person-Centered Initiative Director

Sarah Guayante, Medical Home Coordinator

Candace Policaro, Special Education Teacher

Linda Strayer, Parent & PCP Facilitator  

 

Assistive Technology (This session will review assistive technology tools and fundamental best practices)

This session will review assistive technology tools and fundamental best practices for a wide range of disabilities including physical access, blindness/visual impairment, deafness/hard of hearing, and cognition.  The session will look at “low, mid and high tech” solutions with resource information about assistive technology specialists in the field. Questions including, “I have a diagnosis, what is my next step?” and “How can AT help me on-the-job?” will be addressed. 

Presenter:    Sue Lehew, M.S., ATACP

Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

Examine the challenges of African American students with disabilities in colleges and universities

This workshop will be presented by the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) a Historical Black College and University (HBCU).  The UDC Disability Consortium project focuses on low college matriculation, retention, and graduation rates for Black and African American students with disabilities, as well as the lack of research about this population.  Based at the UDC, staff will work in collaboration with Syracuse University and Howard University to accomplish three goals: 1) Create an online consortium of disability services (DS) providers at HBCUs and PBCUs, to exchange information about best practices; 2) Conduct research with Black and African American students with disabilities and DS providers at HBCUs, to seek out best practices that can be replicated at other campuses; 3) Disseminate findings, with a pilot test of project deliverables (a website and printed materials) in collaboration with the Washington, DC public schools.  The project actively incorporates undergraduate and graduate students from UDC and Howard University as part of the research team.  The project website and printed materials will contain student-centered culturally responsive and universally designed information for students, but will be relevant for parents, K-12 educators, policy-makers, and DS offices.

Presenters: Sislena Grocer Ledbetter, PhD and Denize Stanton-Williams, M.A.

University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

 

 

Lunch……………………………………………………..……11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker
- Hon. Leah Landrum Taylor, Arizona State Senator - Legislation Updates and Education

 

Keynote Address - William Smith, Jr., Ed.D. - Beyond the 21st Year: Aging out of School Without Being College or Career Ready 

 

Session 3 Workshops - 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Select One Workshop Only)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and How it Pertains to People with Pre-existing Conditions

Presentation will focus on Obamacare and how it pertains to people with pre-existing conditions.

Presenter:    David Aguirre, Affordable Care Act Certified Navigator

            Greater Phoenix Urban League 

 

Educational Rights of Students with Special Needs under IDEA and Section 504 

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of 1973. The workshop will also examine some of the unique challenges faced by African American students with special needs.

Presenters:  Renaldo Fowler, Senior Staff Advocate

                      Arizona for Center Disability Law

                      Christopher Tiffany M.A. Ed.

                      Raising Special Kids 

 

What is Sickle Cell Disease and the curative role of the Bone Marrow transplantation?

This workshop will:

  • Review the prevalence of heart disease in the African American community
  • Discuss the relationship between stress and heart disease.
  • Address simple, effective strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Presenter:  Dorothea N. Douglas, M.D. 

 

The ABC’s of Special Needs Planning

Presentation explains the planning process addressing Lifestyle, Legal, Financial Needs, and Government Benefit issues. Audience members will leave the session with knowledge on the steps to take in order to prepare a plan assuring a smooth transition, security, and quality of life while giving all peace of mind.

The objective of the presentation is to address on a more specific level, the common estate and future planning issues facing families who have a loved one with special needs.  The goal is to educate families so they can be active in the planning process and direct their advisors. The audience will come away with in-depth knowledge of Special Needs Planning. The Question and Answer period will identify resources to help resolve life planning issues specific to their situation. In addition, it is our goal to empower them to take the necessary action and to help develop solutions and resolutions to enable them to provide the security and quality of life for their person with special needs, today and in the future.

Presenter:    Bart Stevens, ChLAP, AzCLDP

Special Needs Project

 

Optimal Living to Manage Diabetes and to Prolong Health

This presentation begins with a focus on defining the types of diabetes, the symptoms and the treatment components. 

Important focal points include:

  • Statistics on diabetes occurrence in the African American population 
  • Complications of Diabetes and Management issues
  • Educational and Medical Resources and Support in the community
  • Basic Management for normal blood glucose and stable blood glucose levels
  • Motivational tools for daily use and optimal health
  • Building a healthier lifestyle is possible for all. Today's healthcare professionals and your community provide multiple resources for self care and medical management. When individuals and families apply current medical knowledge, educate themselves, and reach out to resources, the health complications can be procrastinated for years.

Presenter:    Karen McWilliams, CDE, RD/LMNT

                       Mountain Park Health Center 

 

Examine the challenges of African American students with disabilities in colleges and universities

This workshop will be presented by the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) a Historical Black College and University (HBCU).  The UDC Disability Consortium project focuses on low college matriculation, retention, and graduation rates for Black and African American students with disabilities, as well as the lack of research about this population.  Based at the UDC, staff will work in collaboration with Syracuse University and Howard University to accomplish three goals: 1) Create an online consortium of disability services (DS) providers at HBCUs and PBCUs, to exchange information about best practices; 2) Conduct research with Black and African American students with disabilities and DS providers at HBCUs, to seek out best practices that can be replicated at other campuses; 3) Disseminate findings, with a pilot test of project deliverables (a website and printed materials) in collaboration with the Washington, DC public schools.  The project actively incorporates undergraduate and graduate students from UDC and Howard University as part of the research team.  The project website and printed materials will contain student-centered culturally responsive and universally designed information for students, but will be relevant for parents, K-12 educators, policy-makers, and DS offices.

Presenters: Sislena Grocer Ledbetter, PhD and Denize Stanton-Williams, M.A.

University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

  

Break……………………………………………………….2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  

Session 4 Workshops - 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Select One Workshop Only)

Efforts to Reduce the Disproportionality of African American Children in the Child Welfare System in Maricopa County, Arizona

This workshop will focus participant’s attention on the problems that African American children, their families, and the community experience as a result of the disproportionate number of African American children in the child welfare system in Arizona. Participants will become aware of the magnitude of this problem and learn about efforts underway to reduce this disproportionality through collaborations and partnerships.  Participants will be afforded an opportunity, through group dialogue to share their ideas on ways to address this problem and to join in the work of the collaborating partners.

Presenters:  Leslie Reprogle, Executive Director

Agape Adoption Agency of Arizona, Inc.

Princes Lucas - Wilson, Executive Director of FIBCO Family Services, Inc. and Director of the Institute for Child Advocacy

                          Roy T. Dawson, Coordinator, the Faith Opportunity Zone (FOZ)  

 

School to Prison Pipeline

When children are suspended, expelled, or restrained and secluded at school, they are more likely to drop out of school.  People who have dropped out of school are up to 7 times more likely to become entangled in the prison system than people who complete high school.  Children with disabilities, particularly those with autism or emotional disturbance, are suspended at much higher rates than children without disabilities.  In addition, national statistics tell us that 1 in 4 African-American children with disabilities are suspended at least once while they are in school.  This session will explore why children with disabilities are pushed out of school at such high rates, discuss the Arizona Center for Disability Law’s new project, the School to Prison Pipeline Project, and present strategies for eliminating the high suspension rates of children with disabilities.

Presenter:    Cathleen Dooley, PhD, Staff Attorney

                        

Medicare in 2014; What You Need to Know

Attendees will learn about the basics of all Medicare Programs (Part A, B, C, and D, and Medigap Supplements), services, costs, and what’s new in 2014. Low-income programs and changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act will also be covered.  Additional resources for further assistance will be provided.

Presenter:    Glen Spencer, Benefits Assistance Program Director

Area Agency on Aging, Region One 

 

Dental Care - Serving clients with special needs

Challenges in serving individuals with special needs patients in addition to guidelines for locating a dental provider and oral healthcare tips.

Presenter:    Anthony Herro, DDS, Special Needs Dentist

            Percy Twine, Jr., DMD, Endodontist

 

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and How it Pertains to People with Pre-existing Conditions (this is a repeat workshop from Session 3)

Presentation will focus on Obamacare and how it pertains to people with pre-existing conditions.

Presenter:    David Aguirre, Affordable Care Act Certified Navigator

Greater Phoenix Urban League 

 

Mental Health

Examines unique cultural aspects and challenges providing mental health services in the African American community.

Presenter:    Celeste Spane, LPC 

 

Closing Remarks………………………………………………4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

 

 

Space is limited! Accommodations such as braille, large print and any other alternate formats, etc. must be requested prior to conference.  Please note:  CART and sign language interpreters will be available upon request. 

For registration assistance and/or for questions please contact David Carey at davidc@abil.org or call 602-443-0723.  Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 21, 2014!

Contributing Sponsors 

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Arizona Center for Disability Law     

                                                               

                Arizona Bridge to Independent Living             Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing                              Institute for Human DevelopmentThe Sonoran UCEDD         Statewide Independent Living Council

 

Have questions about UnitedHealthcare Community Plan presents the 3nd Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities? Contact Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)

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Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Friday, February 28, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM (MST)


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Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) is Arizona’s largest center for Independent Living. ABIL offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.

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