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Overview

The 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Advancing the Promise for Justice

October 5-6, 2010
The Hilton Garden Inn & The Rensselaer Banquet and Conference Facility 
235 Hoosick Street | Troy, NY 12180

About the Conference

More than 250 people with disabilities and older New Yorkers will be taking action for independence at NYAIL's 2010 Statewide Conference. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the foundational civil rights legislation which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

While the ADA was passed with great hopes for increased inclusion of people with disabilities of all ages in society, the promise for justice has been incompletely realized. To advance that promise, now and in the future, disability advocates and their supporters will need to take action for independence and justice. NYAIL's 2010 Conference is an opportunity to create a roadmap to a future in which the barriers to full community integration for people with disabilities are removed and the promise of the ADA is fulfilled in New York State.

The conference will provide valuable information to people with disabilities and their families, board members, and staff of Independent Living Centers and other disability rights organizations, vocational rehabilitation professionals, policy makers, older New Yorkers, youth with disabilities, government agency representatives, and local business professionals.

Who Should Attend

The conference will provide valuable information to people with disabilities and their families, board members, and staff of Independent Living Centers and other disability rights organizations, vocational rehabilitation professionals, policy makers, older New Yorkers, youth with disabilities, government agency representatives, and local business professionals.

Keynotes

Keynote Speakers 

stevegold1-colStephen F. Gold is an attorney who specializes in civil rights and represents only persons with disabilities. Besides representing numerous individuals with disabilities in discrimination lawsuits, he also represents ADAPT and NOT DEAD YET.

Mr. Gold successfully argued the case, Helen L., that a state discriminates against a person by requiring them to receive services in a segregated nursing home, rather than providing them services in the community. This lawsuit established the legal principle that persons with disabilities are entitled to receive services "in the most integrated setting appropriate" to their needs and the failure to provide those services was discriminatory. The Supreme Court in the Olmstead decision followed the legal principle and consequently, "the most integrated setting" is now the law of the land. As a result of this lawsuit, advocates can help people in nursing homes live in the communities with personal assistance services.

His Information Bulletins, which have a national circulation of more than 6,000 advocates and persons with disabilities, have dealt with housing, nursing homes, education, and medical assistance.


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Ari Ne'eman is the Founding President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, where he initiates and directs efforts to increase the representation of autistic individuals in public policy discussions. He is an adult on the autism spectrum and a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. In April 2010, he was appointed by Secretary Sebelius as a public member to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ari to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged with advising Congress and the President on disability policy issues. He was confirmed by the Senate in July 2010. He is both the youngest and the first Autistic member of the National Council on Disability. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he studied political science in the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program.

Program

Conference Program

Monday, October 4, 2010

12:00 – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Setup: Ferris Foyer

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

6:00 – 9:00am Exhibitor Setup: Ferris Foyer
7:30am – 5:00pm Registration Table Open [Ferris Foyer]
8:00 – 9:00am Continental Breakfast [Ferris Foyer]
9:00 – 10:15am Opening Plenary: ADA Enforcement Activities by the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: Accomplishments and Challenges Keynote Speaker: Samuel R. Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice [Ferris Ballroom]
10:15 – 10:45am Exhibitor Break [Ferris Foyer]
10:45am – 12:00pm Concurrent Workshops:
20 Years of ADA: What We’ve Won and What We’ve Lost [Ferris A]
Making Health Care Reform Work for Us in New York State [Ferris B]
Partnering with Americorps to Create Systems Change [Osborne Amphitheatre]
Employment First: OPWDD’s Platform for Increasing Community Employment and Contribution [Sage II]
Special Education Advocacy Tips [Sage I]
Liveable New York – Sustainable, Livable Communities for ALL Ages and Disabilities [Roebling Library]
12:00 – 12:30pm Exhibitor Break [Ferris Foyer]
12:30 – 1:30pm Luncheon [Ferris Ballroom]
2:00 – 3:15pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions 
Part I – A Time for Change: Vermont’s Conversion from Sheltered Workshops to Community Employment [Ferris A]Affordable/Accessible Housing Development in New York: Overview and How People with Disabilities Can Impact the Process [Ferris B]Facing the Boogeyman: Conquering the Fear of Direct Action Advocacy [Sage II]Autism’s Emerging Culture: Disability Rights for Everyone [Sage I]Getting to Know Us…Benefits of Partnerships with the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. [Roebling Library]Home of Your Choice: Housing for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Great American Grill]
3:15 – 3:45pm Exhibitor Break [Ferris Foyer]
3:45 – 5:00pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions Universal Design, Visitability, and Resources for Home Modifications [Ferris A]
Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: ADA Violations and the Ultimate Discrimination [Ferris B]
New York Makes Work Pay: Employment for People with Disabilities [Osborne Amphitheatre]
Literacy Zones and Independent Living Centers [Sage II]
Collaborative Learning: Practicing Effective Strategies for Youth Engagement [Sage I]
Opportunities for Funding Transportation through the New Freedom Program [Roebling Library]
ADA Advocacy with Local Departments of Social Services [Great American Grill]
6:30 – 9:00pm Dinner & Evening Program [Ferris Ballroom]
High Expectations of Ourselves and Society: Disability Policy in the 21st Century
Keynote Speaker: Ari Ne’eman, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

7:30am – 5:00pm Registration Table Open [Ferris Foyer]
8:00 – 9:00am Continental Breakfast [Ferris Foyer]
9:00 – 10:15am  General Session: The ADA and Olmstead: How Far Have We Come, How Far Do We Have to Go?

Keynote Speaker: Stephen F. Gold, Disability Rights Attorney [Ferris Ballroom]  
10:15 – 10:45am Exhibitor Break [Ferris Foyer]
10:45 – 12:00pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions 
Part II – A Time for Change: Vermont’s Conversion from Sheltered Workshops to Community Employment [Ferris A]
Join the Justice for all Action Network [Ferris B]
An Introduction to Social Media for Nonprofits: If You Build It… Will They Come? [Osborne Amphitheatre]
Improving Transportation through Mobility Management Techniques [Sage I]
Maintaining Quality Home Environment [Fitzroy]
Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities [Roebling Library]
12:00 – 12:30pm Exhibitor Break [Ferris Foyer]
12:30 – 1:30pm Luncheon [Ferris Ballroom]
2:00 – 3:15pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions
Strategies to Expand Affordable, Accessible and Integrated Housing for People Leaving Nursing Facilities [Ferris A]
ILCs and CBVH: Building Stronger Partnerships/Creating Pathways to Independence [Ferris B]
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Expansion Initiative [Sage II]
The Long Road to a Fundamental Right [Sage I]
Building Bridges: Making ILCs More Welcoming to the LGBT Community [Fitzroy]
For Youth: How to Help Your CIL Serve You Best [Roebling Library]
Collaboration: The Promise of Olmstead for Homeless People with Disabilities [Great American Grill]
3:15 – 3:45pm Exhibitor Break [Ferris Foyer]
3:45 – 5:00pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions 
Recent Developments on the Federal Community Choice Act and Community First Choice [Ferris A]
Including the Autistic Community in the Independent Living Movement [Ferris B]
Inside Out: From Institution to Independence [Sage II]
Disability Awareness Education in Schools [Sage I]
NCIL Advocacy and Legislative Priorities [Osborne Amphitheatre]
Charting a Course to Wellness through Access and Integration [Roebling Library]
Employment, Independent Living & Employment Networks [Great American Grill]

Sessions

Conference Sessions 

20 Years of the ADA: What We’ve Won and What We’ve Lost [Ferris A]

This workshop will provide an overview of ADA’s mandates for change, along with what was intended by the Congress and the advocates who pushed for change twenty years ago, distortions of ADA’s meaning and intent by the courts, and significant defeats and victories. Areas specifically to be addressed include transportation, communication and employment, among others.

  • Presenter: James Weisman, General Counsel, United Spinal Association

Making Health Care Reform Work for Us in New York State [Ferris B]

Health Care Reform is law, but implementation depends on guidance issued by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and choices made by New York State policymakers. Learn how to impact these decisions.

  • Presenter: Heidi Siegfried, Esq., New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY

Partnering with Americorps to Create Systems Change [Osborne Amphitheatre]

AmeriCorps grant projects offer the possibilities of recruiting more people with disabilities into the Independent Living Movement and investing in people who can be extremely focused on a specific systems change activity. Learn how you can develop full time volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to your systems change priorities. 

  • Presenter: Jason Wheeler, National Service Inclusion Project

Employment First: OPWDD’s Platform for Increasing Community Employment and Contribution [Sage II]

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is committed to increasing the number of people with developmental disabilities who have jobs in their communities. This presentation will describe OPWDD’s Employment First platform for achieving this goal. 

Special Education Advocacy Tips [Sage I]

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a comprehensive document that details a school district’s obligation and a student’s rights under special education.  The wording of this document is frequently lost in the complex process of its development.  This session will provide advocacy tips on how to maximize your Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting to obtain a workable, meaningful IEP for the student.  This session will also discuss the new form IEP that will be used by all New York State Public Schools starting in the 2011-2012 school year.

Liveable New York – Sustainable, Livable Communities for ALL Ages and Disabilities [Roebling Library]

This workshop will provide a detailed explanation of what makes a community “livable,” nationwide trends fueling the “livable communities” movement, and a NY State initiative to help municipalities use a community-driven, inclusive planning approach that responds to all community sectors and residents of all ages and abilities. 

  • Presenter: Vera Prosper, PhD, New York State Office for the Aging

Part I – A Time for Change: Vermont’s Conversion from Sheltered Workshops to Community Employment [Ferris A]

The task of converting sheltered workshops to community-based employment can be a daunting and challenging task. But once people are included in the workforce, there is no turning back. The community is the natural state for all of us, including people with disabilities. Join Bryan Dague as he shows participants how Vermont became the first state to eliminate sheltered workshops. He will discuss the timeline, actions taken, and barriers experienced along their journey to full community employment as a supported service for all!

  • Presenter: Dr. Bryan Dague, Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, University of Vermont

Affordable/Accessible Housing Development in New York: Overview and How People with Disabilities Can Impact the Process [Ferris B]

This workshop will include a description of the state’s affordable/accessible housing financing and development programs and processes, including independent and supportive housing, and nyhousingsearch.gov, the state’s housing locator website. In addition, the speaker will discuss local and statewide pressure points through which people with disabilities can impact the development of affordable, accessible and integrated housing in local communities.

Facing the Boogeyman: Conquering the Fear of Direct Action Advocacy [Sage II]

Is your CIL afraid to do advocacy because of what it might entail? Are you worried that your 501 (c) 3 status will be in jeopardy? Do you feel that your image, credibility, or standing in your community will be negatively affected by engaging in advocacy?  The purpose of this session is to debunk the myths and fears that CILs may have about doing direct action advocacy. A panel of advocates will lead the session, and discuss various forms of advocacy, including the “pitchfork method”, advocacy and non-profit status, and maintaining credibility while engaging in advocacy.

  • Lead Presenter: Anita Cameron, Center for Disability Rights
  • Co-Presenter: Diane Coleman, Center for Disability Rights

Autism’s Emerging Culture: Disability Rights for Everyone [Sage I]

Autism is considered an epidemic and a national health concern.  What it truly is, is a reminder the fight for disability rights is far from over.

  • Presenter: Robert M. Deemie, Southern Tier Independence Center

Getting to Know Us…Benefits of Partnerships with the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. [Roebling Library]

Through our partnership with New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc., your membership with the New York Association on Independent Living provides you with access to all NYCON member benefits, training, education and information, including sample policy and procedures templates.  Attend this informative session to help you better understand all of the membership benefits now available to you.

Home of Your Choice: Housing for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Great American Grill]

This presentation will focus on all of the programs offered by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ Office of Housing Initiatives and Support, varying from special mortgage packages, down payment assistance, foreclosure prevention and match-savings programs.

  • Lead Presenter: Robert Addis, NYS OPWDD Office of Housing Initiatives and Support
  • Co-Presenter: Alexander Brooks, NYS OPWDD Office of Housing Initiatives and Support

Universal Design, Visitability, and Resources for Home Modifications [Ferris A]

This presentation will give an overview of Universal Design, Visitability, and Resources for Home Modifications. It will define the housing problem, changing demographics, consequences of housing barriers, and obstacles to inclusive housing. The presentation will discuss Levels of Access as an inclusive housing strategy and give an in-depth look at visitability. It will also discuss housing designed for the lifespan and the IDeA center’s home modifications program. The presentation will review some of the voluntary and mandatory housing policies regarding visitability. It will also give some specific housing design strategies for creating an inclusive home by showing examples of Best Practices.

  • Presenter: Jonathan White, M. Arc

Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: ADA Violations and the Ultimate Discrimination [Ferris B]   

Learn about national and state controversies on assisted suicide and involuntary passive euthanasia. What powers do third parties have to withhold life-sustaining treatment without your consent or against your will?  

New York Makes Work Pay: Employment for People with Disabilities [Osborne Amphitheatre]

This forum will provide an introduction and overview of the New York Makes Work Pay, an initiative designed to expand New York’s capacity to support individuals with disabilities with a desire to work.

Literacy Zones and Independent Living Centers [Sage II]

Literacy Zones and Independent Living Centers share common interests in building pathways out of poverty for families and individuals.  The workshop will focus on one well developed partnership and consider a variety of ways ILCs can partner with Literacy Zones.

  • Lead Presenter: Robert M. Gumson, NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Co-Presenter: Dr. Joan O’Gorman, Yonkers Public Schools
  • Co-Presenter: Susan Naber, Yonkers Literacy Zone 
  • Co-Presenter: Joseph Bravo, Westchester Independent Living Center

Collaborative Learning: Practicing Effective Strategies for Youth Engagement [Sage I]

This unique, interactive workshop will involve EDs/managers and youth in practicing collaborative planning. Using experiential learning, participants will learn new ways to engage and learn from youth.

  • Lead Presenter: Chris Shoemaker, AIM Independent Living Center
  • Co-Presenter: Kristen Badeau-Haptmann, AIM Independent Living Center 

Opportunities for Funding Transportation through the New Freedom Program [Roebling Library]

This workshop will provide information on funding transportation opportunities for individuals with disabilities and engage the audience in articulating the tools needed to more effectively share resources to bring greater mobility to the disability community.

  • Presenter: Tom Vaughan, NYS Department of Transportation

ADA Advocacy with Local Departments of Social Services [Great American Grill]

The workshop will discuss the broad range of accommodations that local DSS’s must provide to clients with disabilities, how to get accommodations for clients, and policy advocacy to obtain better ADA policies and/or compliance from DSS.  It will also discuss current successful collaborative efforts between the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and Independent Living Centers around the state to get improved ADA policies at local DSS’s.

  • Presenter:  Cary LaCheen, National Center for Law and Economic Justice

High Expectations of Ourselves and Society: Disability Policy in the 21st Century

  • Keynote Speaker: Ari Ne’emen, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ADA and the 35th anniversary of IDEA, it’s appropriate for us to look at the disability community’s needs and priorities today and assess how they have changed for a new generation accustomed to greater rights and privileges than people with disabilities in previous generations. This evening keynote, delivered by National Council on Disability Member and Autistic Self Advocacy Network President Ari Ne’eman, will explore these themes and endeavor to describe a framework for the disability policy of the coming two decades.

The ADA and Olmstead: How Far Have We Come, How Far Do We Have to Go?

  • Keynote Speaker: Stephen F. Gold, Disability Rights Attorney [Ferris Ballroom]

Twenty years after the passage of the ADA and eleven years after the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, how much progress has been made towards the freedom, independence and full community integration of people with disabilities? Mr. Gold will provide an overview and assessment of where we are and what our community needs to do next to advance the promise for justice of the ADA and Olmstead.

Part II – A Time for Change: Vermont’s Conversion from Sheltered Workshops to Community Employment [Ferris A]

The task of converting sheltered workshops to community-based employment can be a daunting and challenging task. But once people are included in the workforce, there is no turning back. The community is the natural state for all of us, including people with disabilities. Join Bryan Dague as he shows participants how Vermont became the first state to eliminate sheltered workshops. He will discuss the timeline, actions taken, and barriers experienced along their journey to full community employment as a supported service for all!

  • Presenter: Dr. Bryan Dague, Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, University of Vermont

Join the Justice for All Action Network [Ferris B]

Too often in the past, the most vocal spokespersons on disability issues have been disability service providers, rather than organizations led by people with disabilities. But increasingly, national disability rights organizations run by people with disabilities ourselves are taking the lead on public policy advocacy in Washington, DC and around the country.  The Justice For All Action Network (JFAAN) was formed to better coordinate and strength our collective efforts.  The Steering Committee of JFAAN is comprised of disability leadership, including NCIL, ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities, Not Dead Yet, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and more.  Learn about the national priorities of JFAAN advocacy and how your CIL can become involved in this groundbreaking advocacy and leadership development coalition. 

  • Lead Presenter: Diane Coleman, Center for Disability Rights
  • Co-Presenter: Bruce Darling, Center for Disability Rights

An Introduction to Social Media for Nonprofits: If You Build It…Will They Come? [Osborne Amphitheatre]

Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube and Ning. No matter where you look, social media is there. Individuals and nonprofits alike are using emerging technology in day-to-day communications with clients, donors, staff, board, and the community-at-large for various purposes and goals. Our speaker will familiarize you with the social media phenomenon, provide a basic introduction to the most popular tools (including examples of how some nonprofits are utilizing them for marketing, communications, fundraising, and advocacy) and give tips on choosing the right social media tools for your goals and how you can get started using them today.

  • Presenter: Valerie Venezia, New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.

Improving Transportation through Mobility Management Techniques [Sage I]

Improving mobility can improve quality of life. Mobility, as a substitute word for transportation, is required for all to access daily services and activities. While transportation remains a significant challenge for many individuals with disabilities, mobility management techniques can reduce this difficulty through better coordination of services. This presentation will describe approaches to mobility management, various techniques and highlight best practices from around the nation.

  • Lead Presenter: Kelly M. Dixon, Center for Transportation Excellence
  • Co-Presenter: James J. McLary, Community Transportation Association of America

Maintaining a Quality Home Environment [Fitzroy]

Umbrella relies on membership dues, fundraising and affordable fee-for-services to deliver high quality home maintenance and homemaker services that make a critical difference in an individual’s ability to maintain a quality home environment and life in the community.  The workshop will review the program model, review startup considerations and answer questions on how Independent Living Centers across New York might replicate the model.  

  • Lead Presenter: Ron Byrne, Umbrella of the Capital Region Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Michael Peluso, NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities [Roebling Library]

This session will provide an overview of the rights of people with disabilities to access health care, including an emphasis on self-advocacy skills and collaboration with medical providers. 

  • Lead Presenter: Marilyn E. Saviola, Independence Care System, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Kelly McAnnany, Esq., New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Strategies to Expand Affordable, Accessible and Integrated Housing for People Leaving Nursing Facilities [Ferris A]

Without access to affordable, accessible and integrated housing, people with disabilities and older adults are often confined to nursing facilities and other institutions against their wishes. This workshop will address emerging strategies for expanding housing programs and resources so people with disabilities and older adults can avoid entering or leave nursing facilities.

ILCs and CBVH: Building Stronger Partnerships/Creating Pathways to Independence [Ferris B]

Three ILC directors and a Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped vocational rehabilitation counselor discuss how their partnerships help CBVH identify unmet needs and enhance IL services to the blindness community.

  • Lead Presenter: Julie Cardone, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
  • Co-Presenter: Doug Hovey, Independent Living, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Kathleen Madigan, Self Initiated Living Options, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Ray Ciafardini, Self Initiated Living Options, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Christina Curry, M.A., Harlem Independent Living Center
  • Co-Presenter: Frank Gaydioso

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Expansion Initiative [Sage II]

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) was recently awarded a grant by the NYS Department of Health to develop and implement a plan to expand participation in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) across the state. The project’s activities will include: 1) developing a peer based counseling training curricula; 2) providing peer based programs to assist eligible persons in understanding their role and responsibilities as a CDPAP participant; 3) preparing and disseminating general education and outreach materials to increase awareness of the CDPAP; and 4) developing training curricula for discharge planners, local social services districts, health care professionals and other community based providers. The presenters will discuss the planned implementation of this exciting initiative and what it means for CDPAP in New York State.

  • Lead Presenter: Constance Laymon, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Lew Dubuque, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Philip McCallion, Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness at the University of Albany

The Long Road to a Fundamental Right [Sage I]

The workshop will include a showing of the documentary, “HAVA in New York: The Long Road to a Fundamental Right.” The presentation and discussion will address the lack of access to voting machines and polling places, an update on the recent passage of polling site access legislation and strategies to ensure its implementation, and advocacy with the US Dept of Justice regarding intervention in NYS.

  • Presenter: Brad Williams, New York State Independent Living Council
  • Co-Presenter: Helen Benlisa, Catskill Center for Independence
  • Co-Presenter: Rima McCoy Center fo Independence of the Disabled, NY

Building Bridges: Making ILCs More Welcoming to the LGBT Community [Fitzroy]

Is your ILC a welcoming and safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender staff, consumers, and visitors? The Center for Disability Rights will share ways of making your Center more welcoming to all.Presenter: Anita Cameron, Center for Disability RightsPresenter: Helen Benlisa, Catskill Center for Independence

For Youth: How to Help Your CIL Serve You Best [Roebling Library]

Learn more about Independent Living and what it means for you. Explore the leadership qualities that will help you BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR CIL (AND COMMUNITY)!

  • Lead Presenter: Chris Shoemaker, AIM Independent Living Center
  • Co-Presenter: Kristen Badeau-Hauptmann, AIM Independent Living Center

Collaboration: The Promise of Olmstead for Homeless People with Disabilities [Great American Grill]

Independence Care System (ICS) and Barrier Free Living (BFL) operate in New York City separate from one another, but with a shared mission – to support adults with disabilities to live independently in their communities. 

  • Lead Presenter: Anna Fay, Independence Care System, Inc.
  • Co-Presenter: Paul B. Feuerstein, Barrier Free Living Family of Companies

Recent Developments on the Federal Community Choice Act and Community First Choice [Ferris A]

If enacted, the federal Community Choice Act, a top priority for disability advocates nationwide, will amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act (Medicaid)  to require state Medicaid Plan coverage of community-based attendant services and supports for certain Medicaid-eligible individuals. This workshop will provide an overview of recent advocacy actions in support of the bill. In addition, the presentation will address the Community First Choice Option, recently incorporated into the passage of federal healthcare reform, which advances Medicaid home and community-based services and supports and lays the foundation for enactment of the Community Choice Act.

Including the Autistic Community in the Independent Living Movement [Ferris B]

While the Independent Living Movement has been a force of significant good for people with disabilities of a wide variety of different types, there remain underserved populations within Independent Living who would benefit from the consumer-controlled services Centers for Independent Living are uniquely situated to provide. One of these groups is adults on the autism spectrum. This session is intended as an informal discussion for consumers and self-advocates, CIL employees and others with ASAN President Ari Ne’eman for the purpose of starting a dialog on how to increase representation of Autistic adults in the Independent Living movement. All interested individuals are invited.

  • Presenter: Ari Ne’eman, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Inside Out: From Institution to Independence [Sage II]

This workshop will include two presentations intended to provide ILC staff and advocates with technical assistance on assisting people with disabilities to leave institutions.  Presentations will address how to work with institutional staff and structures, with the goal of increasing the presence of IL staff and the IL philosophy in institutions.  Participants will also learn about tools and techniques to help them begin or improve a program for deinstitutionalization, including strategies for empowering the individual, making transition plans, increasing advocacy efforts, ILS training, understanding of legal systems, systems change, and more.  

  • Presenter: Marcie Kelly, Western New York Independent Living
  • Presenter: Darlene Dickinson, Southern Tier Independence Center
  • Presenter: Susan Link, Southern Tier Independence Center

Disability Awareness Education in Schools [Sage I]

This workshop will include two presentations focused on school-based education programs designed to promote understanding of accommodations, accessibility and independence for people with disabilities.  Participants will hear about the unique partnership of Catskill Center for Independence and Riverside Elementary School, and ways to create a similar program in their communities.  Workshop attendees will also learn about pending legislation to require disability education in schools and review disability history sample lesson plans.

  • Presenter: Donald Wyckoff, Catskill Center for Independence
  • Presenter: Catherine Herrick, People, Inc.

NCIL Advocacy and Legislative Priorities [Osborne Amphitheatre]

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) will present a workshop on its programs and current legislative priorities. NCIL staff will discuss its role in the Independent Living Movement, in addition to how the organization operates on a national level. Some of the topics that will be addressed include the reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, and the proposed establishment of a national Independent Living Administration. NCIL will also discuss its Legislative Priority Survey for members, and will give an opportunity for workshop participants to provide input as to what these priorities should be during the 112th Congress.

  • Presenter:  Austin Walker, The National Council on Independent Living

Charting a Course to Wellness through Access and Integration [Roebling Library]

The NYS Departments of Health, Environmental Conservation and the Office of Mental Health share programs to promote health, quality of life, access and integration for persons of all abilities.

  • Lead Presenter: Theresa Paeglow, NYS Department of Health (DOH), Disability and Health Program
  • Co-Presenter: Danielle MacFee, NYS Department of Health
  • Co-Presenter: Carole Fraser, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Co-Presenter: Teresa Arman, NYS Office of Mental Health

Employment, Independent Living & Employment Networks: Emerging Partnerships Between Independent Living Centers, VESID and the Social Security Administration [Great American Grill]

The workshop will review the opportunity for centers to contract with the Social Security Administration and perform as an Employment Network (EN).  The pros and cons of participating as an EN and a range of implementation considerations will be discussed, including incentives for consumer participation, the SSA payment process and how VESID’s services interface with EN and ILC services.

  • Lead Presenter: Michael Peluso, NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities 
  • Co-Presenter: Frank Coco, NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

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