Sunday, Sept. 10

11 a.m. — 6 p.m. Registration Open
11:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Welcome
11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. Keynote Address — Russell Lehman
1 p.m. — 1:15 p.m. Break
1:15 p.m. — 5 p.m. Workshop Keynote: Leadership Matters — Dana Yarbrough

Monday, Sept. 11

7 a.m. — 8 a.m. Registration Open/Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m. New Attendee Orientation
8 a.m. — 8:15 a.m. Welcome
8:15 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address — Lawrence Carter-Long
9:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. — 11 a.m. Sessions #1
11 a.m. — 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Sessions #2
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. — 2:45 p.m. World Cafe
2:45 p.m. — 3 p.m. Break
3 p.m. — 4:15 p.m. Sessions #3
4:20 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. Keynote Address — Kevin Locke
5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. Self-Advocate Supper (by invitation only)
6:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. Dance

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Session 1 – Employment – Ballroom A
7:30 a.m. — 8:15 a.m. Registration Open/ Breakfast Welcome
8:15 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address — Richard Luecking
9:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. — 11 a.m. Keynote Address — Heather Weldon
11 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Keynote Address — Penelope J. Phillips
12:15 p.m. — 12:30 p.m. Break
Session 2 - Breakouts – Ballroom A
7:30 a.m. — 8:15 a.m. Breakfast/Welcome
8:15 a.m. — 8:30 a.m. Break
8:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m. Alternatives to Guardianship & Supported Decision-Making
9:45 a.m. — 10 a.m. Break
10 a.m. — 11 a.m. “Show Me The Money!”
11 a.m. — 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Self-Advocacy Panel
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. *Lunch ALL ATTENDEES*
1:30 p.m. — 2:35 p.m. Session #4
2:35 p.m. — 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. — 4 p.m. Session #5
4 p.m. — 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. Closing Keynote: Transforming a School — Sandra Assimotos McElwee and Sean McElwee

Sessions #1

  • Speed Networking

Come prepared with a short introduction about yourself and your business cards. Quickly meet other attendees and make connections across the state. It's like speed dating, only fun.

  • Internet Safety

Join the Sioux Falls Police Department and get tips on how to stay safe when using the internet and social media.

  • Community Re-Entry

Re-entering the world after a release from jail can be daunting. Learn about support for adults in successfully reintegrating into their communities.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Transportation Panel

Join state and local transportation planners and system users as they discuss the state of services in South Dakota. Bring your questions.

  • "Can’t Do/Won’t Do" Assessment

You have a student who fails to turn in their work yet again and you’re left feeling frustrated and hopeless. Does this student lack the motivation to complete the work? Or do they need help in understanding the information and don't know how to complete it? How do you know the difference? In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the difference between skill and performance deficits, have the opportunity to practice a "can’t do/won’t do" assessment, and then properly identify the intervention that will help their students succeed. Come with questions and be ready to practice what you learn.

Sessions #2

  • Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders

This session will look deeper at the underlying causes for feeding issues in children, as well as how we can assist families and care providers with natural ways to increase their child's ability and desire to eat.

  • LifeCourse Framework

The ways in which intellectual/developmental disabilities systems developed over time have often led to services and supports that are reactive and crisis-driven, addressing isolated life domains or unrelated episodes of need. The LifeCourse framework offers a more holistic approach to planning the life trajectories of both individuals and family units. This framework provides a way to understand supports to both people with disabilities and their families across the lifespan.

  • Self-Employment and Economic Development in Rural Communities

Established tribal and rural community programs are working to expand their current impact for economic and self-employment strategies. One key aspect needed for success is community engagement, the inclusion of stakeholders and their particular employment and economic challenges, including community access and appropriate accessible transportation. These innovative practices taking place in South Dakota will be shared in this session.

  • Individual Heath Plans

Individual health care plans (IHPs) are written plans used in schools to communicate students’ health conditions and their care and accommodation needs. They are written for a variety of health conditions and make it easier for school teams to determine appropriate health care interventions. This session will focus on effective methods for creating and using IHPs to better meet students’ individual needs.

  • Using iPads for Resumes & Work Strategies

Learn how to use the iPad tablet to create a top-notch resume and to learn actions that can be implemented in the workplace.

Sessions #3

  • Tai Chi: Yes You Can!

This session will lead attendees through eight ancient Chinese breathing exercises, designed to stretch, tone and move energy through the body. These eight standing exercises are easily adapted to a sitting position and are based on Qi Gong, a form of standing or sitting meditation involving dynamic movement, breathing and energy circulation.

  • Tell Me About Yourself

Nail that interview by developing an elevator speech, answers to the questions and wearing a professional outfit.

  • A Family's Personal Journey With Disability

Listen and share in the story of one family’s experiences with adult onset disability.

  • Early Intervention Begins with Relationships

This session will give participants an opportunity to examine the importance of the connection between the quality of human relationships and the effectiveness of intervention services. For the birth to three population, the relationship therapists form with a baby's parents and the baby is essential in fostering a baby's development. We will discuss how these positive relationships are initiated and maintained.

  • Everything You Wanted to Know ... Now is the Time to Ask

Do you have questions about employment? Are you interested in getting a job? Come hear about success stories describing work by people with disabilities and the strategies that helped them get there. A panel of job coaches who work around South Dakota will share their experiences, discuss their ideas and suggestions, address questions you may have and engage in thoughtful dialogue regarding some of the challenges in employment services today.

Sessions #4

  • Relay Teams

Ready for some competition? Join a relay team and see who has the fastest time.

  • Transition for Youth in Rural Community

Learn about the Pine Ridge High School coffee shop run by students with disabilities.

  • Hello, Officer!

Get tips for talking to law enforcement: What to say, how to ask for help and explaining your disability.

  • FASD: Invisible Disability

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to working with individuals with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). This session will discuss current issues and practices related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of FASDs.

  • Video Modeling Techniques

Video modeling can be used to teach or reinforce a variety of functional life skills. In this session, participants will collaborate to plan and practice creating a video based on a targeted social skill or work task. Participants will also work together to create a plan for implementation and progress monitoring.

Sessions #5

  • Bocce Ball

Learn about the programs offered by Special Olympics of South Dakota and play the Special Olympics' newest sport.

  • What to Do If It Doesn’t Feel Right

Have you ever been in a place and felt uncomfortable or get a creepy feeling from someone? This session will give suggestions on how to act in different circumstances.

  • Assessment and Planning for Challenging Behavior

Educators are tasked with multiple responsibilities regarding the education and development of our youth. One area that continues to demand the attention of educators and administration is addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom. During this presentation, two local educators will share their knowledge and experience with addressing challenging behaviors from a functional standpoint.

  • Developing Partnerships to Enhance Diversity and Inclusiveness

Learn strategies developed between Sinte Gleska University and the Center for Disabilities to help underserved populations, individuals with disabilities, continuing education efforts and community engagement in Indian Country.

  • Creative Job Development and Supports

There are challenging factors in getting a job, particularly in rural parts of South Dakota. Learn new and creative strategies for job development for transition age and adults.

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