Pre-Conference Sessions
Monday, June 1, 2020

1:00-4:00 pm
Fee $35
SECP Research Colloquium

This session is organized by the AAIDD Student and Early Career Professional and Research Interest Networks.

The purpose of the pre-conference research colloquium is to provide AAIDD students and early career professionals (SECPs) with an opportunity to present their research and network with leading intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) researches and policymakers.  Participants will receive feedback on how to translate their work into meaningful research, policy, and practice. 

Colloquium presenters will present their research project, and specific questions/ideas/concepts that they would like feedback on from experts in the field.  Following each presentation, Research Interest Network members and AAIDD colloquium audience participants will engage in a brief open forum discussion to provide feedback to the participants on how the research fits into research, policy, and practice related to individuals with IDD.

1:00-4:00 pm
Fee $45
Honoring the ADA through the Exploration of Alternatives to Guardianship

(approved for 3 Social Work CEs) 

Kara Ayers, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
Barbara Kleist, MEd, JD, University of Minnesota  
Mark McManus, PhD, MSSW, University of Akron 

The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was to ensure equality in opportunity and rights for Americans with Disabilities. Thirty years after its passage, however, many adults with disabilities are still limited in making their own decisions because they are under the guardianship of another individual. This workshop will explore alternatives to guardianship through case studies, panel discussions, and dialogue about the aspirations and realities of a unified commitment to empower people with disabilities to make their own decisions with or without various levels of support. The workshop will be divided in three parts: The first will define and differentiate guardianship from alternatives, like supported decision-making. An update on current trends and data will be discussed. The second part of the workshop will review best practices and lessons learned from state models and disability organizations promoting the change in attitude required to advance less restrictive means of support. The third part of the workshop will be an opportunity for interaction with a wide range of perspectives on guardianship, including self-advocates and family members. Participants will be challenged to identify their own action item in closing the gap between goals and reality related to alternatives to guardianship.  This session will be relevant to the practice of psychologists and social workers who work with people with IDD and their families. 

1:00-4:00 pm
Fee $45
Joining the 21st Century through Technology First 

(approved for 3 Social Work CEs) 

Stacy Collins, MSSW, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities 
Wanda Crocker, MA, Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities 
Anna MacIntyre, MS, Minnesota Department on Human Services, Disability Services Division 
Luke Queen, MED, MBA, DMIN, MDIV, Evergreen Life Services 
Emily Shea Tanis, PhD, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado System 
Elisa Velardo, MMHS, FAAIDD, CT Department of Developmental Services 

This session will provide a framework for consideration on becoming a Technology First State.  The presentation will discuss the definition of Technology First, along with planning, marketing, implementing, benchmarking, and evaluating success. The impact of Technology First on clinical and social services will be discussed. Presenters from three Technology First states (Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee) will present the barriers, benefits, and public and private sector perspectives they encountered in their transformation to Technology First States.  The fourth presentation by the Coleman Institute will discuss the national movement toward maximization of assistive technology and supporting the Technology First movement. This session will be relevant to the practice of psychologists and social workers who work with people with IDD and their families. 

1:00-4:00 pm
Fee $45
Striving for Participatory Systems Redesign 
(approved for 3 Social Work CEs) 

John Agosta, PhD, Human Services Research Institute 
Colleen Kidney, PhD, Human Services Research Institute 

Policy makers everywhere are increasingly pressed to reshape service systems to advance person-centered ideals, including an emphasis on self-direction and community integration. Underpinning systems redesign efforts should be a commitment to involving the people affected in the re-design process. These stakeholders include people with disabilities and their families, advocates, and service providers. This preconference session will explore the factors prompting systems change in the U.S. and how policy makers and clinicians have changed their approaches. Imagining a service system that is sought to re-design, complete with thousands of participants, historical service use, calls for reform, and complementing resistance to and support for system redesign. Session attendees will apply participatory systems redesign tactics and work through changes to essential system design elements. This includes using diverse means for meaningfully involving and gathering information from stakeholders regarding their circumstances, the challenges they face, and preferences regarding any anticipated reforms. Additionally, it includes maximizing the use of data and technology to provide detailed views of the service system, such as through use of cloud-based business intelligence software. Strengths and challenges of experiences will be discussed and there will be suggestions on ways the presenters intend to build upon their approach in the future. To encourage cooperative learning during the presentation, the audience will be encouraged to share their perspectives and experiences.  This session will be relevant to the practice of psychologists and social workers who work with people with IDD and their families. 

1:00-4:00 pm
Fee $ 45
Cognitive Disability and the Armed Conflict in Colombia 

Marlon Acuña Rivera, Leader of the Disability Mainstreaming Team  

The objective of this session is to characterize the relationship between cognitive disability and the actions of armed actors in Colombia in the framework of the processes of reconstruction of historical memory. This relationship is approached in two perspectives, one referring to the consequences (impacts / damages / affectations) in people with cognitive disabilities victims of violence, and secondly, the presence of consequences related to manifestations of cognitive disability due to violent events. Finally, the particular challenges for the symbolic reparation of victims with cognitive disabilities are identified, as well as the participation of their caregivers in the processes of clarification and reconstruction of historical memory.