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CARF Employment and Community Services International Conference highlights leading rehabilitation presenters, diverse tracks

March 8, 2011, Tucson, Arizona -- Leaders in the rehabilitation field from across the United States and Canada will report on exemplary practices at the two-day CARF 2011 Employment and Community Services International Conference, March 14-15, at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel.

Presentations will highlight developments and emerging trends among service providers and governmental programs.

Conference participants can select morning and afternoon sessions among three educational tracks: employment, community, and administrative.

To register, visit and follow the link on the International Conferences page or the March calendar. The $425 registration fee includes two full days of sessions on Monday and Tuesday and an opportunity to purchase the newly published 2011 Employment and Community Services Standards Manual at a discounted price. Changes to the new standards manual will be introduced at the conference.

Presentation topics and presenters in the administrative track include:

  • "Jumpstart to Implementing the 2011 Standards," CARF International staff
  • "'Look, I'm Playing Baseball!' Building a Volunteer-Driven Miracle League Program," Nancy Heykes and Lisa Robbins, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc.
  • "Planning for Performance Measurement using the CARF Standards: A Primer," James Baxter, Ph.D., Hennepin County Health and Human Services
  • "Program Outcomes Management System (POMS): A Tool for Measuring Outcomes and Facilitating Clinical Practice Changes," Dianne Cameron, British Columbia Centre for Ability
  • "Self-Advocacy as Part of an Organizational Culture," Daniel Strick, SouthSTAR Services
  • "Your Rights," Wendy Betsch, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham

In the community track, sessions include:

  • "Connections for Life," Shelly Dunn, Evansville ARC
  • "Creating a Culture of Gentleness in the State of Michigan," Kimberly Juntti and Diane Lindsay, Michigan Center of Positive Living Supports
  • "Designing Services for Adults with Autism," Jodi Meerovich, Midwest Special Services, Inc.
  • "Foundations in Establishing a Self-Determined Life," Diane Lindsay and Marcia Wilhelm, Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc.
  • "A Statewide System of Sexuality Services," Jill Ryan, Ph.D., Office of Behavioral Services, Developmental Disabilities Supports Division, New Mexico Department of Health
  • "Supported Education: The Missing Link in Employment Services," Patrick Steele and Daphne Sayers, Optimae LifeServices Inc.
  • "A Vibrant Partnership: How Advocates Lead Organizational Development Efforts," Dawn Freudenberg and Diana Mairose, Hamiliton County Developmental Disabilities Services

The employment track features:

  • "The Assistive Technology Journey at Peckham," Greta Wu, Peckham, Inc.
  • "Developing a Model Vocational Rehabilitation Service System in Vietnam," Fred Dominguez, Administrative Resources & Solutions
  • "Extreme Collaboration: Ohio RSC's Cincinnati Business Advisory Committee Model," Charles Geiger and Debra Simmons, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • "Implementing Evidenced Based Supported Employment: Delivering Recovery Focused Services on VA Rehabilitation Teams," Joseph Edwards Jr., Clifton Charles, and Aletha Jacobs; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  • "PSA Art Awakenings: Empowerment and Recovery Through Creativity," Cassie Leavitt and Karen Puthoff, PSA Behavioral Health Agency
  • "'Thinking Out of the Box' How to Grow in Times of Struggle," Judy Rogers and Andrea Lahr, Vocational Plus, Inc.
  • "Working Together: Using One-Stops to Help People with Severe Mental Illness Get Jobs," Daina Dennis, Ph.D., and Debbie Dutton-Lambert, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

The CARF Employment and Community Services International Conference offers opportunities to directly network with providers and payers that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence and novelty in business or program design, delivery, and funding.

3/8/2011 12:05:00 AM

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