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CARF Employment and Community Services International Conference to focus on building the future in uncertain times

November 3, 2011, Tucson, Arizona -- Leaders in the rehabilitation field from across the United States and Canada will address "Building the future in uncertain times" at the CARF 2012 Employment and Community Services International Conference, February 27-28, at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel.

More than 30 conference speakers will present practical, yet creative, solutions to a variety of service challenges. Morning and afternoon presentations will follow three educational tracks: employment, community, and administrative. Topics include:

  • Creating access and lines of communication for board members
  • Creating meaningful community experiences for people with significant disabilities
  • Finding sensory integration techniques for individuals with autism
  • Building your own computer, an assistive technology program that enables greater confidence in using a computer for individuals who are blind
  • Creating a collaboration of service partners to provide efficient and effective administrative support
  • Developing leadership through green initiatives in nonprofits
  • Partnering with Kiwanis Aktion Club
  • Understanding risk management and conducting business continuity planning
  • Working with the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program
  • Providing individualized community supports

CARF staff members will also cover aspects of the CARF accreditation process:

  • Standards that are frequently cited on CARF surveys
  • Changes in CARF's 2012 Employment and Community Services Standards Manual 
  • Changes in the Employment and Community Services programs that emerged from international standards advisory committees and subsequent public field review

To register, visit, and follow the link to the February calendar or the International Conferences page. The $425.00 (USD) registration fee includes two full days of sessions on Monday and Tuesday and an opportunity to purchase the newly published 2012 Employment and Community Services Standards Manual or the 2012 Vision Rehabilitation Services Standards Manual at a discounted price. An early-bird registration fee of $395.00 (USD) is available for registrations made by December 31, 2011.

Paul Andrew, managing director of the CARF Employment and Community accreditation area, said, "CARF's Employment and Community Services International Conference provides you the opportunity to directly network with providers that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence and novelty in business or program design, delivery, and funding." He added, "Many organizations are doing good work, but there are few opportunities like this conference to meet so many at once."

The Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel offers conference participants a $149.00 (USD) nightly rate for single or double occupancy. To receive the discounted hotel reservation rate, call (866) 596-7897 by January 27, 2012, and mention that you are registered for the CARF conference.

11/3/2011 12:05:00 AM

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