Location: Room 102

Humanity vs. Human Nature:  Addressing Confirmation & Implicit Bias

Human bias is part of being human.  If our goal is to make decisions and interact with people in an unbiased manner, then how do we recognize and address our own biases?  This presentation incorporates psychological and sociological research regarding how and why humans develop bias, and provides practical tips for overcoming bias.  Emphasis will be place on how bias may impact individuals in the criminal justice system.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognizing the different types of bias to which humans are susceptible.
  2. Understanding the potential impact of bias to individuals in the criminal justice system.
  3. Identifying steps to recognize our own biases and how to not allow them to unduly impact our judgment and actions.

Addressing Barriers to Comprehensive Training: Access for Clients with Coexisting Cognitive Disorders

Clients enrolled in training programs often have more than one disability, which can complicate established processes and may create barriers to learning. It is important to view individual cases holistically to identify and address those barriers as quickly as possible. In this session, we will focus on clients who have secondary cognitive disabilities and are receiving comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired and those with combined vision and hearing loss. We will discuss functional issues clients may face in this environment, and explore the accommodations instructors can adopt to ensure clients have equal access to services.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Have a greater understanding of how a cognitive disability may impact client access to comprehensive training programs.
2. Identify accommodations that can be implemented to address access concerns.
3. Gain insight into the importance of identifying, understanding, and addressing coexisting disorders.

Presentation Materials

DISCAPAZ: Amplifying Disability Experiences in Borderlands through Storytelling

The DISCAPAZ project centers the voices and narratives of people living with disabilities and their families living along the US-Mexico border. Using artistic and creative expression, DISCAPAZ documents, analyzes and shares stories of lived experience, highlighting the unique strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities in the sister cities of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. Multimedia inclusive arts practice is used to help individuals share their experiences in their own way through person-centered scrapbooking and digital storytelling. We will highlight participant stories, which provide an opportunity to better understand community challenges, needs and assets. This session will share our approach to community engagement and lessons learned in implementing culturally and linguistically responsive and inclusive arts-based programming and research.

Key Learning Outcomes

Attendees at this session will be able to
1. Describe some of the challenges, needs and strengths of living with disability in the Arizona-Sonora border region.
2. Describe approaches for authentically engaging with diverse communities as it intersects with disability.
3. Identify inclusive practices to engage individuals with disabilities in multimedia storytelling.

Letting Go of Misconceptions about Blindness to Develop Enriching, Inclusive, and Competitive Employment Opportunities

Bridging the gap between talented, capable blind job seekers and employers seeking a dynamic workforce. Preparing students to thrive in a competitive fully integrated work environment through non-visual skills training and confidence building. Taking the fear out of hiring blind employees through proven practical solutions and relationship building. Educating the community on the value and contributions that employees have when they are esteemed for what they can accomplish rather than what they can see.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Separating Fact from Fiction. The actual cost of not hiring blind people.
2. Supporting a self-determined career path that embraces unlimited possibilities. Job selection based on skills, aptitude, and interests.
3. Creating positive relationships with employers. Adding value to a team and professional network through a fully integrated workplace.

Sexual Violence: Increasing Awareness Through Understanding Lived Experiences

Sexual violence includes unwanted, non-consensual behaviors and language that can happen repeatedly to the same victim. It is not openly discussed, under reported, and rarely prosecuted. The “Untold Stories” research project interviewed survivors, family members, and professionals with extensive experience in the disability field. The objectives of the two-year research project were to understand the lived experiences of survivors, identify the short- and long-term impact of sexual violence on victims and families, explore how state systems address this issue, and make recommendations about risk-reduction strategies. The data can be used to increase awareness and understanding of what NPR called “the hidden epidemic.” Intended recipients for this presentation include self-advocates, employment specialists, researchers, teachers, direct support providers, legal and law enforcement staff, system administrators, and counselors/therapists.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the broad and severe impact of sexual violence on survivors and families.

2. Identify sexual violence risk reduction strategies.

3. Discuss attitudes that impede addressing the epidemic of sexual violence.

Presentation Materials

Recognizing Signs of Abuse and Neglect for Parents, Caregivers and Support Professionals

Learn how to recognize the most common signs that someone is the victim of abuse or neglect. Gain the confidence to know when to report suspected abuse or neglect, how to report, and to whom. Resources will be provided to help you understand the process that follows a report as well as how to access resources you might need.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Attendees will learn the definition and signs of different types of abuse and neglect
2. Attendees will learn when and how and to whom to report suspected abuse
3. Discussion around distinguishing of behavior is disability related or abuse
4. Practical strategies and resources will be shared

Mentoring in the Field of AAC: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships

Have you reached a point in your career where you don’t think you can improve your skillset without the guidance of someone else…someone whose knowledge, skills and experience could help you progress in your professional goals? Or maybe you are a person who has a vested interest in seeing others around you succeed? As a profession we have conferences where knowledge is shared in a “sit-n-get” model which we know doesn’t meet the needs of those looking to grow and expand. This kind of growth requires a relationship over time with a person who is ready for a mutually beneficial relationship. This is called mentoring. Join this class to learn how to start a true mentorship program so therapists, parents, teachers and students can thrive.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Identify three personal, individual and unique ways they contribute to the mentoring process that result in increased skills of a mentee.
2. Understand how authenticity and self-reflection impact growth outcomes.
3. Recognize three strategies that used in the phases of mentoring to enable growth for both the mentor and the mentee.

Mauricio’s Transition Journey … School, Work, and Community Living

This breakout session is designed to apply the cultural and linguistic competence frameworks to the journey of a transition age youth and his family. In addition, participants are encouraged to explore the relevance of the Convergence of Cultural Contexts Framework to examine the journey ⎯ Mauricio (person with lived experience of disability), his family, the community in which they live, and the cultures of the education, employment, and community living systems.

Key Learning Outcomes

Apply cultural competence, linguistic competence, and Convergence of Cultural Contexts Framework to the period of time in the life of transition age youth and his family.

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