Tag: Community Living/Inclusion

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.

Project Update: Elevating Refugee Perspectives about Access to Disability Services in Arizona

There is significant linguistic and cultural diversity within the population of refugees with disabilities in Arizona. In this panel discussion, we will identify the specific challenges in service access for refugees with disabilities in our state. Panel members are collaborating with the Sonoran Center in the project titled, Elevating Refugee Perspectives about Access to Disability Services in Arizona.

Key Learning Outcomes

Attendees at this session will be able to:

1. Identify 3 barriers to disability service provision for refugees with disabilities in Arizona
2. Describe resources available for refugees with disabilities in Arizona
3. Use the information and resources provided to create linkages for refugees with disabilities.

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Supported Employment to Success the Arizona VR Way…Simplified!

Supported Employment can be a success for all disabilities in meeting the Employment First Goal and meeting WIOA Federal and Arizona VR definitions.  This session will touch upon educating, implementing, and understanding philosophical information in using Supported Employment within Vocational Rehabilitation Job Development and Retention Services through examples of successes, discovery, and touchpoints. It will teach, simplify, and give knowledge and understanding of Supported Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation Services that will make Arizona an Employment First State for all disabilities.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants (Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Supervisors, Providers, Community Agencies, Clients and Guardians/Parents) will have a clear understanding of supported employment and the potential for successful results when using a proven methodology.

2. Participants gain a better understanding of what is required WIOA Federal guidelines, VR Policy and Procedure, and Employment First.

3. Participants gain an understanding of the importance of ongoing Collaboration and Communication between VR Counselors, Providers and Clients (Guardians when applicable).

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.

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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.

Adaptive Gaming Clinic: LET’S GAME!

AzTAP launched the Adaptive Gaming Clinic in Summer of 2022 to provide hands-on opportunity to trial different accessible controllers to achieve their gaming goals! We are now seeing clients in person, providing in-services, and education to create more gaming opportunity for individuals with disabilities and enable different accessible environments throughout Arizona. Come learn more about different Adaptive Gaming set-ups and controllers, client success stories, and how you can get yourself, client, or child gaming!

Key Learning Outcomes

1.Presentation attendees will learn about the types of adaptive controllers we have and different physical access options for the controllers.
2. Presentation attendees will learn about the process for referral to the Adaptive Gaming Clinic and how to get yourself, client, or child involved.
3. Presentation attendees will learn about other resources that are available to the public through the Adaptive Gaming Clinic as well as our partners.

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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.

Special Considerations for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities

Adolescence is a challenging time for many youth and those with developmental disabilities face even greater challenges. Sexual maturation, decision making, risk mitigation, substance use experimentation and growing independence may test the youth and their parents. Anticipatory guidance for parenting youth will be emphasized in addition to preventive efforts to encourage improved decision making and prevention of harmful behaviors. Youth with developmental disabilities may have issues of impulse control, self esteem and sexual curiosity similar to their peers. However, peer pressure can place them at higher risk for exploitation and substance use disorders. This program will address adolescent sexuality (Dr Copeland) and substance use issues (Dr Dekker) concentrating on positive interventions and signs of risk. Parental anticipatory guidance and progressive independence to improve decision making and development of adult activities with responsible and safer outcomes will be discussed.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will understand, describe, demonstrate an understanding of adolescent development and it relation to sexual decision making and substance use exposure

2. Participants will understand, describe, demonstrate cognizance of ongoing communication in adolescence and physical and emotional maturation in youth with developmental disabilities.

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Home Modification Essentials

Home Modification Essentials is by no means an all-inclusive look at all of the modifications that can occur in the home. I would like you to come away with a general understanding on how a Home Modification can benefit you or a family member. It is very important to keep in mind the changes that are made to your home should be very individualized. Working as a team with the client, family members, care providers and other professionals will always result in better solutions to accessibility problems.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Advantages of a Home Modification

2. How to provide a Home Modification

3. Identify some of the Home Modification products and services

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Communication for All: A Story of Community AAC Inclusion in Prescott, AZ

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is essential for individuals with complex communication needs, but they often face barriers when accessing and participating in their communities. This presentation will share success story of working with a city to promote AAC inclusion. We will follow a family in Prescott, AZ who worked with an SLP to design and build AAC playground boards, coordinated with the City of Prescott to have them installed, collaborated with local businesses to provide manual low-tech boards, and provided community training about AAC. By sharing their journey, this presentation aims to inspire other families and communities to collaborate in promoting AAC inclusion.The presentation will conclude with practical strategies for engaging with city officials and local businesses to promote AAC inclusion.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the barriers that AAC users face in accessing and participating in their communities.
  2. Learn about effective interventions for promoting community AAC inclusion, including peer-mediated support, community-based training, technology-based interventions, and design principles for AAC playground boards.
  3. Learn how to engage with city officials and local businesses to promote AAC inclusion in the community, including strategies for identifying key stakeholders, crafting persuasive messages, and building partnerships.
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