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July 02, 2020

July IDD Council Monthly Meeting - Creating a 21st Century Workforce: Reinventing the Direct Support Profession

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Presentation

9:30 - 10 a.m. - Network with other families & agencies that provide services for people with IDD

Free Registration

Presentation Topic:

"Creating a 21st Century Workforce: Reinventing the Direct Support Profession"

by Joseph Macbeth, Chief Executive Officer and President of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (bio)

As advocates, families, providers and policy makers find themselves at a critical point in shifting support models for people with disabilities toward individual autonomy and self-direction, this presentation offers a chance to reflect on how the strength of advocacy led the community living movement over the past 40 years. We will also reflect on the changes coming to our system that are driven by funders, families and people with disabilities and how service organizations must implement continuous quality improvement practices in their approaches to empowering people to lead self-directed lives. This session will also address some of the issues that direct support professionals across the North America are telling NADSP about their work, what they need to be successful and offer suggestions that promote the notion that "Quality is defined at the point of interaction" and how NADSP envisions that direct support professionals should walk side-by-side with those they support toward a life of freedom, dignity and choice. Macbeth will share some stories from the road, and some "uncomfortable truths" to make you consider things a little differently about the work of direct support professionals.

July 07, 2020

Caregiver Education and Networking Workshop - Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE Accounts)

The IDD Council invites you to network with other families and agencies that provide services to individuals with IDD. 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Register here

Presentation Topic:

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE Accounts)

How to Save Money while Protecting Your Loved Ones Benefits 

by Anna Mallett, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

 

Join us as Anna Mallett explains how ABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save money without affecting eligibility for federal benefits programs like Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and other important supports. Find out if ABLE Accounts are right for your family.

Upon completion of the presentation, remain online for a Caregiver chat and networking period.

Noon - 1 p.m. - presentation

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Network with other families and caregivers. Ask questions and get to know each other

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