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Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Spring 2019


Spring 2019 Session Details

Registration DetailsNJLEND CE Event Recognizing Autism Awareness Month


Preparing Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
for a Life After School

Cathy Pratt, PhD, BCBA
Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Despite our best efforts, many on the autism spectrum remain unemployed orunderemployed. As individuals enter the adult world, it is important that those who support them understand the complexity of ASD, have the skills to design accommodations, and understand how and when to use evidence-based practices. This presentation will help practitioners understand the shifting reality of individuals across the spectrum and list strategies for achieving improved outcomes in the areas of social, behavior, communication, personal management, work skills, and postsecondary programming.


Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, April 4, 2019
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ


Charting the LifeCourse Framework and Tools

Michelle Reynolds, PhD
Associate Director, Training and Technical Assistance
UMKC Institute for Human Development
University of Missouri
Kansas City, MO

The Charting the LifeCourse Framework was created "by families, for families" to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may apply the framework to their current situation and stage of life and to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future. This presentation will share how this universally-designed framework is used by families and professionals to support persons with and without disabilities. The presenter will guide the audience through key principles of the framework and address the ways it can be used to inform the planning process, to problem solve, and to inform and assist with organizational and systems change efforts.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, April 18, 2019

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ


On the Way…But Not There Yet: Movement, Power, and Pride in Supported Employment


Wally Tablit, MA

Vice President of Mission Services

AtWork! Washington

Bellevue, WA


The Supported Employment movement has made many strides and achieved many great accomplishments in recent years.  While it is indeed important to celebrate any and all milestones of success, we unfortunately also have to acknowledge that we still have a long way to go. Together we will identify some of the powerful and positive things that have happened regarding employment for people with disabilities. We will explore all of the efforts it took to get there.  Most importantly, we will discuss what still needs to be worked on to get to where we all want to be and need to be.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, May 2, 2019

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ


Clinical Considerations in the Behavior Support Planning
for Adults with IDD and Co-occurring Mental Illness

Tim Barksdale, PsyD, NADD-CC
Co-Chair, The NADD Clinical Certification Program
Sr. Executive Director of Clinical Services, Merakey
Erdenheim, PA

In most cases, co-occurring mental health and complex behavior problems in individuals with IDD are caused and maintained by a combination of factors. Psychiatric symptoms and challenging behavior are part of a continuum, however, behavior specialists, therapists, primary physicians, and psychiatrists often work in separate silos when addressing these issues. This session will focus on differentiating between behavior and mental health symptoms with cultural, environmental, medical, and genetic implications considered. This will highlight a multimodal team-based approach to assessment, monitoring, treatment, and positive behavior support planning to comprehensively address the unique strengths, behaviors, and mental health needs of the person.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, May 16, 2019
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Registration Details

Fee information: Free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited.

Continuing Education Available:
CRCC, NJ Social Work, NJDOE (all sessions)
DDNA (April 4 and May 16 only)
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View Spring 2019 brochure

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For more information: Please email Debbie Mahovetz or call 732-235-9543.

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