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Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series 2022
April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
One event on April 8, 2022 at 10:00 am
One event on April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am
One event on May 13, 2022 at 10:00 am
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion And Person-Centered Practice
The population of those who experience developmental disabilities is diverse. Cultural and racial identities shape views and expectations of service systems, impacting which supports, if any, people with disabilities and their families choose and use. This presentation will center on the importance of understanding a person’s racial and cultural identities for providing person-centered supports with cultural competence and humility. Key concepts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be explored and personal narratives of people with disabilities will be shared to demonstrate the alignment of cultural competence and person-centered planning and practice.
Date: April 1, 2022 | Time: 10am – 12pm
Supported Decision Making
Supported decision making is gaining momentum as a means to support people with disabilities through making life choices while promoting independence, dignity, and freedom. The practice of supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship will be introduced through this presentation. It will also describe the importance of approaches embedded in supported decision making, why they are important, and the benefits they can have for the persons being supported. Resources to learn more about supported decision making and tools to support implementation will be shared
Date: April 8, 2022 | Time: 10am – 12pm
Neurodiversity, Self-Advocacy, And Self-Determination
Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and people with disabilities have the right to be in charge of their lives, supports, and futures. Understanding autism and other developmental disabilities as neurodiversity contributes to building a world that is accessible, inclusive, and fair for everyone. This presentation will explore neurodiversity, self-advocacy, and self-determination and describe how they can shape a culture of inclusion and respect for all. The role of effective advocacy, supports, and policy in creating a more equitable future will also be presented.
Date: April 22, 2022 | Time: 10am – 12pm
Acknowledging And Fostering The Critical Role Of Support Coordinators
Support Coordinators serve a critical role in the lives of people with disabilities and their families, as well as in formal service systems. Their varied and multi-faceted role requires core knowledge and skills to ensure consistent, high quality, person-centered supports. Despite the need for highly competent professionals, support coordination is one of the few positions without a standardized set of core competencies. This presentation will highlight both national and state specific efforts to develop, adopt, and implement core competencies, including the common elements between the various examples, and how these elements can be customized to fit the context of support coordination in New Jersey.
Date: May 13, 2022 | Time: 10am – 12pm