Pre-Conference Sessions

Outlined below is the schedule of events for the Pre-Conference.  This schedule is subject to change. 

Thursday August 23, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Events

Ethical Considerations & Leadership in Serving the Dual Customer
Co-Hosted by National Association for Rehabilitation Leadership (NARL) and National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement and Development (NRAJPD)
Summary of Presentation: This interactive session will look at the ethical and practical considerations faced by rehabilitation leaders as we place consumers in jobs while advertising that we serve the interests of both! From CRC ethical requirements, to sales and recruiting tips that WORK in the world of mainstream recruiting, this session will be informative, energetic, and may just change your approach to the topic of 'dual customer'. Presenter: Janet Fiore

Assistive Technology- Advancing the Field of Rehabilitation
Co-Hosted by National Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation (NASPPR) and Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA)
Summary of Presentation: Assistive Technology is a crucial component in the field of rehabilitation. It is a blend of many disciplines to include engineering, physiology, rehabilitation,and psycho-social aspects. It is also an ever-changing field due to the advancement of technology. Rehabilitation professionals and educators will benefit from the following topics:Assistive Technology – a brief history;AT Service Delivery Models;Advances in Mobility & Seating; Advances in Augmentative Communication;Home Accessibility;Worksite Modification Case Studies and AT for Participation in Art-Making Presenter: Glenn Hedman,
Brenda Sposato, Patricia Politano and Kathy Hooyenga

High School Transition that Works: Lessons Learned from Project SEARCH
Hosted by Transition Specialties Division (TSD)
Summary of Presentation:
The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place entirely within a business so students learn relevant, marketable job skills that employers need. There are over 200 Project SEARCH program sites throughout the U.S. and abroad. Project SEARCH operates in many business sectors including health care, government, retail, and others. Presenter/s: Erin Riehle RN, MSN

Legislative Advocacy: Today, Tomorrow, Together
Hosted by NRA Governmental Affairs
Summary of Presentation: This session will explore different ways in which to effect meaningful advocacy with your legislators and beyond on behalf of children and adults with disabilities.  The session will focus on the importance of productive partnerships in this process. 
This session will also host a discussion of the impending reauthorization of the programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, as well as a discussion of the Appropriations' process and sequestration, a procedure by which budget cuts are automatically imposed across-the-board should sufficient budget cuts not be realized by the House and Senate. Presenter: Patricia Leahy