Thursday, November 9, 2017
Crowne Plaza Executive Center
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA
8:45am – 3:30pm
(Check-in and Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 8:45am)
Registration costs are listed below and cover admission to all plenary and breakout sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch. Space is limited. Register by October 31, 2017.
- $20 Individual with a Developmental Disability (DD)
- $20 Parent / Family Member of an individual with a DD
- $0 Direct Support Worker accompanying an individual with DD
- $50 Professional/Other
A very limited number of stipends are available to individuals with DD and/or their parents who otherwise would not be able to participate in this conference. To apply for a stipend, send a request explaining your need with your contact information to [email protected].
Reservations at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge may be made by calling 225-224-7030. Ask for the “DDC” room block to get a rate of $97 per night. The deadline to book a room at this reduced rate is Monday, October 9, 2017. Click here for a map and driving directions to the hotel.
Our vision is for individuals with developmental disabilities to have the necessary supports to be competitively employed in a fully-inclusive workplace. If you share this vision, REGISTER TODAY.
Participants will learn more about:
- Employment First as a national priority for individuals with disabilities
- Customized employment for people with developmental disabilities
- Best practice for supporting people in competitive integrated employment
- Employment programs and services available in Louisiana
- Advocating for effective employment services and financing
Full conference program and agenda coming soon!
CEU approval pending for Social Work, Case Management (CCM), and Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC).
Hear From Our National Experts:
Allan I. Bergman
Allan is the President and CEO of HIGH IMPACT Consulting, a national firm he established in 2010. He is a nationally recognized thought leader in influencing the development of federal and state policy reflecting “best practice” community supports and services for persons with disabilities. He also is a national expert in Medicaid policy and practice regarding individuals with disabilities and their families. Since 2010, Allan has provided consultation, training and technical assistance in twenty-six states, and is currently leading a customized employment training and certification project for the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities. Since 2011, he has been under contract as a subject matter expert for the U. S. Department of Labor on Employment First policy and re-balancing state day and employment supports into the “most integrated setting.” Prior to beginning HIGH IMPACT Allan held several leadership positions with United Cerebral Palsy in Washington, D.C. He also served as the President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. Allan is the father and step-father of two adult daughters, Dina and Mindy. Dina lives with intellectual disabilities and Mindy lives with multiple disabilities secondary to Rett Syndrome. Both live in their own apartments with supports and are employed.
Dr. Steven Hunt
Steven is a leading professional in the field of Supported/Customized Employment. Steven began his work with Briggs & Associates, based in Georgia, as a career specialist in 2006, and currently serves as a Region Director for Floyd, Bartow and parts of Cobb and Paulding counties. During his tenure with Briggs & Associates, Steven has proven to be very successful in both securing employment for individuals with disabilities as well as helping them to maintain those jobs. Steven serves as a lead trainer for new staff within Briggs & Associates as well as an expert trainer of staff from other agencies. Steven’s experience guides him through the most complex and challenging needs of individuals and assists him as a leader to express commitment to people as a priority. Steven earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of The Rockies, with an emphasis on Mental Health Administration. When asked, Steven said his greatest passion is supporting individuals in reaching their full potential in life.
Attention: Employment Support Professionals
Earn the designation of Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™) by passing the National CESP™ Examination. The exam sitting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00pm at the East Baton Rouge Main Branch Library. The exam fee is $159, but the Council will cover $50 of the exam cost for the first ten applicants. For more information about the exam and how to register, click here.