2023 Conference Program

Preconference Workshops & Trainings: Tues., June 20

Preconference Workshops (A & B)

  • 9:00-9:30am
  • 9:30-4:30pm

AIVRS Training

  • 8:00-9:00am
  • 9:00-4:30pm
    Self-employment Subsistence Training

Day 1: Wed., June 21

  • 7:30-8:30am
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:30-8:45am
    Welcome (Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation President Bernadine Burnette)
  • 8:45-10:15am
    Opening Session & Keynote Presentation (Tawara Goode)
  • 10:15-10:45am
    Exhibit Hall/Break
  • 10:45-12:00pm
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00-1:00pm
    Lunch & Video Presentation
  • 1:00-6:30pm
    Exhibit Hall & Poster Sessions (Open to community)
  • 1:00-2:15pm
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30-3:45pm
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 4:00-5:15pm
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 5:15-6:30pm
    Reception & Magic Show (Cody Clark)

Day 2: Thur., June 22

  • 7:00am-8:00am
    Breakfast and Exhibit Hall
  • 8:00-9:15am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 9:30-10:45am
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 10:45-11:15am
    Exhibit Hall/Break
  • 11:15-12:30pm
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 12:30-1:30pm
    Lunch & Presentation (Brooke Brown)
  • 1:45-3:00pm
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • 3:15-4:30pm
    Closing Session (Laura Nadine Dooley)

Pre-Conference Programs – June 20, 2023

9:30-4:30am: Preconference A: “Making” ParticipATion Possible with DIY Supports for Play and Learning

Judith Schoonover

Room 110

Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA is an OT and former teacher. A nationally and internationally recognized speaker, Judith presents on school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy, play, and assistive technology, and has authored numerous articles and chapters. She is passionate about creating accessibility solutions from easily found materials. Judith serves on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities; she is a Strand Advisor for The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and is a managing editor for the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Journal. Judith is a recent recipient of the Joy Zabala Spirit Award.

At IHD’s 2023 Evidence for Success Disability Conference, we are fortunate to have Judith Schoonover lead an AT Make & Take preconference workshop as well as present during a breakout session at the main conference.

9:30-4:30am: Preconference B: Making Accessible Content with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint


Room 109

Join Ann Knettler as she walks participants through how to create accessible documents using Microsoft Word as well as accessible presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. Participants will learn:

  1. Learn how create structure hierarchy within a documents and presentation decks, along with why this is important for assistive technology.
  2. Understand and learn how to create proper colour contrast and incorporate alternative text to simple and more complex graphics.
  3. Will learn how to create proper tables and lists to ensure a more seamless end-user experience for those using assistive technology.

9:00-4:30am: AIVRS Subsistence/Self-Employment Training (open to AIVRS staff only)

Dr. Catherine Ipsen

Room 108

Using the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Self-Employment Toolkit (TVR-SET) in AIVRS Programs

This session includes (1) an overview of the TVR-SET website and (2) interactive group work to learn how to use TVR-SET materials in counseling practice.   Learners will begin by sharing how they currently support self-employment (or self-employment through subsistence activities) within their AIVRS programs. This will will set the stage for providing an overview of the TVR SET website.  Group work at each table will be based on vignettes that provide some brief background about a potential consumer interested in self-employment.  A volunteer at each table will play the role of the consumer, and the remaining participants will use TVR SET materials to assess readiness, business feasibility, and to think about business planning.  

This session is designed to help counselors and consumers learn how to:

  • Assess consumer readiness to start and maintain a business
  • Assess the feasibility of a proposed business
  • Openly discuss the pros and cons of pursuing self-employment based on consumer readiness and business feasibility
  • Develop an abbreviated or expanded business plan

Conference Program (Day 1) – June 21, 2023

Please note: daily schedules are subject to change.


Conference Program (Day 2) – June 22, 2023

Please note: daily schedules are subject to change.

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