Tag: Community Living/Inclusion

Parent Panel: Lived Experiences Parenting with Disabilities

Historically, individuals with disabilities have seldom been subjects of research activity intended to establish foundations of parenting support. However, recent literature suggests that they experience pregnancy at the same rate as those without disabilities. These individuals experience parenting struggles the same as others do, additional to any issues resulting from their disability or its intersection with raising children. A panel of four parents will discuss their experiences raising children and navigating parenthood while having a disability as well as provide their perspective on the benefits of three new parenting programs and the most pertinent issues that need to be addressed. This panel will amplify voices of the disability community, something crucial to uncovering the most prominent issues in the lives of parents with disabilities.

Key Learning Outcomes

1) Understand some of the positive things about being a parent with a disability and the different perspectives being a parent provides
2) Understand how parents with disabilities can parent with appropriate supports
3) Leave with a wider knowledge of the barriers parents with disabilities face

Elevate Impact: Foster a Future of Self-Determined Successful Blind Children

As educators, we are entrusted with the important task of preparing our students for their journey ahead. Each of us are filled with the hope that at the end of their academic studies, they will become valued members of their communities and will be afforded the opportunity to live out their dreams.

Unfortunately, many blind and low vision children are not reaching those milestones as adults. Long held negative attitudes about blindness still persist in creating Internal and external barriers to taking part in all aspects of community. This interactive seminar will provide realistic strategies that are proven to strengthen their belief in themselves and their full potential. Each technique is designed to elevate our ability to positively impact the trajectory of their lives.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the impact that connection, belonging, and inclusion has on the mindset of the blind child and how to ensure they view themselves as important voices to be heard and welcomed as full participants in society.
2. Identify and remove patterns of low expectations to prepare students for their future through the use of non-visual techniques and confidence building activities.
3. Learn how to create opportunities to foster problem solving and critical thinking skills at all age and ability levels.

Developing the Self in a Community through Poetry and AI

Individuals with Intellectual disabilities often live without having control within their lives. Using AI technologies allow individuals with ID the opportunity to create a world where they have a voice within a community. One example of this use of AI is Friday Poets group, where adults with ID convene around the ideas of creativity, mutual respect, inclusion, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives.

Within the context of creative expression, AI provides a platform where any participant has the ability to present themself however they choose. This sense of empowerment allows individuals with ID to enter an equitable space with peers of any ability. It is our expectation that this new sense of empowerment will be reflected across a variety of environments for adults with ID.

Key Learning Outcomes

1) Participants in this presentation will learn skills to integrate artificial intelligence into their practice.
2) Participants in this presentation will learn about different artificial intelligence tools that will support individuals in developing language, descriptive skills, and images that are representative of their ideas.
3) Participants in this presentation will have the opportunity to see how artificial intelligence tools were used with individuals to create poetry and visualizations of that poetry to enhance their individual expression, connections to one another, and to a greater community.

Powered Mobility in the Classroom

What if you learned five features and strategies you need to have to control the chair that will relieve your fears? Let’s talk about the features available on all chairs that you need to know to keep everyone safe so your students can be independently mobile through their power chair in your classroom and throughout their school. FIrst we need to be sure we are asking for the best features in a powered mobility chair to increase success in the classroom. Then we need to have a framework on how to train staff on these controls so there is a team addressing increasing powered mobility. Then you can see how activities address language skills, access, literacy and AAC while addressing powered mobility.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to use a kill switch to keep all students and adults in the classroom safe.
  • Understand how to toggle from attendant control and student control to use the power chair throughout the entire school day.
  • Provided integrated activities so language, mobility, literacy and AAC skills are being addressed through powered mobility.

Flirting Beyond Barriers: Cultivating Romantic Relationships within the IDD Community

While sexuality is a key component of human development, people with intellectual disabilities are often excluded from formal and informal conversations around romantic and sexual relationships. This research provides a space for adults with IDD to share their perceptions, experiences, and desires with interpersonal relationships. To disrupt harmful assumptions about people with IDD and sexuality, researchers will share recorded interviews asking individuals with IDD to share their experiences and expectations around romantic relationships. Sharing the lived experiences of adults with IDD will provide an opportunity for them to voice their desires, thus encouraging the inclusion of people with disabilities in conversations concerning sexuality.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain an accurate understanding of the attitudes, experiences, and desires of individuals with IDD centering around relationships: Video-recorded interviews will provide an opportunity for the voices of individuals with IDD to be heard. These first-hand narratives will offer participants a new perspective of sexuality development among individuals with IDD. Participants will further their understanding of the nature of sexuality development and disrupt negative societal stereotypes.
2. Participants will be encouraged to include individuals with IDD in discussions concerning sexuality development: Adults with IDD are commonly excluded from conversations around sexual and romantic relationships. Amplifying the voices of adults with IDD will cultivate healthy environments for discussions regarding sexuality development. Accurate depictions of lived experiences among adults with IDD will encourage inclusion in formal and informal conversations concerning sexual and romantic relationships.
3. Participants will learn to disrupt harmful assumptions around human development for individuals with IDD: Participants will be encouraged to de-stigmatize societal beliefs that people with IDD are asexual or incapable of participating in a romantic relationship. Recognizing adults with IDD as sexual beings will create an environment for healthy sexuality development.

Be Seen and Heard: Breaking Barriers with Your Story

This presentation will provide tips and tools for sharing your story as a way to demonstrate your abilities, advocate for your needs and/or facilitate change in your community. It is based on my Ms. Wheelchair Arizona platform of Always Assume Competence as well my Transforming the Heart of Your Story workshop.

Key Learning Outcomes

1) Participants will learn to share their story in different ways based on the situation (advocacy, explaining their disability to others or encouraging someone else who is going through a similar hardship).
2) Participants will be able to determine the type of storytelling format that they are most comfortable with., i.e. written, video, or spoken presentation.
3) Participants will be able to choose the most important elements of their story that will accomplish their goal in sharing it.

A High-Level View of AT Services in AZ

This session will highlight statewide assistive technology resources for Arizonans across the lifespan. From nonprofit foundations to federally funded grant projects, this session will cover the who and what of resources around the state. Whether you need trial or obtain AT for school to work clients, transition age youth, school-aged children, or want to become an assistive technology professional yourself, we can help you determine where to start.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn about statewide assistive technology (AT) services offered under the federal AT Act
  • Participants will gain understanding of the assistive technology tools and services available to VR clients through the ATEI program.
  • Participants will understand how to make an AAC evaluation referral on behalf of Arizona Department of Developmental Disability clients who are MercyCare, UHCCP, or Tribal Health Plan members.
  • Participants will understand the application process, program requirements, and benefits of pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology at NAU.

Assistive Gaming For All!

Join Lauren Janke and Bob Sagoo for an exciting hands on event where we explore how assistive technology can make gaming accessible to everyone.

We are thrilled to showcase innovative devices and solutions that can empower gamers with disabilities.

Delegates will learn about the latest advancements in adaptive controllers, assistive technologies, and inclusive gaming experiences.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn, engage, and game like never before!

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Delegates will gain an understanding of AT hardware solutions for gaming on several platforms.
  • How to access and navigate the accessibility options built into gaming software.
  • Identify which particular games/controllers would be best suited to the abilities of the user and also the hardware needed to support them.

Pushing, Sliding, Rotating, or Pulling – Which Switch is the Best?

This session will discuss about all types of switches available and the different body parts to use to activate them. The presenters will talk about how to select the best one for the client abilities and action expected. The presenters will also discuss positioning of the switch; how to determine where to place it and why.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn at least 3 things to consider when selecting a switch.
Participants will learn 3 reasons why positioning of the switch is important.
Participants will learn at least 3 different 3D printed switches.
Participants will learn basics of switch adapting toys.

Building Capacity for Diverse Voices in Disability-Related Research

In 2023, the National Institute of Health designated people with disabilities as a population with health disparities. This decision responded to a call to action pushing for more disability research to mitigate health outcomes (Bailie, 2023). Imperative to the advancement of disability-related research (DRR) is the inclusion multiply marginalized communities (MMC) or communities comprised of individuals who experience an axis of oppression from more than one marginalized identity. Mainstream approaches to DRR often exclude MMCs resulting in underrepresentation. Mitigating these disparities requires an intersectional approach to restructure capacity building and outreach strategies. This panel discussion will explore strategies to cultivate inclusion. Participants will explore how to identify systemic barriers to DRR in MMCs, incorporate empowering methodologies, and conduct culturally-responsive DRR within MMCs.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Attendees will be able to identify systemic barriers (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.) that negatively impeded implementation of culturally-responsive disability-related research projects in multiply marginalized communities.
2. Attendees will explore varied empowering methodologies and theories that support culturally-responsive disability-related research that focus on capacity building and outreach in multiply marginalized communities.
3. Attendees will explore pragmatic, evidence-informed strategies for conducting culturally-responsive disability-related research within multiply marginalized communities.

©2024 IHD - Institute for Human Development · 602.728.9537