Friday, May 17, 2019
Turf Valley Resort
2700 Turf Valley Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
This Year’s Plenary Speaker:
Joseph M. Macbeth, Executive Director, The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals:
As advocates, families, providers and policy makers find themselves at a critical point in shifting support models for people with disabilities toward individual autonomy and self-direction, this keynote offers a chance to reflect on how the strength of advocacy led the community living movement over the past 40 years. We will also reflect on the changes coming to our system that are driven by funders, families and people with disabilities and how service organizations must implement continuous quality improvement practices in their approaches to empowering people to lead self-directed lives.
This session will also address some of the issues that direct support professionals across the country are telling NADSP about their work, what they need to be successful and offer suggestions that promote the notion that “Quality is defined at the point of interaction” and how NADSP envisions that direct support professionals should walk side-by-side with those they support toward a life of freedom, dignity and choice. Macbeth will share some stories from the road, and some “uncomfortable truths” to make you consider things a little differently about the work of direct support professionals.
8:00 am Registration Opens
8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary Session
10:15 am – 11:00 am Breakout Session 1
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Session 2
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch and Awards Banquet
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Session 3
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm The Arc Maryland Annual Meeting
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm The Arc Maryland Volunteer of the Year Awards: Not Included in Convention Registration
This year, The Arc Maryland has a limited number of Convention Scholarship we would like to make available to those who need them in order to attend the Convention. Please click here for the application form.
Approvals will be made according to availability of funds, with preference given to self-advocates and family members. Applications are due by April 15 for consideration. Applicants will be notified by April 25. For more information please contact Luc Chausse at firstname.lastname@example.org 410-571-9320.