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A Look Ahead May 2022

May 14, 2022 @ 9:00 AM 3:00 PM

Our A Look Ahead Conference Series is back in person! This conference brings together expert speakers for training focused on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, the people who support them, and the community at large.


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This event’s sessions are:

  • Bringing Language Development into Focus-Autism, Developmental Disorders, and Symbol Speak with Dr. Deann O’Lenick: When we focus on language, then we move through the developmental stage of expressive language.  The developmental milestones provide patients and caregivers and educators with a way to be able to address language development and track its progress.  Language is at the center of our social interactions, or cognitive development, or educational progress, and our vocational options.
  • College Bound: Jump Start Your College Tour Panel Presentation: Receiving a post-secondary education and experiencing that very exciting time in life is as beneficial for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) as for students without. But finding the college program that best fits your needs may require time and research. So let’s get started!
  • Raising the Bar Toward Independence with Robin Kuntz: Planning for the future begins NOW, not when IDEA defines transition planning or upon graduation. The goal for all students should become as independent as possible-to leave school prepared for further education, employment and independent living. But, it doesn’t just happen, we have to plan. How will your child spend their day?
  • Communicating for Myself-Advocacy with Dr. Deann O’Lenick: This presentation will address the inter-relationship between communication and self-advocacy. How do we express what is okay and not okay, or who we want to work with us, or how we are served when communication is difficult for us? Nonverbal communication behaviors are powerful and they can express our preferences when others know and understand our communication. Documenting nonverbal communication behaviors, and documenting the different meanings of our communication behaviors, is an essential step in self-advocacy. Communication-nonverbal/verbal/verbal through a speech-generating device-is the key to advocating for myself.
  • Guardianship: A Rush to the Courthouse or Last Resort? with Judge Brooke Allen, Tarrant County Probate Court 2: Have you been advised to seek guardianship of your child with a disability? Are you wondering if this is the right choice? Do you want help in breaking down and assessing all options? We will include an overview of the laws applicable to guardianships in Texas, the evidence and standard of proof needed to obtain a guardianship and the many alternatives to guardianship. Judge Allen will also discuss the changes in the law and how she believes they have or will impact the community and the courts.
  • Resources Everyone Should Know About: Helping People with Disabilities Live Meaningful Lives with Cindi Paschall

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A limited number of stipends for attendees are also available. Email programs@thearcofdfw.org with a subject of “ALA Stipend Request”

Please contact programs@thearcofdfw.org with any questions about this event.

$10.00 Conference Attendance

First United Methodist Church of Arlington

313 N Center St
Arlington, TX 76011 United States
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