Autism: Dealing with It on the Outside; Living with It on the Inside
Presenters: Nancy Alar & Matt Ward
Nancy Alar will briefly describe what autism is and isn’t – based on her readings and contact with many individuals on the autism spectrum. She will describe how her son, Matt Ward, was diagnosed with autism and provide information about how autism changes as people grow up and the most common issues facing people on the autism spectrum.
Living with Autism:
Matt Ward (age 33) will describe his life as a person with autism, including his challenges, accomplishments, medications and sensory issues.
Suggestions for Support Staff Working with People on the Autism Spectrum
Nancy Alar will review some of her hints and tips for working with people on the spectrum. She will use stories to illustrate the communication challenges shared by those on and off the autism spectrum. This presentation is focused on support staff, but includes many relevant ideas for parents, teachers and others working with those on the spectrum. Handouts will be included.
About the presenters:
Nancy is a past President of the Autism Society of Wisconsin (ASW) and past Vice President of the Autism Society of Greater Madison (ASGM), coordinator of the AUsome Social Group for ASGM since 1997 and a member of Toastmasters International. Matt has autism and has done extensive public speaking since 1996 on autism awareness. He graduated from UW Madison in May 2005 with a degree in mathematics.
Date and Time: Friday, January 10, 2014: 8:30 AM Registration, 9:00 - 4:15 PM training (with one hour for lunch, on your own)
Registration Fee: $25 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$50 any other
This seminar is designed to train designated professionals from agencies how to assure the appropriate use of supports that may be considered Restrictive Measures. Included is an overview of HFS 94 rights applicable for all individuals receiving services in Wisconsin. Further, we will discuss and clarify individual rights for clients under guardianship.
- Learn strategies in facilitating the team process related to use of restrictive measures when they are being considered
- Learn a straightforward format for writing proactive behavior support plans when restrictive measures are involved
- Familiarize self with client right violations and the state definition of restrictive measures
- Familiarize self with strategies as well as team responsibilities for minimizing and eliminating restrictive measures
- Familiarize self with the review and oversight process for behavior plans involving restrictive measures
About the presenters:
Monica Bear is the Developmental Disabilities Program Manager for Dane County Adult Services.
Gerard Gierl is an Attorney and Social Worker by background. For 28 years he worked in the Client Rights Office at the State Department of Health Services. In that capacity he provided training and consultation on rights of people with disabilities, and investigated grievances. He also participated on Ethics Committees and Research Committees. He is now a client rights consultant.
Axel Junker is a program consultant for the UW Waisman Center's Community TIES program. TIES (Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services) provides a variety of positive behavioral supports for individuals with developmental disabilities who have challenging behaviors. Axel’s main responsibility within TIES is to coordinate Dane County's Crisis Response program for adults with developmental disabilities, which often requires cooperation with mental health service providers or criminal justice practitioners. Prior to joining TIES, Axel has worked for numerous years as a supported employment professional.
Julie Shew is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Julie has worked for the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Family Services for the past 19 years. She is presently employed as an Area Quality Specialist with the Bureau of Long Term Supports and serves as the State lead on issues regarding the use of restrictive measures in community settings.
Paul White has extensive experience in supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and has been on staff at the UW Waisman Center since 1986. Paul is the director of the program Community TIES. TIES provides positive supports to persons with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral challenges. Paul has developed a series of seminars on subjects related to positive behavioral supports. He has provided these seminars to thousands of providers across Wisconsin; these seminars are regularly included in the curriculum offered through the UW- Extension.
Attention Residential Support Providers!
Dates and Time:
Tuesdays: March 4 - April 1, 2014: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: BLW Neighborhood Center, 1917 Lake Point Dr., Madison
This five-part class is geared toward residential caregivers and focuses on how to promote healthy eating habits using the USDA’s MyPlate in the home. This class will teach you how to teach nutrition skills to the people you support. Through this class, you will learn how to prepare some simple, yet nutritious recipes, tricks to manage portion sizes from WebMD’s Portion Size Guide, how to read food labels, and how to prepare vegetables in easy ways that taste good.
During the last two classes, you are encouraged to bring someone you support to class and practice teaching them the skills you learned in the first three sessions. When you finish this class, you should be a confident teacher who will be able to teach these nutrition skills and recipes to the people you support. You will come away from this class with all the recipes you used along with a Healthy Eating, Nutrition, and Cooking Manual and an electronic copy of Deb’s recipe book.
Part 1. This introductory class will focus on how to use the USDA’s MyPlate to plan a meal, how to follow recipes, and how to read food labels.
Part 2. In the second class, the instructor will demonstrate healthy microwave cooking, grilling using the George Foreman grill, and a variety of ways to use vegetables and prepare salads.
Part 3. We will explore simple recipes using chicken, beef, and pasta.
Part 4 and 5. In these last two sessions, we will be preparing a full meal with a person we support.
About the instructor:
Deb Griffith has over 39 years experience working with individuals with disabilities. She is a certified COTA and was an instructor at the popular Meriter GROW Program for 15 years until it closed in 2006. Deb is a familiar face to many individuals in our service system and those who have attended her classes have enthusiastically welcomed her back into their lives. Deb has taught cooking skills, independent living skills, social skills, first aid, and several other classes to people with developmental disabilities as United Cerebral Palsy’s Community Builder for many years. Her classes are extremely popular and often require a wait list to get in. This is the first time she is offering her classes to caregivers.
Presenter: Arthur Taggart, Epilepsy Foundation
Everything you want to know (and more!) about recurring seizures, seizure recognition, and first aid for seizures. An overview of the international classification system for seizures will make you a better observer and recorder of seizure activity. Differential diagnoses, behavioral events, and medication issues will be covered in addition to common psychosocial issues affecting people with epilepsy and you will view video footage of all the major seizure types. Get answers to all your questions during the interactive Q & A.
About the presenter:
Art Taggart has been the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Southern Wisconsin since 1991. The Epilepsy Foundation named him Executive of the Year at their national leadership meeting in October 2003. Mr. Taggart is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in English and Philosophy. Mr. Taggart is Chair of the Management Operations Team of the Epilepsy Foundation national board, a group of executives elected by their peers to work closely with national staff and volunteers.
As Executive Director at the Epilepsy Foundation, Mr. Taggart speaks regularly on epilepsy, seizure first aid, and on psychosocial issues affecting people with chronic health conditions.
Presented by: Mark Sweet, PhD, and Peter Leidy
A new and timely take on ethics and boundaries pertaining to the lives of people with disabilities. Research suggests that the incidence of abuse and neglect is higher among those with disabilities than the general population. For some people receiving support there is evidence of post-traumatic stress (PTS). For too many others there is the cumulative effect of experiencing a lack of power and control in their support relationships. For each of us in support roles, would we make different decisions about our support interactions and recommendations if we more actively considered her or his point of view? Would you have made different decisions if you had known…?
However much we think we know about someone’s personal story, there is so much that is unknown or untold. Even when we know a lot about the events of someone’s life, we do not always know how the person experienced and understood those events. We have developed these sessions to address the growing need to better understand what it means to practice being trauma-informed in our interactions; and, to consider the ethical implications of our decision making and relationships with the people we support.
This workshop fulfills Social Work continuing education license requirements.
Mark Sweet, Ph.D, is Trainer & Consultant with Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), a federally funded nonprofit designated to protect and advocate the rights of children and adults with disabilities. In this role, Mark works with preschool and school programs, supported work and supported living organizations, consumer and parent groups, long term care programs and others. He also works on a federally funded anti-violence grant related to individuals with disabilities. The emphasis of his work is to better understand the point of view of those who receive support.
Peter Leidy has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. For 20 years he worked for Options in Community Living, a supported living agency in Madison, Wisconsin. His roles included direct support, support coordination, staff recruitment, supporting direct service staff, community building and administrative responsibilities. Peter develops training materials and conducts trainings on a wide variety of topics. He also consults with individuals, families, organizations, counties, and states in areas such as supported living, self-determination, organizational development, building community relationships, and supporting and valuing staff.
This training is sponsored by the Waisman Center and DD Network, Inc.
Presenter: Christine White
As caregivers, we are often in positions of control over those we support. Due to this power imbalance, we may at times be disrespectful toward those we support. This session will help you learn to recognize when this is happening, understand how to safeguard against it, and practice ways to be respectful, effective caregivers. You will also learn to recognize signs of sexual and other forms of serious abuse, and understand how people may communicate this abuse to us. We will discuss how, when and to whom abuse needs to be reported.
Christine White is the Legal Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities who are victims of crime in Dane County, Wisconsin. She assists victims in going through the criminal justice system and provides follow-up support and safety planning. She has been a social worker for adults and children with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. She teaches sexuality education and protective behaviors to children and adults with developmental disabilities, and co-leads a support group for women with disabilities who are sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.
Presenters: Josh Lapin and Susan Mathies
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2013: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Information: $15/session for any person employed by a Dane Co. DD provider/$30 any other.
Space is limited.
For support brokers interested in building stronger support teams, this training offers a variety of ways to address pre–conflict, conflict and post–conflict while working with teams. Topics include helping brokers prepare themselves and their team members for potential conflictual situations; defining consensus and providing a structure for building consensus; and offering ideas on how to stay strong and move forward after conflictual situations arise.
Susan Mathies, LCSW, has worked with people with developmental disabilities since 1991. She has a master's degree in social work from University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has provided direct care, worked as a county case manager, provided in–home therapy and crisis stabilization, and facilitated a wide variety of groups in diverse settings. She currently works as a behavior consultant for Community TIES.
Josh Lapin is a certified social worker in the State of Wisconsin. He has extensive experience in supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and hass been on staff at the University of Wisconsin Waisman Center since 1994. Josh is a part of the Community TIES program that provides positive supports to persons with developmental disabilities and emotional-behavioral challenges.
Presenter: Dr. Donald Mickey
Date and Time: Friday, January 17, 2014: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Madison Area Brain Injury Coalition (MABIC) has organized this course to promote an understanding of the often unique challenges involved in supporting the families and survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The session will examine probable causes of injury to the brain and methods of support for individuals interacting with the survivor. A variety of problems often experienced by individuals living with brain injury will also be reviewed. Methods useful in developing a therapeutic environment will be shared.
This session will also include information on how a TBI differs from other developmental disabilities and will include information on how to transition people with a brain injury back to work settings.
About the presenter:
Dr. Donald L. Mickey operates a private practice in Madison, WI which specializes in adults and children with traumatic brain injury. He is also the Consulting Neuropsychologist at Clearview Brain Injury Center in Juneau, WI. Dr. Mickey has presented nationally and internationally on the impact of brain injury, including the impact on family systems, neuropsychological issues, behavioral programming, vocational application of neuropsychological information, and personal adjustment issues. He has consulted with various state and federal agencies and has been employed by nationally affiliated brain injury programs and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Training and meeting facilities are located at at the Waisman Center Outreach site unless otherwise specified:
Community Outreach Wisconsin
122 E. Olin Ave., Ste. 100
Madison WI 53713
Registration Fee: $12 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$24 any other unless otherwise indicated.
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