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Balancing the Scales of Justice for Children and Adults with Disabilities

posted Aug 2, 2013, 9:15 AM by Hanni Ruehrdanz


The Arc of Aurora (CO), Aurora Police Department, and SungateKids
are hosting a

Balancing the Scales of Justice for Children and Adults with Disabilities Conference
October 10-11, 2013, and have opened general registration for this Conference.

The Conference's primary target audience is individuals who work in disciplines that investigate and prosecute crimes against children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as those who support those victims.  Seating is limited so register early to assure your seat. 


The Balancing the Scales of Justice Conference goal is to provide information and tools that will help improve the identification and prosecution of crimes against children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as the response to and support for these victims.  Conference presenters include Scott Modell, Ph.D.; Jim Felte, J.D.; Ken Conrad, Ph.D.; Beth Farris, J.D.; Sgt. Tim Grant; Jenifer Markowitz, N.D.; and Geri Wisner, J.D.    View our working agenda.

General registration is $150.  Conference fee includes 4 keynote/plenary sessions, 4 breakout sessions, meals, and a flash drive loaded with Conference presentations. 

Conference evaluation begins with your registration.  Please be prepared to answer our pre-conference questions AND pay for your registration at one time; this process should take no longer than 10 minutes.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  You may book hotel accommodations with the Embassy Suites Denver-Aurora directly:  720-587-5095, Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm - or leave message.  The code for our $129.00 room rate is ARC; reservations must be made by September 8.  The Nationwide Reservations Line: 1-800-EMBASSY is available 24/7.

Click on the link below to register for this Conference, including providing your payment.

Yes, I want to Register for the Balancing the Scales Conference NOW!

February & March Webinars

posted Feb 13, 2013, 10:19 AM by Dicia Kemp   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 10:30 AM ]

NSCIA Webinar, A program of United Spinal
Sexuality& Intimacy for Couples with Disabilities
Thu, Feb 14, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Please join us for this webinar.
Register for this webinar
Program Overview
Did you ever wonder“if intimacy is so easy, why are so many books about it”? Or“why does everyone else know exactly what to do and I’m the only one with questions”? Well, you’re not alone.

This is especially true when you are living with a disability. How do I express my needs? How can I share my desires with my partner? So many people find it difficult to talk about with their partner/loved one.

This webinar answers some of those questions and more. Join us for an interesting, informative and entertaining conversation for couples addressing sexuality, sensuality, intimacy and communication.

Presenter:Eva Margot Kant, LCSW is a speaker, educator and clinician in private practice. Ms. Kant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
Join PEAK Parent Center as we present a series of IEP webinars for parents and educators.

Join us for all or just the ones that interest you the most. You will need to register for each webinar you would like to participate in.

Space is limited, so please register online and you will receive a confirmation email with directions for the webinar.

IEP Training Series:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6-7pm
(Preparing for the IEP)
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6-7pm
(Content of the IEP)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6-7pm
(Implementation and follow up of the IEP)

This webinar series will explore:

  • Basics of IDEA 2004 specifically related to IEPs
  • Evaluation/Consent for Services
  • Eligibility
  • Communication
  • IEP Team members
  • SMART goals
  • Accommodations and modifications
  • Implementation
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Resolutions Under IDEA
    To sign up online go to: or call PEAK Parent Center 719.531.9400 or 800.284.0251
First Response for Individuals with I/DD Webinar

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST


This webinar is accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians for 1.25 hours of prescribed credit (recognized by the AMA as equivalent to Category 1 Credit) for those who attend this webinar live or view the archived version. Cost is $10. Registration required.

First Responders attending to an acute health emergency can have a significant impact upon the outcome of the event. The very important communication and coordination of care between the First Responders and the families and DSP's as well as with the Emergency Department will be reviewed. Rick Rader, MD Director, Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center, Orange Grove Center, Editor-in-Chief. Exceptional Parent Magazine, and Vice President of External Affairs, AADMD will be leading the discussion. This Webinar is appropriate for anyone who supports and cares for someone with IDD including self-advocates, families, DSP's, psychologists, therapists, first responders, support agencies, and healthcare providers. A brief Q & A will follow the presentation. Listeners will be able to identify:

* Common reasons people with intellectual and developmental disabilities need first response

* Common difficulties in first response for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

* Communication tips for working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and caregivers, including de-escalation techniques

* Considerations in disaster preparedness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

March Webinar Series from the National Task Group on Dementia and IDD

posted Jan 22, 2013, 11:52 AM by Dicia Kemp

Sponsored by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
Kathleen M. Bishop, Ph.D., Webinar Coordinator
For information:

The NTG has organized a special Webinar series within the general topical area of intellectual and developmental disabilities and dementia. Below is the schedule for the first phase, scheduled for March 2013. Other Webinars are in development for May and that schedule will be posted shortly.

The cost is $30 to attend all four live webinars. Webinars will be archived for those unable to view them live or for those joining mid series.

March Series Part 1: Dementia and Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities

March 5, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST
Introduction of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Dementia
Presenters: Matthew Janicki, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago and Mary Hogan, MS, Family Advocate

This Webinar will include will include an overview of the demographic basis for the growth in the numbers of people affected by dementia, some diagnostic challenges that are specific to adults with I/DD, as well as some emerging community program options. The Webinar will also present personal stories from the perspective of family and staff caregivers and some of the challenges they face inproviding long-term supports and care for adults with I/DD affected by dementia.


  1. Participants will gain an understanding of the nature of dementia and how it affects people with I/DD.
  2. Participants will be able to describe means of assessing people affected by dementia and some of the community program options useful for agencies and families when providing long term care.
  3. Participants will be able to describe some of the specific challenges faced by family caregivers when confronted with signs of and then progression of dementia in someone for whom they care.

Register Now for the March series:

March 12, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST:
The Importance of Early Detection and Diagnosis of Dementia for Adults with IDD
Presenter: Lucille Esralew, Ph.D., Trinitas Regional Medical Center

This session will focus on the importance of early detection and intervention, especially for adults with IDD as diagnostic overshadowing and lack of understanding of the symptoms for dementia in adults with pre-existing cognitive impairments are challenges in caregiving. That NTG on Dementia and IDD sub-committee on screening, chaired by Dr. Esralew, has developed a tool for early detection. This tool will be presented along with the findings from the first pilot of this tool.


  1. Participants will be able to list at least three reasons that early detection of cognitive and functioning decline due to dementia is essential for adults with IDD.
  2. Participants will be able to briefly discuss at least three of the diagnostic challenges in detecting dementia in adults with IDD.
  3. Participants will be able to briefly discuss the screening tool developed by the NTG Sub-committee and some of the findings in using the tool during the pilot implementation.

Register Now for the March series:

March 19, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST:
Systems Issues for Adults with IDD and Dementia
Presenters: Kathy Service, RN, Ph.D., Massachusetts Department of I/DD and Mary Beth Schneider, NYSARC, Albany, New York

The Developmental Disabilities System has traditionally focused on children and young adults. Research and program adaptations for older adults has lagged behind the increasing numbers of older adults requiring services to meet changing needs, including the onset of loss due to dementia. Family, staff, and community health care providers have not traditionally been trained in this area so few resources exist to meet these new challenges. Additionally, it is essential that a person centered approach be used to make sure that a quality of life and care continues to be available for each individual adult with IDD and dementia. These issues will be discussed in this session.


  1. Participants will be able to list at least three systems issues that can potentially interfere with the quality of life of older adults with IDD and dementia.
  2. Participants will be able to define Person Centered Approach and the application for older adults with IDD.
  3. Participants will be able to list at least three system changes that can help maintain the quality of life for older adults with IDD.

Register Now for the March series:

March 26, 2013, 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST
Collaboration across the Networks for Adults with I/DD, Dementia, and Their Caregivers
Presenters: Larry Force, Ph.D., St. Mary’s College and TBA - NTG Member Advocate

Often the intersection of the aging networks with the IDD service network is through the caregivers who provide about 85% of the care for adults with IDD. However, older caregivers are experiencing the same rate of loss due to dementia as in the general older population. It is essential that the networks of resources and research are working together to solve this growing incidence of dementia in caregivers and adults with IDD. The existing gaps in services as well as possible points of duplication will be discussed as well as recommendations provided past on past experiences of networking and collaboration by the presenters.


  1. Participants will be able to discuss at least three reasons why the aging network and IDD network must work together to make a difference for all involved.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss at least one example of successful collaboration across the networks.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the potential impact of the loss of the caregivers due to decline and frailty to both the aging and IDD networks.

Register Now for the March series:

Autism/Asperger's Conference

posted Nov 19, 2012, 12:48 PM by Dicia Kemp

What: Future Horizons Inc. presents an Autism/Asperger's Conference
Fort Collins Marriott
350 East Horsetooth Rd.
Fort Collins, CO. 80525 
Friday, December 14, 2012
Temple Grandin, PhD.- Shares her personal insights into Autism and the obsticles she has faced.
Eustacia Cutler- Temple's mother shares here personal insights on raising Temple.
Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, OTR/L- Discusses minimizing sensory challenges.
By phone 800-489-0727
Professional $160.00
Parent/Family Member $135.00
Student (with student ID) $95.00
Person with Autism $70.00

Legislative Advocacy Training Academy

posted Oct 24, 2012, 12:09 PM by Dicia Kemp

Learn to be a Legislative Advocate! This no cost Legislative Advocacy Training Academy is an important opportunity for you to learn how to do this. The Academy will be facilitated by Andi Leopoldus of AKL, Inc. Andi has 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in direct lobbying and training indivduals to feel confident when they testify on legislation of interest. There will be monthly 60-90 minute sessions. Each session or module will have a learning objective. Participants will receive a certificate of participation for each module. Participants MUST register by November 15, 2012. By registering you are committing to ALL sessions. Once registered participants will receive materials and more information including Academy location. Fax your registration form to 720-213-1423 or email Dicia at
Academy Schedule:
  • November 27, 6 pm-7:30 pm: Now that elections are over: Who are our legislators? How do you contact them? What happens next? Who are our new leaders in our State House and Senate? Budget briefings and hearings.
  • December 10, 6 pm-7:30 pm: The State Budget: What hearings happen before the legislative session starts? Why should I care?
  • January, Date TBD: Testifying practicum to be held at the Capitol: This is a field trip to the Capitol where attendees will tour, meet with legislators and participate in a mock committee hearing.
  • February, Date TBD: What are the issues of interest? How do you identify those interests in bills? How to testify?
  • March, Date TBD: The State Budget: figure setting at the Joint Budget Committee. So, what does this mean to me or my family member with disabilities?
  • April, Date TBD: Eyes on the prize: What bills have survived? What bills are still being intorduced? What bills have died?
  • May, Date TBD: Wrap up the session: What happens now?
  • June, Date TBD: Rules, interim committees, how to meet with legislators
  • July, Date TBD: Preparing for next session and meeting with legislatures
  • August, Date TBD: Interim committeee recommendations
  • September, Date TBD: Who writes legislation? How do you get a sponsor for a bill?
  • October, Date TBD: Time to get ready for the 2014 Legislative session!



Aging and Disability Summit Scholarship Application

posted Oct 1, 2012, 8:56 AM by Dicia Kemp

The Colorado Departments of Health Care Policy & Financing, Human Services, and Public Health & Environment, in conjunction with other state, local, and non-profit organizations, are pleased to announce their Call for Sessions for Colorado’s Inaugural Aging & Disability Services Summit: Together, Forging a Path to the Top. The event will be held November 13 – 15, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The purpose of this inaugural assembly is to offer high caliber training and professional development for both private and public sector health and human services professionals who provide services to older adults, vulnerable adults, and persons with disabilities. The overall objective of the event is to promote collaboration, innovation, education, skills, and leadership to enhance service delivery to these populations throughout Colorado.

As a result of attending this summit, participants will:

  • Establish and strengthen collaborations across state and local agencies, between oversight agencies and local provider networks, and across systems for all stakeholders;
  • Expand education and awareness of current trends and opportunities; and,
  • Participate in information sharing about evidence-based research, as well as effective practices to support the right person, with the right service, at the right time.

The target audience will include: academicians, advocates, county and state agency staff, caregivers, consumers, family members, funders, health care professionals, self-advocates, service providers, law enforcement, legal community, professionals, researchers, and other interested parties in the field.

The Summit Steering Committee is extending an invitation to policy-makers, service providers, case managers, Area Agencies on Aging staff, county adult financial and adult protection staff, advocates and thought leaders in the delivery of long-term services and supports to submit proposals for concurrent sessions to be included in the program agenda. We invite you to help build a content rich program by submitting concurrent session proposals.The Summit Steering Committee of Colorado’s Inaugural Aging and Disability Summit is committed to making the Summit accessible to people from resource-limited settings and communities. We aim to serve those who, because of financial difficulty, wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.

Attached is the scholarship application. The scholarship application is due no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, on Friday, October 12, 2012. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship application please contact Meredith Henry at or (303) 866-4538.



Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conference

posted Sep 10, 2012, 10:22 AM by Dicia Kemp   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 10:23 AM ]

Each year, the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education hosts conferences called Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP), which are family‐centered events designed to offer support, information and education to both parents and professionals who work with children with disabilities across Colorado. Attached you will find a memo announcing this year’s PEP Conferences. The PEP team would be most appreciative if you would help us spread the word!

The 2012-2013 PEP Conferences will be held:

·         October 25-27, 2012 in Vail, Colorado

·         February 28 – March 2, 2013 (Location to be determined)

·         May 2-4, 2013 (Location to be determined)


For more information about PEP and to complete an application for 2012-2013, please visit You may also call 303-866-6846 or 1-877-834-0588 outside Metro Denver. (Please leave your name and phone number).


For Spanish speakers:


Cada año, la Unidad de Servicios de Estudiantes Excepcionales del Departamento de Educación de Colorado, celebra conferencias con el nombre de Padres Motivando a Otros Padres (PEP), que constituyen eventos orientados a la familia,2 diseñados para ofrecer apoyo, información y educación tanto a los padres como a los profesionales que trabajan con niños con discapacidades en todo Colorado. Adjunto encontrarán un memorando anunciando las Conferencias PEP para

este año. ¡El equipo de PEP se sentirá muy agradecido si nos ayudan a transmitir esta información!


Las Conferencias de PEP 2012-2013 se llevarán a cabo:

• Del 25 al 27 de octubre de 2012 en Vail, Colorado

• Del 28 febrero al 2 de marzo de 2013 (lugar por determinar)

• Del 2 al 4 de mayo de 2013 (lugar por determinar)



Para mayor información acerca de PEP y de llenar una solicitud para el período 2012-2013, visiteén puede llamar al 303-866-6846 o 1-877-834-0588 fuera del área metropolitana de Denver. (Por favor, deje su nombre y número telefónico).

Forensic Interviewing Victims with Disabilities and Forensic Assessment of Consent Training

posted Sep 10, 2012, 10:08 AM by Dicia Kemp

City of Aurora Council Chambers
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012

Driving Directions

Friday October 5, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM MDT
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Join us for this day-long, no cost training!

Friday, October 5, 2012
7:30AM registration, training 8AM-5PM
one hour lunch-on-your-own break mid-day

City of Aurora Council Chambers

Morning session provides insight into the expertise forensic interviewers need to effectively interview crime victims with cognitive and/or communication disabilities, and afternoon session provides insight into the expertise of forensic interviewers to assess a person's with disabilities ability to consent to sex.

We are hosting a
training presented by Dr. Baladerian SPECIFICALLY TARGETED to law enforcement detectives, SANE nurses, and children's advocacy center interviewers on October 4
-- call or email Jean at The Arc of Aurora for information on registering for that session.

These trainings are offered by The Arc of Aurora with funding support from the Aurora Victim Witness Advisory Board and will be presented by
Nora Baladerian, Ph.D. (pictured below on right)

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Space is limited and reservations are required.

Click on the links below for more information (including training goals and learning objectives) or to register.
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We look forward to seeing you in early October!

Acheiving Inclusion! 2012 National Convention

posted Aug 22, 2012, 9:18 AM by Dicia Kemp

The Arc’s National Convention & International Forum is fast approaching. Be sure to register before the early registration deadline of September 3 for the best rates to attend a global gathering of the I/DD community. Check out the wide variety of
informative sessions and special events we have planned for you in Washington, D.C. this October 25-28. Join international advocates Judy Heumann and Eric Rosenthal along with a hundred other presenters discussing the issues most important to you. And be the first to hear Inclusion International’s special report on living and being included in the community. Register now and save!

Guardianship from all Angles

posted Aug 3, 2012, 10:16 AM by Dicia Kemp

Come be a part of a comprehensive educational seminar on guardianship issues brought to you by Guardianship Alliance of Colorado! Includes a panel of professionals working with Incapacitated Adults and the Elderly Community. Keynote Speaker  Chief Judge, Stephen Munsinger, will be discussing his perspective on guardianship matters, including pros vs. cons when considering a family member, fiduciary or Adult Protection Services to serve as a guardian.
 Topics will range from - Challenges You Face With Guardianship Issues, Differences Between a GAL vs. Guardian, What Is The Role Of Adult Protection Services, How Guardianship Impacts Your Agency, What Is The Role of a Professional Fiduciary, What Is a Power of Attorney. Many more topics will be discussed!
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 9am-4pm (Lunch Provided)
Where: Lowery Conference Center
           1061 Akron Way, Building 697
           Denver, Co. 80230
Cost: Early Registration Opens August 13, 2012 ($45.00), After September 24, 2012  
Contact: Guardianship Alliance of Colorado (303)228-5382

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