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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Wednesday, November 30 • 8:30am - 11:30am
Real Life Outcomes: No Double Standards FILLING

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At KFI we believe that supports for people with intellectual disabilities must focus on full community participation; with opportunities to work, live and play alongside neighbors.  Yet people are most often confronted with cookie cutter services that focus on programs and goals that have little to do with real living.  The more significant challenges a person supported is identified with, the more mundane the goals and program tend to be.   For some unfathomable reason, it is thought a person with a disability must learn to say please and thank you, and tie their shoes before they can  earn a place in community.   Community, however, is not something we earn.  Instead of programs and goals focused on steps to get ready for life, KFI strives to identify meaningful outcomes to support each person to live a real life today.  This requires we accept that real life is messy, inconvenient, risky, and doesn’t always go as planned.  Meaningful outcomes set people on the path to their own dreams, with the expectation we walk that path with them.  And the measure is not the accomplishment of goals and programs, but living a good life.  Supporting people to engage in real community living starts with person centered planning, outcomes that matter, and a team that believes in the person and the community.  Progressive and proactive facilitation leads to a team that utilizes positive approaches  - to create opportunities for real homes, satisfying work, community life engagement, and belonging. 

At the end of the session, participants will be able to: Describe barriers to inclusion, systematic and cultural, for people with significant support needs. Discuss strategies to increase capacity for inclusion across the age span.  Describe how identifying person centered outcomes can lead to increased opportunities for inclusion.  Write meaningful/desired outcomes that move toward inclusion. Discuss how to support teams to do this work  

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Lyann Grogan

Hiring & Training Coordinator, KFI
After ten years of working in a segregated Mental Health setting as a Music Therapist at New Hampshire Hospital and serving as a member of the National Music Therapy Association’s Training Committee LyAnn found inspiration. She was inspired by KFI's mission to provide supports for people to lead regular lives in their communities, no matter the barriers. Working in various capacities at KFI has afforded her the opportunity to do just that and... Read More →
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Laurie Kimball

Director, KFI South, KFI
Laurie has made a career of facilitating support for people with disabilities to live real lives and participate in socially valued lifestyles in their communities. Laurie's passions are for positive approaches to challenging behavior, person centered services and building community. She directs home support services for individuals living in their own homes in Southern Maine.

Wednesday November 30, 2016 8:30am - 11:30am
New York Central 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103