Thank You for Coming to I/DD Topics & Trends 2021

Thank You for Attending I/DD Topics & Trends!

Thank you to everyone that attended our virtual summer speaker series, I/DD Topics and Trends. We enjoyed hosting you every Thursday with a fireside chat from Executive Director, Dana Hooper and multiple professionals within the I/DD community. We always like to give back and provide free resources available to you like these webinars. Stay tuned for next year, we hope to continue this series in the future!

In case if you missed any of these fireside chats or would like to rewatch or read the transcripts to the sessions, they are available to you! Simply click below under the designated speaker’s session to watch or read.

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Provider of Exceptional Programs & Services

Bryan Neider, Ability Path CEO

Hear from Bryan Neider, CEO of AbilityPath, to learn more about AbilityPath and what it takes to run successful and inclusive programs and services to those with developmental disabilities. Staff attitude and employees are the core of exceptional programs and services. Here’s the secret ingredients that go into AbilityPaths’s organization, to provide the care and support needed and that reflects its purpose of inspiring inclusion.


Solutions & Innovative Approaches to Placing an I/DD Loved One in Housing

Astri Doub, Author of Ability Innovation

Finding the right home for your loved one with developmental disabilities is stressful. Not only is it challenging to find a place to live in general, but it is also hard to find a place that your loved one will thrive and call home. You just want the best for them. Listen to Astri Doub as she shares some solutions that you can use as a starting place to make your loved one’s housing solution as positive as possible. Learn about the 4 core groups that make a successful group home: design of the home, staff, culture, and the procedures and programs of the organization.

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Obstacles in Accessing IDD Housing & Services and Leading Advocacy

Ashley Kim Weiss, National Coordinator of Together for Choice

Every I/DD individual deserves to live in a positive, supported living housing environment that he or she can flourish. However, it’s not that simple. There are countless problems and obstacles that families with I/DD constantly face. Learn more from Ashley where she will identify obstacles in the community, advise how to overcome these obstacles, and explain her dedicated work and advocacy in this area.


The Lens of Neurodiversity: Paving a Path for Life

Kim Schreiber, NeuroNav CEO

Kim Schreiber is the Founder of NeuroNav, which helps provide support to those with developmental disabilities to find their right pathway for their life. Hear from Kim as she explains how to pave the right path and plan for each IDD individual that is focused on person-centered thinking and independence. She also will cover some simple steps to be an advocate and normalize developmental disability inclusion, awareness, and advocacy in society.


Key Trends in I/DD Housing and How Its Changed

Desiree Kameka Galloway, Director of Autism Housing Network

Learn from Desiree about the latest trends in the I/DD housing industry and how these trends may have changed recently as a result of COVID-19, and how it is looking going forward in a post COVID-19 world. She will also cover the best practices and for service providers and explain the national issues that arise due to the housing crisis.