TRC Symposium at Chautauqua takes place May 17

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The Resource Center’s Symposium takes place May 17 at Chautauqua

Perspectives on issues facing people with disabilities will be shared when The Resource Center holds its seventh annual Educational Symposium on Wednesday, May 17, at Chautauqua Institution.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “The Future is NOW!  Are We Ready?”  The daylong event will take place inside Lenna Hall and Bellinger Hall.  The symposium features more than a dozen speakers who will discuss topics pertaining to issues faced by people with disabilities and their families.  Confirmed speakers include:

Stephen Birchak, an author, professor and counseling psychologist.  “Dr. Bird” is the symposium’s keynote speaker, and his presentation will provide strategies for building passion, reducing stress and increasing effective skills to deal with challenges.

Carol Blessing, who developed the Citizen-Centered Leadership series, an international resource in cultivating personal leadership in promoting person-centered practices with people with disabilities.  Her presentation will focus on person-centered planning.

Doug Crandell, a faculty member with the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.  Crandell will give two talks – one focusing on the importance of having an open and positive approach to life when trying to develop employment opportunities for people with disabilities; his second presentation will provide tips on how professionals in the disability field can write effectively so that they can better communicate the strengths, capacities, abilities and preferences of the people they support.

Christopher Liuzzo, retired associate executive director of The Arc of Rensselaer County.  His session will explore concerns and issues regarding risk and vulnerability.

David Pitonyak, a consultant who works with families and professionals.  His workshop is titled “One Day The World Will Be A Perfect Place: Strategies for the Meantime” and will focus on how to live with intention in an imperfect world.

Harvey Rosenthal, the executive director of the New York State Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.  He will discuss advocacy issues, with a look at past and current advocacy achievements and thoughts about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Tania Seaburg, the Interim Executive Director of NYSARC, Inc.  She will discuss balancing the present and ture of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

Chris Warden, a peer support specialist with Compeer of Buffalo.  His interactive workshop will offer a five-point approach that helps people move beyond their diagnoses.

There also will be a panel discussion featuring people with intellectual disabilities who are using self-directed plans to assist them in living the way they want.  The panelists and their support staff will discuss their successes, the barriers they have overcome and the challenges they face.

The cost to attend the symposium is $99 ($79 for people who are members of The Resource Center).  The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council has provided funding to pay for scholarships to cover the registration fee of people with disabilities, their families and supporting staff who want to attend the event.  The symposium also is being sponsored by TRC Foundation, Inc.

Click here for more information or to register to attend the Symposium.

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