• Registration
  • 2019-02-23   9:30am - 5:00pm
  • 700 Brooks Avenue, Raleigh

The Power of the Dream is proud to announce ImaginAbility, an empowering, educational one day conference on adult transition and community living for teens and adults with autism, I / DD, and/or special needs and their families / supports and interested community members.

The purpose of ImaginAbility is to provide a fun, engaging community opportunity to: Highlight the strengths of our collective community Share which solutions work by those who are making it happen Increase confidence and empowerment to create custom solutions Provide access to valuable information and tools to help you build a future Encourage positive outcomes for each individual to reach his/her dreams in life. We look forward to your participation and suggestions as this is for YOU! We hope to encourage your ability to imagine your future, provide info / resources that will help you access your dreams for your future, and utilize tools and contacts so you can bring your dreams to life!

About Us

The Power of the Dream, Inc. is an organization founded in 2008 by advocates to promote innovation and inclusion in…

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Registration

Help Bring Dreams to Life Individual Self-advocate $15 a person with autism &/or I/DD (inc/ TBI) Family Member / Support…

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Speakers

We are pleased to be able to provide a wide array of topics thanks to our speakers who are lending…

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Our Speakers

Chris Egan

Executive Director, NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

Keynote Speaker - The State of I/DD in NC Transition Age/Adults with Autism &/or I/DD

Jeff Payne

Director of I/DD Care Coordination, Alliance BHC

Keynote Speaker - The State of I/DD in NC and Alliance Area for Transition Age/Adults with Autism &/or I/DD

Walter Linney

Asst Director of I/DD Care Coordination, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Keynote Speaker - The State of I/DD in NC and Alliance Area for Transition Age/Adults with Autism &/or I/DD

Mary Buonfiglio

Deputy Director, North Carolina Supplemental Retirement Plans and North Carolina ABLE Program

General Session Q&A Speaker - NC ABLE Accounts

Agenda

February 23, 2019 Agenda

  • Schedule

    Time

    Activity

    Topic/Notes

    Speaker

    8:00 – 9:00

    Setup and Volunteer Check-In

    8:30 – 9:00

    Exhibitors Check-In

    9:00 – 9:30

    ATTENDEES CHECK-IN

    9:30 – 9:45

    WELCOME

    Morning in the Auditorium

    Anna Cunningham, President, The Power of the Dream

    9:45 – 10:45

    • KEYNOTE:
    • The State of I/DD in NC and Alliance Area for Transition Age/Adults with Autism &/or I/DD
    • NC Council on Developmental Disabilities
    • AND
    • Alliance Behavioral Health
    • Chris Egan, Exec Director, NCDD
    • Jeff Payne, Interim Senior Director of Care Coordination, Alliance BHC
    • Walter Linney, Asst. Director of I/DD Care Coordination, Alliance BHC

    10:45 – 12:00

    GENERAL SESSION with Q&A Segment

    NC ABLE Accounts

    Mary Buonfiglio, Deputy Director, North Carolina Supplemental Retirement Plans and North Carolina ABLE Program

    12:00 – 1:00

    LUNCH

    Complimentary On-Site

    1:00 – 2:00

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

    See Breakout Session Sheet

    Various

    2:00 – 2:30

    Visit Exhibitors/Break

    2:30 – 3:30

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

    See Breakout Session Sheet

    Various

    3:30 – 4:00

    Visit Exhibitors/Break

    (Exhibitors Breakdown at 4:00)

    4:00 – 5:00

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3

    See Breakout Session Sheet

    Various

    5:00 – 5:15

    CLOSING & Prize Drawings

    (Clean-up at 5:15)

  • Sessions

    Assistive Technology: Making Life Easier at Home, School, Work, & Community

    Lynne Deese, NCATP

    This session provides an overview of Assistive Technology - what it is and how it is used to improve your life in your daily living and community… added bonus is to check out all the GREAT assistive technology on site!

    Disaster Preparedness: Tips and Info to Know & Use

    Sheri Badger, Human Services Disability Integration Specialist, NC Emergency Mgmt

    This session provides an overview of how to prepare for and find critical info that pertains specifically to you so you can know what to do when disaster strikes. There will be added tools given out to help communicate needs to first responders and others in the community, too!

    Innovative Employment Options – Be a Part of the Movement!

    Pat Keul, I/DD Employment Specialist

    David Ingram, Systems Change, NCCDD

    This session will go into several exciting employment models sharing the latest updates and news in the I/DD employment field in NC, including paid apprenticeships and how you can get involved, too!

    Creating and Living Your Dream Life…in the REAL World

    Betsy MacMichael, FIFNC

    Jane Desmond, Self-Advocate Leader

    This session features an amazing view into the REAL World through Jane’s eyes and how her shared living lifestyle encourages self-determination principles. This includes supported decision-making examples, too!

    Know Your Benefits!

    Ava Bennett, Area Work Incentives Counselor

    This session is rich with information you can use to put more money in your pocket while also being able to keep your needed benefits to have a REAL life in your community!

    Financial Empowerment for Individuals and Families

    Travis Williams, Upward to Financial Stability Master Trainer, NCCDD

    Gerri Smith, Arc Futures Planning

    Bridget Tate, Financial Coach with The Financial Clinic

    This session shares insights and options for using existing tools and services that can help you meet your financial life goals without affecting your benefits!

    Rethinking Guardianship

    Linda Kendall Fields, M.Ed, Clinical Assistant Professor, Jordan Institute for Families, UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work

    This session will open your eyes to new alternatives to guardianship that promote self-determination and can include supported decision-making!

    Your Rights as a Job Seeker with a Disability

    Karen Hamilton, Coordinator, NC ADA Network

    During this session you will learn about your employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We will talk about your rights when you apply for a job and when you start your new job. You will also learn about resources you can contact when you have questions about your rights.

    Innovative Employment Options – Be a Part of the Movement!

    Pat Keul, I/DD Employment Specialist

    David Ingram, Systems Change, NCCDD

    This session will go into several exciting employment models sharing the latest updates and news in the I/DD employment field in NC, including paid apprenticeships and how you can get involved, too!

    Lifestyle for ME! Micro-Enterprise Roundtable

    Micro-Entrepreneurs

    Hear from individuals who have their own businesses as well as those who support them to find out the latest info on this non-traditional employment option in our community!

    What the Client Assistance Program Can Do For YOU

    Karen Martin, Advocacy Specialist, CAP, DHHS

    This session will share information and highlights on how this resource team can advocate for you and assist in creating better outcomes when using Vocational Rehabilitation services! They help needed services work so YOU can get work!