Room #202

Room #203

Room #205


1:00 - 2:00 pm

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!

Lifestyle for ME! Micro-Enterprise Roundtable


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!

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!

2:30 - 3:30 pm 

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!

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!

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!

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!

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Letting Go to Live My Own Life! 

Kenneth Kelty, Self-Advocate

This session offers an up close and personal look into one person’s lived experience as he shares his transition journey from high school to college experience and into the community… this will show you how and inspire you to create your own life, too!

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.

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!

Intentional Communities and Supported Living

Dr. Peggy Terhune, Chief Executive Officer, Monarch NC

Come to this session to learn about Supported Living and hear from families about how the service can be effective.  Also learn about intentional communities, what they are, and what efforts are happening in NC to make this type of residential option a reality.