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AL-APSE The Independence Newsletter Winter 2018: Volume 4, Issue 11

Winterl Newsletter INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2018 Conference | Keynote Spotlight | Board of Directors | Training Events | Happy Workplace | AL-APSE Awards

AL-APSE & ACDD 2018, JUNE 13 -15, 2018

The 2018 Alabama APSE & Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities Conference will be held June 13-15, 2018 in Birmingham at the Hyatt Regency/Wynfrey Hotel.

2018 Opening Keynote Marti MacGibbon

A compelling speaker and storyteller, Marti delivers high-energy presentations on overcoming adversity, addiction and recovery, and inspiration, with humor and a genuine, down-to-earth style. She's experienced critical situations that no human being should have to face.In the past, she hit rock addict, was homeless, and was trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime. Her story of triumph is testimony to the power of the human spirit. Read the Fall Newsletter (PDF)

2018 AL-APSE & ACDD Conference (June 13 - 15)

2018 ConferenceThe 2018 Alabama APSE & ACDD Conference has been confirmed for June 13-15. This year's event will be held in Birmingham at the Hyatt Regency - The Wynfrey Hotel, located at 1000 Riverchase Galleria. Alabama APSE became recognized chapter of the National APSE Organization in 1998 and our first conference was held in 1998 at the Alta Vista Hotel in Birmingham with just over 100 attendees. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Alabama APSE. We are returning to Birmingham to celebrate this milestone. Alabama APSE values and appreciates the co-sponsorship of the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities for many of our successful conferences. We are again excited to co-sponsor the 2018 event.

The registration form is attached. You are encouraged to register electronically. However, we will gladly accept paper registration forms as well. Please note on page 3 of the registration form, multiple options for registering electronically.

Outline of Course Content & Continuing Education Information (Word doc) This program is offered for 10 clock hours for Counselor and Social Worker; 12 contact/clock hours for nurses.

Please note the following:

  1. If you are registering to attend the conference and paying by Check or Credit Card, please click this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eq8in9eab&oeidk=a07eeze7j7nb0e47c2. We accept multiple credit cards. Checks should be mailed within 10 days of registering to avoid cancellation!

  2. If you are registering via a Purchase Order, typically agency employees, etc., please click this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eq8in9eab&oeidk=a07eeze95sp72217a0. Please include address of where to send invoice for payment when registering!

  3. A limited number of sponsorships will be available utilizing Consumer Involvement Funding. To request "consumer involvement funding" please register as a self-advocate and or family member/care giver by clicking link below: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eq8in9eab&oeidk=a07eezeb2rb4c14963.You will also need to submit the Consumer Involvement Application Form found on page 4 of the attached registration form.

If you are unable to register electronically, please complete the conference registration form found on page 3 and submit by mail to AL-APSE, PO Box 240691, Montgomery, AL 36124. You can also scan and email to Byron.white@mh.alabama.gov

A room rate of $96.00 per night is available. You are encouraged to reserve your room early as the block will fill up. The $96.00 room rate expires on May 22, 2018.

Conference Awards and Scholarships Information

AL-APSE 2018 Awards Description & Nomination Information - DEADLINE to Submit Nominations: May 4, 2018 (PDF)

2018 Chuck Sheehan Scholarship - DEADLINE for Application: May 1, 2018 (PDF | Word)

2018 AL-APSE Dinē Barclay Scholarship - DEADLINE: April 30, 2018 (PDF | Word)

The Club through UCP of Greater Birmingham

On the Job Training Program Gives Adults with Disabilities Competitive Skills, Passion for Work

Catherine Harris proudly shows off her freshly baked pastries in the kitchen of The Club before a catering event. "I love working here," she exclaims. "I learn more about baking a cake, cookies, and how to set-up for banquets. I love my new friends (coworkers)." Catherine is a trainee at The Club through the UCP of Greater Birmingham G.A.T.E. (Gaining Access to Employment) program, in partnership with Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and Alabama Department of Mental Health. G.A.T.E. is a five-month long program that provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through strategic relationships with companies that have specific job needs. Read this article

Employment First, Real Jobs, Real Wages.

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities.

State Employment Leadership Network

SELN Findings and Observations Report – Alabama

SELN Findings and Observations Report Alabama Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DD)
Site Visit Dates: Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd, 2013
Report (first draft): January 2014
DMH/DD comments: January 2015
Report (final): February 2015
SELN Member State Agency: Alabama Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DMH/DD)
SELN Findings and Observations Final Report – Alabama (PDF)

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