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Friday, November 15, 2019
 
8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast        

All Day
Networking Expo
  • Meet individuals and organizations that can assist you with the Self-Determination Program, such as Financial Management Services, Independent Facilitators, service providers, advocates, and others

Scavenger Hunt
  • Participate in a fun and interesting scavenger hunt to meet others at the conference who can help you with the Self-Determination Program and win you a prize!

9:00 am  
Welcome

Judy Mark, President
Disability Voices United

Kim Sinclair, Executive Director
Autism Society of Los Angeles

9:20 am
Opening Remarks
California Department of Developmental Services

9:35 am
Panel
Just the Facts: How the Self-Determination Program Really Works
  • Knowledgeable self-advocates, family members, and leaders from DDS, regional centers, and national self-determination organizations will provide accurate information and answer all of your questions about the Self-Determination Program

11 am Break

11:15 am
Experience the Principles of Self-Determination Breakouts
FREEDOM!
The freedom to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supporters, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them.

  • Witness a live Person-Centered Plan conducted by Sally Burton-Hoyle, PhD in English or a live Person-Centered Plan conducted in Spanish.
  • Or choose to hear from participants who have already completed their plans and hear how they went about it
  • The final breakout will present a skit showing the right way and wrong way to conduct a Person-Centered Plan and will show you how to expand your circles of support through a fun Bingo game

12:30 pm Lunch Buffet
Lunch networking choices:
  1. Self-Advocates
  2. Families of Younger Children
  3. Transition Youth
  4. Older Adults

1:30 pm
Experience the Principles of Self-Determination Breakouts
AUTHORITY!
The ability to control a certain sum of dollars in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing.

  • Adding It All Up: Creating a Spending Plan
Hear from Financial Management Services and Independent Facilitators who
will walk you through the process

  • Unmet Need and Change in Circumstances: Changing Your Individual Budget Amount
Learn how you can advocate for a change in your individual budget

  • The Budget Tool: What Is It and How Do We Use It?
Regional centers will use a budget calculator to figure out your individual
budget amount. Speakers will be experts on the tool and will walk you
through it so that everyone can understand it

  • Creating a Spending Plan and Changing Your Budget en Español
This session will cover how to create a spending plan, how to change your
individual budget, and how to use the budget tool in Spanish.

  • You Can Do It! A Plain Language Explanation of the Individual Budget and Spending Plan
Does all this seem really hard to understand? This session will help you and
answer all of your questions

3 pm Break and Networking Expo

3:30 pm
Experience the Principles of Self-Determination Breakouts
SUPPORT!
Ability to arrange resources and personnel, both formal and informal, that will assist a person with a disability to live a life in his or her community that is rich in community participation and contributions.

  • Game Show: Can You Do That in Self-Determination?
Learn together about whether the SDP can fund different services in a fun
way. If the SDP can’t fund it, brainstorm on where else it can be funded.

  • Everyone Can Make Choices: Making the SDP Work for Participants Who Are Non- or Minimally Speaking
Hear from non-speaking individuals, family members, and experts about how
to ensure everyone gets to authentically participate in the Self-Determination
Program

  • I’m the Boss: Hiring and Managing Your Workers and Service Providers
Get tips for managing your staff from expert self-advocates and others, and
learn how to get help to do it. This session will include role plays to practice
managing workers and advice on how to set boundaries.

  • Building Trust: Cultural Issues with Hiring Workers en Español
Not everyone is comfortable hiring non-family members to take care of them
or their loved ones. This discussion will talk honestly and how the SDP can
help support all participants

  • Supportive Technology 
Find out about purchasing technology to help you live independently/meet
your goals through the SDP

5:00 pm Reception and Celebration

6:00 pm
Performance of Identity: The Musical 
  • A musical about self-determination featuring music and rap written by the participants of The Miracle Project, an inclusive theater program for individuals of all abilities
 
7:30 pm
SILENT DISCO!
  • Have a blast and be self-determined at this dance party where everyone will use headsets, listen to different channels of music, and dance together


Saturday, November 16, 2019

8 – 9 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

All Day
Self-Advocate Micro-Enterprise Fair
  • Self-advocates will promote the small businesses they have and conference attendees will have the opportunity to purchase products, such as baked goods, jewelry, art, and other goods and services

Networking Expo
  • Meet individuals and organizations that can assist you with the Self-Determination Program, such as Financial Management Services, Independent Facilitators, service providers, advocates, and others

Scavenger Hunt
  • Participate in a fun and interesting scavenger hunt to meet others at the conference who can help you with the Self-Determination Program and win you a prize!

9 am
Experience the Principles of Self-Determination Breakouts
RESPONSIBILITY!
This includes the ability of participants to take responsibility for decisions in their own lives and to be accountable for the use of public dollars, and to accept a valued role in their community through, for example, competitive employment, organizational affiliations, spiritual development, and general caring of others in their community.

  • Self-Determination Assisting with Transitions
Explore how the SDP can help with assisting with transitions out of school and into adulthood, out of developmental centers and congregate settings, and into life as an older adult

  • Employment, Micro-Enterprises
Learn about how the SDP can help find unique employment opportunities or help you start a business

  • Making the World a Better Place: Volunteerism, Worship, Voting, and Community Participation
This session will feature self-determination participants, family members, and professionals who understand the importance of using the SDP to become full community members and enjoy a full life

  • All Together Now! The Rules Requiring Integration in the Self-Determination Program
The SDP requires that all services allow full access to the community. Find out
what this means and how the SDP can facilitate inclusion from experts and self-
advocates

  • Supported Decision-Making For parents of teenagers or young adults who are not conserved
This session is limited to 15 parents who will participate in a focus group on supported decision-making. Parents will receive a gift card for their participation. Advance registration required and coming soon

10:30 am
Preparing for the Self-Determination Program: Self-Determination Stations
Get a “passport” stamped at each station as you learn techniques to be
active and healthy citizens, manage workers, and make sure staff
understand how you want to be supported. The stations include:

  • One-Page Profiles
  • Supported Decision-Making Documents
  • Communication Dictionary
  • My Expectations for My Support Staff
  • Circles of Support
  • Voter registration
  • Creating Healthy menus
  • Keep moving and staying healthy
  • Video modeling

Supported Decision-Making Session En Español - for parents of
teenagers or young adults who are not conserved
This session is limited to 15 parents who will participate in a focus group on
supported decision-making. Parents will receive a gift card for their
participation. Advance registration required and coming soon.

Networking Sessions
  1. Regional Center Self-Determination Local Advisory Committees
  2. Independent Facilitators and Service Coordinators
  3. Self-Advocates

12:00 pm Buffet Lunch

1:00 pm
Experience the Principles of Self-Determination Breakouts
CONFIRMATION!
This includes the critical role of participants and their families in making decisions in their own lives and designing and operating the system on which they rely.

  • It’s About Us: Models of Self-Advocate Leadership
Amazing self-advocate leaders will present about how they are leading others
and contributing to making their own lives and others’ better

  • Preventing Abuse: Ensuring Safety in the SDP
Experts on preventing abuse of people with developmental disabilities will
present the measures that can be put in place to protect participants in the SDP

  • Can the SDP Help to Reduce Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities? (With Spanish interpretation)
Since individual budgets are based on previous expenses and people of color
experience significant disparities in the amount of services received, how can
we ensure that these disparities are not perpetuated in the SDP?

  • Your Local Resource: The Self-Determination Local Advisory Committees
The ultimate part of the Confirmation principle is that self-advocates, with
support from families, design and operate the system on which they rely – and
that means the local advisory committees at every regional centers. Hear from
the chairs of some of these committees about their oversight role

  • Rethinking Conservatorship in the Context of Self-Determination: Supported Decision-Making in the SDP
Conservatorship and self-determination can sometimes contradict one another,
as the person’s choices should be paramount. Learn about an alternative to
conservatorship called Supported Decision-Making and how you can make it
work 

2:30 pm
Making Sure Self-Determination Is Working: Oversight and Evaluation
  • The final panel includes individuals who are leaders in legislative and statewide organizations who are responsible for oversight and evaluation of the self-determination program to ensure it is implemented correctly 

4:00 pm . Conference ends
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Disability Voices United is a statewide advocacy organization directed by and for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.
We advocate for:
  • Choice and control over our lives,
  • Meaningful outcomes that matter to us, and
  • Systems that are equitable and accountable to us.