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Monday, November 3, 2014

Early Registration/Welcome 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Dinner on your own)

$50.00 Registration fee is required for all attendees, including personal assistants. Financial assistance for registration fee is available. (Please mail or fax your registration if you are requesting a Stipend.)

Attending this event gives your permission for your photo or video to be in brochures, websites, etc. If you do not want your picture taken and published, please contact Janet Donahue at 815-464-1832. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Registration, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Entertainment included

8:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15 a.m. -  General Session 1

Keynote Speakers: Bridget Brown - "YOU ARE MAGNIFICENT- Share Your Story with the World!!!"

Bridget has her own consulting and public speaking organization called BUTTERFLIES FOR CHANGE. She believes that all people are magnificent just the way they are. Bridget helped develop a public speaker's training program for individuals with Down Syndrome through the National Association for Down Syndrome. Training others to speak out on behalf of themselves and on behalf of all people who are left out is one of her greatest accomplishments. Bridget has invited other magnificent people to join her to share their amazing adventures: Jessica Martin, Kelly Neville and Aubrie Westmass.

10:45-11:45 a.m. - 

"News Services & Advocacy Options" presented by Jennifer Knapp and Tara Wickey

"WHO Am I? Who Are You?" presented by Stephanie Campbell and Shirley Paceley

"WERQ" presented by Rebecca Romberger

"Going Home: Learn To Take Action" presented by Michelle Arnold and Bridget Brown

"Self-Advocates and Sexuality: We Have Rights!" presented by Susan Kahan, Tia Nelis and Linda Sandman

"Social Media=Self Advocacy=You!" presented by Sarah Armour and JJ Hanley

12:00 -2:00 p.m. - Lunch and Open Mic Session

2:15-3:15 p.m. -

"New Services & Advocacy Opportunities" presented by Jennifer Knapp and Tara Wickey

"What is a Ligas Family Advocate" presented by Missy Kichline

"Transform Your Life Through Exercise" presented by Mike Hanover, Rachel Spidalette, Laura Fine and David Geslak

"Lost Child? The Story of a Sister and Brother" presented by Alyssa Ruzzin

"Self-Advocates and Sexuality: We Have Rights!" presented by Susan Kahan, Tia Nelis and Linda Sandman

"We Love Our Jobs: Our Path to Work!" presented by Julie Halfen and Sarah Weinstein

3:30-5:30 p.m. - Free Time, Including an opportunity for a "Drumming for Health" session by Phyllis Mueller from 3:30-4:15 and 4:45-5:30 

5:30-7:00 p.m. - Dinner: Costumes are encouraged at the Dinner and the Dance!

7:30-10:0 p.m. - Entertainment - Dance: DJ Barry Jones, and Wii Game Entertainment System - (Optional Cash bar) 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Breakfast and Lunch included

8:00 a.m. - Hot Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - General Session 2

"Going Home in Illinois" - Special Guest:  Kevin Casey, Director of Developmental Disabilities, DHS

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon - 

"I Can Do it Myself: Case Examples Using Mobile Technology" presented by Kathy Hooyenga and Patricia Politano

"Diversity of People with Disabilities-I'm Cool. You're Coll. We Are Cool!" presented by Candace Coleman and Fulani Thrasher

"Hello, Mr. Legislator...Let's Talk" presented by Susy Woods

"Transition, Inclusion, Independence and Lewis & Clark Community College" presented by Martie Buck and Kathy Haberer

"Why Couldn't I Have My Own Apartment?-Creating Supportive Housing" presented by John Fallon and Stephanie Sideman

"Understanding and Managing Your Government Benefits" presented by Sherri Schneider

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00-2:00 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Chris Errera -- "U and I: Unique and Incredible!"

Individuals born with physical or developmental differences are constantly reminded by society that they are different from everyone else. People who will be tested by health or psychological problems during their lives have been conditioned to think that their new challenges will make them less than the person they were before. Chris Errera has lived a life of being physically different than most. He has overcome obstacles on a daily basis and will share his views on how we all must embrace our uniqueness and show the world all our incredible talents. We are ALL special. We ALL have dreams. Listen as Chris talks about his journey and be prepared to be inspired to follow your own individual paths in life.

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