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Monday, November 2, 2015

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 3, 2015

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: Zach Zaborny - "Education of An Aspie: College Through My Eyes"

Learn about Zach Zaborny, a young adult with Asperger's Syndrome, his upbringing, initial diagnosis and his experiences in college including academics, social skills/relationships and extracurricular activities. Obtain Zaborny's five main keys to college success for people with autism. A question and answer session with the audience will end the presentation.

10:45-11:45 a.m. - 

"Acting B-A-D: A Patient Advocacy Strategy" presented by Andres Gallegos

"Woo Hoo...I've Got a Job Interview! Now What?" presented by Krescene Beck

"WERQ" presented by Rebecca Romberger

"Living in My Own Home with Supports" presented by John Fallon and Stephanie Sideman

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

"All About Operation: Community Access" presented by Megan Norlin and Tara Wickey

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

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

"The Power of Your Vote" presented by Stephanie Campbell, Cheryl Jansen and Leanne Roth

"How We Live in the Community" presented by Missy Kichline, Sam Kichline, Sarah Shobe and Michelle Spurlock

"That's a WRAP" presented by Amy Foster

"Living on Your own: Challenging, a Little Scary but FUN!" presented by Annie Niswander and Vicki Niswander

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

"All About Operation: Community Access" presented by Megan Norlin and Tara Wickey

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  OR watch the movie "Where Hope Grows"

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 4, 2015

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:  Greg Fenton, 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

"The 7 Steps: Talking to Lawmakers Made Easy" presented by Adam Ballard

"The Power of Support: The Role of Peer Mentors in Student Success" presented by Anita Moore

"Life Choices Initiative" presented by Mary Spriggs-Ploessl

"Use the Internet to Speak Up and Self-Advocate: Your Voice for Change Could Be a Winner!" presented by Sarah Amour and JJ Hanley

"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: David DeSanctis--
"Up, Up and Away!"

David grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, the youngest of five children. He had his premiere acting role in a feature film made in the fall of 2013. David had the second leading role in the movie, "Where Hope Grows", which had a national release in the Spring of 2015. While in high school, he was very involved in sports and the morning TV broadcast where he co-anchored the news and had a monthly cooking segment. This is what fueled David's interest in acting. David was also on the microphone for local events that supported people with Down Syndrome, like David.

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