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February 7, 2015  
3rd Annual Education Conference

Registration - 2015 Conference

Schedule Posted!

Conference Brochure

$40/pp includes breakfast and lunch, handouts, keynote address, nine breakout sessions, exhibitors, networking and CEUs. Scholarships available upon request

Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump

2015 Keynote Speaker: 

Dan Habib, Creator of Including Samuel and Filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey?, both nominated for Emmys, Restraint and Seclusion Hear our Stories, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a Filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. While working at the Institute on Disability, Habib has screened his films leading discussions about the challenges and benefits of inclusive education and related topics.Habib recently produced the SWIFT in 60 videos that portray educational practices in inclusive schools for the SWIFT Center.

Before joining UNH in 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor (NH). In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord New Hampshire with their sons, Isaiah and Samuel.

Breakout Sessions (as of 1/29/15): 

"Visions of Inclusion-Evidence Based Practices in Real Schools" - Dan Habib

"ABCs of Behavior" - Michelle Moore, Friendations

"Curriculum Modifications That Support Inclusive Learning" - Liz Altieri, Radford University and Mary Evans and Katie McDaniel, Montgomery County Schools, VA

"Inclusion Panel - Educator, Parent and Student Experiences" - various parents, educators and self-advocate from Virginia

"Journey to Adulthood: Puberty and Sexuality" - Artina Norris, PEATC

"Pathways to Graduation-A Primer on Diplomas, Assessments and Credit Accommodations" - Juliet Hiznay, J.D. Hiznay PLLC

"I'm Determined" - VDOE T/TAC at VCU

"Let's Be Friends" - Best Buddies Virginia and Special Olympics Project Unify

        "Literacy and Visuals - Make-It" - VDOE T/TAC at VCU

Lunch Speaker:

Candace Whiting, Self-advocate from Woodsboro, Maryland

Want to sponsor the conference ( Sponsor Information)? Contact Nancy Neitman at golfingal11@aol.com

Want to exhibit at the conference ( Exhibitor Information)? Contact dsagrexhibitor@gmail.com

Want to volunteer at our conference? Contact Meg Rapelye at dsagrvolunteers@gmail.com

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Arc of Northern Virginia
Camp Virginia Jaycee
Camp Easter Seals
Center for Family Involvement
Children's Hospital
Commonwealth Community Trust
Choice Group
Dominion Waiver Services
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond
Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads
Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Richmond Autism Integration Network (RAIN)
Skills Development Center
TNT Transportation
Virginia Department of Education 
Wall Residences

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2014 Education Conference a Huge Success!

2014 Event  Photo Gallery

The 2nd Annual Education Conference "From Possabilities to Practical Applications" held at the Hilton in Short Pump on February 1, 2014 was successful at enlightening and empowering more than 240 parents, self-advocates, and educational professionals who attended the event. Over 95% of attendees rated the conference as "highly satisfied or satisified" and would come to the conference next year! Attendees enjoyed the variety of topics on inclusion, behavior, diploma options, IEPs, person-first language, friendships and make and take it and of course, our self-advocates that joined us for lunch! Parents and educators and other professionals were networking with each other and took time to visit the 22 exhibitors. Attendees said:

" we enjoyed networking with parents and educators"

 "great caliber of presenters"

 "rejuvenated for the upcoming IEP",

"positive feeling about the future"

We hope this opportunity also afforded you a chance to make new connections. We value your participation and look forward to staying in touch as DSAGR grows this conference every year.





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