2017 LEAD! Conference Breakout Session and Lunch Announcement

April 4, 2017

Lunch at the Conference

Conference attendees will receive regular lunch unless a dietary restriction is noted during registration:


Panko herb crusted chicken breast with Vidalia onion gruyere cheese sauces, seasonal vegetable medley, and duchess potatoes. If you do not list any dietary restrictions on your registration, then you will receive this option.


Ratatouille tarte.

All meals will be served with arugula and spinach salad, carmelized apple custard tarte, and bread.

If you need a gluten or nut free meal or have other dietary restrictions, please indicate on registration.

Morning Breakout Sessions

                              11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Commissioners Roundtable


Speakers: Commissioner Elin Howe – DDS, Acting Commissioner Kasper Goshgarian – MRC, Commissioner Heidi Reed – MCDHH, and Deputy Commissioner John Oliveira – MCB 

Designed for: Everyone

Description:  Speakers will discuss priorities at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB). 

Maximizing Community for Individuals Aging with I/DD 

ROOM A -- 1.2

Speakers: Marylouise Gamache (Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs), Sharon Oxx (DDS), Ann Shor (Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs), Christine Clifford (CDDER/UMASS) 

Designed for: Executives, directors, managers, and direct support professionals

Description: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience unique, complex age-related issues, including dementia-related disorders at earlier ages than the general population. Led by DDS, a multidisciplinary work group of disability and aging related partners have addressed the changing needs of those aging with I/DD. A partner in the work group, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), will inform participants about the Massachusetts No Wrong Door (NWD) model, MassOptions, and the Aging and Disability Resource Consortia (ADRC), which provide streamlined access to long-term service and supports (LTSS) for older adults, persons with disabilities, and caregivers. 

Autism and Mental Health


Speakers: Cynthia McKinley (Independent consultant and trainer)

Designed for: Directors, managers, clinicians, human resource professionals, and direct support Professionals

Description: Presentation provides a way of looking at mental health disorders in the context of autism. Participants will learn about various mental health conditions, often co-occurring with autism. Criteria will be presented for determining if a particular behavior is related to autism or a co-occurring condition. Participants will also learn to describe some treatment interventions for adults with autism and co-occurring conditions.

Human Guide and Disability Etiquette

ROOM B -- 1.4

Speakers: Adelaida McIntire & Stephen Jordan (Massachusetts Association for the Blind)

Designed for: Directors, managers, human resource professionals, clinicians, and direct support professionals

Description:  Human Guide is a technique used when traveling with someone who is blind or has a visual impairment.   When used properly, this technique can promote safety, stability, and allow the person being guided to become a more active participant in their own travel.  Learn how to implement this important technique and experience it for yourself. Under the supervision of the presenters, attendees will be encouraged to try this skill using a sleepshade that fully occludes vision.  In addition, attendees will gain information on the most common visual impairments among elders and learn about developmental disability etiquette. 

Developing and Maintaining Social Networks after an Acquired Communication Impairment

ROOM C -- 1.5

Speakers: Mary Deyo (Berkshire County Arc)

Designed for: Directors, managers, human resource professionals, clinicians, and direct support professionals

Description: Presenters will share a framework used for small and large social groups in an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program. Small group includes augmentative and alternative communication; enhanced social vocabulary; and skills for initiating, developing, and maintaining social relationships. Large groups focus on awareness of audience and setting, building trust, planning, problem-solving, and building support systems. A variety of technology is utilized within the program and will be discussed. Following this workshop, participants will be able to determine who should be included in social thinking groups and activities, as well as resources, activities, and technology that can be used to support aforementioned groups.

Service Access for Culturally Diverse Families goes beyond Translation and Interpretation

ROOM D -- 1.6

Speakers: Oanh Bui, MHA, MA (Federation for Children with Special Needs), Ralph Edwards, MPH, MA (TASH President)

Designed for: Executives, directors, managers, human resource professionals, clinicians, and direct support professionals

Description: Navigating systems of care is so daunting that many families coming from culturally linguistically diverse (CLD) do not know where to turn. The cultural brokering model has become a widespread, best practice model in bridging communication and cultural gaps. This interactive workshop will (1) explore the complexity of needs of CLD families; (2) review different perspectives that impact services access for CLD families; (3) review the cultural brokering model - a best practice model in addressing service access gap for CLD families; and (4) discuss approaches to support CLD families in inclusive communities.

Panel: ADDP's Contemporary Practices in DD Leadership and Management Course

ROOM E -- 1.7

Speakers: Karen Flippo (Institute for Community Inclusion), Bonnie Hungler (Bridgewell), Jessica Primo (Bridgewell) and Jeffrey Gentry (Triangle)

Design for: Executives, directors, program managers and human resource professionals

Description: Students of ADDP/University of Massachusetts Boston's Contemporary Practices in DD Leadership and Management course will participate in a panel discussion about the course and its impact upon their career and that of their organization. Participants will also learn key takeaways from the program and why a person should participate in the program.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

                           2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Move to Work

ROOM A -- 2.1

Speakers: Patricia Robinson (Human Resources Unlimited)  

Designed for: Directors, program managers, and direct support professionals

Description: A unique, innovative job-readiness program designed for individuals with developmental disabilities, Move to Work, will be explored. It teaches job readiness skills and seeks to increase job retention rates, expand employment options, and improve overall quality of life by integrating physical activity within the learning environment. The holistic approach of Move To Work results in more effective and positive outcomes for its participants. Its platform is based on the latest research that indicates the positive effects that exercise and movement have on the brain. The Move To Work program is also delivered in a unique way using “active learning.”

Disability Benefits and Employment: You Can Work! 

ROOM B -- 2.2

Speakers: Barbara Lee (BenePlan, UMass Med)

Designed for: Directors, managers, clinicians, and direct support professionals 

Description: Speaker will cover the most frequently asked questions regarding work and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits: What are the Social Security Disability programs?; How can I verify the Social Security benefit programs?; How does work income impact SSI and SSDI?; What are Social Security work incentives and how can they help?; Can an individual work and keep health insurance?; If an individual loses benefits, can they get them back?; What happens to public benefits?; What are the reporting requirements and is there benefits counseling available? Participants will leave the session with an ability to identify the SSI and SSDI programs and their components and how to obtain resources to assist throughout the process.

Technology and Community Training to Maximize Functional Outcomes

ROOM C -- 2.3

Speakers: Kevin Berner and MaryEllen MacRae (Easter Seals Massachusetts) 

Design for: Executives, directors, managers, clinicians, and direct support professionals

Description: First identifying appropriate assistive technology (AT) and then integrating its use into a client's daily life is challenging. This workshop provides a background to the selection of AT for individuals with autism or developmental disabilities and the integration of the technology with independent living and employment goals using community-based activities.

Exciting, Healthy, and Nutritious: Summer Meals


Speakers: Gina Shulimson (Essence of Thyme Cafe and Catering, TILL Inc.)

Designed for: All

Description: Eating healthy is easy and fun! Join TILL's Essence of Thyme Cafe and Catering chef for a NEW take on refreshing soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts using delectable fresh ingredients in surprising ways.  Gina Shulimson, ETC Program Manager and le Cordon Bleu trained chef, will demonstrate easy recipes and techniques for adding taste and nutrition to your plate.  Recipes provided are sure to be a mouthwatering addition to your summertime menu. Seating limited to 25 people

Social Inclusion Policy and Community Supports in Action 

ROOM E -- 2.5

Speakers: Jennifer Campbell (New England Business Associates), Larry Tummino (DDS), & Emily Lauer (CDDER/UMASS)

Designed for: Executives, directors, managers, and direct support professionals

Description: The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) expects that services provided to people should enhance opportunities to participate in the community and form friendships. Acknowledging that there may be regulations, policies, and practices that are obstacles to social inclusion, DDS, together with the University of Massachusetts, explored people’s experiences with social inclusion and making friends through a series of focus groups and interviews. DDS will present its draft social inclusion policy. In addition, New England Business Associates (NEBA) will demonstrate examples of their expectation of direct support staff working entirely in the community.



Speaker: Jayne Carney & Gary Carney (Zumba with Jayne)

Designed for: All

Description:  This session will demonstrate how modification, encouragement and great music can help build confidence and make people with all abilities love to exercise! This is a low-impact, easy-to-follow dance class featuring Latin and International rhythms, as well as some Pop songs. Jayne Carney teaches modified Zumba classes to participants with special needs. Comfortable clothing, sneakers, and water are recommended, but not required.

Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Managed Care Organization (MCO), and the LTSS Community Partner (CP) Program

ROOM D -- 2.7

Speakers:  Chris White (Road To Responsibility, ADDP Board Member & Chair of ADDP Managed Care Committee), Jeff Keilson (Advocates & ADDP Managed Care Committee Member) & Jennifer Higgins ADDP, Director of Research & Policy)

Designed for:  Executives, senior management, development or grant writing personnel, and other interested parties

Description: Speakers will educate disability providers about the new ACO pilot program in Massachusetts, including most recent updates, as well as provide information about elements of the new long-term services and supports (LTSS) Community Partner (CP) request for response (RFR) due by May 31, 2017.  Elements of the ACO-MCOs that will be reviewed include: a brief overview of ACO/MCO; the most recent updates on the entities; how services will be funded, authorized, and executed; and the way in which service providers will work with the ACOs/MCOs third party administrator (TPA) and CPs.  Some areas speakers will describe and discuss about CPs include: what it is and how many are allowed; the expected authority and effectiveness; how to effectively work with CPs; preparation of organizations to work with CPs; interaction with CPs and what participation may mean for LTSS providers; and the ways in which individuals served will be impacted.