Alliance for Full Participation
Real Jobs:  It's Everyone's Business
Nov 17-19, 2011, Gaylord National Harbor

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The Alliance for Full Participation's November 17-19, 2011 Summit:  Real Jobs--It's Everyone's Business, will be an historic convening of the leadership of the intellectual and developmental disability community. 

The Alliance Summit will bring together proactive leaders from around the country, who will gather to share ideas, generate action plans and collectively commit to making the goal of doubling integrated employment for people with IDD a reality by the year 2015.  Here's who is taking part:
  • 15 national organizations.
  • 48 state teams.
  • Self advocates from around the country.
  • Over 130 expert speakers.
  • Employment leaders from Bank of America, Lowes, Walgreens, Home Depot, JW Winco, Acadia Windows and Doors, and Country Inn, St. Marys. 
  • CNN Special Correspondent Frank Sesno, who will lead a high energy, highly engaging Town Hall on the issues and stumbling blocks that keep us from our goal. 
  • State and federal policy leaders including Senator Tom Harkin (invited), Utah State Senator Menlove, representatives from the Department of Labor, ODEP, HHS, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. 
  • Family members, providers, researchers, direct support professionals,  employers, policy makers, and program leaders. In short, everyone who shares a commitment and a passion for making the Alliance's vision of full integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a reality. 

In these economic times, employment matters more than ever.  The Alliance Summit is about action.  How will we, as a community, come together to ensure that integrated employment is a reality for all people with disabilities?  Idea sharing, networking opportunities and a closing session that will result in actionable plans on a national, state and individual level all ensure that this meeting will have lasting impact.

Join with the Alliance for Full Participation, and be part of the movement to double integrated employment for people with IDD. 

Real Jobs--It's Everyone's Business!

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Look Who's Talking
The Alliance's roster of speakers is a Who's Who of all those committed to full participation. 


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)  is best known for his signature legislative achievement-The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA has broken down barriers, created

Senator Tom Harkin photo

opportunities and transformed lives, providing opportunity and access for more than 50 million Americans with disabilities. Senator Harkin is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, working to guarantee that our economy works for all Americans. Senator Harkin has been invited to present at AFP's opening plenary session. 


William E. Kiernan is the Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion (UniversityCenter on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) and Research Professor in the Graduate College of Education and the McCormack School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.William Kiernan, ICI photo The author of more than 125 articles and reports in the field of disabilities with a specific emphasis on transition, employment, public policy development, workforce development and systemic change, and the member of several national boards, Bill will provide an overview of the current state of employment and the challenges that keep AFP from its goal.


Sharon Lewis Commissioner of ADD photoSharon Lewis is Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.  The recipient of numerous awards, Sharon has also worked extensively on the state level, working on public policy for the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition and for the Arc. She served as the co-chair of the Oregon Family Action Coalition Team, founded and managed the Oregon Partners in Policymaking Program.


David M. Mank is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. In addition, he is aDavid Mank Photograph Professor in the School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. As a writer and researcher, David has a long background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities, authoring or coauthoring more than one hundred articles or book chapters. His interests have long included quality improvement, organizational change and transition of persons with disabilities from school to work and adult lifeDavid will close the Summit by leading a call to commitment.    


Julie Petty has played a leading role in building the self-advocacy movement in Arkansas and across the country. Julie Petty photographShe was state coordinator of People First of Arkansas from 1998 to 2007, and served as chair of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) from 2006 to 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and holds a degree in journalism. She is a consultant with Human Service Research Institute (HSRI), and has led projects on self-advocacy and youth leadership.  Julie currently works for the Arkansas UCEDD, Partners for Inclusive Communities as a project trainer.  Julie will open the AFP Summit with a call to action on "Why Employment Matters".


Frank Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, former CNN Senior Vice President and Washington bureau chief, and hostFrank Sesno photo and creator of a user-driven web site and PBS program addressing energy and global environmental issues. A former anchor, White House correspondent and interview host with CNN, Sesno is also a nationally-renowned moderator, engaging some of the world's leading personalities. From five American presidents, to Yasser Arafat, Margret Thatcher and Walter Cronkite, Sesno has spoken with some of the most influential people of our time. Sesno will once again serve as the moderator for AFP's Town Hall.


Mike Shriver is Business Support Executive for Bank of America's Global Corporate Social Responsibility Team, responsible for managing key operational, business, support Mike Shriver Bank of America photoand strategic issues including support. He is responsible for managing the Support Services business operation for the bank, which provides in sourcing products and services to the company, while employing nearly 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities. Shriver began his career working with individuals with intellectual disabilities in 1977 and served as Chief Executive Officer of Penn-Mar Organization. Shriver will present the employer's perspective at the Town Hall.


Tim Shriver is the Chairman, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics, serving 3.1 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 175 countries.Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics photo Shriver has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on respect, acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities, by creating exciting new initiatives in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education and family support. Shriver is a powerful and vocal advocate for the IDD community, frequently testifying before Congress and appearing on "The Today Show", CNN, MTV and "A World of Difference", and producing or co-producing films including "The Ringer", "Amistad", "The Loretta Claiborne Story". Shriver will speak about the power of vision and purpose at our plenary session.


Paul Wehman is a Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, Chairman of Rehabilitation Research and Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling. He pioneered the development of supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and has been heavily involved in the use of supported employment with people who have severe disabilities, such as those with severe mental retardation, brain injury, spinal cord injury or autism.




Additional Presenters, Moderators and Facilitators
  • Tamara Amsbaugh, UCEDD, Iowa
  • Penni Baker, AHEDD
  • Steve Beck, National Down Syndrome Society/Down Syndrome Alliance of Northern Virginia
  • Sherry Becker, NIVC Services, Inc.
  • Jane Boone, Washington Department of Social and Health Services
  • Jennifer Briggs, Briggs and Associates, Inc.
  • Jana Brule, Berkshire Rides
  • John Butterworth, Institute for Community Inclusion, Univ. of Mass.
  • Chris Button, The Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • Michael Callahan, Marc Gold Associates
  • Macey Chovaz, Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc.,
  • Neill Christopher, Acadia Windows and Doors
  • Rob Cimera, Kent State University
  • Maria Cordova, Adelante Development Center, Inc.
  • Doug Crandell, Institute on Human Development and Disability, GA UCEDD
  • Dan Davies Davies, AbleLink Technologies
  • Tobey Davies, University of New Hampshire
  • Annette Downey, Community Living Services of Oakland County
  • Joanna Falcone, The Arc Baltimore
  • Tami Fenner, Em and Jerri's Coffee Shop
  • Adrian Forsythe, Self Advocate, George Mason University
  • Jim Gardner, CQL| The Council on Quality and Leadership
  • Jade Gingerich, Maryland Department of Disabilities
  • Gail Godwin, Shared Support,, Maryland
  • Howard Green, Bridges to Business, NOD
  • Meg Grigal, Think College
  • Teresa Grossi, UCEDD, IN
  • David Hammis, Griffin-Hammis
  • Julie Hand, Division of Developmental Disabilities, SD
  • Johnette Hartnett, National Disability Institute
  • Kelly Hastings, Senate HELP Committee, Minority Staff
  • Emilea Hillman, Em and Jerri's Coffee Shop
  • David Hoff, Institute for Community Inclusion, Univ. of Mass.
  • Jill Houghton, US Business Leadership Network
  • Suzy Hutcheson, Helping People Succeed
  • Andy Imparato, Senate HELP Committee, Majority Staff
  • Margo Vreeburg Izzo, Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Carolyn Jeskey, Community Transportation Assoc. of America
  • Jennifer Joyce, The Arc of New Jersey
  • Lisa Kelley, Country Inn , St. Mary's MD
  • Rie Kennedy-Lizotte, NASDDDS
  • Bill Kiernan, Institute for Community Inclusion, Univ. of Mass.
  • Craig Knutson,
  • Kathy Krepcio, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
  • Dylan Kueh, DK Arts
  • Charlie Lakin (Introduction to topic/Moderator) Lakin, The Research and Training Center on Community Living, Univ. of MN
  • Ron Landsman, National Key Opinion Leader on Special Needs Trusts
  • Ashlea Lantz, Em and Jerri's Coffee Shop
  • Bob Lawhead, Colorado Project Search and Community Link
  • Jay Lettow, Arc of Story County
  • Richard Leucking, TransCen, Inc.
  • Commissioner Sharon Lewis, Administration on Dev't. Disabilities
  • Kathy Lobb, Kansas Self Advocacy
  • Joe Longcor, Michigan Medicaid Infrastructure Grant
  • Serena Lowe, National Disability Institute
  • Debra Martin Luecking, TransCen, Inc.
  • Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc.
  • David Mank, University of Indiana, School of Education
  • Rosa McAllister, Networks for Training and Development, Inc
  • Shaun McGill, The Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • Jim Meehan, KFI, Maine
  • Rosie Melarkey, Nevada Division of Mental Health & Developmental Services
  • Lisa Mills, Wisconsin Medicaid Infrastructure Grant
  • Michael Morris, National Disability Institute
  • Mary Alice Mowry, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Bob Nicholas, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
  • Rocky Nichols, Disability Rights Center of Kansas
  • Bob Niemiec, MN Employment First Coalition
  • Meg O'Connell, National Organization on Disability
  • Rik Opstelten, Easter Seals Project Action
  • Laura Owens, APSE
  • Wendy Parent, University of Kansas
  • Jeanine Pavlak, New England Business Associates 
  • Renee L. Pietrangelo, PhD., ANCOR 
  • Mary Beth Popchock, Lakeside Curative Services
  • Nanette Relave, American Public Human Services Association
  • Jane Rhys, Kansas DD Council
  • Matt Rice, Shared Support,, Maryland
  • Curtis Richards, Ctr. For Workforce Dev., Institute for Educ. Leadership
  • Erin Riehle, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Pat Rogan, Indiana University School of Education
  • Linda Rolfe, Washington Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Fredda Rosen, Job Path
  • Debra Martin Russell, Walgreens
  • Millie Ryan, Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education
  • Tony Sampson, Home Depot
  • Bob Sexton, Cerebral Palsy Center of Knoxville
  • Mike Shriver, Bank of America
  • Russsell Sickles, Job Squad, Inc.
  • Jeff Strully, Jay Nolan Community Services
  • Marcia Tewell, Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Ricardo Thornton, DC Public Library 
  • John Toppi, Toppi Creative Cards and Crafts
  • Barb Trader, TASH
  • Pam Walker, Syracuse University
  • Nancy Ward, The Medicaid Reference Desk
  • Carol Wayman, The Corporation for Enterprise Development
  • Liz Weintraub, CQL|The Council on Quality and Leadership
  • Paul Wheman, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Phil Wilson, UCEDD, LA



Don't miss this historic event.  Make your plans now to attend.


Real Jobs--It's Everyone's Business


November 17-19, 2011


Gaylord National Harbor, National Harbor


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Save $25 by registering for the Alliance for Full Participation Summit by the Early Bird Deadline of July 31, 2011.

Self advocates, family members, direct support professionals and students receive an additional $100 off registration fees.

All discounts will be automatically applied during the online registration process.


Offer Expires:  July 31, 2011