Michigan Alliance for Families is very proud of our webinar series. A webinar is an online presentation you can attend without having to leave your home or office. It’s like having an opportunity to hear an expert speak on a topic you are interested in at anytime. Our 2014 webinar series will focus on the topic of transitioning to adulthood.
March 20 “Person Centered Planning” with Sally Burton Hoyle, Eastern Michigan University Professor, noon to 1pm. This webinar will focus on Person Centered Planning, a problem-solving process used to help people with disabilities plan for their future and define the direction of their lives. Person Centered Planning can be used to develop personal relationships, participate in their community, increase control over their own lives, and develop the skills and abilities needed to achieve these goals. WEBINAR FLYER Register
March 27 “Self-Determination: Building a Successful Future for People with Disabilities” with Angela Martin from Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University, noon to 1pm. This presentation will describe the movement and principles of self-determination. This webinar will also provide an overview of arrangements that support self-determination and how they allow people to control their resources from the community mental health system. WEBINAR FLYER Register
April 3 “Transition Overview” with Kelly Orginski from Michigan Alliance for Families, noon to 1pm. Kelly will provide basic information for parents to help young adults plan for a successful transition to adulthood, including rights and responsibilities. This includes tools for Person Centered Planning, Self-Determination and the use of transition assessments to guide the Individualized Education Program (IEP). WEBINAR FLYER Register
April 17 “Transition and the Law” with Mark McWilliams from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, noon to 1pm. Almost all students in special education are entitled to prevocational, vocational and transition planning and services. The school should offer assessment and services to help your child prepare for life after school, including work and other community activities. The school must include transition goals and services in a student’s IEP. Mark will explain the options, steps and timelines involved in transitioning from public schools. WEBINAR FLYER Register
April 24 “Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination” (Part 1) with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, noon to 1pm. This presentation will provide participants with a long-term view of the consequences of establishing guardianship. It will cover alternative and empowering ways to address the barriers and circumstances which will inevitably face students with a cognitive or intellectual disability as well as those with communication difficulties as they move into the adult world. This two hour presentation has been divided into 2 webinars. This is part 1 of 2. WEBINAR FLYER Register
May 1 “Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination” (Part 2) with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, noon to 1pm. This presentation will provide participants with a long-term view of the consequences of establishing guardianship. It will cover alternative and empowering ways to address the barriers and circumstances which will inevitably face students with a cognitive or intellectual disability as well as those with communication difficulties as they move into the adult world. This two hour presentation has been divided into 2 webinars. This is part 2 of 2. WEBINAR FLYER Register
May 8 “Ask the Expert” with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, 1pm-2pm. Dohn will be with us for the entire hour, answering your questions about alternatives to guardianship. Questions may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line: Ask the Expert. Please note this webinar deviates from our regular time and will broadcast from 1pm-2pm. WEBINAR FLYER Register
May 15 “Transition IEP Alignment with Other Transition Planning Instruments” with Cheryl Levine from Michigan Special Education Mediation Program, noon to 1pm. Reduce duplication of work by learning how the transition IEP requirements can draw from other mandatory planning tools for students. Collaborative opportunities and prior assessment instruments will be identified to provide a framework for robust conversations around transition planning for students. WEBINAR FLYER Register
May 22 “Agency Support/Services Overview- CMH, DHS, MRS” with Sherri Boyd from The Arc Michigan and Michigan Alliance for Families, noon to 1pm. This webinar will highlight the most valuable supports/services available to adults with disabilities from agencies here in Michigan- including Community Mental Health, Department of Human Services, and Michigan Rehabilitation Services. This webinar will not address eligibility. WEBINAR FLYER Register
We have archived/recorded topics related to the questions our staff encounter most frequently. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators.
We partner with experts from across the state to present “live” webinars at specific times. Webinars are archived (saved) for future viewing and are available with accompanying handouts. Each webinar is listed below.