Welcome to this year's Virtual Family Connect Summit, presented by ADAPT Community Network! Captions are available for all sessions in English, Spanish, and Chinese.


Join Edward R. Matthews and elected officials from the City and the State of New York, in a discussion about programs and policies addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

WATCH NOW (English Subtitles) Watch with Spanish subtitles >> Watch with Chinese subtitles >> PRESENTERS: Edward Matthews, CEO, Adapt Community Network, and Senator Gillibrand

Parent Advocacy: Now More Important Than Ever

Join us for this special panel of five diverse and accomplished parents as they share their experiences in advocating for their loved one and the special needs community. Learn how you too can successfully advocate for your family and initiate change in the lives of varied members of the special needs community.

PRESENTERS: Elly Rufer, Kerbanoo D’Rozario, Kim Madden, Kpana Kpoto, and Paola Jordan

¡Bienvenido a la Conferencia Virtual de Family Connect de este año, presentada por ADAPT Community Network! Los subtítulos están disponibles para todas las sesiones en inglés, español y chino.


Únase a Edward R. Matthews y funcionarios electos de la Ciudad y el Estado de Nueva York, en una discusión sobre programas y políticas que abordan las necesidades de las personas con discapacidades.

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Presentadores: Edward Matthews, CEO, Adapt Community Network, e invitado(s)

欢迎参加今年的虚拟家庭连接峰会,由 ADAPT 社区网络介绍!字幕可用于所有英语、西班牙语和中文课程



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A) Benefits and Entitlements for People with Disabilities

Learn about public benefits and Medicaid Waivers available to people with disabilities so you will have the knowledge to know what your loved ones may be eligible for. PRESENTERS: Lin Perry, Family Project Director, Parent to Parent NYS Benefits & Entitlements for People with Disabilities

Parent Panel-Parent Advocacy:
More Important Now Than Ever

Housing and You

An introduction to the array of housing options and supports available for people with I/DD in New York State. PRESENTERS: Melissa Wilcox, ADAPT Community Network; Carol Lincoln, Adapt Community Network; Linda Schellenberg, Director of Community Services, CFNY Housing Supports TCC Presentation

C) Effective Supervision of Your Child’s Support Staff: A Special Workshop for Parents

Parents will learn how to effectively train staff who work in their child at home to ensure their children will get the most out of the services they receive. PRESENTER: Dr. Eileen Hopkins, Deputy Executive Director at Eden II Programs Effective Supervision Of Your CHild's Support Staff

D) How to Help Children Succeed in School Through Assistive Technology

Learn how assistive technology used to help children with special needs participate more fully in academic activities. PRESENTER: Peter Pitaressi, Director of TRAID/TechWorks, David Carroca, OTR/L, M.Ed (D75- Assistive Technology Director), & Colleen F. Warn, PT, ATP (Director, Center for Assistive Technology, Office of related Services) Lindsey Huntley, AAC/AT Supervisor Center for Assistive Technology NYC DOE AT Teams for ADAPT Intro to AT-TRAID TechWorks  

E) Partnering with Parents: Lessons from the Pandemic (Panel)

Join us for this Ramapo workshop where we will discuss the physical, emotional, and spiritual lessons learned from the pandemic, and discuss the impact the pandemic has had on parent engagement, relationships with community, and the changing expectations in outcomes for students in schools, as well as discuss how we can continue to be stronger, more resilient, more knowledgeable, and more caring individuals. PRESENTER: Evelyn Alvarez, Senior Director, Family Partnerships at Ramapo for Children

F) Promoting Regular Sleep Patterns in Individuals with Autism

Sleep problems are frequently reported in individuals on the autistic spectrum. This session will discuss some common barriers to sleep and a variety of sleep issues that may occur, from difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep to sleeping in the parent’s bed against the parent’s wishes. The session will focus on the importance of the assessment of sleep behavior and the use of a sleep diary. There will be a review of proactive strategies and interventions to promote regular sleep patterns. Data collection and analysis of sleep behavior will be discussed. PRESENTERS: Mary McDonald, PhD, BCBA, Promoting Regular Sleep Patterns In Individual With Autism

G) Understanding Challenging behavior in Individuals with ASD: Developing a Proactive Approach

The focus of this session will be to highlight important assessment considerations when addressing the challenging behaviors of learners with autism spectrum disorders. Attendees will be provided with a myriad of assessment tools and data collection systems to guide them in understanding the functions of challenging behaviors. These tools and strategies are discussed with respect to the subsequent development of comprehensive, individually-tailored, behavioral interventions. Topics including data collection, reinforcement principles, functional behavioral assessment, proactive strategies for prevention of behavior and overcoming common obstacles will be discussed. PRESENTERS: Mary McDonald, PhD, BCBA, Undestanding Challenging Behavior In Individuals With ASD

H) Transition to Adulthood and OPWDD Funded Services: What You Need to Know

This session will review the many OPWDD services available to individuals with I/DD both prior to and after graduation from school, with an emphasis on the different Day Habilitation and Employment service options. We will cover the steps in establishing eligibility for OPWDD services, and how to find the most appropriate services and supports to meet each individual’s needs and wants. Finally, we will provide an overview of how Adapt Community Network’s Adult Learning and Community Connections programs support people in learning new skills, pursuing individual interests and attaining their personal goals and dreams. PRESENTER: Karen Liebman, Coordinator of Operations, Program Services, Kelly Spina, Coordinator of Operations, Adult Day Service & Horatio Woods, Director, Supported Employment, Adapt Community Network Transition to Adulthood

A) Beneficios y Derechos para Personas con Discapacidad

Aprenda sobre los beneficios públicos y las excepciones de Medicaid disponibles para las personas con discapacidades para que tenga el conocimiento para saber para qué pueden ser elegibles sus seres queridos. PRESENTADORAS: Lin Perry, Directora del Proyecto Familiar, Parent to Parent NYS

B) La Vivienda y Usted

Una introducción a la variedad de opciones de vivienda y apoyos disponibles para personas con discapacidad en el estado de Nueva York. PRESENTADORAS: Linda Schellenberg, Directora de Servicios Comunitarios, The Center for Family Support; de ADAPT Community Network, Melissa Wilcox, Directora de ISS y Carol Lincoln, Vicepresidenta Asistente de Managed Care

C) Supervisión efectiva del personal de apoyo de su hijo(a) en el hogar: un taller especial para padres

Los padres aprenderán cómo capacitar efectivamente al personal que trabaja con su hijo en el hogar para garantizar que sus hijos obtengan el máximo provecho de los servicios que reciben. PRESENTADORA: Dra. Eileen Hopkins, Directora Ejecutivo del Programa de Eden II

D) Cómo ayudar a los niños a tener éxito en la escuela a través de la tecnología asistida.

Aprenda cómo obtener y utilizar los servicios de tecnologia asistida para ayudar a niños y jovenes con necesidades especiales. PRESENTADORES: Peter Pitaressi, Director de TRAID/TechWorks en ADAPT Community, David Carroca, OTR/L, M.Ed (D75- Director de Tecnología de Asistencia), y Colleen F. Warn, PT, ATP (Directora, Centro de Tecnología de Asistencia, Oficina de Servicios Relacionados) Lindsey Huntley, AAC/AT Supervisora del Centro de Tecnología de Asistencia

E) Colaboracion con los Padres de familia: Lecciones aprendidas durante la Pandemia

Únase a nosotros para este taller de Ramapo donde discutiremos los aprendizages que la pandemia nos a dejado en relacion al area emocional, fisica y espiritual y el impacto en la participacion de padres de familias. Se discutira el impacto de la pandemia como afecta las relaciones en la comunidad y los cambios de expectativas que influencian directamente los logros de los estudiantes dentro de las escuelas. Tambien se discutira como continuaremos siendo mas fuertes, mas resilentes y mas compasivos. PRESENTADORA: Evelyn Alvarez, Senior Director, Family Partnerships at Ramapo for Children

F) Promover Patrones de Sueño Regulares en Personas con Autismo

Los problemas del sueño se informan con frecuencia en individuos en el espectro autista. Esta sesión discutirá algunas barreras comunes para dormir y una variedad de problemas de sueño que pueden ocurrir, desde dificultad para conciliar el sueño y permanecer dormido hasta dormir en la cama de los padres en contra de los deseos de los padres. La sesión se centrará en la importancia de la evaluación del comportamiento del sueño y el uso de un diario de sueño. Habrá una revisión de estrategias e intervenciones proactivas para promover patrones de sueño regulares. Se discutirá la recopilación de datos y el análisis del comportamiento del sueño. PRESENTADORAS: Mary McDonald, PhD, BCBA,

G) Comprender el comportamiento desafiante en personas con Autismo: Desarrollar un enfoque proactivo

El enfoque de esta sesión será resaltar las consideraciones importantes de evaluación al abordar los comportamientos desafiantes de los estudiantes con trastornos del espectro autista. A los asistentes se les proporcionará una gran cantidad de herramientas de evaluación y sistemas de recopilación de datos para guiarlos en la comprensión de las funciones de los comportamientos desafiantes. Estas herramientas y estrategias se discuten con respecto al desarrollo posterior de intervenciones conductuales integrales, adaptadas individualmente. Se discutirán temas que incluyen la recopilación de datos, los principios de refuerzo, la evaluación funcional del comportamiento, las estrategias proactivas para la prevención del comportamiento y la superación de obstáculos comunes. PRESENTADORES: Mary McDonald, PhD, BCBA,

H) Transición a la Edad Adulta y Servicios Financiados por OPWDD: Lo que Necesita Saber

Esta sesión revisará los muchos servicios de OPWDD disponibles para las personas con discapacidades tanto antes como después de la graduación de la escuela, con énfasis en las diferentes opciones de servicios de habilitación diaria y empleo. Cubriremos los pasos para establecer la elegibilidad para los servicios de OPWDD, y cómo encontrar los servicios y apoyos más apropiados para satisfacer las necesidades y deseos de cada individuo. Finalmente, proporcionaremos una visión general de cómo los programas de Aprendizaje de Adultos y Conexiones Comunitarias de Adapt Community Network apoyan a las personas en el aprendizaje de nuevas habilidades, la búsqueda de intereses individuales y el logro de sus metas y sueños personales. PRESENTADORA: Karen Liebman, Coordinadora de Operaciones, Servicios del Programa, Kelly Spina, Coordinadora de Operaciones, Adult Day Service & Horatio Woods, Director, Empleo apoyado, Adapt Community Network

A) 残疾人的福利和权利

了解残疾人可享受的公共福利和医疗补助豁免,以便您了解您的亲人可能有资格享受什么。 主讲人: 林佩里,家庭项目主任,父母对父母NYS

B) 住房和你

介绍纽约州为I/DD患者提供的一系列住房选择和支持。 主讲人: 梅丽莎·威尔科克斯,适应社区网络;卡罗尔·林肯,适应社区网络;琳达·舍伦伯格,纽约社区服务部主任

C) 有效监督孩子的支持人员:家长特别研讨会

家长将学习如何有效地培训在家工作的员工,以确保他们的孩子能够充分利用他们得到的服务。 主讲人: 艾琳·霍普金斯博士,伊甸园二世

D) 如何通过辅助技术帮助孩子在学校取得成功

了解如何帮助有特殊需要的儿童更充分地参与学术活动。 主讲人: 彼得·皮塔雷西,TRAID/技术工厂总监, 大卫·卡·罗卡,OTR/L,M.Ed(D75-辅助技术总监), 科琳·弗恩,PT,ATP(相关服务办公室辅助技术中心主任) 林赛·亨特利, AAC/AT辅助技术主管中心

E) 与父母合作:从大流行中吸取的教训(小组)

参加这次拉马波研讨会,我们将讨论从大流行中学到的身体、情感和精神教训,讨论大流行对家长参与、与社区关系的影响,以及学校学生对结果的期望变化,并讨论如何继续更强大、更有弹性, 更知识渊博,更有爱心的个人。 主讲人: 伊芙琳·阿尔瓦雷斯

F) 促进自闭症患者的定期睡眠模式

孤独症患者中经常报告睡眠问题。 本次会议将讨论一些常见的睡眠障碍和可能发生的各种睡眠问题,从难以入睡和保持睡眠到违背父母意愿睡在父母的床上。 会议将重点讨论评估睡眠行为和使用睡眠日记的重要性。 将审查积极的战略和干预措施,以促进定期睡眠模式。将讨论睡眠行为的数据收集和分析。 主讲人: 玛丽·麦克唐纳,BCBA博士,

G) 了解患有 ASD 的个人的具有挑战性的行为:开发主动方法

本次会议的重点将是在解决自闭症谱系障碍学习者具有挑战性的行为时,突出重要的评估考虑。 与会者将获得无数的评估工具和数据收集系统,以指导他们理解具有挑战性的行为的功能。 这些工具和战略是讨论关于随后制定全面的、单独定制的行为干预措施的。 将讨论数据收集、强化原则、功能行为评估、预防行为的前瞻性战略和克服常见障碍等主题。 主讲人: 玛丽·麦克唐纳,BCBA博士,

H) 过渡到成人和 OPWDD 资助服务:您需要了解的内容

本期会议将审查在毕业前后为I/DD患者提供的许多OPWDD服务,重点是不同的日化和就业服务选项。 我们将涵盖确定 OPWDD 服务资格的步骤,以及如何找到最合适的服务和支持,以满足每个人的需求和需求。 最后,我们将概述适应社区网络的成人学习和社区连接计划如何支持人们学习新技能、追求个人兴趣和实现个人目标和梦想。 主讲人: 凯伦·利布曼,运营,项目服务协调员,凯利·斯皮纳,成人日服务和霍雷肖·伍兹运营协调员,支持就业,适应社区网络主任


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