Keynote Session: Joseph M. Macbeth, Executive Director, The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

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"Tales from the Road: The Emerging Roles and Changing Expectations of the Direct Support Workforce" - This keynote offers a chance to reflect on what we've learned from being "on the road" getting to know North America's direct support professionals.  We will also reflect on the changes coming to our system that are driven by funders, families and people with disabilities and how provider organizations will need to adopt some continuous quality improvement practices in their development of direct support workforce. The focus of this session addresses some of the issues that direct support professionals across the country are telling NADSP about their work, what they need to be successful and offer suggestions and potential solutions that promote the notion that "Quality is defined at the point of interaction." Macbeth will share some stories from the road, and some "uncomfortable truths" to make you consider things a little differently.

Speaker Bio - Joseph M. Macbeth is the Executive Director at the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 30 years - beginning as a Direct Support Professional.  Macbeth is recognized as a national leader in the advocacy and advancement the direct support profession and is a highly sought after speaker on the workforce crisis affecting human service provider organizations. He has co-authored the series of publications titled "Voices from the Frontlines", produced an award winning Realistic Job Preview titled "Working as a Direct Support Professional: We Get It Done", and has partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) by assisting more than 500 direct support professionals advance their college education through the "Disability Studies Certificate". He currently sits on the board of directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP), the College of Direct Support and Relias Learning's National Advisory Boards and most recently was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Member of the Advisory Council for the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Macbeth is also involved with AIEJI, an international organization based in Denmark that promotes the work of social educators. He lives in Albany, NY.

Jonathan Martinis, Esquire, JD, will be conducting four breakout sessions on Supported Decision Making, each one geared toward a different audience.

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Whether you are a self-advocate, family member, direct support professional or service provider, you won't want to miss one of his sessions! Jonathan has over 20 years' experience representing and advocating for people with disabilities to ensure that they receive the services and supports they need and want to live full, meaningful, and community integrated lives.

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Drew Basham will be performing as ending keynote Friday during lunch. He has always had a passion for music. He began performing at the age of 13. Drew has performed at various events for Borderless Arts TN over the past several years. He most recently performed at the Nashville Symphony's Free Day of Music. 

The temperature of meeting rooms throughout the conference center will be set at 72 degrees. Please dress accordingly and if you are cold-natured, dress in layers and bring a sweater or jacket.

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This conference is FRAGRANCE FREE!  Please refrain from using perfumes, colognes, or scented personal products in consideration of people with chemical sensitivities.