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1:00 PM Eastern, Friday, February 28, 2020
Hope Dittmeier, Executive Director, Mattingly Edge
LyAnn Grogan, Director of Training & Outreach, KFI
Scott Shepard, Executive Director, Avenues Supported Living Services
About this Episode
Medicaid funded service providers share their success stories and innovative ways to implement the Home and Community-Based Services rule and provide quality services.
About the Presenters
At a young age, Hope Dittmeier worked at an institution for people with disabilities. That experience fueled her PASSION to work the past 35 years to identify and create options for people with disabilities to enjoy a lifestyle and quality of life that matches that of other citizens. In 1986, Hope was introduced to Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and has been a student and teacher of this THEORY of practice since. Her primary focus is on the application of SRV to service design and implementation. Another major influence on Hope’s work has been her sister-in-law Ann, who despite dire predictions at birth, has enjoyed being an employee, homeowner, aunt, neighbor, honored volunteer, friend, and choir member. Ann, along with 21 people supported by Realizations, have given Hope practical EXPERIENCE designing and providing high quality, personalized supports.
Hope holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has served as family support specialist, regional planner, behavior specialist, Founder/CEO of Realizations, and international trainer/consultant. She is currently the Executive Director at Mattingly Edge in Louisville, Kentucky.
LyAnn Grogan is the Director of Training & Outreach at KFI. After ten years of working in a segregated Mental Health setting as a Music Therapist at New Hampshire Hospital and serving as a member of the National Music Therapy Association’s Training Committee LyAnn found inspiration. She was inspired by KFI's mission to provide supports for people to lead regular lives in their communities, no matter the barriers. Working in various capacities at KFI has afforded her the opportunity to do just that and to support employee teams to do the same.
Scott Shepard is the Executive Director of Avenues Supported Living Services, a non-profit agency which provides community living and personalized day supports to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Los Angeles County. With Avenues SLS, we had the opportunity to begin services one person at a time, and it took ten years to reach our goal to support twenty people in their own homes and community. Since that time, we have mentored two other agencies that provide community living services. Scott also teaches part-time at CSU Northridge on courses related to Behavior Assessment and PBS, and Issues Related to Transition for Students with Disabilities. Scott serves on the Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, and on the Board of Cal-TASH.