Creative Solutions for Community Living, Ep. 2: Best Practice and Creative Implementation
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This series covers the most pressing challenges supporting people with disabilities to live in the community. We begin with the Home & Community Based Services Rule. How is the rule under threat? Next we examine the housing crisis. How do you find housing when rents are increasing so much faster than income? Finally, we are facing a crisis of direct support professionals. How are innovative providers finding and keeping good DSPs and using creativity and technology to extend their capabilities?

When: Friday, February 28, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Where: Online Zoom webinar
United States
Contact: Donald Taylor
(202) 817-3264

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This is the second part of TASH's six-part webinar series, Creative Solutions to the Community Living Crisis. To learn more or register for the complete series, click here.

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.

A photograph of LyAnn Grogan. She has long gray-blond hair, slightly caught by the wind, and low-profile glasses. The background is blurry but appears to be patchy snow and winter grass.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, a silver-haired man with a similarly silver goatee in a salmon open collared shirt standing against a white cinderblock wall.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.