Roundtable Discussions

9:00   -  9:45 a.m.

CMS Update

David Bailey and Nadine Renbarger from the Chicago Regional office join us to share some recent changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Sharing Staff Development Strategies

The improvement of skills and staff attitude rejuvenation is an integral aspect of providing care to individuals.  What type of processes, programs, or strategies work best for your organization?  How do you enhance the overall performance of employees, especially direct support staff? Come share efficient and effective staff development strategies.

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Your State’s Quality Assurance Requirements

What does your state require of your staff in residential and day services?  Join us for the discussion of the systematic activities implemented by your state’s quality system and what that means for your organization and staff.





Video Theater

9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.


Love Limits

On the surface, Warren Barrow and Cory Anne Rudy may seem like an odd couple given their age, backgrounds, and abilities, but they share a similar disability and a love for one another.  The film challenges common misconceived attitudes towards people with disabilities and is an exploration of Warren and Corey’s individual stories and their life together.  It is a moving portrayal of the powerful love between Cory and Warren-two people united in their commitment to each other and to living their lives with dignity and grace.

Running time: 41 minutes

The Boy Inside

Filmmaker Marianne Kaplan tells the personal and often harrowing story of their son Adam, a 12-year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, during a tumultuous year in the life of their family.  For Adam, life in the seventh grade is a minefield, a place where he finds himself misunderstood, isolated and bullied.  As he struggles to find a place for himself, he often says or does the wrong thing, and ends up in tears or in fights with other boys.  This film is a first hand portrait of how Adam and his family learn more about and handle the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Running time: 47 minutes

Front Wards, Back Wards

Fernald State School was America’s first institution for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Residents thought to be more capable or presentable were placed in the “front wards” while those considered more seriously disabled were hidden away in the “back wards”.  Through the recollections of Fernald’s staff, residents and families, this thoughtful program profiles the evolution of attitudes toward people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the United States.

Running time: 57 minutes