Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios

NAQ is pleased to announce that we will be offering a variety of sessions at our 2021 virtual conference:    

  • Keynote Sessions are one hour sessions with a featured speaker.  
  • Breakout Sessions are one hour sessions covering a wide variety of topics. 
  • Roundtable Discussions are one hour discussion based sessions focused on a single subject matter.  
  • Deep Dive Sessions are three hours in length and allows speakers to provide in-depth training and information on his/her particular subject matter.    

Session Title:  Deep Dive Session:  Promoting Healthy Relationships among People with ID/DD

Session Description:  As social creatures, it is natural for us to seek connections with others and to develop many different types of relationships including sexual and romantic relationships. This is true for all people - including the people you support who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  As a disability professional, one of your roles is to help the people you support develop the skills needed to establish healthy relationships - those that foster health and well-being. In this deep dive session, participants will:

  • Define sexuality and sexual self-advocacy.
  • Gain knowledge about sexuality and specific issues for people with developmental disabilities including human sexual development, healthy v. unhealthy relationships, and consent.
  • Explore our own values and attitudes regarding sexuality and strategies for managing our values.
  • Explore ways to communicate about sexuality with people with developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians.

Speaker Bio:  Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, is the Founder, CEO and Lead Trainer for Elevatus Training. As a national expert on sexuality and ID/DD she trains professionals, and parents as well as individuals to become sexual self-advocates, and peer sexuality educators.  She is the author of Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities curriculum. She has developed two online courses: Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101 for professionals and Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality for parents, and a 3-Day certificate training: Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer. She has spent her 25+ year career committed to elevating the status of all people, which is why the name of her growing company is Elevatus Training.

Session Title:  Deep Dive Session:  Shampoos, Tatoos, and Barbeques:  What’s New in the World of Infectious Diseases

Session Description:  This three-hour seminar provides an up-to-the minute overview and update on current issues in the world of infectious diseases. New vaccines, new diseases, new drugs and new bugs!! Barb will answer many questions you might have including: How can I boost the immune system to help fight of pathogens?  What's new in the world of vaccines? There are lots of "microbes on the menu" in today's world—how can you avoid them and, if you get one of those microbes, what are the clinical manifestations and treatments?  Barb discusses the benefits of antibiotic stewardship for all patients--in other words, how long do you have to take an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection? What in the world is a fecal transplant? Senior living and STIs will open your eyes! Learn about why DEET is your new summer fragrance, how summer picnics can be hazardous to your health and why hand washing is still important--soap or alcohol-based gels?  What diseases can you get from the local tattoo parlor? How long does a tick have to be attached before you can acquire Lyme disease? How long does a herpes virus live on a toilet seat? What is the risk of acquiring hepatitis C from a needlestick? Barb's seminar on infectious disease is infectious—with laughter, enthusiasm, and a plethora of pearls you can take home and take back to your clinical practice.

Speaker Bio:  Barb Bancroft (RN, MSN, NP) is a fascinating, highly informative speaker whose dynamic and humorous presentation style makes learning enjoyable. She provides a wealth of clinical information that can be applied to everyday practice.

Barb is the author of eight books: Medical Minutiae (1999), An Apple a Day: The ABCs of Diet and Disease (2002), Live a Little, Laugh a Lot (2004), Kiss My Asparagus (2012), Geriatric Gems (2018), Focus on Pharmacology (2019), Plants or Pills? (2019), and her latest 2019 release—Laughing My Aspirin Off.

She has provided more than 2800 continuing education events on clinical topics pertaining to pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology to health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada. She has been the motivational keynote speaker on health maintenance topics for numerous nursing associations, medical associations and dental associations as well as for corporate groups and events.

Barb has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Arkansas, Loyola University of Chicago, and St. Xavier University of Chicago. She has provided courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment to graduate and undergraduate students.


Session Title:  Breakout Session:  The Fatal Five Plus: Top Preventable Causes of Death in People with IDD

Session Description:  There are PREVENTABLE causes of death in people with IDD. Aspiration, Constipation, Seizures, Dehydration, Sepsis and Gastroesophageal Reflux are common medical conditions that often present differently in people with IDD causing unnecessary suffering and death. The discussion of each topic will include causes, early signs and symptoms, how to prevent them, and knowing when and how to act when you see signs of these conditions. Learn how you can help reduce suffering and save lives of people you support.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Craig Escudé is a board-certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine, and is the President of IntellectAbility. He served as medical director of Hudspeth Regional Center in Mississippi and is the founder of DETECT, the Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team of Mississippi. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience providing medical care for people with IDD and complex medical conditions and is the author of “Clinical Pearls in IDD Healthcare” and the “Curriculum in IDD Healthcare.”


Session Title:  Breakout Session:  Inclusive Tech: Apps for Life

Session Description:  During this session, the participants will learn how mobile technology can enhance and simplify everyday life for people with disabilities. A variety of skills will be addressed including cognitive and social development, daily living, and more. The apps highlighted will range from free to paid versions with subscription fees and will address a range of needs of those with cognitive disabilities. Information will be briefly shared on the use of our app search tool to help participants explore more helpful apps for their unique situation.

Speaker Bio: Amy Fuchs is the Program Coordinator for BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston. She holds a BA in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from Auburn University; as well as a Texas teaching certificate. She taught in public elementary schools for 13 years in a variety of classrooms including resource, co-teach, inclusion, and adaptive behavior settings. During her tenure, she had the privilege of working with students of varying abilities, including autism, behavior disorders, learning and developmental disabilities, and physical differences. She co-founded an advocacy group with a speech pathologist in 2016, serving families in the Houston area, with the primary focus on educating and empowering parents to be their own advocates. As Program Coordinator, she writes blogs for educators, magazine articles for parents, and app reviews on behalf of BridgingApps. She also works to educate the community by sharing mobile technology tips to improve the lives of people with disabilities of all ages, from children being served through early intervention to seniors as they age in place and work to maintain independent lifestyles.

  Note that this list is updated periodically to reflect proposals that have been accepted by our association.