Agenda

ACCSES plans its conference in the spring of the year in order to maximize the opportunity to bring Conference attendees the most current information and speakers on the hottest issues.  We will begin announcing the agenda on a rolling basis in May.


Sunday, July 14
1:30pm – 5:30pm
National Ballroom C
ACCSES State Associations Roundtable

Moderated by Lincoln Burr - CEO; Disability Service Provider Network & Chair, State Association Committee, ACCSES

Learn the issues State Associations are facing at the state level and participate in a roundtable discussion of state and federal issues, including issues ACCSES has been advocating on for the past year.
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Vista Terrace
 
Conference Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Queens Centers for Progress


Monday, July 15
8:00am
National Ballroom Foyer
Conference Registration & Exhibits Open
 
8:00am – 8:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffet
 
8:30am - 8:45am
National Ballroom AB

 
Welcome by ACCSES Leadership

Robert Hutt -
Chair; ACCSES
Terry R. Farmer - President & CEO; ACCSES
8:45am - 10:15am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Federal Policy Update

Kate McSweeny
- Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel; ACCSES

Kate will kick off our first round of sessions with a federal policy overview of the work we have accomplished thus far in 2019 including the work we did in advancing H.R. 5658 in 2018 and the push to get it reintroduced this year.  This bill, the continual meetings we hold with policy makers on the Hill and at federal agencies, and our ongoing efforts to education members on other pieces of legislation are all directed at expanding opportunities for people with disabilities across the country and pushing for a better understanding of what choice really means.  Kate also will also talk about what is happening in Washington, pending legislation, working together for our common goals, and what lies ahead.  There may even be a surprise or two.
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:30am
National Ballroom AB

 
Wage and Hour Update

Helen M. Applewhaite -
Branch Chief, Branch of FMLA and Other Acts, Wage and Hour Division; U.S. Department of Labor

At the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Ms. Applewhaite leads the team that has primary authority over the regulations guiding Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and over certain Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act regulations related to disability employment.  Ms. Applewhaite will share an overview of the DOL's work under Section 14(c).  There will be time for questions and answers.
11:30am - 11:40am Break
11:40am - 12:45pm
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES AbilityOne Committee Update

Mark Hall -
Co-Chair, AbilityOne Committee; ACCSES
Carol Carr - Chair; NCSE

Join Mark Hall and Carol Carr to learn what is happening with the AbilityOne program including updates on the 898 Panel, Rule of Two, WIOA language and proposed new legislation, and the 14(c) Mathematica study.
12:45pm - 1:45pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Luncheon & Networking

Join us for a lunchtime open disucssion on strategies for managing behavioral concerns in residential and workplace settings.
1:45pm - 2:45pm

Breakout 1: National Ballroom C

Breakout 2: Woodlawn Room

 
Breakout 1: Benefits Planning & Work Incentives – Knowledge is Power for Individuals with Disabilities and Providers – Dispel the Myths!

Karen Tefelski
- Executive Director; vaACCSES
Marilyn Morrison - Project Director, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Grant; vaACCSES

Do you have clients that are scared to work, work full time or accept a promotion because of the perceived impact of income on waiver services and social security benefits?  Do you have individuals working on AbilityOne contracts that limit their work hours because they fear losing valuable Medicaid or Medicare health benefits?  Did you know that ABLE savings accounts can pay for provider services that individuals need but are not available from other payment sources?  Timely benefits planning and work incentives counseling can help individuals and families overcome their fear and ambivalence about how income affects cash and medical benefits as well as other local, state, and federal benefits.  Don’t miss this workshop about how benefits planning, work incentives counseling, and ABLE accounts can benefit you as a provider, as well as the individuals and families that you serve.  Important ways that state associations can expand these services in their states will also be discussed.  Dispel the myths!
Breakout 2: Meet Milo!

Kevin Askew - Vice President and General Manager; TechXTend

Robots4Autism integrates a variety of evidence-based practices shown to improve social skills in individuals with autism packaged together in a highly systematic way and delivered using Milo.  Partnering a humanoid robot with a social and emotional curriculum provides a tool for evidence-based practices to “unpack” social skills for individuals with autism.  Learners with ASD using the Robots4Autism curriculum show observable increases in engagement: eye contact, body language, and friendliness.  Working with Milo, learners develop skills to self-motivate, self-regulate, and be more comfortable in social situations.  Enjoy this interactive session and meet Milo!
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
ODEP Update

Jennifer Sheehy -
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy; U.S. Department of Labor
David Berthiaume - Senior Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy; U.S. Department of Labor

Learn about what the Office of Disability Employment Policy is working on, including includes insights from the recent National Dialogue on 14(c), plans for the 2019 NDEAM, and its grantmaking programs.
4:00pm - 4:15pm Break
4:15pm - 5:15pm
National Ballroom AB

 
SourceAmerica Update

Vince Loose -
President & CEO; SourceAmerica

Vince will join us to address the political and policy environment affecting SourceAmerica and the challenges and opportunities that have emerged.
5:30pm - 7:30pm
National Ballroom Foyer
Awards Reception
Join us to celebrate and honor ACCSES members whose career achievements and advocacy deserves special recognition in 2019.  Help us honor the recipients of the ACCSES Advocate of the Year Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Legislator of the Year Award, and the Exemplary Service Award.
 
Hors d ‘Oeuvres and refreshments provided.


Tuesday, July 16
8:30am – 9:00am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffett
 
9:00am - 9:30am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Annual Member Meeting (Open to All Attendees)
  • Call to Order and Welcome – Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
  • Report of the Nominating Committee - Robert Hutt, Chair, Nominating Committee
    • Vote on Nominees to the ACCSES Board – Robert Hutt, Chair, Nominating Committee
  • ACCSES Champions Challenge - Ron Roland; San Gabriel Valley Training Center
  • Report of the President & CEO - Terry R. Farmer, President & CEO, ACCSES
  • Old Business - Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
  • New Business - Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
  • Adjournment - Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
9:30am - 9:45am Break
9:45am - 10:45am
National Ballroom AB

 
APSE and its Perspectives on Employment First

Julie Christensen, LMSW, Ph.D. - Director of Policy and Advocacy; APSE

Dr. Christensen will provide an update on Employment First and other APSE activities.  ACCSES and APSE have had the opportunity this year to find our common ground – not on everything, but on a lot.  Dr. Christensen will have time for Q&A and will want to learn about your experiences with APSE chapters in your state.
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Expanding Employment Options through PROJECT SEARCH

Ashley Grady -
Senior Program Manager; Smithsonian Institution

Ashley Grady joins us to the talk about the Smithsonian's PROJECT SEARCH efforts in DC as well as the unique opportunities and occasional obstacles that the Smithsonian embraces in serving people with a wide variety of disabilities at 19 museums, galleries, gardens, and the National Zoo.
12:00pm - 1:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Luncheon & Networking

Shaping the Future

Chuck Neuwohner - Director of Program Services; Opportunity Village
Ignacia Heidke - Ambassador; Opportunity Village
Tracy Brown-May - Director of Advocacy; Opportunity Village

This session will engage conference participants in an active conversation about how we shape the future of disability support services.  We will explore how we got where we are as well as the goal for our future.  Are you interested in remaining a viable part of business, support services, and employment?  If your answer is yes, please join us for this conversation about shaping the future.
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Breakout 3: National Ballroom C

Breakout 4: Woodlawn Room

 
WINTAC Briefing

Dr. Maureen McGuire-Kuletz -
Co-Director for George Washington Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education and Associate Professor; The George Washington University

By special request of the ACCSES members, Dr. McGuire-Kuletz will talk to us about how the Center supports several long-term training grants from the U.S. Department of Education in rehabilitation counseling in partnership with other universities and agencies focused on return on investment for vocational rehabilitation, underserved low-income populations of persons with disabilities, and technical assistance projects for state vocational rehabilitation agencies on WIOA implementation.  Research topics include effective transition to higher education practices for transitioning youth, ethics for rehabilitation counselors, employment barriers experienced by persons with disabilities, and the intersection of disability and poverty.
Active Shooter Training

Kyle Wolf
– Protective Security Advisor; U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Kyle will be joining us to speak about active shooter incidents.  In many cases, these incidents have no pattern or method to the selection of victims, which results in an unpredictable and evolving situation.  There are ways that you can enhance your preparedness and response to an active shooter incident, whether it occurs at your organization or close by.  This breakout session will help provide resources so that you and your team are ready in case the unthinkable occurs.




 
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:45pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Creating Successful Apprenticeship Programs

Tony Crawley -
Executive Vice President of Operations; Challenge Unlimited Inc.

Apprenticeship Program - One year after implementing a janitorial DOL apprenticeship program, Tony will discuss its selection process, training requirements, funding opportunities, and lessons learned.
3:45pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Conference Wrap Up!

Kate McSweeny - Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel; ACCSES
Lincoln Burr - CEO; Disability Service Provider Network & Chair, State Association Committee, ACCSES

Lincoln Burr and Kate McSweeny will lead a discussion of what we learned in the Sunday State Association Meetings and going forward strategy.


After the Conference, ACCSES will host a Congressional Briefing.  Come for the Conference.  Stay for the Briefing, and be sure to schedule visits with your Senators and Representatives while you are in D.C.
 
Wednesday, July 17

11:00am – 12:00pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50
 
Congressional Briefing

ACCSES is proud to join with our colleagues at SourceAmerica and community rehabilitation programs from across the country to present a critical Congressional Briefing on the importance of maximizing opportunities for people with disabilities.  This is a year of great significance.  Just in the past few weeks, the effects of long litigation involving the Rule of Two and priorities in the federal procurement process have begun to be felt, with several contracts that have been providing excellent employment opportunities for people with disabilities suddenly sidelined in favor of veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.  These decisions - as with certain intended-to-be-positive pending legislation -  will have tremendous negative impact on the lives of people with disabilities who love their jobs and want to keep their jobs.  It is vitally important to keep a full array of options available for people with disabilities.  Join us and learn from the people affected why it matters that their choices be recognized and how Congress can help.

Congressional Briefing Co-Sponsored by SourceAmerica
Post-Briefing
Capitol Hill
Hill Meetings

On your own at the Capitol complex.  Meet with your Congressional delegation personally and encourage them to be champions of keeping a full array of options for the people you support every day!



2019 Register

Agenda

ACCSES plans its conference in the spring of the year in order to maximize the opportunity to bring Conference attendees the most current information and speakers on the hottest issues.  We will begin announcing the agenda on a rolling basis in May.


Sunday, July 14
1:30pm – 5:30pm
National Ballroom C
ACCSES State Associations Roundtable

Moderated by Lincoln Burr - CEO; Disability Service Provider Network & Chair, State Association Committee, ACCSES

Learn the issues State Associations are facing at the state level and participate in a roundtable discussion of state and federal issues, including issues ACCSES has been advocating on for the past year.
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Vista Terrace
 
Conference Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Queens Centers for Progress


Monday, July 15
8:00am
National Ballroom Foyer
Conference Registration & Exhibits Open
 
8:00am – 8:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffet
 
8:30am - 8:45am
National Ballroom AB

 
Welcome by ACCSES Leadership

Robert Hutt -
Chair; ACCSES
Terry R. Farmer - President & CEO; ACCSES
8:45am - 10:15am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Federal Policy Update

Kate McSweeny
- Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel; ACCSES

Kate will kick off our first round of sessions with a federal policy overview of the work we have accomplished thus far in 2019 including the work we did in advancing H.R. 5658 in 2018 and the push to get it reintroduced this year.  This bill, the continual meetings we hold with policy makers on the Hill and at federal agencies, and our ongoing efforts to education members on other pieces of legislation are all directed at expanding opportunities for people with disabilities across the country and pushing for a better understanding of what choice really means.  Kate also will also talk about what is happening in Washington, pending legislation, working together for our common goals, and what lies ahead.  There may even be a surprise or two.
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:30am
National Ballroom AB

 
Wage and Hour Update

Helen M. Applewhaite -
Branch Chief, Branch of FMLA and Other Acts, Wage and Hour Division; U.S. Department of Labor

At the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Ms. Applewhaite leads the team that has primary authority over the regulations guiding Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and over certain Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act regulations related to disability employment.  Ms. Applewhaite will share an overview of the DOL's work under Section 14(c).  There will be time for questions and answers.
11:30am - 11:40am Break
11:40am - 12:45pm
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES AbilityOne Committee Update

Mark Hall -
Co-Chair, AbilityOne Committee; ACCSES
Carol Carr - Chair; NCSE

Join Mark Hall and Carol Carr to learn what is happening with the AbilityOne program including updates on the 898 Panel, Rule of Two, WIOA language and proposed new legislation, and the 14(c) Mathematica study.
12:45pm - 1:45pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Luncheon & Networking

Join us for a lunchtime open disucssion on strategies for managing behavioral concerns in residential and workplace settings.
1:45pm - 2:45pm

Breakout 1: National Ballroom C

Breakout 2: Woodlawn Room

 
Breakout 1: Benefits Planning & Work Incentives – Knowledge is Power for Individuals with Disabilities and Providers – Dispel the Myths!

Karen Tefelski
- Executive Director; vaACCSES
Marilyn Morrison - Project Director, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Grant; vaACCSES

Do you have clients that are scared to work, work full time or accept a promotion because of the perceived impact of income on waiver services and social security benefits?  Do you have individuals working on AbilityOne contracts that limit their work hours because they fear losing valuable Medicaid or Medicare health benefits?  Did you know that ABLE savings accounts can pay for provider services that individuals need but are not available from other payment sources?  Timely benefits planning and work incentives counseling can help individuals and families overcome their fear and ambivalence about how income affects cash and medical benefits as well as other local, state, and federal benefits.  Don’t miss this workshop about how benefits planning, work incentives counseling, and ABLE accounts can benefit you as a provider, as well as the individuals and families that you serve.  Important ways that state associations can expand these services in their states will also be discussed.  Dispel the myths!
Breakout 2: Meet Milo!

Kevin Askew - Vice President and General Manager; TechXTend

Robots4Autism integrates a variety of evidence-based practices shown to improve social skills in individuals with autism packaged together in a highly systematic way and delivered using Milo.  Partnering a humanoid robot with a social and emotional curriculum provides a tool for evidence-based practices to “unpack” social skills for individuals with autism.  Learners with ASD using the Robots4Autism curriculum show observable increases in engagement: eye contact, body language, and friendliness.  Working with Milo, learners develop skills to self-motivate, self-regulate, and be more comfortable in social situations.  Enjoy this interactive session and meet Milo!
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
ODEP Update

Jennifer Sheehy -
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy; U.S. Department of Labor
David Berthiaume - Senior Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy; U.S. Department of Labor

Learn about what the Office of Disability Employment Policy is working on, including includes insights from the recent National Dialogue on 14(c), plans for the 2019 NDEAM, and its grantmaking programs.
4:00pm - 4:15pm Break
4:15pm - 5:15pm
National Ballroom AB

 
SourceAmerica Update

Vince Loose -
President & CEO; SourceAmerica

Vince will join us to address the political and policy environment affecting SourceAmerica and the challenges and opportunities that have emerged.
5:30pm - 7:30pm
National Ballroom Foyer
Awards Reception
Join us to celebrate and honor ACCSES members whose career achievements and advocacy deserves special recognition in 2019.  Help us honor the recipients of the ACCSES Advocate of the Year Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Legislator of the Year Award, and the Exemplary Service Award.
 
Hors d ‘Oeuvres and refreshments provided.


Tuesday, July 16
8:30am – 9:00am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffett
 
9:00am - 9:30am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Annual Member Meeting (Open to All Attendees)
  • Call to Order and Welcome – Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
  • Report of the Nominating Committee - Robert Hutt, Chair, Nominating Committee
    • Vote on Nominees to the ACCSES Board – Robert Hutt, Chair, Nominating Committee
  • ACCSES Champions Challenge - Ron Roland; San Gabriel Valley Training Center
  • Report of the President & CEO - Terry R. Farmer, President & CEO, ACCSES
  • Old Business - Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
  • New Business - Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
  • Adjournment - Robert Hutt, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors
9:30am - 9:45am Break
9:45am - 10:45am
National Ballroom AB

 
APSE and its Perspectives on Employment First

Julie Christensen, LMSW, Ph.D. - Director of Policy and Advocacy; APSE

Dr. Christensen will provide an update on Employment First and other APSE activities.  ACCSES and APSE have had the opportunity this year to find our common ground – not on everything, but on a lot.  Dr. Christensen will have time for Q&A and will want to learn about your experiences with APSE chapters in your state.
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Expanding Employment Options through PROJECT SEARCH

Ashley Grady -
Senior Program Manager; Smithsonian Institution

Ashley Grady joins us to the talk about the Smithsonian's PROJECT SEARCH efforts in DC as well as the unique opportunities and occasional obstacles that the Smithsonian embraces in serving people with a wide variety of disabilities at 19 museums, galleries, gardens, and the National Zoo.
12:00pm - 1:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Luncheon & Networking

Shaping the Future

Chuck Neuwohner - Director of Program Services; Opportunity Village
Ignacia Heidke - Ambassador; Opportunity Village
Tracy Brown-May - Director of Advocacy; Opportunity Village

This session will engage conference participants in an active conversation about how we shape the future of disability support services.  We will explore how we got where we are as well as the goal for our future.  Are you interested in remaining a viable part of business, support services, and employment?  If your answer is yes, please join us for this conversation about shaping the future.
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Breakout 3: National Ballroom C

Breakout 4: Woodlawn Room

 
WINTAC Briefing

Dr. Maureen McGuire-Kuletz -
Co-Director for George Washington Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education and Associate Professor; The George Washington University

By special request of the ACCSES members, Dr. McGuire-Kuletz will talk to us about how the Center supports several long-term training grants from the U.S. Department of Education in rehabilitation counseling in partnership with other universities and agencies focused on return on investment for vocational rehabilitation, underserved low-income populations of persons with disabilities, and technical assistance projects for state vocational rehabilitation agencies on WIOA implementation.  Research topics include effective transition to higher education practices for transitioning youth, ethics for rehabilitation counselors, employment barriers experienced by persons with disabilities, and the intersection of disability and poverty.
Active Shooter Training

Kyle Wolf
– Protective Security Advisor; U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Kyle will be joining us to speak about active shooter incidents.  In many cases, these incidents have no pattern or method to the selection of victims, which results in an unpredictable and evolving situation.  There are ways that you can enhance your preparedness and response to an active shooter incident, whether it occurs at your organization or close by.  This breakout session will help provide resources so that you and your team are ready in case the unthinkable occurs.




 
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:45pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Creating Successful Apprenticeship Programs

Tony Crawley -
Executive Vice President of Operations; Challenge Unlimited Inc.

Apprenticeship Program - One year after implementing a janitorial DOL apprenticeship program, Tony will discuss its selection process, training requirements, funding opportunities, and lessons learned.
3:45pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Conference Wrap Up!

Kate McSweeny - Vice President of Government Affairs & General Counsel; ACCSES
Lincoln Burr - CEO; Disability Service Provider Network & Chair, State Association Committee, ACCSES

Lincoln Burr and Kate McSweeny will lead a discussion of what we learned in the Sunday State Association Meetings and going forward strategy.


After the Conference, ACCSES will host a Congressional Briefing.  Come for the Conference.  Stay for the Briefing, and be sure to schedule visits with your Senators and Representatives while you are in D.C.
 
Wednesday, July 17

11:00am – 12:00pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50
 
Congressional Briefing

ACCSES is proud to join with our colleagues at SourceAmerica and community rehabilitation programs from across the country to present a critical Congressional Briefing on the importance of maximizing opportunities for people with disabilities.  This is a year of great significance.  Just in the past few weeks, the effects of long litigation involving the Rule of Two and priorities in the federal procurement process have begun to be felt, with several contracts that have been providing excellent employment opportunities for people with disabilities suddenly sidelined in favor of veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.  These decisions - as with certain intended-to-be-positive pending legislation -  will have tremendous negative impact on the lives of people with disabilities who love their jobs and want to keep their jobs.  It is vitally important to keep a full array of options available for people with disabilities.  Join us and learn from the people affected why it matters that their choices be recognized and how Congress can help.

Congressional Briefing Co-Sponsored by SourceAmerica
Post-Briefing
Capitol Hill
Hill Meetings

On your own at the Capitol complex.  Meet with your Congressional delegation personally and encourage them to be champions of keeping a full array of options for the people you support every day!