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.  This is a framework of the agenda and will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed. (Updated June 23, 2022)

Click here for a printable draft agenda.

Sunday, July 17
1:30pm – 5:30pm
National Ballroom C
ACCSES State Associations Roundtable

Moderated by Lisa Davidson – Chair, ACCSES State Association Committee
Chief Executive Officer, Disability Service Provider Network
 
Join us for this annual in-person discussion of the issues state associations and providers across the country are engaging in at the state level.  All conference registrants are invited to attend.
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Vista Terrace
 
Conference Welcome Reception
 


Monday, July 18
7:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Conference Registration & Exhibits Open
 
7:30am – 8:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffet
 
8:30am – 8:40am
National Ballroom AB

 
Welcome by ACCSES Leadership

Lincoln Burr
, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors and President, ASPIRO
Kate McSweeny, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACCSES
8:40am – 10:00am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Public Policy Update

Kate McSweeny
, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACCSES
 
Kate will kick off our first round of sessions with a federal policy overview of the work we have accomplished since our last in-person summer meeting in 2019, and what we are focusing on for the remainder of the 117th Congress.  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.
10:00am – 10:10am Break
10:10am – 11:20am
National Ballroom AB

 
Tackling the DSP Crisis: Creative Approaches to Hiring and Retaining Direct Support Professionals
 
Scott de Fasselle, Co-author of Heart, Hope & Honesty, How I/DD Providers Can Attract & Retain Amazing Direct Support Professionals & Thrive Despite the DSP Crisis
 
Many of you already know Scott from the phenomenal workshops he and his co-author Craig de Fasselle have hosted with ACCSES this year.  We are thrilled to have Scott with us in person to share some of their creative – and easy to implement – ideas for recruiting and retaining DSPs.
11:20am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network: Focus on Apprenticeship
 
Richard Davis, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
J.W. Gibbs, NEON Subject Matter Expert, Technical Support Apprenticeship;
Community Living Director, Easterseals Midwest
 
Richard will share insights into NEON and what providers are working on this year, following which J. will discuss opportunities for expanding employment through apprenticeship and tell you a little about what he is working on with ACCSES at the national level as part of the NEON program.
12:30pm – 1:20pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Luncheon and Conversation
1:20pm – 1:40pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Spotlight Session
 
After two years apart, ACCSES is skipping breakouts this year and instead will host several short sessions with leaders from our community!  This Spotlight Session will be with Allen Connely, newly elected President of the National Council of SourceAmerica Employers (NCSE) and President & Chief Executive Officer of Mozaic in Waterloo, New York.
1:40pm – 1:50pm Break
1:50pm – 2:50pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Long Covid and the Impact on Healthcare Services
 
Julia Adams-Scheurich, Chief Executive Officer, Oak City Government Relations
ACCSES Government Affairs Consultant
 
Disability policy expert and ACCSES government affairs consultant, Julia Adams-Scheurich, will look at the impact of long Covid on Medicare and Medicaid and reemployment systems.  Julia has extensive experience in disability policy, including HCBS and vocational services.  This is an opportunity for ACCSES members and other conference attendees to get to know her.  Julia will be with us for the entire conference.
2:50pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
***INVITED***
The Federal Rules Around Employment Options
 
Helen Applewhaite, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Labor
Ernest Weiss, FLSA/CL Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor
John Winstead, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor
 
Helen and colleagues from the Department of Labor will discuss the rules for internships, apprenticeships, volunteerism, job exploration, and other opportunities that lead to permanent employment.  Disability service providers are at the forefront of expanding employment for individuals with disabilities, and it is important to have a thorough understanding of the current rules.  There will be time for Q&A.
4:00pm – 4:10pm Break
4:10pm – 5:00pm
National Ballroom AB
Home and Community Based Services

Thomas Cook, Executive Director of the Ability Network of Delaware; Chair of ACCSES’s Long Term Services and Supports Committee

The HCBS Final Rule deadline is March 2023. Thomas will lead this interactive session on the latest information from the federal government and from the states.
5:30pm – 7:00pm
National Ballroom Foyer
Awards Reception
Highlighting Achievements by ACCSES Members and recognizing 2022 ACCSES Champions.
 
Refreshments and hors d ‘oeuvres provided.


Tuesday, July 19
7:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Conference Registration & Exhibits Open
7:30am – 8:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffett
 
8:30am – 9:00am
National Ballroom AB
Ticket to Work: Insights from a Provider
 
Greg Natvig, President & CEO, The Beacon Group
 
Ticket to Work is an often-overlooked program overseen by the Social Security Administration.  Greg will share The Beacon Group’s experiences and successes with Ticket to Work and provide an introduction to the program.  If there is interest in learning more from SSA, ACCSES will follow up with a webinar after the conference.
9:00am – 9:30am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Annual Member Meeting
  • Call to Order and Welcome – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
  • Report of the President & Chief Executive Officer – Kate McSweeny
    1. Strategic Plan Overview
    2. Financial Overview – Tony Butler, Chief Financial Officer
    3. Marketing Overview – Sarah Saar, Vice President of Operations
  • Report of the Membership Committee – Ann Gillmore, Chair
  • Report of the Nominating Committee – Karen Tefelski, Chair
    1. Vote to Fill Open ACCSES Board Seats
  • Old Business – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
  • New Business – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
  • Adjournment – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
9:30am – 9:40am Break
9:40am – 10:50am
National Ballroom AB

 
Tearing Down the Barriers to Employment
 
Archer Hadley, Founder, Archer’s Challenge
 
Self-advocate Archer Hadley will present on the current disability employment unemployment situation and the barriers, both real and artificial, that are preventing individuals with disabilities from reaching their employment goals.  He will be joined in a panel discussion by Julia Adams-Scheurich, CEO of Oak City Government Relations and Lincoln Burr, President of ASPIRO in a discussion of the barriers to employment and what we need to do to eliminate them.  This session is intended to be interactive.
10:50am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:20am
National Ballroom AB

 
Spotlight Session: Why Microlearning is a Powerful Solution for Learners with IDD
 
Amy Fox, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LearningQ
 
Research has shown that microlearning and its ability to introduce topics in short segments provides higher engagement and stronger retention for learners. Complex concepts can be introduced and built through a series of smaller, bite-sized increments that can be revisited again and again, ultimately providing improved skill impact and retention. Microlearning is ideally suited to support learners with IDD with targeted, need-to-know information combined with the benefits of real-time application and easy repetition.
11:20am – 12:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Shaping the Future: Focus on The Resource Center
 
Denise Jones, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Resource Center
Terri Johnson, Director of Employment and Community Based Services, The Resource Center
 
The Resource Center provides extensive employment, residential and other services in Jamestown, New York and over the past few years has gone through a transformation of how and where many of those services are offered.  Denise and Terri will share how the changes they have implemented over time have benefited the individuals they serve and examine some of the realities of transitioning from traditional models.
12:30pm – 1:30pm
National Ballroom AB
Lunch with special guest speaker
12:45pm – 1:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Lunchtime Speaker: Designing a Disability Service System in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Thomas Buckley, Director of Population Health, YAI
Board Member, CARF
 
We all know Dr. Buckley as an expert on COVID, on disability and dementia, and on disability and aging, but this year Tom is going to share a new and very exciting story about his experience thus far in building a disability service system from the ground up.  The Saudi government intends to have all IDD, Health, and Educational services and supports CARF accredited by 2030.  In spring 2022, Tom traveled to Saudi Arabia with the YAI New York City team to support the Saudi leaders develop trainings, systems, policies and procedures, and curricula for health professionals, and standards of care internally to meet CARF standards of care.  It was a life changing experience and opens the door for many ACCSES leaders to expand their reach.  The Saudi government is looking for agencies and leaders to help them achieve international accreditation for services.  You will not want to miss this unique session.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
National Ballroom AB
Spotlight Session
 
Lisa Biggica, President & Chief Executive Officer, UniqueSource
President, State Use PRograms Association (SUPRA)
 
Lisa will share her insights on what SUPRA is concentrating on in 2022.
1:50pm – 2:00pm Break
2:00pm – 2:40pm
National Ballroom AB

 
AbilityOne Session

Kimberly Zeich
, Acting Executive Director, The AbilityOne Commission

The AbilityOne Commission is in the midst of strategic planning. We are delighted that Kim will be with us to share the latest information in this interactive session. 
2:40pm – 2:50pm Break
2:50pm – 3:50pm

 
***Invited***
Rehabilitation Services Administration Update
 
Carol Dobak, Rehabilitation Service Administration Commissioner, U.S. Department of Education, Officer of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
 
Carol assumed the responsibilities of RSA Commissioner in January 2021 and will join us to talk about what RSA is working on in 2022.
3:50pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 5:00pm
National Ballroom AB
Trauma & The Path to Healing
 
Dr. Karyn Harvey, Director, Training and Program Development, The Park Avenue Group
 
Dr. Karyn Harvey, a psychologist and renowned expert in I/DD, will speak on trauma in the lives of people with I/DD and how to provide trauma-informed care to put individuals on the path to healing.  Karyn joined our virtual Bridging the New Year Summit in December 2020 to talk about COVID and I/DD and got rave reviews.  We are excited to finally meet her in person!


On Wednesday morning, we head to the Hill for individual meetings with our Senators and Representatives.  ACCSES is inviting ACCSES members and other Summer Conference registrants to reach out for any assistance they might need in setting up those meetings. 
 
Wednesday, July 20
All Day
Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill Visits
 
ACCSES is encouraging attendees to use the time in D.C. on Wednesday to visit Capitol Hill and meet with your legislators.  While neither the Capitol nor the House and Senate Office Buildings are open in the traditional sense, they are open to individuals with appointments.  We therefore are not scheduling our regular Congressional Briefing (we will hold a virtual briefing instead when Congress returns in September), but we will be happy to assist attendees in setting up appointments.  In addition, if there is interest, we will secure a meeting room in a location close to the Capitol where we can gather throughout the day.  Please let us know your plans so that we can make arrangements for this to be a productive and enjoyable day for all.  Those who are staying over on July 20 are welcome to meet up with ACCSES and other Hill-goers late Wednesday afternoon at the Westin for a final toast to the Conference and to successful advocacy until we meet again at the January Summit.
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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.  This is a framework of the agenda and will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed. (Updated June 23, 2022)

Click here for a printable draft agenda.

Sunday, July 17
1:30pm – 5:30pm
National Ballroom C
ACCSES State Associations Roundtable

Moderated by Lisa Davidson – Chair, ACCSES State Association Committee
Chief Executive Officer, Disability Service Provider Network
 
Join us for this annual in-person discussion of the issues state associations and providers across the country are engaging in at the state level.  All conference registrants are invited to attend.
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Vista Terrace
 
Conference Welcome Reception
 


Monday, July 18
7:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Conference Registration & Exhibits Open
 
7:30am – 8:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffet
 
8:30am – 8:40am
National Ballroom AB

 
Welcome by ACCSES Leadership

Lincoln Burr
, Chair, ACCSES Board of Directors and President, ASPIRO
Kate McSweeny, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACCSES
8:40am – 10:00am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Public Policy Update

Kate McSweeny
, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACCSES
 
Kate will kick off our first round of sessions with a federal policy overview of the work we have accomplished since our last in-person summer meeting in 2019, and what we are focusing on for the remainder of the 117th Congress.  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.
10:00am – 10:10am Break
10:10am – 11:20am
National Ballroom AB

 
Tackling the DSP Crisis: Creative Approaches to Hiring and Retaining Direct Support Professionals
 
Scott de Fasselle, Co-author of Heart, Hope & Honesty, How I/DD Providers Can Attract & Retain Amazing Direct Support Professionals & Thrive Despite the DSP Crisis
 
Many of you already know Scott from the phenomenal workshops he and his co-author Craig de Fasselle have hosted with ACCSES this year.  We are thrilled to have Scott with us in person to share some of their creative – and easy to implement – ideas for recruiting and retaining DSPs.
11:20am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network: Focus on Apprenticeship
 
Richard Davis, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
J.W. Gibbs, NEON Subject Matter Expert, Technical Support Apprenticeship;
Community Living Director, Easterseals Midwest
 
Richard will share insights into NEON and what providers are working on this year, following which J. will discuss opportunities for expanding employment through apprenticeship and tell you a little about what he is working on with ACCSES at the national level as part of the NEON program.
12:30pm – 1:20pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Luncheon and Conversation
1:20pm – 1:40pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Spotlight Session
 
After two years apart, ACCSES is skipping breakouts this year and instead will host several short sessions with leaders from our community!  This Spotlight Session will be with Allen Connely, newly elected President of the National Council of SourceAmerica Employers (NCSE) and President & Chief Executive Officer of Mozaic in Waterloo, New York.
1:40pm – 1:50pm Break
1:50pm – 2:50pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Long Covid and the Impact on Healthcare Services
 
Julia Adams-Scheurich, Chief Executive Officer, Oak City Government Relations
ACCSES Government Affairs Consultant
 
Disability policy expert and ACCSES government affairs consultant, Julia Adams-Scheurich, will look at the impact of long Covid on Medicare and Medicaid and reemployment systems.  Julia has extensive experience in disability policy, including HCBS and vocational services.  This is an opportunity for ACCSES members and other conference attendees to get to know her.  Julia will be with us for the entire conference.
2:50pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm
National Ballroom AB

 
***INVITED***
The Federal Rules Around Employment Options
 
Helen Applewhaite, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Labor
Ernest Weiss, FLSA/CL Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor
John Winstead, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor
 
Helen and colleagues from the Department of Labor will discuss the rules for internships, apprenticeships, volunteerism, job exploration, and other opportunities that lead to permanent employment.  Disability service providers are at the forefront of expanding employment for individuals with disabilities, and it is important to have a thorough understanding of the current rules.  There will be time for Q&A.
4:00pm – 4:10pm Break
4:10pm – 5:00pm
National Ballroom AB
Home and Community Based Services

Thomas Cook, Executive Director of the Ability Network of Delaware; Chair of ACCSES’s Long Term Services and Supports Committee

The HCBS Final Rule deadline is March 2023. Thomas will lead this interactive session on the latest information from the federal government and from the states.
5:30pm – 7:00pm
National Ballroom Foyer
Awards Reception
Highlighting Achievements by ACCSES Members and recognizing 2022 ACCSES Champions.
 
Refreshments and hors d ‘oeuvres provided.


Tuesday, July 19
7:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Conference Registration & Exhibits Open
7:30am – 8:30am
National Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast Buffett
 
8:30am – 9:00am
National Ballroom AB
Ticket to Work: Insights from a Provider
 
Greg Natvig, President & CEO, The Beacon Group
 
Ticket to Work is an often-overlooked program overseen by the Social Security Administration.  Greg will share The Beacon Group’s experiences and successes with Ticket to Work and provide an introduction to the program.  If there is interest in learning more from SSA, ACCSES will follow up with a webinar after the conference.
9:00am – 9:30am
National Ballroom AB

 
ACCSES Annual Member Meeting
  • Call to Order and Welcome – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
  • Report of the President & Chief Executive Officer – Kate McSweeny
    1. Strategic Plan Overview
    2. Financial Overview – Tony Butler, Chief Financial Officer
    3. Marketing Overview – Sarah Saar, Vice President of Operations
  • Report of the Membership Committee – Ann Gillmore, Chair
  • Report of the Nominating Committee – Karen Tefelski, Chair
    1. Vote to Fill Open ACCSES Board Seats
  • Old Business – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
  • New Business – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
  • Adjournment – Lincoln Burr, Board Chair
9:30am – 9:40am Break
9:40am – 10:50am
National Ballroom AB

 
Tearing Down the Barriers to Employment
 
Archer Hadley, Founder, Archer’s Challenge
 
Self-advocate Archer Hadley will present on the current disability employment unemployment situation and the barriers, both real and artificial, that are preventing individuals with disabilities from reaching their employment goals.  He will be joined in a panel discussion by Julia Adams-Scheurich, CEO of Oak City Government Relations and Lincoln Burr, President of ASPIRO in a discussion of the barriers to employment and what we need to do to eliminate them.  This session is intended to be interactive.
10:50am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:20am
National Ballroom AB

 
Spotlight Session: Why Microlearning is a Powerful Solution for Learners with IDD
 
Amy Fox, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LearningQ
 
Research has shown that microlearning and its ability to introduce topics in short segments provides higher engagement and stronger retention for learners. Complex concepts can be introduced and built through a series of smaller, bite-sized increments that can be revisited again and again, ultimately providing improved skill impact and retention. Microlearning is ideally suited to support learners with IDD with targeted, need-to-know information combined with the benefits of real-time application and easy repetition.
11:20am – 12:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Shaping the Future: Focus on The Resource Center
 
Denise Jones, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Resource Center
Terri Johnson, Director of Employment and Community Based Services, The Resource Center
 
The Resource Center provides extensive employment, residential and other services in Jamestown, New York and over the past few years has gone through a transformation of how and where many of those services are offered.  Denise and Terri will share how the changes they have implemented over time have benefited the individuals they serve and examine some of the realities of transitioning from traditional models.
12:30pm – 1:30pm
National Ballroom AB
Lunch with special guest speaker
12:45pm – 1:30pm
National Ballroom AB

 
Lunchtime Speaker: Designing a Disability Service System in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Thomas Buckley, Director of Population Health, YAI
Board Member, CARF
 
We all know Dr. Buckley as an expert on COVID, on disability and dementia, and on disability and aging, but this year Tom is going to share a new and very exciting story about his experience thus far in building a disability service system from the ground up.  The Saudi government intends to have all IDD, Health, and Educational services and supports CARF accredited by 2030.  In spring 2022, Tom traveled to Saudi Arabia with the YAI New York City team to support the Saudi leaders develop trainings, systems, policies and procedures, and curricula for health professionals, and standards of care internally to meet CARF standards of care.  It was a life changing experience and opens the door for many ACCSES leaders to expand their reach.  The Saudi government is looking for agencies and leaders to help them achieve international accreditation for services.  You will not want to miss this unique session.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
National Ballroom AB
Spotlight Session
 
Lisa Biggica, President & Chief Executive Officer, UniqueSource
President, State Use PRograms Association (SUPRA)
 
Lisa will share her insights on what SUPRA is concentrating on in 2022.
1:50pm – 2:00pm Break
2:00pm – 2:40pm
National Ballroom AB

 
AbilityOne Session

Kimberly Zeich
, Acting Executive Director, The AbilityOne Commission

The AbilityOne Commission is in the midst of strategic planning. We are delighted that Kim will be with us to share the latest information in this interactive session. 
2:40pm – 2:50pm Break
2:50pm – 3:50pm

 
***Invited***
Rehabilitation Services Administration Update
 
Carol Dobak, Rehabilitation Service Administration Commissioner, U.S. Department of Education, Officer of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
 
Carol assumed the responsibilities of RSA Commissioner in January 2021 and will join us to talk about what RSA is working on in 2022.
3:50pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 5:00pm
National Ballroom AB
Trauma & The Path to Healing
 
Dr. Karyn Harvey, Director, Training and Program Development, The Park Avenue Group
 
Dr. Karyn Harvey, a psychologist and renowned expert in I/DD, will speak on trauma in the lives of people with I/DD and how to provide trauma-informed care to put individuals on the path to healing.  Karyn joined our virtual Bridging the New Year Summit in December 2020 to talk about COVID and I/DD and got rave reviews.  We are excited to finally meet her in person!


On Wednesday morning, we head to the Hill for individual meetings with our Senators and Representatives.  ACCSES is inviting ACCSES members and other Summer Conference registrants to reach out for any assistance they might need in setting up those meetings. 
 
Wednesday, July 20
All Day
Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill Visits
 
ACCSES is encouraging attendees to use the time in D.C. on Wednesday to visit Capitol Hill and meet with your legislators.  While neither the Capitol nor the House and Senate Office Buildings are open in the traditional sense, they are open to individuals with appointments.  We therefore are not scheduling our regular Congressional Briefing (we will hold a virtual briefing instead when Congress returns in September), but we will be happy to assist attendees in setting up appointments.  In addition, if there is interest, we will secure a meeting room in a location close to the Capitol where we can gather throughout the day.  Please let us know your plans so that we can make arrangements for this to be a productive and enjoyable day for all.  Those who are staying over on July 20 are welcome to meet up with ACCSES and other Hill-goers late Wednesday afternoon at the Westin for a final toast to the Conference and to successful advocacy until we meet again at the January Summit.