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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
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Wednesday, November 28 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Boldly Including EVERYONE: Positive Approaches for People with Behavior Challenges Filling

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At KFI, we believe that supports for people with intellectual disabilities must focus on full community participation; with opportunities to work, live and play alongside neighbors. Yet, we are often confronted with the assumption that people with significant behavior challenges are "not ready" for those opportunities. It is typically our own fear and uncertainty that create this barrier. Yet, this struggle between safety and opportunity is all too real. Innovative solutions, along with a good dose of courage, are required to support ALL people to live inclusive lives. Loneliness and isolation may be the single biggest contributors to challenging behavior. We often witness people who are struggling to fit into their communities living lives that are increasingly separate. The way they communicate their loneliness is something we are uncomfortable with. We err on the side of safety, and hope we can figure it out in time. We try lots of things. We get stuck. We keep seeking a solution, and we keep trying to make the person's world safer!¦ which usually makes it smaller. Meanwhile we are waiting to get people into their community until we "fix" the problem. What if the community is part of the cure? We have to stop waiting to be ready. It is time, now, to bravely put ourselves and the people we support on the path to community. Brace yourself. There is no "right" answer or magic potion. There is no super-professional to come in and fix it. There is only you, the person you are supporting, and their team; and you are enough! This presentation will look at ways to move forward when teams get stuck supporting people with significantly challenging behaviors. Participants will learn the components of a Positive Support Plan, and leave with a template to try. For people with challenging behaviors, a Positive Support Plan is a living document that gives voice to both fears and possibilities for living a meaningful life. Participants will acquire tools and strategies, along with the courage to implement bolder supports for people with challenging behavior. ALL people should have opportunities to work, live and play alongside their neighbors.

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Gail Fanjoy

2016 TASH Award Winner (Barbara R. Trader Leadership Award) Gail Fanjoy is CEO of KFI (Katahdin Friends, Inc.), an agency which provides supports for people with disabilities in the areas of community employment, supported living, and community life engagement in Maine.  Having worked... Read More →
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LyAnn Grogan

Director of Training & Outreach, 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... Read More →
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Laurie Kimball

Director of Planning & Team Development, KFI
Laurie Kimball is Director of Planning and Team Development for KFI, which has 4 offices in Maine. Laurie works with support teams to create opportunities for all people to live in typical homes, work in competitive jobs, nurture valued relationships, and be fully participating members... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Columbia - First Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201