JAMESTOWN - Person-centered thinking will be the theme when The Resource Center holds its fifth annual Educational Conference on Sept. 19.
The 2012 conference is titled "Person-Centered Thinking - Looking Inside Out" and will be held in TRC's Administrative Offices at 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown.
The keynote speaker will be Bob Sattler of Support Development Associates, a Maryland-based company. His presentation is titled "The Time Has Come to BE Outside the Box" and is designed to help people think differently about how supports are provided to people with disabilities.
Also scheduled to speak is Leigh Ann Creaney Kingsbury, the chief executive officer of InLeadS Consulting and Training in North Carolina. Her presentation is titled "Getting Out of the 'Typical Meeting' Trap: Using Facilitation Skills for Better Planning" and will focus on getting people to be on the same page.
The afternoon presentation will be made by Randy Vance, Laurie Cirillo and Cathie Illenberg of Crystal Run Village, which supports people with developmental, psychiatric and physical disabilities in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions of New York state. They will share the successes and struggles they have experienced in adapting a person-centered approach to provide supports to the individuals they serve.
Other activities going on that day will include a display of paintings created by people with disabilities in TRC's "Creations" art program as well as a display from the Museum of disABILITY History.
The conference will begin with registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The keynote presentation will begin at 9 a.m. The conference is scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.
Registration is $85. Included in the cost of registration are a light breakfast and a boxed lunch. To register, visit www.resourcecenter.org or phone 485-7219.
Again this year, a grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council will provide scholarships to cover the registration fee of family members wishing to attend the Educational Conference. For information, phone 485-7219.