Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

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Registration is now open for the Fall 2020 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series. All sessions will be held online using a webinar platform.
The webinars are free of charge. Space is limited for each of the sessions.
To access the webinars, you must register in advance. Select REGISTER and complete the GoToWebinar registration form.
  • You will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails with the unique link to join each webinar. When you complete the registration form, please make sure your email address is correct since all emails will be sent to the address you enter.
  • The “join webinar” link in the confirmation and reminder emails is unique to your registration and should not be shared with others.
  • Please note that each person who wishes to participate must register and log in using their own email and device in order for their attendance to be recorded.
Continuing Education credit will be offered. Please note the following requirements to demonstrate completion and receive a Certificate of Attendance for each session:
  • You must be logged onto the webinar from start to finish.
  • You must complete a survey at the webinar's completion.
 Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to attendees meeting these requirements the week following each event.  
For additional information about DDLS Webinars, including system requirements, please view DDLS Webinar Frequently Asked Questions

The Americans With Disabilities Act: Disclosure And Reasonable Accommodations In Employment

Barry Whaley, MS
Project Director, Southeast ADA Center
Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY
In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this session will provide an overview of the disability rights movement leading to the ADA and the goals and titles of the ADA. The presentation will then focus on Title I, the provision of reasonable accommodations to ensure equality in the workplace. Topics to be discussed include ADA Title I Employment Protections; reasonable accommodations; essential and tertiary job functions; rights and responsibilities of employees and employers; the employment professional’s role in disability disclosure; the elements of good disclosure; and the ADA, Employment, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
*30th Anniversary of the ADA*
Continuing Education Available: NJ Social Work, NJDOE, CRCC
Fee information: No charge
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed September 25, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar
Registration is closed

Higher Education Opportunities For Students With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

Debra Hart, MS
Director, Education & Transition
Institute for Community Inclusion
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
This presentation will focus on key aspects of a national movement that is creating greater access to higher education for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Common design features will be discussed, including equity access for all students, guided academic pathways, enhanced student support, and career connections as well as elements of the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008 and student outcomes (e.g., employment and overall life satisfaction) during and after going to college. Numerous resources offered through Think College, a national initiative dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for students with intellectual disability, will be highlighted.
Continuing Education Available: NJ Social Work, NJDOE, CRCC
Fee information: No charge
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed October 2, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar
Registration is closed

The Essential Role Of Cultural And Linguistic Competence In Advancing Equity

Tawara D. Goode, MA
Assistant Professor and Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and National Center for Cultural Competence
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
We lag far behind other fields in efforts to achieve equity because we have yet to define it, and more specifically, what equity means in the disability space. We also cannot truly address equity without focusing on disparities, known outcomes of inequities, including those attributed to race and racism. This session will offer a definition of equity adapted to the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) contexts, describe a framework for addressing disparities in IDD supports and services, and delineate the role of cultural and linguistic competence in our collective efforts to achieve equity in IDD.
Continuing Education Available: NJ Social Work (Social and Cultural Competence), NJDOE, CRCC
Fee information: No charge
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed October 23, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar
Registration is closed

Self-Determination, Inherent Dignity, And Full Participation

Michael Wehmeyer, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director
Department of Special Education and Beach Center on Disability
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we must refocus and redouble our efforts to ensure that all people in our society have opportunities to fully participate and be included in the life of our communities. This presentation will look at how policies and practices of incrementalism in our field predicated on a long history of segregation, discrimination, and deficits-based models of disability have failed to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. The session will discuss the need to go beyond incremental approaches and deficits-based models to embrace strengths-based approaches that emphasize supports in typical contexts and self-determination.
Continuing Education Available: NJ Social Work, NJDOE, CRCC
Fee information: No charge
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed October 30, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar
Registration is closed