Free Wednesday Workshop! Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Learning Disabilities
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Free Wednesday Workshop! Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

A FREE LEARNING DISABILITY & AUTISM (ASD) WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY LIFE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

The ability to interact with others, advocate for services, and navigate the adult world is challenging for all adolescents and adults. It is even more challenging for individuals with exceptionalities. Individuals with exceptionalities benefit from additional supports as they navigate school, home, and community settings, and practice the art of becoming more independent. Communication skills, social skills, self-determination skills, and self-advocacy skills are needed at home, in the workplace, in education settings, and in community settings. Research supports the importance of developing these critical skills. This presentation provides an overview of important skills and strategies for supporting adolescents and young adults as they work toward independence.

Agenda
This presentation provides an overview of skills and strategies for supporting adolescents and young adults as they work toward independence in home, school, community, and workplace settings.

Who should attend?
The workshop offers valuable information for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, High School Students and Young Adults.

Virginia MurrayFeatured Speaker: Ms. Virginia Murray, M. A., Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Virginia Murray is an online faculty member and adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University. She has also worked as an Academic Associate for Arizona University. Virginia is an experienced Autism Spectrum Disorder Coach, and Teacher Mentor dedicated to providing support in classroom management, IEP development, development of focused transition plans, behavior management, and differentiation of instruction to teachers and their students in kindergarten through twelfth grade General Education settings, Resource Classroom settings, and Self-Contained Classroom settings. Virginia also owns Virginia Murray Consulting and assists clients in supporting adolescents and adults with exceptionalities. She has over 28 years’ experience in special education. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree at Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership for Special Education. She is passionate about preparing and supporting new teachers in finding their purpose and providing service to students with exceptionalities.

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops, and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811, and we would be pleased to provide you with more information. To register now for this event or for more information, click below!

The ability to interact with others, advocate for services, and…

Wednesday
January
13

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6:00pm – 7:30pm

Attendees will learn from over 40 years…

Wednesday
February
17

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6:00pm – 7:30pm

Identifying and accepting aspects of learning disabilities and…

Wednesday
March
9

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6:00pm – 7:30pm

Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Exceptionalities

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 –

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

The ability to interact with others, advocate for services, and navigate the adult world is challenging for all adolescents and adults. It is even more challenging for individuals with exceptionalities. Individuals with exceptionalities benefit from additional supports as they navigate school, home, and community settings, and practice the art of becoming more independent.  Communication skills, social skills, self-determination skills, and self-advocacy skills are needed at home, in the workplace, in education settings, and in community settings.  Research supports the importance of developing these critical skills. This presentation provides an overview of important skills and strategies for supporting adolescents and young adults as they work toward independence.

Agenda
This presentation provides an overview of skills and strategies for supporting adolescents and young adults as they work toward independence in home, school, community, and workplace settings.

Who should attend?
The workshop offers valuable information for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, High School Students and Young Adults.

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops, and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811, and we would be pleased to provide you with more information. To register now for this event, click the “Register” button below the map on this page!

Featured Speaker: Ms. Virginia Murray, M. A., Faculty, Grand Canyon University
Virginia Murray is an online faculty member and adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University. She has also worked as an Academic Associate for Arizona University.  Virginia is an experienced Autism Spectrum Disorder Coach, and Teacher Mentor dedicated to providing support in classroom management, IEP development, development of focused transition plans, behavior management, and differentiation of instruction to teachers and their students in kindergarten through twelfth grade General Education settings, Resource Classroom settings, and Self-Contained Classroom settings.  Virginia also owns Virginia Murray Consulting and assists clients in supporting adolescents and adults with exceptionalities. She has over 28 years’ experience in special education. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree at Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership for Special Education. She is passionate about preparing and supporting new teachers in finding their purpose and providing service to students with exceptionalities.

About Life Development Institute
LDI offers private residential internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college, and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Located in beautiful Arizona, LDI’s competent and caring professionals passionately devote to actively working with and supporting parents who are eager for a place where their young adult child can become more independent to thrive, succeed, and explore their full potential in life.

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Location

Life Development Institute

18001 N. 79th Ave., Building E-71

Glendale, AZ 85308

Event Fees:

$ 0.00 General Admission

Special Needs Education: The ABC’s of Special Needs Planning

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 –

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Attendees will learn from over 40 years of cumulative experience in this 90 min workshop. Topics of discussion will include:

  • How do I keep government benefits in place? How do I avoid payback for benefits received?
  • What happens when I pass on? Who will care for my loved one?
  • What is a Special Needs Trust and how does it work? Do I still need a will?
  • If I already have a Special Needs Trust …. is it the right kind?
  • What happens when my child turns 18? What is Guardianship? How and when do I petition the
    court?
  • Learn all the key concepts of a comprehensive special needs plan, that families and caregivers can
    put into action today.

Special needs planning is no longer an option; it’s a necessity.

Agenda
Families will be educated around how to set up a successful special needs plan for their loved one.

Who should attend?
The workshop offers valuable information for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, High School Students and Young Adults who interact with those who have developmental and physical disabilities.

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops, and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811, and we would be pleased to provide you with more information. To register now for this event, click the “Register” button below the map on this page!

Featured Speaker: Mr. Nathan Buckles, Special Needs Education and Advocacy Project
Nathan Buckles, volunteer with the Special Needs Education and Advocacy Project, has been working exclusively with families and professionals in the Special Needs Community since 2008. In addition to being a nationally recognized speaker at conferences that include the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (Ability 360), Autism Society of Greater Los Angeles, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and Easter Seals to name a few, he also conducts educational workshops, provides individual planning assistance, and group planning workshops throughout the country.

About Life Development Institute
LDI offers private residential internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college, and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Located in beautiful Arizona, LDI’s competent and caring professionals passionately devote to actively working with and supporting parents who are eager for a place where their young adult child can become more independent to thrive, succeed, and explore their full potential in life.

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Location

Life Development Institute

18001 N. 79th Ave., Building E-71

Glendale, AZ 85308

Event Fees:

$ 0.00 General Admission

Disclosing Learning Disabilities To Employers: Maximizing Job Success

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 –

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Identifying and accepting aspects of learning disabilities and conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s or Autism can often cause employment-related problems or hindrances in job and career success. Helping oneself or a young adult identify and accept aspects of their disability causing them employment-related problems, finding the words to express their needs, and helping to put them at ease with disclosure are some of the most challenging issues faced by job developers and parents today.

A lack of understanding and overall discrimination associated with how society views individuals with disabilities, as well as the young adult’s lack of knowledge about their conditions places more fears and anxiety on them in making the critical decision to disclose or not disclose. The opportunity and ability to obtain reasonable accommodations or adjustments to do ones job however, requires that this level of personal disclosure be done.

Agenda
Common sense strategies and specific examples of how to break through these self-imposed barriers will be the focus of this workshop.

Who should attend?
If you are a young adult with disabilities or parent, or involved in the management, counseling and human resources fields, don't miss your chance to attend this free workshop sponsored by Life Development Institute!

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811 and we would be pleased to provide you with more information.

Featured Speaker: Veronica Crawford, MA
President and HR – Generalist of Life Development Institute.

Veronica is the President and HR – Generalist of Life Development Institute. She holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Human Resources Development and is a Board Certified Senior Disability Analyst. For her thesis in graduate school, Veronica did her research study on Diversity in the Workplace including individuals with disabilities as a minority population. Her career includes both professional and the practitioners experience the adult domains of life, training/working one on one and in groups with LD, ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Aspergers, Substance Abuse, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Mild TBI, Personality Disorders and family dynamic issues. She was an adjunct college professor teaching life skills and career planning, worked for a Fortune 100 company as a Human Resources Training Manager and Recruiter ensuring compliance of ADA, training on employment laws, team and leadership roles, diversity in the workplace, and employee relations. Veronica is a member on the Education and Training Committee of Jobing.Com, SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management), NETPA (AZ Networking Employment and Training Professional Association), VSHRA (Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association), EMA (Employment Management Association), DLA (Diversity Leadership Alliance), LDA (Learning Disabilities Association America), ASA (Autism Society of America) and the ABDA (American Board Disability Analysts).

Her book “Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities,”which was released in 2002 by Brookes Publishing and is in it’s second printing. She has been featured in numerous publications including LDA News briefs, NCLD/Our World magazine, LDonLine/First Person and Smart Kids with LD. Veronica is a respected spokesperson on behalf of and for adults with LD, ADHD, and mental health issues across the nation and speaking at local and national conferences. She is a passionate and tireless spokeswoman working to enhance the recognition of adults with hidden disabilities as the most unrecognized and misunderstood minority in our society. Veronica works with LD staff to integrate our students into the community where others can see their talents and contributions not knowing they are any different from other millennium generation young adults! It is her great joy for others in the community to see how talented and amazingly involved LDI students are that they want in to what we have going on! Even more meaningful to her is that the students begin to see their own power develop as they start to present themselves as a representative minority for their up and coming generation.

About Life Development Institute
LDI offers private residential internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s, ADHD, Autism and similar conditions in beautiful Arizona. Together with a competent and dedicated staff of caring professionals, LDI staff and its administrators are passionately devoted to actively working with and supporting parents who are eager for a place where their young adult child can become more independent to thrive, succeed and explore their full potential in life.

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Location

Life Development Institute

18001 N. 79th Ave., Building E-71

Glendale, AZ 85308

Event Fees:

$ 0.00 General Admission

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This has been a special needs program update from Life Development Institute. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.