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Person-Driven Services > 2017 Symposium

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER

A Symposium Celebrating Participant Directed Services in Pennsylvania

Share stories of challenges and successes.

Confirm your commitment to expanding and enhancing Participant Directed Services in Pennsylvania.

10 AM to 5 PM
Sheraton Hershey Harrisburg
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Event is free. Lunch will be served.

Registration is required.

Note: Registration period has ended.

Event is open to:

  • All people directing their services
  • Families who act in an Employer Capacity
  • Service and Support Professionals
  • Supports Brokers
  • Supports Brokerages
  • Support Coordinators
  • Support Coordination Organizations
  • Financial Management Service Organizations
  • Government representatives who support Participant Directed Services


Download Summary and Report: Power to the People A Summit on Planning for Services Controlled by People with Disabilities

  • 10:00 AM: Welcome by Celia Feinstein, Temple University, Institute on Disabilities
  • 10:15 AM: Plenary by Shirley Keith-Knox, Dauphin County AE
  • 10:30 AM: Opening Keynote by Kristin Ahrens, ODP
  • 11:00 AM: Session: PDS in PA, An Important Part of the National Movement by Gail Godwin, Shared Support Maryland
  • 11:45 AM: Session - Panel of Pioneers: Supports Brokerages Start Ups, moderated by Javier Salazar, Values Into Action
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch and Learn - Panel of Pioneers: Self Advocates Speaking to PDS, moderated by Gail Godwin
  • 1:45 PM: Session: Overview of Employer Best Practices by Jennifer Raschke, PHR, Alternatives HR
  • 2:45 PM: Break
  • 3:00 PM: Closing Keynote by Nancy Thaler, ODP
  • 4:00 PM: Open Forum/Success Shout Outs/Next Steps, facilitated by Sonya Carter, PA Supports Broker Network and Lisa Tesler, PA Family Network
  • 5:00 PM: Adjourn

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Sponsored by:

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Values Into Action

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