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9 a.m. Monday

Keynote Session

Carol Beatty, Secretary, Maryland’s Department of Disabilities

Please join us as we hear from Secretary Carol Beatty, who will describe the impact of the department in the state, outline the types of programs and services it supports, and explain how it enables the concerns of people with disabilities to be integrated with broader state policy initiatives at every step along the way.

Also, we will receive an update from special guest: Erin Dalton, Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

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11:30 a.m. Session A

The COVID 19 Classroom: Disparate Effects on Mental Health and Education of Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Tracy L. Scanlon, LPC, CT, CEAP | Outreach Teen & Family Services

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11:30 a..m. Session B

Improving the Safety and Social Skills of Teens and Young Adults with ASD and IDD During Times of Isolation

Rob Anderson, MSW | Director of Healthy Relationships Curriculum; Wesley Family Services

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1:30 p.m. Session A

Youth Voice Panel: Teen Mental Health Matters – Now More than Ever

Deborah Murdoch | Program Manager; Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Teen Panelists:

  • Abby Rickin-Marks, Fox Chapel High School
  • Adrianna Grande, Baldwin High School
  • Bina Guo, Pittsburgh CAPA
  • Candice Jones, Beaver Falls High School
  • Connor Dalgaard, West Allegheny High School

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1:30 p.m. Session B

Virtual Reality: Providing Transition Services During a Pandemic

Jacki Lyster, M.S. & Hillary Mangis, Ph.D. | Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

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3:30 p.m. Session A

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Online Peer Support to Grieving Young Adults Following the Death of a Loved One

Conor Dawley, MS, LPC, CT | Outreach and Education Coordinator and Child Grief Specialist, Erie; Highmark Caring Place

Janet Arida, PhD, RN, LCSW, CT | Outreach and Education Coordinator and Child Grief Specialist; Warrendale Highmark Caring Place

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3:30 p.m. Session B

Building Skills & Managing Behaviors Through the Power of Technology During a Pandemic

Lindsey Marshall, BSW | FOCUS Behavioral Health

Cynthia Domeier, BS | FOCUS Behavioral Health

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9 a.m. Tuesday

Legislative Panel: State Policies on Disability & Mental Health

State Representative Dan Miller, Moderator

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12 p.m. Session A

Return to the Workplace: Developing Disability Inclusive Telework and COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies

Bobby Silverstein | State Exchange on Employment & Disability

Elise Gurney | Council of State Governments

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12 p.m. Session B

Putting the Pieces in Place During the Pandemic:  A Focus on Students with Autism

Lori Sutton | Director of Special Education; Bethel Park School District

Dr. Heather Doyle | Mt. Lebanon School District

Desiree Burns | Keystone Oaks School District

Luciana Randall | Autism Connection of PA

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2 p.m. Session A

Managing Stress During the Pandemic

Christine Michaels | Chief Operating Officer; NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania 

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2 p.m. Session B

Empowered by our COVID-19 Experience: The Importance of Your Voice at the Table

Dr. Josie Badger CRC, DHCE | Women and Girls’ Foundation

Monica Albert Still, RN, BSN

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4 p.m. Session A

A Behavior Analyst and Mental Health Clinician Walk into a Classroom: Partnering through Pandemics and Beyond

Dr. Rachel Schwartz | Education Consultant; The Watson Institute

Erica Caprini | Psychiatric Mental Health Clinician; The Watson Institute

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4 p.m. Session B

Coughing and Sneezing are Tics? Oh My (How COVID-19 made a Difficult Disability Even Worse)

Sherrie Myers Wivell | Administrator; PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance

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