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Enviable Lives: The Business Plan
Deadline: December 21, 2008
The Conference will be held in New Orleans from June 10 -12, 2009. Conference participants will include practitioners, researchers, teaching faculty, policymakers, funders, and advocates.
Enviable Lives: The Business Plan. Often people with various intellectual and developmental disabilities are marginalized by society. As practitioners, researchers, teaching faculty, students, service providers, policymakers, funders, and advocates, we have worked to change society to create enviable lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The question that remains is how to do this for each and every person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Hence the need for a discussion of a business plan to accomplish this.
The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for the sharing of expertise and ideas on areas important to creating enviable lives, a sharing that will continue past the actual dates of the conference. Established leaders in the field are being asked to participate in the roundtables at the interactive cafes so that newer professionals can interact with them and each other in a casual setting.
The schedule has times for plenary sessions, panel presentations, workshops, and interactive cafes. Interactive cafes will include posters, exhibitors, a resource center, and a roundtable with a known leader on the topic of that particular interactive cafe. There also will be action planning sessions around the major topics areas where participants can network for future action and collaborate on the conference topics as well as connect in a casual setting with other experienced leaders.