Where the Field of IDD Supports is Going and How to Help Your Organization Get There

Tuesday, July 24
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A

"While there is important movement in the IDD sector away from congregate, segregated service models towards individualized, person directed, community inclusive supports; many agencies struggle to shift away from traditional models. According to leadership and change scholar John Kotter (1995), organizations don’t change for several reasons, including:

•Failure to establish a sense of urgency
•Failure to build a powerful, guiding coalition
•Failure to clearly define, articulate and communicate a vision for change

Research specific to IDD services supports these ideas, noting that many organizations fail to make the shift towards inclusion because organizational employees lack connection to a cause and vision for change (Schalock & Verdugo, 2012).
Through our work at the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, we have trained over 1400 leaders committed to best practices and innovative strategies that ensure people with IDD have quality, self-directed lives. Specifically, we have supported leaders to better understand the transformational needs of their organizations and develop plans to address organizational issues and gain buy in for success. Led by leaders of the National Leadership Consortium this interactive session will:

1.Share a vision for quality services and where the field is going
2.Describe successful strategies that Leadership Institute graduates have adopted to inspire a shared vision and sense of urgency in their organizations to establish support for change
3.Engage participants in an interactive, real time survey that will help them identify organizational strengths and weaknesses related to best practices in services and supports
4.Facilitate group discussions focusing on how participants can consider survey findings to
a.Determine where to start
b.Define a vision and establish a sense of urgency
c.Gain buy in from others in their organization

Since 2006, The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities has conducted 55 Leadership Institutes, training more than 1400 leaders across the globe. The weeklong intensive training supports leaders to gain the skills, knowledge, values and resources needed to affect meaningful organizational and systems level change within their communities and regions. Through our longitudinal evaluation and research on the impact of the NLCDD Leadership Institutes, we have learned from organizational leaders around the world about the strategies, skills, values and practices that lead to meaningful agency transformation and implementation of best practices and innovative strategies that ensure people with IDD have quality, self-directed lives in their chosen communities.

This presentation offers the opportunity for the NLCDD Director and Director of Research and Evaluation, to engage session participants around establishing a vision and plan for change.The proposed session will be modeled from best practices in adult learning to include short a interactive presentation, and small and large group activities and discussions. Session attendees will learn from leaders who have “done it”, share ideas and develop individual plans to gain buy in and share a vision for sustainable organizational transformation within their own agencies and communities. Session attendees will leave this session with ideas, strategies and a concrete plan to begin to address the barriers that hold so many agencies back from making the shift to quality, person-directed, community inclusive services and supports."

Caitlin E. Bailey

Director of Research and Evaluation
National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities

Caitlin is the director of research and evaluation at the National leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware. Caitlin's work focuses on studying the impact of our National Leadership Training and Development Programs as well as the outcomes leaders around the world who are working to develop and transform systems and services that ensure that people with disabilities have full control over their lives and supports.

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Nancy Weiss

Director of Disability Initiatives
College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware

Nancy Weiss is the Director of Disability Initiatives and a member of the faculty of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. She directs the University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Leadership in Disability Services and is the Director of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware. The National Leadership Consortium is a partnership of seventeen national disability organizations focused on assuring the quality and commitment of the next generation of leaders for government and nonprofit organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Weiss has more than 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has worked extensively providing advocacy, community living and positive behavioral supports.

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