Power in Numbers: Using Data to Make an Impact

Monday, July 23
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: The Admiral's Quarters

As the world becomes more data-minded than ever, it can be challenging to identify methods to use the information in an impactful way. This session will provide an introduction to using state and national-level disability statistics to enhance advocacy, public education, and business development efforts. Building upon the data expressed in the 2018 Disability Data Digest report developed by The Arc of the United States and MediSked, the presenters will discuss the value of using data-driven approaches to communicate with a variety of different audiences - including state legislators, prospective donors, and the community-at-large. The presenters will equip participants with strategies, plans, and resources which participants will be able to implement when developing external-facing communications to achieve maximum impact. Session attendees will engage with speakers and fellow participants in interactive exercises to apply the concepts covered during the session into practice.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the current state of affairs in I/DD services and supports
2. Determine why data is a powerful tool in advocacy
3. Identify strategies for using/applying the data in a meaningful way
4. Employ resources to utilize at the state and local level

Linda Nakagawa

Market Policy Analyst
Medisked, LLC

Linda is a Market Policy Analyst at MediSked, LLC where she focuses on the long term services and supports and technology fields. Linda's background is in policy and communications in the human services space. Prior to joining MediSked, Linda worked at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities where she focused on policy research.

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Stephane LeBlois

Manager, Program Innovations
The Arc of the United States

Stephane Leblois is a Manager on the Arc@Work, Communications and Tech Programs teams. In his role, Stephane conducts policy research to support The Arc US’ Tech Programs initiatives and supports The Arc’s Communications team in promoting The Arc’s policy and advocacy directives. Stephane joined The Arc in 2016 after receiving a Master’s Degree from UMASS Boston, where he served as a graduate research assistant on the Institute for Community Inclusion’s Think Work! team.

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