2002 First Annual Direct Support Conference - Full Lives: Making it Happen

April 25-26, 2002 - Anchorage Downtown Marriott

The "Making it Happen" conference theme referred to the optimum and appropriate supports resulting in positive outcomes for individuals and families receiving services, the DSP's, and supervisors. The ultimate goal was to make everyone feel valued as individuals and seen as equal partners as well as have equal access to services, adequate training and support and opportunities to connect with peers and colleagues.

Conference Goals

  • promote knowledge, dissemination, and networking among direct service staff, their supervisors, and those receiving services
  • showcase Best Practices toward person-centered, integrated services
  • share recruitment and retention strategies appropriate for rural and remote communities
  • promote electronic networking and information dissemination among community and school professionals, persons with disabilities, and their supports facilitate the statewide movement toward credentialing based on national competency standards and the goals of the AADSC

Event Data

  • 421 people registered
  • 29 people received travel stipends of $350.00
  • 30% of those registered were family members
  • 9% experienced a disability
  • 73% were DSP's
  • 85% said they supported individuals with DD, Alzheimer's, mental health, or substance abuse issues

Sponsors and Supporters

Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilties and Special Education • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority • Alaska Mental Health Board • Alaska State Department of Education and Early Development: Quality Education in the Last Frontier • UAA Gerontology Program Committee • People First of Anchorage • UAA Center for Human Development • Mat-Su Services for Children and Adults, Inc • Assets, Inc • UA President's Office of Health Programs

Contact Full Lives

Raelynn Smith
(907) 264-6244

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
Fax: (907) 274-4802