2008 Direct Support Staff Conference - Creating Capacity for Full Lives

April 17-18, 2008 - Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

Keynote Presenters

Jeff Jessee currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (The Trust) as well as the chair of the Housing Trust Steering Committee, which was created in 2005 by the Governor’s Council on Homelessness. Working with representatives from USDA Rural Development, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Wells Fargo Bank, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Rasmuson Foundation, Kodiak Housing Authority, the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and private land developers, he has helped develop the advocacy effort behind the creation of an Alaska Housing Trust.

On Thursday, April 17, 2008, he spoke on the importance and impact of direct support workers in the State of Alaska. 

Dale DiLeo is a widely sought-after speaker, writer, consultant, and well-known advocate for people with disabilities. Dale has provided training throughout the US and in Canada and Europe on community inclusion for persons with disabilities. Dale has trained over 75,000 participants over the past 20 years and delivered the keynote for the Canadian Conference on Supported Employment, the European Union of Supported Employment Conferences in Norway and Spain. He has consulted with state and private agencies, universities, professional associations, and corporations. He is the Past-President of the Board of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE), and is the lead author of that organization’s highly respected Ethical Guidelines in Supported Employment, as well as the author of numerous books and manuals. He has developed several innovative web courses and sites in supported employment and transition. His most recent book, Raymond's Room, focuses on ending the segregation of people with disabilities.

Presenter Materials*

Bettina Kipp
Confidentiality (PDF 127KB)

Carol Loftfield

Dale DiLeo
Inclusion (PDF 529KB)

David Barton
Family Emergency Plan (PDF 1.75MB)

Heidi Frost
Self Assessment (PDF 213KB)

Jill Hodges

Laurie Ford

Marilyn Irwin

Marsha Katz

Michelle Holloway

Peter Lichtenberg

Sharon Cannon

*Note: Not all materials from this conference are present. Submission of materials to be posted on this website was strictly voluntary.

Event Data

  • 351 people registered for this event
  • 8% were returning attendees from the previous year
  • 43% of those registered were DSP's
  • 22% of those registered were administrators
  • 16% of those registered worked in employment services

Sponsors and Supporters

Alaska Geriatric Education Center • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority • Center for Human Development: UAA • Center for Psychosocial Development • Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, Western Washington University • Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education • Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers • Start Up USA • The Stone Soup Group

Silent Auction Contributors

Alaska Works Initiative/AADSC • Denali Home Health and Hospice • Homewell Senior Care • Laurel Carnahan of Raven Moon Studio and artist friends • Mat-Su Activity and Respite Center • Progressive Personal Care Agency • Stone Soup Group • Trust Training Cooperative • Alaska Geriatric Education Center • UAA Bookstore 

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