"Doing Our Best Work" - Full Lives in Rural Alaska

September 27-28, 2011 - Yuut Elitnaurviat, People’s Learning Center in Bethel, Alaska

Keynote Presenter

Peter LeidyPeter Leidy has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. For almost 20 years he worked for Options in Community Living, a supported living agency in Madison, Wisconsin. His roles included direct support, service coordination, recruiting and supporting direct service staff, community building, and administrative responsibilities.

Peter consults with individuals, families, organizations, counties, and states in areas such as:

  • supported living
  • self-determination
  • organizational development
  • positive behavior support
  • building community relationships
  • supporting and valuing direct support staff
Peter also writes and sings humorous and thought-provoking songs about life in the human service system. Additionally, he is an award-winning singing commentator on Wisconsin Public Television. His humorous (some say “skewed”) observations involve politics, Wisconsin culture, the Madison scene, and personalized songs for individuals and special events.

Peter lives with his wife Betsy in Madison, Wisconsin.

Keynote Presenter Materials

Event Data

  • 74 participants
  • 73% of participants were Direct Service Professionals

Sponsors and Supporters

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority • Association of Village Council Presidents • Calista Corporation • Donlin Gold LLC • Trust Training Cooperative • Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
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