2013 Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals - "Ready, Set… Care!"

April 11-12, 2013 - Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

Keynote Presenters

Dr. Anthony Cahill

Dr. Anthony CahillDr. Cahill is Director of the Division of the Disability and Health Policy at the Center for Development and Disability in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Professor of Public Administration at UNM’s School of Public Administration and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

His most recent published work in the field includes the article The Psychosocial Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities and Independent Living Center Staff Living on the American Gulf Coast in the journal Rehabilitation Psychology, which received the 2011 Research Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and Emergency Management and Disability: A 2008 Scorecard in the Disability and Health Journal. He is a co-author of Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities by the Research and Training Center on Independent Living of the University of Kansas, which examined gaps in planning, communication and coordination between county emergency management offices and disability organizations in the areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

He has provided training and technical assistance in the area of emergency preparedness in several states, including Michigan, Iowa and Wyoming, and serves on the advisory committee of the Special Populations Analysis and Research Project at Temple University. Other recent presentations include Community Emergency Planning: How to Make It Happen at the 2010 conference of the Association of University Centers on Disability and Translating Research in Disaster Preparation and Emergency Response for People with Disabilities into Policy and Practice at the American Public Health Association.

Contact Information: 

Director, Division of Disability and Health Policy, UNM School of Medicine
2300 Menaul Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 272-2990
Email: acahill@salud.unm.edu

Peter Leidy

Peter Leidy

Peter 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.

Contact Information:
2922 Lakeland Ave
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-335-4039
Email: peterleidy@yahoo.com
Website: www.peterleidy.com

Schedule Information

Schedule at-a-glance (PDF)

Presenter Materials

(Note: All materials listed below are PDF documents.)

Dr. Anthony Cahill - The Prepared Community

Peter Leidy

Amanda Patterson - Understanding the Invisible Wounds of War

Art Arnold 

John Dineen and Laurie Ford - Finding and Keeping Great Staff - the Scope of the Problem

Karen Heath and Danielle Reed - Social Capital: Relationships, Opportunities, and Resources

Peggy Robinson - Customized Community-Based Employment

Rain Van Den Berg, Laura Andersen, and Loree Rayback - Alaska's Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for People with Disabilities

Rudy Kerr, Sharon Miranda, and Tiffany Wilson - Providing Services to Persons Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Wendi Shackelford - APD Crisis Intervention Team

Event Data

  • 333 participants
  • 54% of participants were Direct Service Professionals

Sponsors and Supporters

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority • Center for Human Development: UAA • Center for Psychosocial Development • Stone Soup Group • Trust Training Cooperative • State of Alaska - Health & Disability Program

Silent Auction Contributors

Donna Redding • Karla Morreira • Laurel Carnahan • Roxy Lamar • Jamelia Saied
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