LEND Trainings & Announcements

Here you will find information about upcoming trainings, community events, legislation updates, grant opportunities and more for professionals and agencies that work with families experiencing developmental disabilities. If you have questions or want to post an announcement to this page, please contact the LEND Training Coordinator at rain@alaskachd.org.

STOMP - Specialized Training of Military Parents

November 18-19 at 
Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson (JBER)

For Military Parents of children with special needs and professionals who work with children with special needs.

The two-day workshop will guide families with special needs children through multiple complex systems that exist in the military, educational programs, and within their community. 

Register in advance at: Army Community Service (ACS), Building 600, Room A129 with Curtis Benton or Blayne White in Room A130. Contact Curtis at 907-384-6736 or curtis.j.benton.ctr@mail.milContact Blayne White at 907-384-0225.

Date: November 18-19, 2014

Time: 9:00am-3:15pm

Location: ACS, Building 600, Room A37, JBER-R
Important: Since this training is held on base, you will need to either have base access or work it out with them in advance so they can make it as seamless as possible to access the training. 

Training Topics Include:
  • Special Education Law
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504
  • Tricare and Enhanced Care Health Option (ECHO)
  • Communication and Advocacy
  • Networking
  • SSI
  • Wills, Guardianship, and Special Needs Trusts
  • Organizing Home Files/FERPA
Building Partnerships: Guide to Relationships with Families
Now available!
Building Partnerships: Guide to Relationships with Families


The Office of Head Start's National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) recently published a new resource, Building Partnerships: Guide to Relationships with Families, which explores the role that positive goal-oriented relationships play in effective parent, family, and community engagement. It is intended for the Head Start and Early Head Start community and professionals in the early childhood field. It offers definitions, tools, and guides for reflective practice and supervision. See other recently published resources on NCPFCE's Family Engagement and School Readiness Web page.
Child Development Module from Harvard: Building Brain Architecture
Now available!
Training Module: Building Brain Architecture

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published a new online training module, Building Brain Architecture: The Foundations of Lifelong Learning, Health, and Achievement. The module provides an overview of how early child and brain development happens, how it can be derailed and supported, and what effects early development can have on lifetime health and learning. It was a joint project of a cross-agency working group in Washington state and Frontiers of Innovation and was created to serve all adults whose decisions affect children, youth, and families. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Dillingham Recruiting for ILP Developmental Specialist
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation in Dillingham, Alaska is looking for a Developmental Specialist in the Infant Learning program.

Click this link to view the job description flyer.

For more information, please contact:

Pete Tallman, LCSW CDC I
Child Therapist
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Dillingham, Alaska
(907) 842-1230
(907) 842-5174 fax
Early Childhood Author Julia Cook Presentations 9/22/14
In partnership with Statewide ILP programs, the Center for Human Development is offering two web based author visit presentations by Julia Cook.

Julia wrote a book titled "Amazing Me- It's busy being 3" in partnership with the CDC along with over 30 other titles supporting social and emotional learning topics for children.

We are working with her to support the statewide "Learn the Signs, Act Early" campaign. 

There will be two sessions, 9/22/14 from 10-11am or 3-4pm. The content of both sessions is the same, you do not need to attend both. To see the flyer for the 9/22/14 webinars, click here.

If you would like to attend either in person in Anchorage or via webinar, please contact Stephanie George at stephanieg@alaskachd.org for connection information.

Videos Bring to Life the Promise of the Olmstead Decision
Two new companion videos, The Promise of Olmstead:  15 Years Later and Voices from the Olmstead Decision, are now posted to the ADA.gov website.  The first video is a tribute from the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to the dedicated and brave individuals who have worked to make the Olmstead Decision a way of life.  It opens with a statement from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and features stories from advocates.  In the closing statement, Associate Attorney General Tony West highlights the Civil Rights Division's Olmstead enforcement efforts, as well as its ongoing commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities can live and participate in, and contribute to, our communities.

Voices from the Olmstead Decision shares stories from individuals with disabilities, their family members, and other stakeholders whose lives have been positively impacted by Olmstead's promise of community integration.

To see the videos, go to http://www.ada.gov/videogallery.htm#olm

This message was originally shared by the Administration for Community Living.
Adult Protective Services Resource Fairs Anchorage Juneau Fairbanks
Adult Protective Services 
Vulnerable Adult Abuse Awareness 
Resource Fairs

Adult Protective Services (APS) is bringing these free resource fairs to Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks in September! There will be many resource booths to visit and presentations at each location! 

Who should come? Vulnerable adults, families, caregivers, and service providers

Questions? Contact Barbara Dick at 907-269-3641 or 

Anchorage Information
Date: September 5, 2014
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: BP Energy Center - 1014 Energy Ct, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • 10:30am-12:30pm - Mental Illness Basics
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm - Helping People Understand Navigating Through Systems of Support
Download flyer for more information (PDF 864KB)

Juneau Information
Date: September 19, 2014
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Mendenhall Mall & Library - 9105 Mendenhall Mall Rd #134, Juneau, AK 99801
  • 10:00am - Opening Ceremony
  • 10:45am - Qualifying for Medicaid
  • 11:45am - Establishing an Alternative Decision Maker POA/guardianship
  • 12:45pm - Homeless in SE Alaska
  • 1:45pm - Planning Ahead: Eligibility and Availability of Placement and Services, a panel discussion
Download flyer for more information (PDF 837KB)
Fairbanks Information
Date: September 25, 2014
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Noel Wien Public Library - 1215 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 
  • 11:00am-11:30am - Fairbanks Memorial Hospital; Lifeline a personal, medical alert service with new options available
  • 11:45am - Fairbanks Crisis Intervention Team (CIT); A Viable Community Partnership Fairbanks Police Department
  • 1:00pm - North Star Counsel on Aging; Services provided by the Senior Center
Download flyer for more information (PDF 822KB)
Mental Health First Aid Training in Anchorage
Trust Training Cooperative presents: 
Mental Health First Aid
Similar to 'First Aid' and CPR, 'Mental Health First Aid' teaches you how to help those experiencing mental health problems until professional help is available.

Who: All are welcome. This is a non-clinical public education training for anyone.

What: Mental Health First Aid  

  • September 4-5, 2014 from 1:00pm-5:00pm (each day)
    • Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
      1131 E. Int'l Airport Rd
      Anchorage, AK 99518
  • September 12, 2014 from 8:30am-5:00pm
    • BP Energy Center
      1014 Energy Ct
      Anchorage, AK 99508 
Cost: $75, an additional $30 for CEUs

Why: Mental Health First Aid is designed to arm the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Mental Health First Aid is a non-clinical, public education experience offered as an interactive 8-hour certification course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use issues in the U.S. The course  addresses the fear and stigma associated with mental illness and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the  course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.    

Register: Those who wish to attend must register through the TTC Learning Management System (LMS). Register online: 
Contact: For more information, contact Jill Ramsey at 907-264-6228 or jill@alaskachd.org
For more information on other TTC sponsored trainings,
visit www.ttclms.org 
The TTC is grant funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority through the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development
UAA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution.
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