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Thank you Kansas City, See you in Atlanta!

Another great conference has drawn to a close.  I’m always impressed by how hard the attendees work when they come.  Walking the corridors on the last afternoon there are some serious exhausted folks hanging out there.  There was a whole lot of learning that went on here, for us and our customers.

I have to give some serious credit to the hotel, we finally found a place that could keep the internet access up and running for the duration of our conference.  That’s no easy task!

And so now we start planning for next year.  We’ve already decided that we are going to be in Atlanta, so watch out for some really early bird rates and start thinking about what you would like to present on!

Special thanks also go to Jeff, Chris, and Jordan who were our hosts an did their city pround.  Now it’s over to Jason.

:: Justin ::

Well, That was embarrassing…

One of the joys of running (and using!) Software as a Service is that every now and then there will be a glitch.  (did you see what happened to Google last week?

It just always seems like when they do happen it is at the least opportune time.  In the middle of Day Three of the National Conference would certainly qualify!

We’ve fixed the issue from this morning, but have another one we need to take care of this afternoon so you will see another brief interuption shortly.

As always we will continue to work to make these even less frequent.

:: Justin ::

 

Day Two at the Therap National Conference in Kansas City

This morning’s pleary session was truly remarkable.  Two self-advocates and a parent from The Resource Center in Jamestown, New York presented on how they use Therap and how it has impacted their lives.  It’s hard to explain quite how inspiring it was to see folks who have worked so hard to achieve remarkable things in their lives tell a spellbound audience that they are making even greater strides because they use Therap.

The video below is of Henry Wesley.  You can learn much more about him on his blog at http://trchenry.wordpress.com/  Henry told us about his life in Willowbrook and his fight for respect and freedom along with his many happy years of marriage and inspiring others.

The video isn’t great, but Henry is!

Next time someone tells you that their staff can’t use Therap, or it doesn’t make sense to share data with families or individuals, I would suggest that you introduce them to Henry, Jennifer, Joan or some of the other folks from Jamestown who presented via video or the many people around the country already engaging in secure transparancy through Therap.

You should also think about coming to our conference for People with Disabilities & their Circle of Support in South Plainfield, New Jersey, May 7-8, 2014.

What a great day!

:: Justin ::

Day One at the Therap National Conference

Every time I come to one of our National Conference I seem to run out of superlatives.

Whether it is the expertise of my colleagues or the level or dedication of our customers or just how much fun I have, I never cease to be impressed.

If you aren’t here, why not?

:: Justin ::

Coming to Kansas City? Be sure to check out our shuttle information

shuttle bus for Conference Attendees

 

Jordan has (in typical Jordan fashion) put together a great guide to our shuttles from the airport.

Read about it on the Central Region Blog

:: Justiin ::

Check out The Arc’s upcoming HealthMeet webinars!

As always, all of our HealthMeet webinars are FREE and open to everyone, so we encourage you to share/post this information with others that may also be interested in learning more about these important topics.


Improving Seizure Outcomes Through Online Seizure Diaries
Date: Wednesday, January 29th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
Presenter: Rob Moss

SeizureTracker.com is an innovative website dedicated to help individuals that have frequent seizures and epilepsy to understand the relationship between their seizures, medications/dosages and daily variables to help reduce seizure activity and understand the triggers. Rob Moss, the Co-Founder of SeizureTracker.com, will share some of the tools and personalized reports the system can generate to help empower patients about their medical needs. These reports can then be shared with your doctors to help them better understand and search for answers to your specific situation to improve daily living.

Register here.


Identifying and Improving Barriers to Healthcare for Individuals with I/DD
Date: Wednesday, February 12 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Meg Ann Traci, Ph.D.

In December 2013, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) released a policy brief on addressing the health care needs of youth with autism and other developmental disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

Meg Traci, Ph.D., the Project Director of The Montana Disability and Health Program at The University of Montana Rural Institute, will be joining us to discuss the current barriers to receiving adequate healthcare. Dr. Traci will introduce specific issues and show techniques to help resolve those barriers to make healthcare to help increase the number of individuals with IDD who receive healthcare regularly. These techniques include ways to make facilities more accessible and health forms that are more user-friendly to individuals with IDD. She will spotlight resources and tools that can be helpful in reviewing current facilities, documents, and programs to ensure they are effective for everyone.

Register here.


Tobacco Cessation for Individuals with Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
Presenter: Candice Lee

Smoking is bad for your health. It’s a fact we have all known for a long time now, so why are so many of us still doing it? In this webinar, Candice Lee from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health will reveal the prevalence and patterns of tobacco use in individuals with IDD. She will show the impact that tobacco use can have on your health, finances and other implications it can lead to. Tobacco cessation resources for individuals with IDD and ways to effectively communicate the important message for the need to quit smoking will be given.

Register here.


Please see our HealthMeet® Events page for a full calendar of all our upcoming HealthMeet® events at: www.thearc.org/healthmeet-events.

 

Heading to Kansas City for the Therap National Conference

I, along with all your favourite Therap people and more than 350 of your colleagues, are heading to Kansas City!

It is going to be an amazing conference, I hope that I’ll see you there!

:: Justin ::

Check out HealthMeet’s upcoming webinars!

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We’re kicking off 2014 with a jam packed January full of informative webinars! All of our HealthMeetwebinars are FREE and open to everyone, so we encourage you to share/post this information with others that may also be interested in learning more about these important topics.


Understanding Behavioral Changes in Adults with IDD and Dementia
(rescheduled from December)
Date: Tuesday, January 7th at 2:00 – 3:00PM EST

This webinar will dive into the behavioral aspects of dementia in persons with IDD. Dr. Kathie Bishop and Ms. Kathleen Pears will team up to go into detail regarding symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia in this population, and how sensory challenges can often be misinterpreted and associated with dementia. Environmental factors that can contribute to certain behaviors will be introduced as well as changes that you can make in an individual’s environment that will help to reduce specific attributes as well.

Register here.


Healthcare Transition for Youth with I/DD: A Review of Research, Policy and Next Steps
Date: Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Samantha Crane

In December 2013, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) released a policy brief on addressing thehealth care needs of youth with autism and other developmental disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

Join us for this upcoming webinar to learn more as Samantha Crane, ASAN’s Director of Public Policy, discusses concepts from the brief. She will also provide recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care, as well as support in taking on adult levels of autonomy with respect to their own health care needs.

Register here.


Seizures: Refractory Seizure Evaluation and Treatment in Adults with I/DD
Date: Wednesday, January 22nd at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
Presenter: Seth Keller, MD

Adults with I/DD often have complex and fragile medical difficulties including seizure disorders. Commonly, seizures are refractory to medication therapy and usage of multiple seizure medications, toxicities, ER visits and associated injuries may occur. The presentation will review these various challenges as well as the difficulties that also contribute to problems with diagnosis, testing, and therapies. Recommendations will be made to help ensure that better outcomes are achieved as well as improvements in quality of life.

Register here.


Improving Seizure Outcomes Through Online Seizure Diaries
Date: Wednesday, January 29th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
Presenter: Rob Moss

SeizureTracker.com is an innovative website dedicated to help individuals that have frequent seizures and epilepsy to understand the relationship between their seizures, medications/dosages and daily variables to help reduce seizure activity and understand the triggers. Rob Moss, the Co-Founder of SeizureTracker.com, will share some of the tools and personalized reports the system can generate to help empower patients about their medical needs. These reports can then be shared with your doctors to help them better understand and search for answers to your specific situation to improve daily living.

Register here.


Tobacco Cessation for Individuals with Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
Presenter: Candice Lee

Smoking is bad for your health. It’s a fact we have all known for a long time now, so why are so many of us still doing it? In this webinar, Candice Lee from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health will reveal the prevalence and patterns of tobacco use in individuals with IDD. She will show the impact that tobacco use can have on your health, finances and other implications it can lead to. Tobacco cessation resources for individuals with IDD and ways to effectively communicate the important message for the need to quit smoking will be given.

Register here.


Please see our HealthMeet® Events page for a full calendar of all our upcoming HealthMeet® events at: www.thearc.org/healthmeet-events.

Do you have a certified Electronic Health Record? – We do!

CCHIT LTPAC Certification Logo

I’m very excited an proud to announce that Therap is now officially a certified Electronic Health Record.

This has been a long process and involved a lot of hard work, but now you are in a position to offer to the people you support a system that meets these standards:

This product has been inspected against integrated functionality, interoperability and security criteria independently developed by CCHIT’s broadly representative, expert work groups. Using CCHIT’s testing methods, this product has been found in full compliance with the criteria in effect on the date of inspection.

You can find out much more about the certification process at www.cchit.org

You can see details of our certification under the Long Term and Post Acute Care standard here.

To make sure that you are using our full certified product, be sure to talk us.

Much more on this to come.

:: Justin ::

 

A few days in a few places

Picture of Carson City, Nevada

The above image is part of my ongoing series of State Capitol photos (in this case Carson City, Nevada).  It’s also an example of what Google does to you photos when you back up from your phone to Google+!  All of a sudden, it does wacky/cool things based on what you have done.

This trip to Carson City included an incredible drive up from Sacramento via Lake Tahoe.  The scebery was quite breath taking.

Picture of Lake Tahoe

All of this on the back of a trip to Austin, Texas and their Capitol!

Picture of Justin in Austin, Texas

Someday soon, I need to compile all of these into an album and see how many I have left.

:: Justin ::

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