Today is Day One of the 8th Side by Side Technology Conference.
It’s amazing how each one of these conferences is different with its own personality but equally cool and wonderful.
Jeff as always makes for a great host and after a day of teaching and learning I’m looking forward to seeing something of St Louis.
Much, much more to come over the next two days.
:: Justin ::
I am very excited to announce that the keynote address on Day Two of our conference will be given by Oracle. We have come across many situations where agencies have tried, with the best intentions, to develop their own system running local databases. Therap’s top of the line hardware and infrastructure is one of the many things that separates us from any competition that might be out there. You will now have an opportunity to hear from Oracle about why their software and hardware help to keep your data safe and accessible. Enjoy…
There are also a number of other outside speakers to make sure you catch up with. Remember that these folks will be happy to talk to you between sessions as well as at their presentations. Small group and 1:1 discussions are what our conference is all about. Be sure to look for folks from:
ANCOR talking about their Performance Excellence program and services for agencies.
Talintel with a remarkable system to make sure that you hire the right staff.
CLO talking about their Homelink monitoring service
CARF talking about quality, measurement, data, and certification
and of course our friends from The College of Direct Support
We have a tremendous group of people coming from all over the country, it really is going to be an event you don’t want to miss.
If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to hurry over to our website and do so.
:: Justin ::
PS Please note that we are working to finalize the conference schedule this week with a final version being available at the weekend. Be sure to check that you have the latest copy before you head to Fishkill
Oct. 19-21: 7th Side-by-Side Event
CDS Authors From University of Minnesota
To Join the Conference’s Program Lineup
It’s time for one and all to sign up for “Side-by-Side Technology: Therap, CDS Training Conference VII” on Oct. 19-21 in Burnside, MN, just outside Minneapolis near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
This will be the 7th in the series of joint training conferences presented by the College of Direct Support (CDS) and Therap Services. The venue for this unique event will be the Holiday Inn-Burnsville, which is 15 minutes from the airport and has a shuttle available,
Since the conference will be near Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota and its Institute on Community Integration (ICI), we’ll be joined by a number of the people who produce and author CDS courses. The ICI is the entity that is responsible for developing and the authoring the CDS curriculum. We will have members of the ICI join us for portions of the conference and they will be available for questions and conversations. Those who may attend are Amy Hewitt, Nancy McCulloh, Susan O’Nell, Derek Nord, Lori Sedlezky, Pam Stenjham and Mark Olson.
Therap Services and CDS are working jointly to enhance the services and supports available to people with developmental disabilities and those who support them. This conference brings together the two industry leaders in the field of utilizing web-based technologies to educate and train a workforce delivering support services.
Therap and CDS will offer sessions and presentations on their services and you’ll hear from the University of Minnesota’s ICI staff. There will be specific sessions for advanced users, for system administrators and for the potential users of Therap and CDS. Also, agencies from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota that are current users of one or both technologies offered by CDS and Therap will be on hand.
The two separate and yet distinct companies will discuss the “bridge” that allows users to access Therap’s services and bridge to the CDS via the Elsevier Performance Manager offered by Elsevier | MCStrategies.
Therap Services, LLC, based in Waterbury, CT, is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities.
CDS is an online curriculum delivered by a Learning Management System and is being used across the country to develop, educate and build careers for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). CDS is a collaborative work of the University of Minnesota and Elsevier | MCStrategies.
For more fun, there will be exciting Therap Games, brainstorming sessions and more surprises waiting for you!
For information on conference attractions, the schedule, registration fees and hotel accommodations, click on the links below:
Our friends from Rest Assured and Web Footed Friends once again will be joining us in Minnesota.
Rest Assured is a real time monitoring system with two-way communications that started in 2001. Broadband wireless technology is used to link individual homes to a central monitoring station.
Web Footed Friends, Inc. is an applied research firm developing and supporting talent management systems in human services to get the right people in specific positions to increase productivity, customer satisfaction and industry capacity that fosters growth and enhances quality of consumer support. The principals of the firm have had 30-plus years experience in psychometrics. WFF has focused on organizational development for 15 years.
Hotel rooms are $85 a night. For additional information about this conference, call 203-596-7553.
THE CONFERENCE LINKS
We just released the schedule for our next Side by Side Conference which will take place October 19th to 21st at the Burnsville Holiday Inn, next to Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.
We have a really exciting agenda featuring a whole track of sessions by the folks from the University of Minnesota.
If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?
:: Justin ::
There’s a new College of Direct Support Newsletter out now which you can read here.
There are a couple of articles of specific interest, one about our upcoming Side by Side Conference in Baltimore next month:
Next CDS, Therap Conference
and a very nice piece on DJK Enterprises in Oklahoma who use both CDS and Therap:
June’s Partner Profile:
DJK Enterprises Is A Small
Agency Doing Big Things
DJK Enterprises is a small agency in a small southern Oklahoma town of approximately 17,000 people that is doing some very big things in the world of technology and online training.
This agency, which serves 45 people in four counties, began using the College of Direct Support (CDS) in August 2008.
Damien Greenlee, DJK’s Director of Training, says that the old saying that “time is money” sure seems more and more relevant these days. “With constant funding cutbacks due to the current economic climate – in Oklahoma as well as across the country – it seems that any money an agency can save is a miracle. And The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a money-saving miracle for DJK Enterprises,” he writes in our June Partner Profile on DJK.
Click HERE to read the full Partner Profile about how DJK is using CDS along with Therap Services and the “bridge” between the two technologies.
Damien Greenlee, Director of Training at DJK Enterprises, is shown here with Barbara Sanders, who completed all CDS courses required by Oklahoma and now works in their office operations.
:: Justin ::
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Each year as a part of the ANCOR Management Practices Conference, the CDS team hosts this interactive time of sharing with CDS users and those interested in learning how others are incorporating CDS into their workforce development efforts. We have expanded the hours of the program and had great input from many of you who attended last year in San Francisco!
- 2010 Product Development :: Amy Hewitt
- How the CDS is growing in the U.S. & beyond :: Bill Tapp
- The New Administrator :: Michelle Kael
- National CDS Evaluation :: Derek Nord
- Return on Investment Tool :: Nancy McCulloh & Bill Waibel
- CDS Resource Tools :: Tom King
- CDS/Therap Bridge :: Therap/CDS team
- Games, The Riot, Body & Soul :: Kristin Dean
- Roundtable Discussion Luncheon :: Everyone
- Our workforce development efforts :: CDS User Groups
The College of Direct Support (CDS) and Therap Services continue their successful series of joint training conferences with the fourth one – “Side-by-Side Technology: Therap, CDS Training Conference IV” – in Indianapolis, IN on Oct. 20-22 at the Holiday Inn North at The Pyramids.
The very first CDS-Therap conference was held in Kansas City just more than a year ago.
This LINK will take you to the conference flyer for more information and registration details. For additional information, call 203.596.7553.
This conference again brings together two industry leaders in the field of utilizing web-based technology to support people with developmental disabilities and educating and training a workforce to deliver the support services. The two separate and yet distinct companies will discuss the “bridge” that allows users to access Therap’s services and bridge to the CDS via the Learning Management System offered by MCStrategies/Elsevier.
This conference will also feature an address by Dr. Amy Hewitt, Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration. She will be presenting on the use of technology and workforce transformation. Dr. Hewitt coordinates the authoring of the CDS curriculum at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration.
There is an early bird registration fee of $150 per person available for the three-day conference and that also covers all meals.
Therap Services, LLC, based in Waterbury, CT, is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities. It offers an easy and efficient alternative to the immense amount of paperwork that is done manually by the care providers.
CDS is an online curriculum delivered by a Learning Management System and is being used across the country to develop, educate and build careers for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). CDS is a collaborative work of the University of Minnesota and Elsevier/MC Strategies. CDS is headquartered in Knoxville, TN, and its curriculum is developed by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.
Click here to download the conference flyer for more information.
We have a whole bunch of conferences coming up in the next few months for you to sign up for.
Our next conference is Side by Side III with the College of Direct Support in Denver, CO: August 19th to 21st
Finally in this category for now, we have the next National Provider Administrator Conference in Fishkill, NY, February 2nd to 4th 2010. This is already looking like a really exciting conference and one that I suspect will sell out early. I am particularly excited about the user presentations that we have lined up. There are some fascinating topics that we will be announcing soon. Remember, if you want to present, you can get a free registration if accepted.
Not only do we run our own (exceedingly cool) conferences, we also show up at a lot of other people’s conferences. You can see a full list of the Conferences that we will be attending here.
I do hope that we see you soon!
:: Justin ::