I am super excited to attend another Regional Therap conference this month in Connecticut! No matter how long I use Therap or how many conferences and user groups that I go to, I ALWAYS learn something new when I hang out with other Therapites! (And that’s because Therap users are smarter than everyone else!)
The New Mexico conference earlier this year, really opened my eyes about how a provider might react to a mandatory system, I know how I would react! When ever I am told that I HAVE to do something, my immediate response is “no way!” I know, you’re shocked, I seem like such a mild mannered and passive individual and you would never figure me for an outspoken rebel, but it’s true. As I spoke with the New Mexico providers I started to realize that if I had been mandated to use Therap I probably would not love it as much as I do. I feel fortunate that I have worked for companies that have acquired Therap because it is a desirable tool that enhances communication, empowers Direct Support Professionals and increases the quality of life for the people we serve. Who knows, if I was mandated to use Therap I might be leading the charge against Therap instead of for Therap. But luckily, we all know which side I am really on!!! YAY THERAP!!!!
We in Florida have been waiting on the edge of our seats for months (and months and months and months) for the announcement that Florida will adopt Therap statewide. And now I know what to expect. All those other rebels out there that will want to reject any mandatory anything, will have to listen to me when I tell them to put down the torches and accept this change. Therap is good for individuals, staff, providers and states. It’s like mandatory chocolate.
So, now on to Connecticut, the birthplace of Therap, a pilgrimage to the homeland! I have no idea what I will learn when I am there, but I have no doubt that it will be ground breaking, earth shaking and altogether awe inspiring. So, bring it on CT!!!!