AIRS Annual Conference and National Aging and Disability Symposium

AIRS Annual Conference and National Aging and Disability Symposium

St. Louis, Missouri – May 22-25, 2016

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The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) in collaboration with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the National Aging and Disability I&R Support Center, and military family support specialists held the 38th Annual I&R Training and Education Conference, "AIRS: I&R’s Gateway to Networking and Learning," in St. Louis, Missouri, from May 22nd to 25th, 2016. The Annual National Aging and Disability I&R/A Symposium included a pre-conference I&R/A Summit for aging and disability professionals and a full complement of workshops comprising the Aging and Disability conference track.

The National Aging and Disability Information & Referral/Assistance Pre-Conference Summit - Sunday, May 22, 2016

Aging and disability I&R/A professionals joined the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), for an interactive day of information sharing, presentations, and discussion prior to the start of the AIRS Conference. The 2016 pre-conference summit focused on person centered thinking. The summit agenda and presentations are available below. 

2016 Pre-Conference Summit Agenda

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Attendee Introductions
Nanette Relave, National Information and Referral Support Center, NASUAD

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks from ACL, NASUAD, n4a, and NCIL
Sherri Clark, Administration for Community Living (ACL); Deborah Merrill, NASUAD;  Nora Super, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a); Lindsay Baran, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
NASUAD Presentation
n4a Presentation

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Updates from the I&R Support Center, the Eldercare Locator, and AIRS
Nanette Relave, I&R Support Center, NASUAD; Patrice Earnest, Eldercare Locator, n4a; Charlene Hipes, the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)
NASUAD Presentation
n4a Presentation

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Setting the Stage for Person Centered Thinking
Shawn Terrell, ACL
Presentation

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Person Centered Thinking: Policy and Practice 
Shawn Terrell, ACL; Michael Smull, Support Development Associates
Presentation

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Person Centered Thinking: Putting Skills into Practice
Shawn Terrell, ACL; Michael Smull, Support Development Associates
Presentation

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Person Centered Thinking: Large Group Debrief
What are your thoughts and reactions to the exercises? How does the person centered thinking framework presented today align with or differ from person centered counseling as practiced by your agencies? What will you take home to your agency and to your own practice of information and referral/assistance?