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Mapping Your Route to Wellness

Proactive Tools for R emaining Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally Fit

TX SILC The State Independent Living Council P.O. Box 9879 Austin, Texas 78766 512-371-7353 email: texsilc@texas.net www.texsilc.org

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TX SILC The Texas State Independent Living Council

Houston Center for Independent Living

Region VI Community Rehabilitation ProgramRehabilitation Continuing Education Program, (CRP-RCEP), University of North Texas Thank you for making this a smoke-free, scent-free event!



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I am glad that you have chosen to take part in the 2008 Texas Statewide Independent Living conference. I believe that you will find that the next two days will be time well spent. In addition to the informative presentations that you will have an opportunity to attend, you will be able to visit numerous exhibits, celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of award recipients, and network with other people who are engaged in the Independent Living Movement. Conference materials are available in alternate formats and both sign language interpretation and CART services have been arranged. A roving personal assistant will be present during the daily activities to aid attendees. Continuing Education Units will be issued for rehabilitation counselors interested in this benefit. Please let us know if you require any additional accommodations. In order to gauge the success of this conference and to more effectively plan for future events, it would be most helpful if you would complete the evaluation form provided in your packet. We are interested in your comments regarding all aspects of the conference and your suggestions for improvement. This year, the conference theme is: Mapping Your Route to Wellness. Our goal is to provide you with knowledge and tools that will be useful in maintaining your own physical, mental, and emotional well-being and in helping others to do the same. Conference topics have been carefully chosen to address some of the most pressing concerns common to people with disabilities. As you listen and learn, I hope you will consider sharing some of your own knowledge and experiences. Thank you for joining us. With warmest regards,

Marcia Ingram Event Chair Texas SILC

BE SURE TO VISIT THE CONFERENCE EXHIBITS Exhibits will be available both days of the conference and will be located in the Regency Foyer on the second floor.

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MONDAY, MARCH 3 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session

Regency Foyer Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Welcome – Michelle Colvard, Executive Director Houston Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Keynote Address – Lex Frieden, Senior Vice President, Memorial Hermann|TIRR Hospital (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Research Promoting Wellness Among Women With Disabilities The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) has, for the past 15 years, been examining many neglected health issues for women with disabilities. This session will review findings of their studies, most of which were conducted in collaboration with centers for independent living around the country, as well as materials available in their current health promotion campaign for women with disabilities. Presenter: Dr. Peg Nosek, Executive Director, CROWD

– A technical assistance and training program for Louisiana Rehabilitation Services and Office of Mental Health that furthered the understanding of Supported Employment as an evidence-based practice and conceptualized implementation at the local level. This effort articulated the importance of collaboration and the roles played by the MH clinician, VR, family, employment professional and other supports. – Development of a Dual Customer Marketing approach that recognizes both business and the consumer as customers in the employment process, piloted as a twoday interactive training, conducted at the request of DARS, Division of Blind Services. – A 3-year project in conjunction with The Rehabilitation Research Initiative housed at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, to study the underutilization by Hispanic-Americans of rehabilitation services. This collaboration resulted in the development of several products including an online Diversity Toolkit and a monograph, Increasing Capacity of CRPs to Serve Hispanic Individuals, available through the Region VI CRP-RCEP website. Region VI CRP-RCEP – University of North Texas PO Box 311456 Denton, TX 76203-1456 Phone/TTY (940) 565-4000 Fax (940) 369-8525 www.crp.unt.edu

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Using the Medicaid Buy-in Program to Ensure Health Care Coverage While Working This session will explain how a new option will benefit people with disabilities who want to work and need to maintain their Medicaid coverage. The Medicaid Buy-In program allows people of any age who have a disability and are working to receive Medicaid by paying a monthly premium that is based on earned and unearned income. Presenter: Elizabeth Gregowicz, Texas Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Administrator, DARS, Center for Policy and Innovation

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community leadership led to the selection of the first person with a disability to become a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) Board. HCIL recently obtained 75 Housing Choice vouchers from the Houston Housing Authority, so that nursing home residents could relocate to affordable, accessible housing and concurrently operates a HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance contract with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This session will focus on the importance of recreation and exercise for people with physical disabilities. Some of the obstacles to participation, real and perceived, will be identified and adaptive exercise techniques will be introduced. Examples of circuit training, interval training, and strongman type exercise and training will be presented.

REGION VI COMMUNITY REHABILITATION PROGRAMREHABILITATION CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM

Presenter: Peggy Turner, Division Manager, Adaptive Recreation, Houston Parks and Recreation Department Chuck French, Adaptive Recreation Facility Manager, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Located at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, the Region VI CRP-RCEP is the premier training and consultancy group for community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) seeking to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The CRP-RCEP conducts training, hosts conferences, and provides technical assistance to community rehabilitation programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas.

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Recovery Oriented, Consumer Driven Services in Mental Health

Frequently the Region VI CRP-RCEP partners with universities, vocational rehabilitation agencies and other stakeholders to create, pilot, test and ultimately develop new training programs based on the needs of specific communities. Some recent collaborations include:

– Providing technical assistance including facilitating the development of an Employment Services Plan for a model supported employment project and a twoday training program on Mental Health & Employment, conducted at the request of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). This collaborative effort brought together numerous stakeholders, including consumers, VR, MH, clinicians and educators.

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Recreation Through Sports and Exercise for People with Disabilities

HCIL has additional branch offices in Brazoria County (BCCIL) and Fort Bend (FBCIL). The Houston CIL is a proud member of the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living (TACIL).

– A Leadership Project, piloted in Texas, designed to facilitate strong collaboration between CRPs and VR counselors, while enhancing knowledge and understanding of the VR process at national, state and local levels. This was accomplished through a variety of strategies, including shadowing, technical assistance, and a comprehensive educational tool. End goals included the successful design and implementation of an Employment project in the CRP/VR partners’ local area that enhanced positive employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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The workshop presenter will discuss best approaches in mental health treatment with an emphasis on strengths-based practice and principles as well as collaborative decision making for medication use. Presenter: Melody Riefer, Project Manager, the Shared Decision Making project, University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

General Session

Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Laughter, The Best Medicine Presenter/Facilitator: Helen Kutz, Certified Laughter Leader

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3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Consumer-Directed Personal Assistant Services and the Service Responsibility Option This session will update participants about the Department of Aging and Disability Services’ options for self-direction: the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) option and the Service Responsibility Option (SRO). The session will also cover the identified barriers to the use of consumer direction and how Centers for Independent Living can play an important role in addressing some of these obstacles. Presenter: Elizabeth Jones, Department of Aging and Disability Services, (DADS)

The Artistic Self

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Artistic expression is an important component of wellness. This session will allow participants to explore their own creativity through hands on use of art tools and will discuss how artists with disabilities might become selfsupporting using Social Security incentives. Presenters: April Sullivan, ArtWorks Director, VSA Arts of Texas, Maria Teresa Aguirre, Artist Mentor, VSA arts of Texas, Daniel Scarborough, Executive Director, National PASS Network

Operation: The council meets a minimum of four times per year at various locations throughout the state. The SILC maintains offices at 5555 North Lamar Blvd., Building K, Suite 103 in Austin. Regina Blye is the organization’s executive director. Ms. Blye can be reached at: (512) 371-7353 (voice/TDD) (512) 371-7370 (fax) admin@txsilc.com (E-mail)

HOUSTON CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (HCIL) Founded in 1979, Houston Center for Independent Living was the first CIL in Texas. HCIL welcomes the 9th Annual Texas State Independent Living Council Conference to Houston. The Houston Center for Independent Living has a long history of disability advocacy and makes every effort towards meeting its mission to “…promote the full inclusion, equal opportunity, and participation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of community life.” Center core services include peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, and independent living skills training. HCIL also operates various programs to enhance core services to the many consumers served by the organization. Programs such as the Computer Access Training Project (CATP) to make sure consumers are provided technical training on the latest computer and software advances for people with disabilities. HCIL operates the Gulf Coast Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project which assists SSI/SSDI recipients who want to go to, or return to, work. The HCIL Houston/Gulf Coast Region Home By Choice Relocation Services project has, since January 2007, successfully relocated 144 consumers out of nursing homes and into community-based living arrangements. HCIL provides Outreach and Assistance technical information on the various state benefit programs available to consumers living in the Houston/Gulf Coast Counties. The Center implemented the “Increased Access for Quality Health Care for People with Disabilities” workshop series for several local area hospitals where ADA technical assistance and the importance of consumer choice and self-direction were instructed. The Houston CIL has received state and national awards for disability advocacy activities. The center’s record includes successful efforts to assure that the fixed route bus system and the light rail system are completely accessible to all people with disabilities. HCIL hosted the first two televised Houston Mayoral Candidate Forums for People with Disabilities, attended by more than 1200 consumers. The organization’s

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TEXAS STATE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL (SILC)

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

History: In 1992, the federal Rehabilitation Act was amended to authorize the formation of consumer-directed independent living councils in all states for the purpose of planning, monitoring, and evaluating the provision of independent living services. Members of the SILC are appointed by the governor and serve on a voluntary basis. The council works in collaboration with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living to develop a three-year State Independent Living Plan.

Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Becoming A Savvy Healthcare Consumer Presenter: Brenda Premo, Founding Director, Center on Disability Issues and the Health Professions, Western University 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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Practical Nutrition for Everyday Living

Mission:

This session will provide practical application of the principles of good nutrition for everyday living on a budget. Additional topics will include dietary supplements, health fraud and being a good consumer in a consumer unfriendly world.

The mission of the State Independent Living Council is to assure that all Texans with disabilities have access to quality independent living services. The SILC upholds the principles of the Independent Living Movement: peer support, selfhelp, self-determination, equality, and positive systemic change.

Composition:

Presenter: Dr. Roberta Anding, Instructor, Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Currently, a majority of the SILC’s members have a disability, or are the relatives of individuals with disabilities. Council members include: Paula Margeson, Plano

Dennis Borel, Austin

Marcia Ingram, McAllen

Morgan Talbot, McAllen

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Tracey Michol, Fort Worth

Kristen Jones, Austin

Scotty Sherrill, Nacogdoches

Donald Landry, Beaumont

This session will explore the importance of inner peace and of finding meaning and purpose in one’s life.

Michelle Crain, Lubbock

Robert Hawkins, Bellmead

Representatives from state agencies serve as ex officio members of the SILC. Currently, these members are:

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Presenter: Melody Riefer, Disability Trainer and Consultant 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Larry Gardner, Division for Rehabilitation Services

Maximizing Wellness Through Assistive Technology

Glenda Embree, Division for Blind Services

In this session, presenters will provide hands-on demonstrations of various types of assistive technology and discuss latest innovations in the field. Issues such as ease of use, durability, frequency of upgrades, and cost effectiveness will also be covered. In addition, presenters will discuss programs for acquiring needed assistive technology including provisions of Rider 30.

Marc S. Gold, Department of Aging and Disability Services

Funding: The State Independent Living Council is a fully incorporated, tax exempt, organization with an annual operating budget of approximately $185,000. The primary source of revenues for the organization is a grant authorized in Title VII Part B of the Rehabilitation Act and administered through the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

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11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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Live Long, Live Strong: What Everyone Needs to Know About, Sex, Drugs and Disabilities According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “People with physical and cognitive disabilities are more likely to have a substance use disorder and less likely to get treatment for it than those without a co-existing disability.” Recognizing that the spectrum of substance use disorder treatment for people with physical and cognitive disabilities is a broad one, the general focus of this session will be an overview of substance use and interventions with emphasis on helping participants to develop an awareness of attitudes, beliefs and expectations toward drug use that may impact getting help. Presenter: Pat Pullins, Manager, Wellderly Program, Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

Imperial Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Awards Presentations • Professional/Service Provider Award • Community Service Award • Lifetime Achievement Award • Consumer of the Year 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

General Session

Regency Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Enhancing Individual Choice - The Money Follows the Person Demonstration The presenter will discuss the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration award recently granted to Texas. This Demonstration will allow Texas to build upon its current success with MFP, and assist individuals with more complex functional/medical needs to relocate from nursing facilities to community-based residential settings. Additional community-based services will be provided for select populations in pilot settings. Presenter: Marc Gold, Director, Promoting Independence Initiative Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Page 6

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Elizabeth Gregowicz, Speaker

Dr. Roberta Anding, Speaker

Peggy Turner, Speaker

Richard Hopkins, Speaker

Chuck French, Speaker

Michael Ritter, Speaker

Melody Riefer, Speaker

Pat Pullins, Speaker

Helen Kutz, Speaker

Dr. Marc Gold, Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Jones, Speaker

Paula Margeson, Speaker

April Sullivan, Speaker

Dennis Borel, Speaker

Maria Teresa Aguirre, Speaker

Ann Titgen,Volunteer

Daniel Scarborough, Speaker

Linda Silverstein,Volunteer

Brenda Premo, Speaker

John Davis,Volunteer

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Getting Involved, Community Service as a Key to Wellness This session will center on the importance of “giving back” and highlight ways that people with disabilities can make a difference in their communities. Presenter: Paula Margeson, Chair, Texas State Independent Living Council

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Casting Your Ballot and Getting Politicians to Work for You The workshop presenter will discuss pending legislation of particular relevance to people with disabilities and outline useful strategies for impacting decision-makers. Presenter: Dennis Borel, Executive Director, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

EXHIBITORS Amerigroup Community Care

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Adjournment

Evercare Center for Research on Women with Disabilities VSA Arts Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Rehab Technology Resource Center DARS - Division for Blind Services Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living Advocacy Inc Houston Center for Independent Living Flexiciser International Pressing On Page 14

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Michelle Colvard Michelle Colvard is the executive director of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities in Houston. A native Houstonian, Ms. Colvard was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair since the 6th grade. She has a background in health research, including health promotion for people with disabilities and women’s issues. Ms. Colvard holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She was recently chosen as Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2008.

Lex Frieden An icon of the Independent Living Movement, Lex Frieden has received two Presidential Citations for his work in the field of disability and was the 1998 recipient of the distinguished Henry B. Betts Award for "efforts that significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.” Currently, Mr. Frieden is professor of Health Informatics and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Adjunct Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Community and Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. While serving as executive director for the National Council on Disability, (1984-1988), he was instrumental in conceiving and drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Frieden holds a master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Houston and has been awarded a World Rehabilitation Fund Fellowship to study programs for disabled people in Europe.

Who is Evercare? Evercare is one of the nation's largest care coordination programs for people who have long-term or advanced illnesses, are older or have disabilities. Our Medicare and Medicaid plans and services enhance health and independence by providing a Nurse Practitioner or Care Manager as your personal guide through the complex world of health care. We help make it easier to get the care you deserve.

Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D., Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and founder and Executive Director of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Nosek is a 1984 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate in rehabilitation research. Her research and writing on disability have focused on the psychosocial and physical health of women with disabilities, internet-based learning, secondary conditions, health promotion, reproductive health care, sexuality, self-esteem, and abuse of women with disabilities. As a person with a severe physical disability, she has been a pioneer and activist in the disability rights movement, including vigorously supporting passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities has honored her as a “Disability Patriot.”

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Elizabeth Gregowicz is the DARS, Center for Policy and Innovation, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Administrator. Having worked in several states in the Disability Determination Service programs, she has an extensive Social Security Administration (SSA) disability background. In 1994, she became part of the staff of the Texas Disability Determination Services department, where she worked closely with the SSA disability initiatives for nine years. In 2002, she joined the Texas Workforce Commission. This experience included interfacing with the 28 statewide Local Area Workforce Boards in the areas of policy, contract management, technical

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Greater Houston. She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas Southern University.

Marc Gold Marc Gold is the manager overseeing the Promoting Independence Initiative for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, (DADS). Previously, he worked with the Health and Human Services Commission and the former Texas Department of Human Services. A graduate of the University of Miami, Mr. Gold earned a master’s degree from Emory University in Georgia and a doctorate in neuropsychology from Columbia University in New York. Representing DADS, he is an ex-officio member of the State Independent living Council.

Paula Margeson Paula Margeson is the current chair of the State Independent Living Council. She has worked in the Independent Living Movement for thirty years and is presently the grant writer and youth outreach coordinator at the REACH Resource Center in Dallas. As a person with a disability and both the mother and daughter of individuals with disabilities, she is well aware of the challenges faced by her peers and is committed to helping others in their efforts toward greater independence. Ms. Margeson received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2006 and in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

Dennis Borel Dennis Borel is executive director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and as such is frequently called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies regarding disability-related issues. He serves on multiple advisory groups to state health and human services agencies and was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the State Independent Living Council. Mr. Borel has twenty-three years' experience as a senior manager of nonprofit organizations. In 2005 he was honored by his alma mater, the University of Michigan, for his work in the field of disability.

assistance, and performance, as well as oversight of the Career Schools and Colleges and Workforce Investment Act Eligible Training Provider programs. Ms. Gregowicz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.

Peggy Turner Peggy Turner is the division manager of adaptive recreation for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has over twenty-five years experience working with people with disabilities. Ms. Turner has a BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies and minored in Health Education.

Chuck French Chuck French is adaptive recreation facility manager for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. He is a certified USA Weightlifting Club Coach. Mr. French has developed successful adaptive exercise, fitness and weight training programs for people with disabilities and is an instructor for the Department’s aquatic exercise classes for the aging and disabled. He has a B.S. in Kineseology and a Masters Degree in Education.

Melody Riefer Melody Riefer is the Project Manager for the Shared Decision Making project at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare. She is a trainer, consultant, and speaker who has worked with multiple state mental health authorities and various national and state advocacy organizations. Ms. Rieffer has authored several manuals and curricula as diverse as beginner training guides for new computer users, governance and policy handbooks for non-profit agencies, and peer specialist training manuals. She was the founding director of The Peer Project, a 100% consumer-run program in Atlanta GA. Ms. Rieffer served as the inaugural director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Her work is influenced by, and benefits from, the experience she brings as a person in recovery from serious mental illness.

Helen Kutz Helen Kutz is assistant director at Progressive Independence, an independent living center in Norman, OK. She has been featured as a keynote speaker, facilitator, panelist and workshop presenter at conferences for organizations such as National Organization of Women, National Association of Women’s Study Programs, National Council of Independent Living and the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities. Over the course of a decade, she has developed and delivered numerous workshops on the healing power of humor. Ms. Kutz has her bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in human relations both from the University of Oklahoma.

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Elizabeth Jones Elizabeth Jones is the Consumer Directed Services Coordinator for the Department of Aging and Disability Services. She has over 20 years of experience in health and human services program development and evaluation and policy analysis. Most recently, Dr. Jones directed the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Real Choice Systems Change grant. She has worked closely with stakeholders to develop the Service Responsibility Option (SRO) as well as to design outreach and educational material about consumer direction. She is a member of the Health and Human Services Commission’s Consumer Directed Workgroup. Dr. Jones received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

April Sullivan April Sullivan is ArtWorks Director at VSA Arts. In this capacity, she organizes and implements Arts Works programs and services and provides consultation and technical assistance to emerging artists with disabilities. Ms. Sullivan has a BFA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and is an accomplished visual artist.

Daniel Scarborough Daniel Scarborough is the Director of the National PASS Network. Through specialized training, he assists individuals with disabilities and professional organizations to access Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and work incentive programs to fund vocational opportunities.

Maria Teresa Aguirre Maria Teresa Aguirre is an accomplished painter who has studied at the El Paso Museum of Art, the Carmel Cultural Center in Carmel, California, Western University of New Mexico, and the Centro Cultural Universitario of Cuernavace, in Morelos Mexico. Her murals can be seen at the Lincoln Cultural Center in El Paso, TX.

Brenda Premo Brenda Premo is the Director of the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions, Assistant Vice President of Government Issues, and Associate Professor, Department of Health, at Western University in Pomona, CA. She is the former director of the independent living center in Orange County. Ms. Premo served on the National Council on Disability in the 1980’s and collaborated in drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act. The California State Senate honored her as Woman of the Year in 1988. Under California Governor Pete Wilson, Ms. Premo was the Director of the California State Department of Rehabilitation. Recent projects have included the development of materials for educating patients with disabilities regarding how to access health services and communicate with Page 10

providers and training for medical professionals regarding how to competently deliver health services to patients with disabilities. Ms. Premo holds a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Roberta Anding RD Roberta Anding RD is a clinical dietitian for Adolescent Medicine, the Director of Sports Nutrition for Texas Children’s Hospital and the Roger Clemens Institute. She is the team dietitian for the Houston Texans and for Rice University Wellness. She is the chair of SCAN, the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, a practice group of the American Dietetic Association. Ms. Anding has twenty years of experience as a teacher, educator and media representative and has received numerous teaching awards. She has twenty-two scientific and consumer publications to her credit focusing on sports, supplements, diabetes and eating disorders. Ms. Anding and Dan Riley, head strength coach of the Houston Texans co-host the Houston Texans Fitness Show on Sport Radio 610 every Saturday morning.

Richard Hopkins Richard Hopkins is the Program Specialist at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in the areas of Assistive Technology, Vehicle Modifications, and Home and Job Site Modifications. He has worked in the field of Human Services for more than twenty-nine years. He is involved in various community organizations that enhance his work in the field of Human Services including the Austin Capital City Lions Club, Project Mend, Inc., and Durable Medical Equipment Recycle Program. Mr. Hopkins holds a masters degree in education from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS.

Michael Ritter Michael Ritter is the Rehab Technology Information Specialist for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. He provides tours of the DARS Rehab Technology Resource Center; conducts research on new advances in AT; demonstrates AT equipment; and assists in managing the AT Loan Program - a "try it before you buy it" system that allows people with disabilities to evaluate various AT devices before purchasing. Mr. Ritter has worked at the state agency for seven years.

Pat Pullins Pat Pullins is manager for the Wellderly Program at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. She is a licensed master social worker, licensed chemical dependency counselor, a certified health professional and gerontology specialist, a certified dual disordered professional, and a trained relapse prevention specialist. She has worked with a diverse substance abuse population, including, women, adults, adolescents, criminal justice clients, and more recently the elderly. Ms. Pullins is an appointee to the Area Planning Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging, and is a member of the Committee on Aging at the Mental Health Association of Page 11