22 Dec NJACP Conference
Everas Staff Attend the 2015 NJACP Conference
Everas staff were pleased to attend the 32nd Annual New Jersey Association of Community Providers Conference, “The Future is Here, Achieving Success”, which took place in Atlantic City on November 19th and 20th. The crux of the NJACP mission is to guarantee individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the right to live in the community from childhood through their adult years. They believe in person-centered planning and freedom of choice. These principles were emphasized along with other vital topics including the transition to the Fee-for-Service model, time management, disability rights, and change management at this year’s conference.
Everas Community Services executive team attended the pre-conference Symposium and NJACP Annual Meeting on the 19th, and were joined by agency-wide staff serving in direct-care, administrative, clinical, and leadership capacities to attend workshops on the following day. Attendees gained access to a trade-show featuring new and emerging technologies in our industry, relevant services, and retail solutions. Workshops focused on the pressing issues encountered by community providers on the frontline and at the administrative level. Experts in their respective fields spoke about Support Coordination, Managing Change, Implementing a Balanced Scorecard, and Managing Safety and Risk to name but a few.
Following the workshops, our own Vicky Calabro who also serves as the President of the NJACP gave opening remarks at the Keynote Luncheon. The 2015 Public Leadership Award was presented to Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate President for the State of New Jersey,who is a tireless advocate for and with individuals with disabilities. He was motivated by his daughter, who happens to have Down Syndrome, to turn to public office as a means of working towards creating an inclusive society for individuals with I/DD. Leadership Awards were also presented to exemplary professionals in our field.
Dr. Deborah M. Spitalnik, Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the founding Executive Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities gave the Keynote address- Building Embracing Community Supports: Passion and Policy.Her speech highlighted the nature of relationships in our work and how these contribute to lives of well-being, meaning, and above all happiness.
In President Vicky Calabro’s own words, the goal of the conference is that attendees, “leave the conference with renewed determination and new ideas to bring to your work and our shared mission to advance services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” On behalf of those in attendance, we are confident this goal was surpassed. We look forward to continued progress in the industry and the evolution of agencies across New Jersey and beyond.