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7th Annual CoAct Leadership Symposium
April 24 - April 26
The CoAct Project is a national executive symposium to discuss best care practices, industry challenges, and build relationships to better care for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The symposium will take place on April 24-26 and includes a robust schedule of networking meals, speakers, exhibitors, and more. Together we’ll discuss challenges, establish best practices, and strengthen relationships so that we may better serve these individuals and their families. We are building a productive and engaging agenda.
This year’s symposium will again include networking meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinners – on each day to allow for maximum opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations. We welcome each organization to bring marketing collateral to be included on our resource table. The symposium will begin with a networking dinner on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. and end in the afternoon on Friday, April 26. We will also host a meeting of the ‘Together For Choice’ national advocacy group on Friday for all attendees.
Guest Speakers Include:
Keynote: Roger Crawford
Best-selling author and inspirational speaker, Roger Crawford has helped more than 3,000 organizations break through self-imposed limitations and reach levels of achievement previously thought to be impossible. His work has been seen on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CNBC, and has been profiled in well-known publications such as USA Today, Men’s Fitness, and Fast Company. NBC was awarded an Emmy for a television movie that featured Roger’s extraordinary accomplishments. He is an internationally acclaimed author and his books have been translated into 11 languages.
For over 20 years, Roger Crawford has served grand slam programs to audiences throughout the world. As a professional speaker, he works with organizations that want to achieve success despite the obstacles, in order to inspire a winning attitude towards work and life. Sports Illustrated calls Crawford one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world. Besides being a tennis professional, he has been inducted into three separate halls of fame because of his amazing accomplishments.
Crawford became the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in an NCAA Division One college sport, and to be certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association. As a result of his athletic accomplishments, he was inducted into the Loyola-Marymount University Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a professional speaker, Crawford was awarded the distinguished CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame designation. This is a lifetime honor for speaking excellence presented by the National Speakers Association. For achieving outstanding success regardless of the barriers, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities.
Crawford’s life-affirming story was featured in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has also been interviewed on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and has been featured in USA Today, Tennis magazine, and Men’s Fitness magazine. He was also featured in the Emmy Award winning television movie, In a New Light.
As a successful author, Crawford detailed his inspiring road to victory in his autobiography, Playing from the Heart. In his second book, How High Can You Bounce, he demonstrates the power of resiliency. Most recently, Crawford wrote Think Again: Discover Possibilities Hidden in Plain Sight.
A recognized champion on and off the tennis court, Crawford is a living example that all of us have the capacity to achieve success despite the obstacles.
Elaine Hall—also known as “Coach E!” and called “the child whisperer” by The New York Times—was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional behavioral therapies did not work for him, she sought the esteemed Dr. Stanley Greenspan who encouraged her to rally creative people to join Neal’s world. Slowly, he emerged out of his isolation.
Hall then created The Miracle Project, a theatre and film social skills program profiled in the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary Autism: The Musical, which now has locations in Los Angeles and New York City. Hall also created and directed “The Intimidation Game: An Anti-bullying Musical and Curriculum” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. This moving and highly praised original play was written with teens and young adults with and without autism.
A media personality, she blogs for The Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, and Autism Radio and been featured in The LA Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She has received honors from Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of Los Angeles, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Senator Pavley, Areva Martin, Holly Robinson Peete, Etta Israel, and the Shalom Institute. Los Angeles Magazine named her one of “Los Angeles’s 50 most inspiring women.”
Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen for World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations, where she has spoken several times. Now I See the Moon was selected for Jewish Disability Awareness Month in February 2013. Hall presented her latest book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles in the Classroom, at an international conference in Jerusalem. She directs an arts enrichment and religious education program at Vista Del Mar.
SYMPOSIUM AGENDA & SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: April 24 – 26, 2019
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
6:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Matt’s El Rancho
2613 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
7:30 a.m. Registration and Full Breakfast provided by Marbridge
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Roger Crawford
Topic: Crawford is a best-selling author and inspirational speaker who has helped more than 3,000 organizations break through self-imposed limitations and reach levels of achievement previously thought to be impossible.
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Linda Beeman, Founder and President, Aurora Grants and Consulting
Topic: How to step up your planning prowess and lead your organization to fundraising success. Linda is a certified Grants Professional, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of North Texas, received a Comprehensive Fund Development certificate from Rice University, and is a former Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Houston Chapter Board Member.
11:30 a.m. Networking: Lunch provided by Marbridge
12:30 p.m. Tour of Marbridge campus
1:00 p.m. Elaine Hall, Founder and Artistic Director, The Miracle Project
Topic: Using groundbreaking and evidenced-based methods developed by Hall focusing on strengths and abilities inherent in participants to provide tools to build and improve communication, social skills, etc. Elaine Hall was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son, Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism.
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Peter Leidy, Peter Leidy, Inc., Options in Community Living
Topic: Motivating and Supporting Direct Care Professionals. Peter has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. He has worked with many organizations to help improve the culture for residents by supporting and motivating Direct Care Professionals. He has worked with Options for Community Living for 20 years.
4:00 p.m. Break: Taking Care of Business
4:45 p.m. Depart Marbridge for networking dinner (transportation provided)
5:30 p.m. Networking Dinner:
6500 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78746
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
8:00 a.m. Check In and Full Breakfast provided by Marbridge
9:00 a.m. Melissa Harris (Remote from Washington, DC), Senior Policy Advisor, CMS
Topic: Update and guidance on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final/Settings Rule. Melissa Harris has been with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) since the summer of 1995, and is currently a Senior Policy Advisor for the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG).
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Together For Choice Regional Meeting – Geana Conelly and Ashley Kim
Topic: TFC has joined together representatives of organizations that serve individuals with I/DD, family members, and loved ones in recognition of the work that needs to be done to advance these individuals’ rights and expand their choices. Advocacy is spurred by the increasingly complex array of federal Medicaid and state agency rules that govern these critically important and personal housing and employment choices.
11:45 a.m. Networking; Lunch provided by Marbridge
12:45 p.m. Adjourn
1:00 p.m. Marbridge: A Whole New Life
Topic: Join the Marbridge Senior Management Team and Directors in an in-depth discussion and tours of the Marbridge Community. Learn about our mission, vision, training and education program, facilities and land usage plans, development plans and model, finances, etc.
Wednesday, April 24 – shuttle will depart the Omni Hotel 6:00 p.m. for dinner at Matt’s at 6:30, returning to the Omni at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 – shuttle will depart the Omni for Marbridge at 7:00 a.m. Shuttle will depart Marbridge 4:45 p.m. for dinner at County Line on the Hill, arriving at 5:30 p.m. Shuttle will then return guests to the Omni after dinner.
Friday, April 26 – shuttle will depart the Omni at 7:30 a.m., returning guests to the Omni at 1:00 and 2:45 p.m.