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September 15Disabling Segregation: Creating a Culture of Inclusion
Featuring a LIVE Q&A Zoom session with presenter Dan Habib from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
Dan Habib, Filmmaker and Project Director, Institute on Disability at UNH

Training Evaluation: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ctEQ5YL9NUcikT3

October 20Trauma During Childhood
Dr. Jill Hinton, Clinical Director, Center for START Services

November 17Substance Use Among People with I/DD (2 Part Presentation)
Dr. Elspeth Slayter, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Salem State University

January 19Genetic Syndromes Associated with I/DD
Dr. Lauren R Charlot, Trainer & Consultant, Center for START Services

February 16Surviving and Thriving: Health and Wellness as a Game Changer
Karen Luken, MS, Disability and Health Consultant, Medical Health Home Initiative

March 16Best Practices in School Settings for Supporting Students with Complex Needs
Don Kincaid, EdD, University of South Florida, College of Community and Behavioral Sciences

April 20 |  From Stability to Flourishing…. Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness
Dan Baker, PhD , Internal Reviewer & Successful Life Project Clinical Supervisor; Jensen/Olmstead Quality Assurance and Compliance Office, Minnesota Department of Human Services


September 15 | Disabling Segregation: Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Description: Dan Habib didn’t give much thought to disability — until his son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy. In this eye-opening talk, the disability-rights advocate describes his family’s fight to ensure an inclusive education for Samuel, and makes a powerful case for ending the systemic segregation of students with disabilities. Dan shares how inclusive education is not only preparing Samuel for his adult life in the community, but also describes the powerful impact that inclusion has on students without disabilities. Habib will also share a preview of his upcoming film Intelligent Lives, which explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.

Listen to Dan Habib describe his presentation:

Goals: Increase the understanding of the benefits and challenges of inclusion for families, individuals with disabilities and the general public. 

Participants of this training will:

  •  Increase their understanding of the benefits and challenges of inclusion;

  • Learn new ways to support inclusion in school, family and community;

  • Obtain a deeper understanding of the benefits of inclusion for children without disabilities and the entire school community.

  • Increase their understanding of the possibilities for inclusion in preschool-higher education. 

About the Presenter

Filmmaker Dan Habib

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker and project director at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.

While working at the Institute on Disability, Habib has screened his films hundreds of times at universities, national conferences, and independent theaters across the country and internationally, leading discussions about the challenges and benefits of inclusive education and related topics. Including Samuel was broadcast nationally on public television stations in the fall of 2009, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. Including Samuel has also been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Good Morning America,” as well as in the Washington Post and Exceptional Parent magazine. The film has been translated into 17 languages and is used as a teaching tool worldwide. Who Cares About Kelsey? was broadcast nationally on public television in the fall of 2013. It has been featured in Education Week and in 13 film festivals, winning the “Best Feature” award at the “Lights. Camera. Help.” film festival. The film was nominated for an Emmy in 2013.

Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor (NH). In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. In 2012, Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and in 2013 he received the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In November 2013, Habib delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities.

In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire with their sons Isaiah, 20, and Samuel, 17.


October 20 | Trauma During Childhood

Description: This training provides an overview of the effects of trauma during childhood, particularly as it relates to children with IDD, and the implications for diagnosis and treatment strategies. The potential outcomes of trauma experiences and the importance of trauma informed approaches will be discussed.  

Participants of this session will:

  • Review short-term and long-term effects of trauma during childhood

  • Explore how trauma during very early development affects attachment

  • Review of trauma and its impacts on brain development and maturation

  • Understand increased risk for exposure to trauma and effects of trauma for children with IDD

  • Review treatment approaches to childhood trauma in children with IDD

About the Presenter

Dr. Jill HintonJill Hinton, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and mental illness. During that her career, she has worked with both the Autism Society of NC and The Arc of NC in provision of supports to individuals and families across the state. More recently, she was the VP of Clinical Services for Easter Seals UCP NC & VA. She obtained her B.S. in psychology from North Carolina State University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.





November 17 | Substance Use Among People with I/DD (2 Part Presentation)

Description: The first of these two presentations will address the social context of substance use among people with developmental disabilities.  Specifically, self-determination and the dignity of risk will be discussed.  An introduction to screening for substance use disorders among people with developmental disabilities will also be given.  Building on the first presentation, the second, shorter presentation (20 min), will cover the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders among people with developmental disabilities.


  1. To orient providers working with people with developmental disabilities to the social context of substance use in this population

  2. To introduce approaches to substance use disorder screening among people with developmental disabilities.

  3. To delineate the challenges associated with clinical assessment of substance use disorders among people with developmental disabilities

  4. To present the state of the research on substance use disorder treatment for people with developmental disabilities


  1. To manage substance use among people with developmental disabilities in a way that respects self-determination

  2. To manage substance use among people with developmental disabilities in a way that respects the dignity of risk

  3. To use a substance use disorder screening approach developed for people with developmental disabilities

  4. To modify existing substance use disorder assessment approaches for use with people with developmental disabilities

  5. To choose the best available approaches for substance use disorder treatment with people with developmental disabilities

About this Presenter

Dr. Elspeth SlayterDr. Slayter is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.  She conducts disability services research related to substance use disorders and child welfare.  She has taught social policy, research methods and social work practice courses at Salem State University since 2005.  Dr. Slayter obtained both a master's and doctoral degree in social policy and health services research from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where her scholarship focused on disability and health policy.  During her time at Heller, Dr. Slayter was a pre-doctoral trainee supported by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) and an American Fellow supported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Dr. Slayter has also received training in Community-Based Participatory Research from the National Institutes of Mental Health.  

Prior to her doctoral work, between 1995-2000, Dr. Slayter practiced as a forensic social worker in a variety of court-based settings in New York City. These settings included Washington Square Legal Services, where Dr. Slayter partnered with New York University law students in the co-representation of parents charged with child abuse and/or neglect. Dr. Slayter went on to work as a social worker and educational consultant for the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Brooklyn, where she partnered with guardians ad litem in the representation of children on cases related to child protection, juvenile justice and special education law. Dr. Slayter also worked as a social worker in partnership with public defenders at The Bronx Defenders, an early adopter of the "holistic advocacy" model of criminal defense. In the Bronx, Dr. Slayter developed a special interest in addressing the behavioral health concerns of people with disabilities (especially people with intellectual disabilities).

January 19 | Genetic Syndromes Associated with I/DD

Description: In this presentation, a basic introduction to genetic syndromes and IDD is provided. The following topics will be reviewed:

  • What is a Genetic Syndrome?

  • How genes affect behavior: Nature-Nurture Transactions

  • What is a Behavioral Phenotype?

  • Common Genetic Syndromes Associated with IDD

  • Implications for our day to day work with individuals with IDD

Information about common characteristics and conditions that individuals with these syndrome share will be presented. We study these syndromes because the more we know, the better our care will be since there are implications especially for healthcare of affected people. The power of environmental influences to alter life pathways, even in the setting of a genetic syndrome, will be emphasized. Case examples are provided.


  1. Provide participants with a basic overview and definitions of genetic syndromes and behavioral phenotypes so they may better understand the specifics of how these entities affect the lives of people with IDD who experience them.

  2. Help participants to be equipped to provide better education and care planning for people with IDD who have genetic syndromes, by informing them of the usual associated features of the most common syndromes.

  3. Raise awareness among participants regarding the power of environmental influences over genetic influences, and share implications for their work with people with IDD. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain what is a genetic syndrome and what are behavioral phenotypes.

  • Describe some of the most common features associated with the more common genetic syndromes associated with IDD.

  • Describe what they can do in their work with people who have a genetic syndromes and IDD, to influence quality of life outcomes based on their increased understanding of gene versus environment interactions. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Lauren CharlotLauren Charlot, LICSW, PhD is a Developmental Psychologist, who has been working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and severe co-occurring psychiatric disorders and challenging behaviors, for over 30 years. She has been the Clinical Director of the NC S.T.A.R.T. East program serving people with Intellectual Disabilities and mental health disorders who are at high risk of hospitalizations for the past 2 ½ years and is now consultant to this program. Dr. Charlot is an assistant professor of at the UMass Medical School/UMass Medical Center, where she designed a specialized Medical Home program for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and severe behavioral health challenges. She has developed and run a specialized inpatient unit serving adolescents and adults with IDD, as well as running emergency respite and specialized outpatient mental health services. She has published original research, and has lectured widely on a variety of topics related to the care of individuals with ID and ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) across the United States, Canada and in Europe. Dr. Charlot is a member of the Center for START Services National Consultation and Training Team (Institute on Disabilities, University of New Hampshire) and provides expert consultation and training regarding issues of assessment and treatment of individuals with IDD/MH. She is a contributing author to the DM-ID-2 (Companion guide to the DSM-5 for people with IDD).

February 16 | Surviving and Thriving: Health and Wellness as a Game Changer

Description: Health and wellness are big business and a growing area of focus for people with disabilities. We know that the health status of people with I/DD and behavioral health needs should be and can be improved.  Health and wellness require knowledge, skills, supports, and opportunities to enable the individual to move from surviving to thriving and fulfillment.  This presentation will discuss the importance of combining strategies that target individual change with supportive environments and policies.  We believe that everyone has the right to the best possible health status and quality of life. To achieve this goal means that people with I/DD and behavioral health needs must be supported to protect, preserve and improve their health and wellness in order to survive and thrive in their home and community. Building and sustaining a culture of health and wellness takes advocates, champions, educators, risk takers, role models, and leaders. 


  1. Acknowledging the critical role of health and wellness in quality of life, self-determination, crisis prevention, and life transitions

  2. Understanding the alignment of health and wellness values and outcomes with the medical home and integrated care

  3. Exploring how organizational culture can value and support health and wellness 

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify core principles that support health and wellness for people with I/DD and behavioral health needs

  • Describe the role of health and wellness in person-centered collaborative care

  • Describe evidence-informed practices and related resources in health and wellness for people with I/DD and behavioral health needs 

About the Presenter

Karen Luken has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of disability and health, recreational therapy practice, research and education, and grants management. Karen is the project director for the “Medical Health Homes for People with Developmental Disabilities” initiative, funded by the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities. Prior to this opportunity to address health care reform and systems change Karen worked with the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, utilizing a public health approach to promote health equity, address chronic disease, and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Earlier in her career she was the Associate Director of the Center for Recreation and Disability Studies at UNC-CH, teaching, conducting research and developing innovative practices that supported people with significant disabilities to live in their community of choice. Karen has worked as a recreation therapist in a community psychosocial rehabilitation program, in-patient and out-patient psychiatry, and a physical medicine and rehab hospital. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and her graduate degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a certificate in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill.

March 16 | Best Practices in School Settings for Supporting Students with Complex Needs

Description: This presentation will provide mental health practitioners who may be collaborating with schools with an overview of Integrated Systems Framework (ISF) for providing support to students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and who may have mental health issues.   ISF seeks to combine best practices in mental health supports with best practices from Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to enhance social, emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes for all students. ISF is delivered within a multi-tiered framework that supports all students within a school, students who may need a little more assistance, and also students who require intensive levels of support.


  1. Become familiar with how ISF integrates behavioral and mental health supports.

  2. Identify effective practices of ISF within a multi-tiered framework.

  3. Discuss the culture of schools and how it impacts the delivery of mental health supports.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how ISF practices can enhance their collaboration with school teams.

  • Learn how multi-tiered support systems lay the foundation for effective school practices for all students, some targeted students and students with intensive needs.

  •  Learn about significant enablers and inhibiters to developing effective collaborative relationships with school teams.

About the Presenter

Don KincaidDr. Kincaid is a Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. He is Director or Co-Director on a number of Positive Behavior Support Projects including 1) the Florida Positive Behavior Support Project, the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, 2) the University of South Florida’s subcontract with the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, an OSEP-funded grant, 3) the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, 4) Florida’s School Climate Transformation grant, and 5) the Florida AWARE Project.  All of these projects integrate school-based positive behavior interventions and support within a multi-tiered support system framework. Much of his professional activity involves coordinating systems change efforts at a local, state and national level to support the implementation of evidence-based practices.  Dr. Kincaid also teaches at the University level and serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards in the area of positive behavior support. 

April 20 | From Stability to Flourishing…. Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness

Presentation details coming soon

About the Presenter

Dr. Dan Baker is with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where he serves as the Internal Reviewer and Positive Support Lead with the Jensen/Olmstead Quality Assurance and Compliance Office.  Dr. Baker is involved with the design, development, and monitoring of treatment programs to align with the Positive Supports and a person-centered culture. Dr. Baker's clinical focus is on positive behavior support, models of community and educational support, transition services, and mental health services for persons with disabilities.