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Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities | April 28, 2023

It is with great pleasure that EdAdvance/Adult Training & Development Network (ATDN), in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, Academic Office, announces the 29th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities, which will be held on April 28, 2023, as Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut.

The Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

THEME: Meeting Our New Role

KEYNOTE: Jane Thierfeld Brown


  • 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • 8:45 AM to 9:00 AM - Welcome

  • 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM - Keynote Presentation

  • 10:15 AM to 10:30 AM - Break

  • 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM - Workshops - Session 1

  • 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM - Lunch and Networking

  • 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM - Workshop - Session 2


  • Ageism is Alive and Well in 2023! What is Ageism and How Do We Address it? (Cynthia Martin)

  • Trends in Assistive Technology (Arlene Lugo)

  • Using Emotional Intelligence To Overcome Challenges and Promote Well-Being (Nicole Elbertson)


  • Times Have Changed... (Harvey Hubbell V)

  • "Can You Hear Me Now?" Exploring the Benefits of Virtual and In-Person Music Therapy (Emily Bevelaqua, MMT, MT-BC and Heidi Tierney, LMHC, MT-BC)

  • Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Employment Options for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Amber Carter, Brian Gresko, and Trevor Rogers)

If you have a disability and require assistance, please notify Amy Ferrari at (860) 361-9374 by March 15, 2023, to ensure that proper accommodations are made.


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