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DSES: Transitions & Beyond – What to expect and how to prepare!

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:30 pm8:30 pm
UNO Community Engagement Center Room 231

The Down Syndrome Education Series (DSES) is a monthly educational seminar for families of children with Down syndrome, designed to connect parents with information that will positively impact the education and well-being of their child.

Speakers – Brett Samson & Leslie Bishop Hartung, Autism Center of Nebraska
Rachelle Main, Munroe Meyer Institute Transition Clinic
Mary McHale & Daniel Holm, Parent and Self-Advocate

Workshop Description: Transitions & Beyond – What to expect and how to prepare!

What are transition services? How and when does my child qualify for transition services? Who participates in determining what transition services will be provided? What do services look like after my child graduates from the transitions program? How are those services paid for?

All this and MORE answered by our panel of experts at our February Down Syndrome Education Series!

More about the DSES “Transitions & Beyond” speakers:

Brett Samson, Chief Executive Officer and President at the Autism Center of Nebraska, started at ACN in February of 2018. He has 20 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities, mental illness and with at-risk youth. He began supporting people with developmental disabilities as a direct-support professional in the late 90s while working through college. Brett is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-at Omaha and his experience in the disability field is vast. He has worked in community relations, directed both vocational and residential programs, and most recently served as an area director for a program in Iowa.

Leslie Bishop Hartung, Director of Quality Assurance and Staff Development at the Autism Center of Nebraska, has more than thirty years of experience in non-profit management. Previous to this position, she served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Norfolk, Inc., which is an organization that advocates for the rights of citizens with developmental disabilities and their families. As a family member of an individual who experiences developmental disabilities, Leslie sets a high standard for quality services at ACN.

Rachelle “Shelly” Main is the Training Coordinator for the Parent Resource Coordinators at Munroe-Meyer Institute. Rachelle engages and procures incoming PRCs and provides initial and on-going training and support. Rachelle knows the Parent Resource Clinic well as she fills in as a Parent Resource Coordinator when needed. There are currently 7 Parent Resource Coordinators in various clinics at MMI, Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, and several more will be added to serve families at clinics in North Platte and Norfolk soon. Rachelle stated: “I love the role of our PRCs as they are parents of special needs kiddos who help other special needs families navigate the health and service care systems! I so wish I had had someone to help me when we started our journey!”

Mary McHale and her husband, Joe Holm, are the parents of Daniel Holm. Mary has always been a planner; hence her day job as a project manager. When she is not working, Mary advocates by attending disability education sessions (like DSES) to gain more information and improve the quality of Daniel’s life as well as the lives of others who have disabilities. She has also served and continues to serve on boards that impact the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Daniel Holm is in his last semester at the Omaha Public Schools Transition Program. He has been receiving the DD waiver for day services since 2018 (even though he is not 21) and is working on skills to live on his own within the next 3 years. He participates in Special Olympics basketball and power lifting and is taking a break from swimming and tennis this year. He attends recreational programs at UNMC MMI and Ollie Webb Center, Inc. He is looking forward to working once he is finished with the transition program with the end-goal of making his own money. Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation and a Services Provider are currently assisting in that process.

*Registration will close Monday, February 18th at 10am. Please contact Leah at janke@dsamidlands.org if you miss the deadline and would like to attend.
**Childcare is not provided. With the exception of infants, we request that you refrain from bringing children to this event.


Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 South, University Drive Road North
Omaha, NE 68182 United States
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