Annual Symposium


Friday, December 8, 2017
Ramada Tropics Conference Center, 5000 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50322
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Professionals                  $85
Families & Students      $65
Exhibitor – Nonprofit    $100
Exhibitor – For profit     $150
Registration fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Exhibitor registration fee includes two workshop registrations and 6′ exhibit table. 

8:00 – 9:00 am                Registration & Check-in (light continental breakfast provided)
9:00 – 9:15 am                Welcome remarks & Introduction
9:15 – 9:45 am                Ann’s family story
9:45 – 10:15 am              Group work, Handout 1 & 2
10:15 – 10:45 am            Video
10:45 – 11:00 am            Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm     Focus on Partnership Principles: Presentation & Group work
– Communication,
 Competence, Respect, Commitment, Equality
12:30 – 1:00 pm              Lunch catered by Ramada Tropics
1:00 – 1:30 pm                Focus on Partnership Principles: Presentation & Group work
                                           – Advocacy & Trust
1:30 – 2:15 pm                Focus on Partnership Types:  Presentation & Group work
                                           – Meeting Basic Needs, Referring & Evaluating, Individualizing
2:15 – 2:30 pm                Break
2:30 – 3:15 pm                
Focus on Partnership Types:  Presentation & Group work
                                           – Extending Learning, Volunteering & Participating, Advocating
3:15 – 4:00 pm                Summarizing our take-aways
4:00 – 4:15 pm                Final questions & Evaluations

Dr. Ann Turnbull has been an inspiring professor, researcher, and advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families for over four decades. She is a Retired Distinguished Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Throughout her career, she has authored 32 books and over 275 articles and chapters. Ann and her husband, Rud, were selected in 1999 by the National Historic Preservation Trust on Developmental Disabilities as two of 36 individuals who “changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 20th century.” All this aside, Ann attributes her greatest learning to her son, Jay Turnbull (1967-2009), who she calls her “best professor.”

The ultimate outcome of this workshop is to teach participants how to build “win-win-win” partnerships with families and caregivers, professionals, and individuals with disabilities throughout the lifespan. Win-win-win conditions withstand the test of time, stress and conflict.

Ann engages her audience through sharing her own, personal stories of lessons learned with lose-lose-lose and win-win-win situations. From this foundation, she breaks down trusting partnerships into 6 key principles: Communication, Competence, Respect, Commitment, Equality, and Advocacy. Ann provides an overview of the Six Trusting Partnership Principles and shares strategies families and professionals can use to build and maintain the principles over time. It is not always easy, and it is not supposed to be!  

Ann’s training style embraces presentation segments, small group problem-solving, videos, and rich discussions.  Participants will receive copies of tools they can use to identify strengths and opportunities for enhancement, as well as be exposed to extensive archives of resources to enhance take-away learning.

Details pending

Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Ramada Topics Resort for Thursday, December 7 at the rate of $89.00 + tax. Group rate information pending.

Sign language interpretation provided by Life Interpretation, Inc. Registrants needing other accommodations in order to attend the workshop can submit a request for accommodation to Ashley Gill before December 1 (see event contact below).

Ashley Gill, ASK Resource Center
Phone: (515) 243-1713 ext. 201