Guest Speaker

Timothy Vogt

For 20 years, Timothy Vogt and his employer, Ohio-based Starfire, built award-winning segregated day programs and outings for hundreds of people with disabilities. In 2009, Tim led the staff and board on a learning journey to face the hard truth of Starfire’s role in perpetuating social isolation. During the next 7 years, Starfire transformed its values, structures, mindsets, programs and policies in order to help people with disabilities, their families and their communities tell a better story around inclusion and relationships. Today, Starfire is a groundbreaking organization working to build better lives for people with developmental disabilities.

Tim Vogt lives in Bellevue, KY with his family and works at Starfire in Cincinnati, OH.

Day 1 – Thursday

9:15 – 10:45a.m.

From Logistics to Purpose: Organizational Transformation of Legacy Services

Purpose & Objectives

To examine the impact of “traditional” disability service models and look at the benefits of community based services. Participants will:

  • Understand patterns of segregation in disability service models
  • Understand the impact of those patterns in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, the service system and the community
  • Develop strategies and study values for community based services that enliven all stakeholders in the life of a person with a disability
Day 1 – Thursday

11:00 – 12:30p.m.

Familes at the Center of a Connected Community

Purpose & Objectives

To examine the important role that family can play in an inclusive future for their loved one. Participants will:

  • Understand the role families play in the future of inclusion and the disability service system
  • Study new approaches from a pilot project where families are launching their own social networks through local micro-grants
  • Develop new learning around the role of the service system in the “early intervention” process and how that might develop a more sustainable and socially just future for service to people with disabilities

Keynote Speaker

Location and Venue

Savannah Convention Center
Savannah, GA

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