2016 UCP Annual Conference Schedule


Dates: April 4, 2016 – April 6, 2016


Location: Vdara Hotel and Spa

2600 W. Harmon Ave. 

Las Vegas, NV 89158

Theme: Going All In…Connections, Technology, Advocacy


Monday, April 4:


11:30am – 1:00 pm: Policy Committee Meeting

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Affiliate Services Committee

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Board of Trustees Meeting

2:00pm – 5:30pm: Registration

2:30pm – 4:15 pm: Joint Board / Professional Council Meeting

4:30pm – 5:30 pm: Board of Trustees Meeting

5:00pm -7:30pm: Exhibit Hall Open

5:30pm -7:00pm: Opening Reception



Tuesday, April 5:


8:00am-10:00am: Registration Desk Open

8:00am – 8:30 am: Exhibits Open

8:00am-9:00am: Continental Breakfast

8:00am – 9:00am
 New ED Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:30 am: Exhibits

9:00am – 10:45am: Opening Session

     Title: Innovation and New Technology
     Speakers: Rupal Patel, Ph.D, Founder and President, VocaliD

                     Bruce Borenstein, President and CEO, AfterShokz
                     Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni, CEO, SuitX

10:45am – 11:00am: Morning Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Town Hall: National Survey and Hitting the Reset

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Awards for Excellence Presentation and Luncheon

2:00pm – 2:30 pm: Meet the Exhibitors/ Dessert & Coffee

2:45 pm- 4:15 pm: Facilitated Small Group Discussions

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm: Small Groups Report Back

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Evening Reception


Wednesday, April 6:


8:00am-10:00am: Registration Desk Open

8:00am-10:30am: Exhibits

7:45 am – 8:45am: Continental Breakfast

8:00 am- 8:45 am: STEPtember 2016 Breakfast Briefing

9:00 am- 10:15 am: Break Out Sessions

 Title: Making it Work!

DescriptionEmployment First is a framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. It is in various stages of implementation at the state level. Some states are moving much more quickly than others and this session will provide attendees successful models of making the shift to community inclusive employment. The speakers will address the challenges, tools for success and opportunities that they have experienced.
Margaret Farman, CEO, UCP of the North Bay
Melissa Miller, Program Manager, Employment Solutions
Patricia Otter, President & CEO, UCP of Greater Cleveland
Gina Solberg, Director of Employment Services, PROVAIL

Title: The Future of Early Childhood Intervention
     Speaker: James Blackman, MD, MPH
Medical Consultant, UCP National
Medical Director, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Description: As a part of UCP’s strategic initiatives around engagement, this session will provide some background information on why this is an important initiative and engage affiliates in how they can and wish to be a part of the ongoing discussion. Some questions that will be addressed: What are some best practices? Why is early detection and early intervention in infants not a goal? What has happened with the funding? With the goal of developing early intervention models through a foundation funded project, affiliate feedback on what has or has not been successful, what challenges they face and what legislation needs to change to make early intervention more of a priority will be a part of the session.


Title: ABC’s of Caregiving

   Moderator: Jennifer McCue, Director of Advocacy, UCP National

Panelists: Kelly Piacenti, Assistant Vice President, MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning
Reggie Neal, UCP of Hudson County

10:30 am- 11:45 am: UCP Annual Membership Meeting

11:45am-1:30pm: Lunch and Closing Plenary: What We Have Learned and Future Steps

*Schedule subject to change