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Embracing Intellectual Abilities Conference Hosted by Northwestern College
February 11 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Northwestern College will host a new conference, titled “Involve,” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the college’s DeWitt Learning Commons and Ramaker Center.
During the conference, attendees will focus on how to fully embrace individuals with different intellectual and developmental disabilities. Attendees will learn how to create patterns of inclusion in their communities, classrooms, ministries and direct care services. Educators, school administrators, social workers, church leaders and individuals who work with differently abled individuals are encouraged to attend.
The conference will include a keynote, seven breakout sessions, a virtual autism-reality simulation and a resource fair. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of students and parents involved with Northwestern NEXT, a two-year program that offers students with intellectual or developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in campus life and learning.
Breakout sessions during the conference will focus on universal design in learning, behavior strategies, person-first language, inclusion of persons with disabilities at church, enhancing service delivery to individuals with autism, and transitions and adult resources. Conner and regional professionals will lead the sessions.
Registration for the Involve Conference is required by Feb. 10. Attendees can register for the full-day conference for $60, a half-day conference for $30, or a lunch-and-learn session for $20. Lunch is included with each registration. Educators can pay an additional $50 for a license renewal credit. More information and the registration form can be found at www.nwciowa.edu/events/involve.
The conference is offered in partnership by the Northwestern NEXT program and the college’s campus ministry, education, and graduate and adult learning departments.