9:00 AM09:00

MAX: Moving Agencies Towards Excellence Annual Conference, Kulpsville, PA


Changing Society’s View to Create the World We Want


Barbara T. Doyle, MS

Including breakouts on the following Topics: 

Protecting Our Own Mental Health
Street Smarts
Managing oneself in a crisis
Ambassadorship and communication with the community

Registration opens at 8:30 Holiday Inn Lansdale 1750 Sumneytown Pike Kulpsville, PA, 19443

Max Member:   $75.00 per person
Non Max Member: $90.00 per person
There are two easy ways to register for MAX’s 2018 Conference: 
•Register online at:
•If you prefer to register by mail, please send the registration form and payment to:
     MAX 2018 Conference PO Box 304 Washington's Crossing, PA 18977
Final Registration due February 28, 2018. Registration is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If registration is received after the due date, and space is available, a $10 per-person late fee will be assessed.


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8:30 AM08:30

Family Leaders Conference

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: Promoting and Protecting the Mental Health of Children with Disabilities or other Special Needs

 Presented by the Illinois Family Leaders Collaboration: Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Ave,  Peoria, IL

Registration 8:30-9:00am, Conference 9:00am to 3:00pm

Workshop Description

Mental Health is essential for successful life outcomes. The World Health Organization defines mental health in this way: “Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Mental health is our goal for every child with disabilities!

This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to protect and promote the mental health of children with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or other special needs. Topics in the workshop will include identification of qualities that lead to mental health; how to promote mental health during everyday life activities; strategies to avoid harming the mental health of children with disabilities; recognizing the impact of trauma; using Positive Affirmations for mentally healthy thinking; and the role of Self-Knowledge, Self-Awareness, and Self Advocacy in lifelong mental health.

The information in this workshop will be provided for educational and informational purposes only.The materials and strategies presented in this workshop will not be a substitute for the services of a mental health professional such as a physician or therapist.


The Conference is for adult family members & caregivers of children (birth-22) who have developmental delays or disabilities. Service providers & educators are also welcome.

CONFERENCE COLLABORATORS: Early CHOICES • Family Matters Parent Training Information Center • Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association, Inc. • Project Reach: Illinois Deaf Blind Services • STARnet Region I & III • The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center / Family Voices • Parents of individuals with disabilities


This workshop has been approved for 5.0 contact hours for:• Educator License Renewal

 CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area #3

CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals

Gateways to Opportunity credit in area B

EI credit (0.5 Atypical Development, 2.5 Intervention, 0.5 Typical Devel., 1.5 Families)


There is a $15 per person (nonrefundable) registration fee for family members and a $25 (non-refundable) registration fee for professionals. Breakfast and lunch are included. Checks should be payable to “Family Matters,” but mailed with the registration form to Starnet Regions I & III (address on form) by April 15, 2017. Registration is limited. CHILDREN CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED AT THE CONFERENCE.

Information or financial assistance: Deb Einhorn, Family Matters, 866-436-7842 x8016,

or Mary Smith, STARnet Regions I & III, 217-602-0124,

STARnet Regions I & III • WIU Horrabin Hall 32 • Macomb, IL 61455

800/227-7537 • 309/298-1634 • Fax 309/298-2305 •

For registration forms please go to

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9:00 AM09:00

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

  • Rockford Public Schools, 3rd Floor Board Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"How to Promote Mental Health in Young Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities or Other Special Needs"


  • Describe the role of mental health in lifelong success
  • Identify qualities that lead to mental health
  • List ten ways to teach and promote everyday mental health skills every day
  •  List ten ways to avoid harming mental health
  • Describe the development of self-awareness, self-knowledge and self-advocacy
  • Create five Positive Affirmations to use to promote mentally healthy thinking
  • Practice Quieting the Mind

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Language Therapists, and Pathologists, OT/PT’s, and Early Intervention Providers.

Site Phone Number: 815-871-4567  -  Contact: Kim Nelson 815-489-7304

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4:30 PM16:30

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

"Promoting Mental Health For Students with ASD"

For the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Chapter 99, Jacksonville Illinois.

Ms. Doyle will employ small group processing and discussion, large group discussion and review of material, question and answer sessions, visual aids, lecture, and printed materials

Objectives include that participants will be able to:

  • List four features of autism spectrum disorder that have an impact on the development of mental health.
  • Identify 5 observable skills and 3 thinking strategies used by people who are mentally healthy.
  • Describe four teaching strategies that can be used to teach mental health skills to people with autism spectrum disorder of any age.
  • Learn and practice two techniques to “quiet the mind.”
  • List four common practices that can be detrimental to the mental health of children or adults with ASD.

Workshop contact:  

Beverley Holden Johns 

Phone: 217-473-1790.

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9:30 AM09:30

Considerations in Teaching Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Training for Behavioral Teams supporting Students who are Deaf with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities

Topics will include:

  • Prioritizing safety and other high priority goals
  • Objective vs. Subjective descriptions of students who are deaf and have ASD
  • Recognizing features of an autism disorder in students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Taking a “lifetime view” of these students
  • Teaching strategies
  • Intervention strategies for behavioral issues
  • Developing social skills and relationships
  • For more information contact
  • Cheri Sinnott, LCSW, Director: Illinois Service Resource Center
  • A Service and Resource Center of the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Serving the Behavioral Needs of Students who are
  • Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Visually Impaire

1-847-559-8195 v/tty

Real Time Captioning and Sign Language Interpreter Services will be provided.


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8:00 AM08:00

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

"Promoting Mental Health in Children and Adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities or other Special Needs."  

Sponsored by The ARC of Illinois. 

8:00-8:30AM registration - 8:30-4PM presentation

This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to promote mental health in children and adults with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or other special needs. 

Topics in the workshop will include:

  • Identification of qualities that lead to mental health
  • Teaching and promoting everyday mental health skills
  • Strategies to avoid harming mental health 
  • The role of Positive Affirmations in mentally healthy thinking
  • The importance of learning how to Quiet the Mind
  • Teaching children and adults how to think in “shades of gray”
  • Strategies to model and promote safe emotional expression
  • Social Connectedness as an asset in our mentally healthy lives
  • The importance of Self Knowledge and Self Awareness for mental health and lifelong Self Advocacy skills
  • Mental Health Resources 
  • Six CEU’s will be provided for QIDPs, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Nursing Home Administrators, and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors at the end of the training. To receive CEU’s, you must sign in and must be present to pick up your certificate at the end of the seminar. 

For more information or to resister, go to and click on Events or call 815-464-1832.

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3:00 PM15:00

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

  • ​Colonial Country Club Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Autism In Our Families and Communities"

For families, friends, and professionals involved in the lives of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

No charge to attend.  Helpful Handouts will be provided.

 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) touches the lives of many families, extended families and friends. This workshop provides practical, ready to use information to enhance the role of every family member, grandparent, friend, neighbor, and professional. 

Join Ms. Doyle to learn answers to these questions:

  • What is autism spectrum disorder and why do people have it? 
  • How can I help the child or adult with autism and their family?
  • What might I be doing that is NOT helpful?
  • How can I communicate more successfully with a child or adult with ASD?
  • How can parties and gatherings be more successful when including family members or friends who have autism spectrum disorder?
  • What is an inclusive community?
  • To register please call the Colonial Country Club Community Center at 239-768-1656.

If you are not a member, please call Ms. Doyle at 708-966-4683 to request an invitation.

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