HBSSW Webinars

Creating Community & Inclusion for LGBTQ Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM



Marie A Gandy, BASW, MHP, QIDP
Project Manager Proud & Included , Neumann Family Services
“As a woman of color, I am committed to breaking down social barriers of oppression, marginalization & exclusion. I am honored to be on the ground floor of Proud & Included, a revolutionary approach to advocacy and inclusion. In addition, it is my desire that Proud & Included educate & foster equity & equality as it pertains to community & inclusion for LGBTQ adults with IDD.”

Tara Ahern, The Alliance
Tara spearheaded The Alliance Ambassador Leadership Program for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities and also serves as co-chair for IL Imagines.

Sandra Clymo (Sandy)
Sandy serves as an advocate & ambassador at Proud & Included where she mentors, trains, and encourages self-advocates to participate in the community as their true selves. She is also a self advocate leader for The Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance.

Webinar Overview:

Learn how to help bridge the gap of social acceptance of sexual identity the IDD population struggles with daily and how to help support empowerment and integration into the larger LGBTQ community. This webinar will share an overview of how the Proud & Included initiative aims to serve individuals with I/DD that identify as LGBTQ and how you can connect those you are serving with this resource and support.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about the Proud & Included Initiative & long-term project goals.
  2. Attendees will learn about barriers to inclusion for people with I/DD who are LGBTQ & how to help address these
  3. Attendees will hear testimonial from a Proud & Included Ambassador
  4. Attendees will become more culturally competent as it relates to LGBTQ adults with I/DD
  5. Attendees will learn practical tips for staff and family members to support LGBTQ adults with I/DD
  6. Attendees will learn about resources they can access to support LGBTQ adults with I/DD

1.5 QIDP & Social Work CEs will be awarded upon completion of this webinar

This is free for HBSS Workgroup Members

Non-Member Fee – $30


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Toolkit for individuals and families to find, choose and keep DSPs

Friday, January 19th, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM



Katie Arnold
Katie is the Director of Community Education in IDHD at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Illinois’ University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). She conducts research & provides education and training on self-directed supports, family support, and direct support workforce development. She is a co-author of the Toolkit to find, choose, and keep great DSPs.

Caitlin Crabb
Caitlin is a staff member for IDHD at UIC as well as a Doctoral student in Disability Studies. She is currently working on projects related to managed care, State of the States in Developmental Disabilities, and transitions out of State-Operated Developmental Centers (SODCs) for people with intellectual disabilities. Caitlin’s research interests include home and community-based services, personal support workers, and access to healthcare for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


This webinar will share information about a resource that SDAs can use with families to help them find, choose, and keep DSP (direct support professionals—also known as personal assistants or personal support workers). In this webinar, the Toolkit will be described which provides easy-to-use tips and strategies to help individuals with disabilities and their families recruit, train, and retain DSPs. This spiral bound booklet includes tools that were created so people can pick and choose the strategies that work best. It includes a CD-Rom with activities and worksheets to help families work through the process.

Learning Objectives:

After this webinar, SDAs will be able to:

  1. Understand how the Toolkit can be used with individuals with disabilities and families
  2. Be able to identify specific strategies to recruit, train, and retain DSPs working with individuals with disabilities
  3. Teach individuals with disabilities and families how to use the strategies to find, choose, and keep DSPs

1 QIDP CE will be awarded upon completion of this webinar

This is free for HBSS Workgroup Members

Non-Member Fee – $20


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