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March 12, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

DD Summit Offers Opportunities for Families and Guardians

Sessions to be held in Lincoln and Kearney

Lincoln – Families, guardians, advocates and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities can attend sessions planned specifically for them at the March 25-27 Developmental Disabilities Summit.

“Having families and guardians participate in the Summit is so important,” said Jodi Fenner, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Health and Human Services. “We want everyone to feel free to attend. Registration is preferred but not necessary for parents and guardians.”

If families or guardians have questions about the DD Summit, they can call Kim McFarland at (402) 471-8714.

Families, guardians, advocates, and friends will have an opportunity to network with other participants and get information on estate planning, living wills, and making informed decisions about the need for guardianships.

Sessions for families, guardians, friends and advocates will be offered in two locations:
Lincoln, Cornhusker Hotel: March 25 in the afternoon and evening; and March 27 in the morning.
Kearney, Ramada Inn: March 26 in the afternoon and evening.

Presentations will provide information on Special Needs Trusts and Advance Directives (March 25 th in Lincoln only) and alternatives to guardianship (creating a person-centered plan and self-determination opportunities for people with disabilities without the need for court intervention, or creation of guardianships or conservatorships).

The DD Summit will also offer sessions directed toward direct support staff, physicians, nurses and psychologists, and management.

A full Developmental Disability Summit schedule can be found at .