TASP is excited to offer a series of FREE webinars in 2021.

Join us!

All webinars are being offered in a live, interactive format via Zoom.

After they have aired live, a recorded version will be available to TASP members (membership coming spring 2021).

See the schedule of webinars below and register today.  If registration is not yet available, check back, or join our mailing list HERE to be the first to get updates.

The webinars are free so we are not able to offer CEUs, certificates of attendance, or slides.  They will be recorded and available for TASP members in the spring.

Effective Support Strategies for Parents with Cognitive Difficulties

January 20, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST
The recorded webinar will be available to TASP members in the spring.  Keep checking back!

This FREE webinar will provide information about effective support strategies to help families where the parent has a cognitive difficulty. We’ll discuss the importance of building rapport, and how to start the process, as well as share different types of support models and how they work, discuss strategies to provide effective support, and share what parents and self-advocates tell us about parenting and having providers in their lives. Participants will discuss common challenges facing parents with I/DD and talk about how to work together to best support them.

This webinar is presented by Cathy Haarstad. Cathy is an adjunct faculty member at Minot State University in North Dakota. She has over 30 years of experience in supporting adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom choose to parent, and is also the parent of an adult with developmental disabilities.

Full Webinar Flier HERE

Peer Navigation Support for Parents with I/DD

March 10, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST

This FREE webinar will review the history of the Peer Navigation movement along with the thoughts of leaders in the field of supporting parents with I/DD; discussion of how the PN Model was implemented in VT over a 5 year period; a review of how the PN Model was implemented in Washington DC, and, finally some thoughts from several Peer Navigators in the DC project to get their perspective on their work with parents and systems in DC. This session will also examine recent legislation around parenting and the outcome of the Sara Gordon case in MA.

This webinar is presented by Susan Yuan, Ph.D and Bernadette Irwin, MS.

Susan has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since the birth of her son, Andreas, 46 years ago. She was the Associate Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Vermont’s UCEDD, until 2008, when she retired from the University, and established her consulting firm, Yuan & Associates.  Dr. Yuan conducts training on culture and disability, inclusion, family support, and parents with disabilities.

Bernadette was one of the founders of TASP and worked with children with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families for over 30 years, and administered Maryland’s only Supported Parenting program, Growing Together, during her years at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Most recently, Bernadette was the Program Director of TASP’s Successful Parenting DC. (SP-DC) Program, a Peer Navigation Program in Washington DC.

Full Webinar Flier HERE

A Comprehensive Approach to Assessing the Strengths and Needs of Parents with IDD

May 12, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST

Parents with IDD are frequently subject to inadequate parental fitness evaluations, causing many to lose their parental rights. This presentation will illuminate the shortcomings of these evaluations and will provide an overview of an alternative methodology, the SAGE Family Assessment Model (SFAM). The SFAM aims to evaluate parents fairly, while offering realistic and relevant recommendations that provide parents equal opportunity to parent.

This webinar is presented by Nicole Brisson , Ph.D.

Dr. Brisson is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has worked in the field of intellectual disabilities since 1992. She holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in psychology and a specialization in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Brisson is the owner/director of Sage Haven Associates, Inc., a consulting, assessment, and training practice specializing in meeting the needs of parents with disabilities and their families. She is recognized as a national expert in providing competence-based parenting assessments to parents with intellectual disabilities, has developed and taught a course on parental disability and child welfare at the University of Vermont, conducted trainings, spoken at conferences, and has testified in courts across the United States. Dr. Brisson is the Vice President of TASP and a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Webinar flier HERE