TRC schedules fifth annual Symposium at Chautauqua

JAMESTOWN – Strategies for succeeding amidst the many changes taking place in the ways supports are delivered to people with disabilities will be addressed when The Resource Center holds its fifth annual TRC Symposium at Chautauqua.

The event – titled “Supporting Individuals with Disabilities: Dramatic Changes, Radical Solutions” – will be held July 16 and July 17. Day One will be conducted in the Athenaeum Hotel on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, while Day Two will take place at several TRC locations.

The symposium is an opportunity for area professionals, persons with disabilities, family members, and The Resource Center’s staff to hear expert speakers on a variety of topics. Featured presenters on the first day will be:

  • Dr. Andrew Imparato, the executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. His presentation at the symposium will address the traditional barriers to true social and economic integration of people with severe disabilities and whether major social, political, legal, and fiscal changes being pushed at the national and state levels will result in real improvements, or if the lives of individuals with disabilities will continue to be shaped by mere rhetoric and political self gains.
  • Nancy Thaler, the executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. She will discuss how baby boomers’ expected needs will test society’s ability to sustain expensive health and support systems through Medicare and Medicaid, and how this challenge will impact the evolving disability service delivery system.
  • Rick Sebastian, the president and chief executive officer of Human Technologies Corporation and a director of Workability International. Sharing different initiatives and strategies employed by other countries, he will suggest ideas to push forward realistic, practical ideas for creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Arthur Webb, a member of New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team. He will discuss how initiatives at the federal level as well as those under way in New York State – such as Balanced Incentive Programs, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Plan and Medicaid Redesign Team reforms – can be incorporated into planning decisions and practical, day-to-day approaches for providers, practitioners and personnel who support individuals with a variety of conditions.
  • Dr. Caillean McMahon-Tronetti, the medical director of psychiatry at The Resource Center and the forensic psychiatrist at the Chautauqua County Jail. With the behavioral health system continuing to evolve, she will address the critical factors that can support practitioners’ success with individuals’ recovery and personal adjustment, with an emphasis on The Resource Center’s STARS model of integrating the five key life dimensions of basic needs, family stability, physical health, behavioral health and employment into each individual and family system’s interventions and supports.

Again this year, the first day of the symposium will include a lunchtime panel presentation featuring TRC service recipients who experience different disabling conditions.

The first day of the symposium begins with check-in at the Athenaeum starting at 8 a.m, with the symposium kicking off at 8:45 a.m. Chautauqua Institution’s parking lot is located across the street from the main gate. There is a fee to park, and there is free shuttle service from the parking lot to the main gate.

The symposium’s second day will consist of individual breakout sessions with the main speakers from day one. Those sessions will be conducted at TRC’s Michael J. Raymond Center on Jones and Gifford Avenues and Carl Cappa Building on East Second Street. Following the breakout sessions, symposium attendees will gather for lunch in TRC’s Conference Center at 200 Dunham Ave. to hear results from the morning sessions.

Those planning to attend the symposium must register by Tuesday. The cost of the symposium is $89 for the general public and $69 for members of The Resource Center. The registration fee includes lunch both days.

There also are plans to hold an art exhibit at the Athenaeum after the symposium’s first day. The exhibit, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., will feature works created by people with disabilities in The Resource Center’s “Creations” art program.

To register or for more information, visit or phone The Resource Center at 483-2344.