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Spring Drive-In 2019

CAPED Spring Regional Meeting
$60.00 Registration Fee
April 26, 2019 at Long Beach City College
4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach, California 90808

8:30-9:00:  Breakfast Provided – Meet and greet

9:00-10:30:  General Session:  Visual & Perceptual deficits associated with Brain Injury & Blind Rehabilitation program review

Paul Koons is the Blind and Vision Rehab Services Chief at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in Long Beach, which provides residential rehabilitation training for Visually Impaired Veterans throughout the Southwest U.S..  The Blind Rehab Center provides comprehensive inpatient training to approximately 200 Veterans per year and countless outpatient programs with a goal of maximizing independence and improving quality of life.  He has worked in the VA system for 14 years.  Prior to his role at Long Beach VA, he was a Vision Rehab Therapist on 2 Polytrauma teams at Palo Alto, CA and Richmond, Virginia between 2005-2014, which assessed and provided rehabilitation for many wounded soldiers as a result of OEF/OIF – Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom experienced multiple TBI’s.  Earlier this year, he published a vision rehab chapter in a physical medicine and rehab textbook and is currently working with a team of professionals in VA and Department of Defense to update the Clinical Practice Guidelines for rehabilitation following Stroke.  He is the happy spouse of wife Felice, who he met as a blind rehab specialist in NYC and very proud Dad to daughter Echo and excited to be here with you all today.

10:30-10:40 Break

10:40 – 12:00   Select a Stream

Stream 1:  C2C: Tools for Transition and Work (TTW) Program InstructorBen Schwartzman, Ph.D., Foothill College

Topics of Discussion:

  • Successful strategies for assisting students with developmental disabilities and learning differences (Ex. Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, etc.) in the transition from high school to community college
  • Discussion of specialized curricula and/or programs to assist with the transition for this population of students, and how these types of courses may relate to the implementation of AB705
  • Successful strategies for training campus administrators, faculty, and staff to better understand students with developmental disabilities and learning differences

Stream 2:  Assistive Technology: Brian Kraus

Stream 3:  Working with Sign Language Interpreters in Post-Secondary Education: A Holistic Approach: Dr. Edina Rutland, Associate Director, San Jose City College

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch provided

1:00 – 2:30    Select a Stream

Stream 1:  LD  Business meeting and round table discussion

Stream 2:  North Orange’s Exploration of the Mental Health Needs of Students

Description: The North Orange County Regional Consortium for Adult Education hired a DSS Counselor with Mental Health expertise to research the needs of students with mental health disabilities in the North Orange County Region. It has been over a year since the research began, and the DSS Counselor has begun to share their results with the consortium and to make recommendations for possible services to implement. The presentation will include a brief overview of how the research was completed, a short summary of all the recommendations for possible implementation strategies, and longer discussion of several of the big ideas North Orange hopes to implement.

Brandon Owens Bio: Brandon Owens is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who is in private practice in Orange County. Brandon provided counseling and therapy services in private and nonprofit settings for 10 years before starting his private practice.

Stream 3:  Panel Discussion:  Passing the Torch, and fanning the flamePast Presidents:  Chad Bowman, Lucinda Aborn, Mark Matsui, Denise Simpson and Gwyn Tracy. Recent retirees share how they successfully transitioned from their DSPS positions into retirement. This breakout session is geared to equip attendees with tools and strategies needed to transition out of their positions into retirement or another position.


Please register here for the Spring Drive In.