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Person Centered Practices: Engaging Everyone to Support a Life of Citizenship

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Person Centered Practices: Engaging Everyone to Support a Life of Citizenship

October 29, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Eastern Daylight Time


This session will present the siblings perspective on person centered planning to support people with disabilities in valued lives of citizenship. The presentation will identify strategies to engage all team members in discovering information about the person being served, and explore how to support individuals with disabilities as contributing members of their communities. The presentation will include research-based information, and practical examples for direct support workers to be engaged in, and supportive of, person centered thinking.


Barbara Sapharas, MA, CCC-SLP; Vice Chair, Sibling Leadership Network; Chair, Ohio SIBS

Barb has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 37 years in a variety of positions including Speech Language Pathologist, Staff Development Specialist, and Support Administrator/Case Coordinator. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame College and has taught the following courses: Principles of Habilitation Programming, Principles of Self Determination and Principles of Community Supports. Barb received her BA and MA from Cleveland State University in Speech and Language Pathology.

Over the years, she has developed and provided training locally and nationally to staff, families, community partners and self-advocates on a variety of topics including: communication, rights, person centered thinking and planning, informed decision making and consent, and group facilitation.

Barb is also a Mentor Trainer in the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices chaired by Michael Smull.

She has two brothers. Her youngest brother, Nick, had Cerebral Palsy and passed away at the age of 45. Her life experience as a sibling has promoted her passion for supporting people to have their own “voice” and be heard in all aspects of their life.

Angela Martin, LMSW, Community Support Specialist, Wayne State University

Angela Martin is a Community Support Specialist with the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), Michigan’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University with a concentration in Community Practice and Social Action. Angela has experience in resource development, curriculum design, and training programs on Self-Determination, Person Centered Planning, Family Support, and Leadership/Self-Advocacy. She has managed several local and statewide projects centered on individual and family empowerment and the quality of services and supports for individuals with disabilities.

Angela’s youngest sibling, who was born with intellectual and development disabilities, has laid a strong foundation in her life’s work particularly as it relates to Self-Determination. She is a founding member of Michigan Partners for Freedom, a grassroots movement building statewide demand for Self-Determination. Angela is also a co-founding member of Michigan Supporting and Including Brothers and Sisters (MI SIBS), a state chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network.


  • ANCOR and SLN members: FREE!

  • Non-members: $69

  • Registration is closed.