Learning Opportunities – November 18, 2016

New videos posted on Conversations That Matter

With the Best of Intentions… Al Condeluci

Al talks about a pivotal experience he had in a workshop that dramatically changed his understanding of how to support someone with a disability. Specifically, he realized that some of the commonly accepted forms of support can have a significant negative impact on the person being supported.See this video in its entirety on Conversations that Matter

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What are Autistic Meltdowns?  Amythest Schaber

What is a meltdown? Why do autistic people have meltdowns? What are the most common causes of meltdowns? How can I help someone have fewer meltdowns? What is sensory overload? Amythest answers these questions and more in the episode of Ask an Autistic.

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MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

The Mandt System® program presents an education and training system of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and supporting people, using a combination of interpersonal communication skills and physical interaction techniques designed to reduce injury to all the participants in an encounter.

We are pleased to offer Mandt Training to our staff.  Please speak with your program manager to be referred to attend one of the upcoming sessions.

Option A:    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Two Day Mandt Training

  •  In-depth training over two 6 hour classes
  • No physical skill training

Option B:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Three Day Mandt Training

  • In-depth training over three 6 hour classes
  • Includes physical skill training

Upcoming Sessions

Option A – November 24th and 25th, 2016

Option B – November 24th, 25th and 28th, 2016

TASH 2016 – Gateway to Equity – St Louis, Missouri – Nov 30 to Dec 2, 2016

Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.


 $150 Training Allowance 

Did you know that after one year of permanent full-time employment with Spectrum that you’re eligible to receive up to $150 per year of training allowance?

This allowance can be put towards various programs, classes and/or wellness programs that promote personal growth.

 Please make sure that you receive approval from Human Resources                        ( personnel@spectrumsociety.org ) before registering in your training of choice.