Workshop on Improving Support for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities offered at Daemen July 23

Workshop also Focused on Healthcare Providers, Health Profession Students, and Community Agency Personnel



June 26, 2013



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472




Information:  Catherine Mann, Ed.D., RN, CNS, CNE-C

                       Associate Professor of Nursing



    Daemen College and Parent Network of WNY will co-host a workshop, “Transitioning from Childhood to Adulthood: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.”


    The workshop will be held from 4:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, in Wick Center Social Room on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. This event is free and open to the public, and dinner will be provided.


    In addition to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers, The workshop is also focused on healthcare providers health profession students and community agency personnel. 


    The keynote speaker is Nienke P. Dosa, M.D., MPH, director of the NYS Institute for Health Transition Training and a co-author of the curriculum guides for the Healthy Transitions project. 


    Dr. Dosa is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Center for Development, Behavior, and Genetics at the Golisano Children's Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is medical director of a regional spina bifida center that serves both children and adults.


At conclusion of the program, participants will:


•Expand their knowledge about resources for individuals with developmental disabilities

•Improve abilities (for current or future healthcare providers) in making appropriate referrals to


 healthcare professionals and community resources for individuals and caregivers

•Identify age-related markers for transitions in care for individuals with developmental


•Expand knowledge, comfort level, and sensitivity to improve support for individuals with

  developmental disabilities


    This event is co-sponsored by Daemen College Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities (PHEPD) and Parent Network of Western New York. Funding has been provided by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Opening Doors Program.


    To register, please contact Peg Kovach by Friday July 12th, 2013, at 716-332-4170, or  


    Limited respite care is available from 6-9 p.m.; registration is required. If interested please contact Peg Kovach by Wednesday July 3rd.


    Daemen College is currently accepting applications for the Partners in Health Education Curriculum Advanced Certificate Program. Classes will commence in January 2014.  For more information, visit Daemen College Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities (PHEPD) or contact Cathy Mann at


More about NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Initiatives


    In September 2012, Daemen College was among four institutions in New York State selected to receive funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) to pilot the Partners in Health for People with Disabilities Curriculum in its health profession programs.   Daemen is the only organization to be receiving two distinct awards - $50,250 to train nurse practitioners, and an additional $50,250 to train physician assistants (PAs).     


    In 2005, the DDPC launched a multi-year training initiative called “Parent Partners in Health Education” (PPHE). PPHE was designed to help medical residents enhance their understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities and their impact on families and caregivers. The PPHE curriculum was first developed by the University of Illinois College of Medicine and funded by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. NYS DDPC subsequently customized the PPHE curriculum and design to meet New York training needs and professional capacity gaps.


    A new training and professional development initiative, “Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities,” was developed to enhance the knowledge and skill of nurse practitioners and physician assistants throughout New York State. 


    Parent Network of Western New York is a community resource for families of individuals with special needs and professionals who work with these families.  


    For more information about the Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities program at Daemen College, please contact Catherine Mann,  


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