12 February, 2015
10:00 AM
Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wilderness Lodge, 45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

AAIDD WI is proud to announce our 2015 Conference: Inspiring Excellence: Proactive Approaches in Guiding Life Choices.

It will be held February 12th and 13th at Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

2015 Brochure

Conference Sponsor

Conference Sponsor

Sponsoring David Lennox

Sponsoring David Lennox

Sponsoring Michael Bloom

Sponsoring Michael Bloom

Conference Sponsor

Conference Sponsor

Keynote Presenters and Topics

For the biographies of our presenters, please click their names.

David Lennox, PhD of QBS Inc      Sponsored by MCFI

Topic: The use of physical restraint is often considered a necessary intervention for very dangerous behaviors. Even so, the use of restraint should be avoided as often as possible and, unfortunately is sometimes used when unnecessary. Recent federal various federal and state legislatures and agencies have increased efforts at reducing restraint use. Many educational and professional associations have established position papers to ensure that physical restraint is used only when necessary, used by trained professionals, and thoroughly analyzed to reduce or prevent its use. This presentation will first review key points of these efforts and critical positions on the use of restraint. Second, an array of motivational conditions that influence the use of physical interventions by staff and organizations will be discussed. Finally, a number of individual, program and organizational recommendations toward reducing the use of physical restraint will be provided.

Michael Bloom, MA, MS, CPC      Sponsored by iLIFE

Topic: During this motivational session, attendees will be provided with practical tips, tools and coping strategies based upon the principles of the Energy Leadership™ roadmap so high quality supports can be provided that promote positive outcomes for all stakeholders, including its field workers. His PowerPoint presentation: Bloom AAIDD WI Keynote 2015

Additional Speakers:

Matthew Welch, EdS, BCBA, Behavior analyst at ABA of Wisconsin, LLC

Forbes McIntosh, Lobbying Consultant, President of Government Policy Solutions (GPS)

Beth Marks, RN-PhD, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago; Associate Director for Research in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities (RRTCDD)

Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH, Associate Project Director in the RRTCDD  in the Department of Disability and Human Development at University of Illinois at Chicago

Jeffery Marcus, MD, Board-Certified psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and at Centeral Wisconsin Center


For more information on each session, please read the brochure.

Thursday, February 12:

AAIDD-WI Annual Meeting: 10:00 a.m. All AAIDD members are invited to attend.

Conference Registration: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Intensive Session 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Restraint Reduction: Analysis and Best Practices. Presented by David Lennox, Ph.D. of QBS, Inc.

Reception: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Food provided.

Friday, February 13:

Registration / Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks: 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

Keynote: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Presenter: Michael Bloom

Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – Noon. Lunch is provided; meat and vegetarian options available.

Breakout 1: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Breakout 2: 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Evals / Certificates: 3:15 – 3:30


Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness Lodge (the link takes you to their website) located at 45 Hillman Rd, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965

Please note that the Wilderness Lodge and Glacier Canyon Conference Center entrances are located on different roads. The above address will take you to Glacier Canyon. Click here for a map.

Lodging: Double Queen Room is $99.99 for 2/12 & $129.99 for 2/13. For reservations call 608-254-1020 by 1/13/15 and use code #440282.


Thursday, February 12: $75 (Free for AAIDD members)

Friday, February 13: $75

Both days: $130 ($75 for AAIDD members)

Student Fee: $60 for each day or $115 for both. Must provide copy of valid student ID upon request.

3.0 hours of American Psychological Association CEUs are available for Thursday’s Intensive Session for $30.

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015. After this date, you can register at the conference. Register online by clicking the white “Registration” button above. Register by mail by printing the brochure. Please make checks payable to Wisconsin AAIDD and send to:

Options for Community Growth, Inc.

11823 W. Janesville Rd.

Hales Corners, WI 53130

Att: Linda Draayers or Dan Drury

For further information on this conference or special accommodations please contact Dan Drury at 414-433-1210 ext. 104.