2018 National Rehabilitation Association Annual Training Conference

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For questions, contact:  Theresa Hamrick, 405-615-3400 or thamrick@rehabnetwork.org or

Tracy Brigham at 405-951-3460 or tbrigham@okdrs.gov.  

Use Chrome or Firefox browsers to register as Internet Explorer/Edge will not work.  

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY : Cancellations received by Aug 31, 2018 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations after Aug 31, 2018 will receive a 20% service charge.  No refund will be given after Oct. 10, 2018.

Make Checks Payable to:  Oklahoma Rehabilitation Association

Mail to:  PO Box 12074, Oklahoma City, OK 73157-2074

Tax ID:  73-1070012  

  Registration On-Site

2018 Registration Form PDF          2018 Registration Form DOC

2018 Draft Agenda DOC                  2018 Draft Agenda PDF

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HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  Below please find the reservation link to make room reservations for the 2018 NRA Annual Training Conference:

Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel1 North Broadway Ave ● Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Room Rate:  $119 single/double + taxes

Hotel Link for Reservations: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NRAOct2018

Cut-Off Date:  Sept 7, 2018

Ask for The National Rehabilitation Association Group Block. Rooms available until sold out or cut-off date, whichever occurs first. Then the hotel prevailing rate applies.

HOTEL ROOM CANCELLATION: All hotel reservation cancellations for the NRA room block must be made through Theresa Hamrick at 405-615-3400 or email thamrick@rehabnetwork.org.  CANCELLATIONS ONLY.

Pre-Conference Seminars

October 11, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Note: The cost of registration for Pre-Conference Seminars is $60 through August 31, 2018.  After August 31, 2018 the cost is $70.00

Pre-Conference Seminar 1 (NASPPR / NRAJPD) - A collaboration between National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement & Development (NRAJPD) and National Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation (NASPPR).  Attendees who register for this option will be registered for both presentations. 

Employment and Immigration: Concepts, Issues, and Ethics (1.5 Ethics CRC CEUs)

Sponsored by the National Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation (NASPPR)

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Presenter: Clarissa Costa Andersen, Immigration Specialist

Clarissa Costa Andersen, has worked for the law offices of Littlefield & Peterson in Salt Lake City, Utah providing immigration support and advocacy for clients of the firm for nearly 20 years and is one of Utah’s premier law firms specializing in corporate immigration law. She has expertise in immigration regulations and labor market trends. 

Seminar Description: The legal and ethical ramifications of employment eligibility and immigration is an important issue to all rehabilitation professionals who will most likely, at some point in their practices, work with immigrants. This presentation will provide an overview of the United States immigration system as it pertains to the employment of all immigrants, including those with disabilities. 

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Snack Break

Four Stages of Job Interviewing and Marketing (1.5 CRC CEUs) 

Sponsored by the National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement & Development (NRAJPD)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Presenter: Paul Barnes 

Paul Barnes is the Utah Rehabilitation Association President, NRAJPD Representative to the NRA Board, & Employment Consultant with WCF Insurance 

Seminar Description: In today’s world of employment, there are many challenges to getting the job a person wants and deserves. This is especially the case with those who have disabilities. They need help to navigate through marketing themselves as much as possible to ensure their skills and abilities are recognized by the employer. This presentation will look at four effective ways this is accomplished and the individual is empowered to confidently enter the workforce.

Pre-Conference Seminar 2 ( Transition)

Making Students with a Disability a Wage Earner in the Today's Workforce (3.5 CRC CEUs)

Sponsored by the Transition Specialties Division

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Presenter: Tanya R. Chiles and Ray Cebula

Tanya R. Chiles has worked as Benefit Specialist for 13 years.  She currently is employed by Franklin County Board of DD/ARC Industries and the owner of Chiles Creations a benefit consulting company.  Tanya is the Transition Youth Representative to the NRA Board and Vice President of National Association of Benefit and Work Incentive Specialist.

Ray Cebula, J.D. has 35 years’ experience with SSA work incentives and disability programming.  He currently is employed by Cornell University, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability where he trains benefit specialist all over the United States.

Seminar Description: This presentation will discuss the special rules that will positively impact the ability of a transition aged youth/student to begin making a transition to work while still in school. Student Earned Income Exclusions, basic use of work incentives, and considering special education plans will allow almost every student with a disability to become a worker with a disability rather than an adult with a disability who does not work. 

Specific strategies to work with the youth and his/her parents, teachers and support persons will be a significant part of this presentation.