CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Conference Schedule

The 2017 CQL Conference: Blueprint For Person-Centered Practices, takes place from October 16-19, 2017, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference spans four days and offers a host of keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and more.

The preliminary schedule below shares what you can expect at the conference, but please keep in mind that specific times and sessions are subject to change.


   Monday, October 16th, 2017
3:00pm - 5:00pm Registration
5:00pm - 6:00pm Cocktail & Appetizer Reception
   Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
8:00am - 9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:30am

Welcome Message

CQL President & CEO Mary Kay Rizzolo and Board Chairman Bill Beattie lay out the blueprint of what attendees can expect at the conference.

Local host Gail Kahl welcomes attendees to Indianapolis, a city known for its flourishing culinary and brewing scene, thriving cultural institutions, and legendary hospitality.

9:30am - 10:30am

Panel Discussion: Person-Centered Planning

Self-advocate leaders will discuss the importance of defining and measuring quality from the perspective of the person receiving services. They will focus on key quality-of-life areas such as exercising individual rights and balancing risk-taking with responsibility.

10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:45am

Breakout Sessions

11:45am - 12:00pm Break
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15pm - 2:15pm

Keynote: ACCEPT EVERY OFFER! A New Way of Working Together to Build Community, Embrace Change, and Boost Morale

Peter Leidy, Peter Leidy Consulting

One of the rules of improv comedy (yes, improv has rules...) is to accept every offer. Bringing the benefits of improv into team meetings, person-centered planning meetings, and family conversations is NOT about comedy. (Although it can be fun!) This keynote will provide specific takeaways, including generating more creative ideas in less time, moving closer to desired outcomes, deepening listening skills, increasing engagement and motivation of stakeholders, approaching change differently (whether required, desired, or both).

2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions

3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Keynote: Rumors, Tea Leaves, and Current Realities

Mary Lee Fay, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

What are the most recent updates on Federal activities around Medicaid and Home and Community Based Services Rules? Find out how states are approaching the HCBS Settings Rule and how they are connecting it on the ground to Person Centered Planning and Quality Outcome Measurement.

   Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
8:00am - 9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote: Community As It Is: Meeting The Real Challenge

Dave Hingsburger, Vita Community Living Services

Recent research shows that the community living experience for people with intellectual disabilities is fraught with dangers and obstacles that we may not have fully anticipated. This session will look at what the research tells us about what it means to be disabled in the community and what we can do to fully prepare people to fully participate and feel at home in their own communities.

10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:15am

Breakout Sessions

11:15am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch (provided) & Awards of Excellence Ceremony
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Keynote: Employment Practices and the Changing Landscape

William Kiernan, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, The Institute for Community Inclusion

Chelsea, an advocate from Tennessee says, "People want jobs, not to just sit around and be bored all day.” It’s no surprise that people want jobs, but what factors are affecting people’s access to gainful employment and career opportunities? In light of new CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Regulations, Olmstead Employment First initiatives, as well as the wishes of persons with disabilities, there are a range of environmental influences that significantly impact employment. Dr. William Kiernan will discuss the current labor market changes, the need for innovation in the employment arena, and changes that could mean people will not only want jobs, but get jobs.

2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
2:15pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Presentations

3:15pm - 3:30pm Break
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Breakout Presentations

4:30pm - 4:45pm Break
4:45pm - 5:30pm Panel Discussion: Person-Centered Technology & How To Implement It
   Thursday, October 19th, 2017
8:00am - 9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Presentation

DeAmon Harges, The Learning Tree, LLC

10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:15am

Breakout Presentations

11:15am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch (provided) & Raffle Prizes