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When: Thursday, June 21st
From 11:30 to 1:00 (Check-in begins at 11:15)
Where: Oasis Convention Center
2546 N Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, Missouri  65803
United States
Presenter: Jamie McGranahan, Abilities First/ Art Inspired Academy

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Inclusion in Our Community

This session will review what is a developmental disability, the different types of disabilities, and define inclusion. We will discuss how disabilities touch everyone's lives and change the way our community functions; what the disability community is doing to prepare students and adults for the workforce; and why hiring and providing a successful employment for a person with a disability can be beneficial to all. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. What is a developmental disability?

  2. What is the difference of inclusion, integration, and segregation?

  3. Successful employment involving persons with a disability.

  4. Developing relationships within the developmental disability community.


Jamie McGranahan, Abilities First/ Art Inspired Academy

Jamie McGranahan is a wife and mother of two children. Her son Connor is 25 and is deaf and has autism. Connor introduced her to the world of autism and Jamie has developed a deep relationship in the southwest Missouri autism community. She has worked across the state to advocate for the disability community.

 Jamie is currently the Inclusion Specialist with Abilities First - Art Inspired Academy-a program working to provide an inclusive experience for individuals with and without disabilities in the arts community. Jamie works with local and national artists to develop this support.  While with the Academy for the past 5 years, the team has received several awards from state and national organizations for its innovations in programming and inclusion.

 Art Inspired Academy has developed a project of teaching pre-vocational and job skills through the arts has been created. This allows students desiring employment in their lives to learn skills to progress in the employment world.

Prior to this, Jamie was the Lead for the Behavior Resource team with the Department of Mental health.  She worked with families, contracted providing agencies and individuals with Developmental disabilities and Behavioral concerns.

Jamie has been a member of the National Forensic League and has received several awards for vocal music performance. Accolades have included outstanding student in the Human services department at Evangel University and the Outstanding Educator in Greene County.   She is also a master trainer in the Tools for Choice Positive Behavior Training system.

Jamie and her husband Clay live in Rogersville. They are actively involved with Springfield Little Theatre and have been involved in over 15 music theatre productions.  The couple leads worship at the Venue’s Church and have led worship across the state.  Connor is happy to have an upstairs apartment in their home and their daughter recently returned to Springfield after graduating from the University of Missouri nursing school. You can find Jamie and her family around the community enjoying movies, music and football season!

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