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July 2013 

In this issue:

CLD 2012-2013 A Year in Numbers 
2014 Georgia Winter Institute
KidsEnabled Presents Positive Behavior Support Series 
Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Supports Conference  
CAC Spotlight - Sheetul Wall 
Center for Leadership in Disability Has Moved

Center for Leadership in Disability 2012-2013
A Year in Numbers

Georgia Winter Institute 2014: 
Fully Inclusive Communities for
Fully Included Lives

Star personThe 2014 Georgia Winter Institute (GWI) will return to the Columbus Convention and Trade Center January 26-29. Topics at the conference will include best practices in person-centered planning and community building. These will be examined  through  the lenses of inclusive education, housing, employment, supports and leadership. It is the goal of GWI is to build communities where all citizens are recognized and valued.

Sessions will educate, engage and enlighten participants and send them back to their communities with the tools needed to spark dialogue and action. Stacey Ramirez, Director of Individual and Family Supports says, "GWI 2014 will challenge standard perceptions of inclusive communities. Throughout history, people who don’t quite fit the mold have been excluded and segregated from everyday life; this conference will give participants an opportunity to discover new and innovative strategies to create and sustain welcoming communities."

Session schedules, keynote speakers and other conference details are currently being finalized. Visit for the most current details and registration information on GWI 2014. 

KidsEnabled Presents Positive Behavior Support Series From CLD Experts

KidsEnabledFaculty and staff from the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) have written a series of articles on positive behavior support for the online magazine KidsEnabled. Upon CLD’s first meeting with KidsEnabled, it became clear that the two organizations shared the vision of providing families with accessible resources on positive behavior support. KidsEnabled offer's guidance and encouragement to parents in navigating the complicated journey from awareness to success. They seek to enable children with learning differences to reach their full potential.

The six-article series covers different components of positive behavior support including: behavior as communication, behavior triggers, changing the adult’s behavior to change the child’s behavior, preventing challenging behavior, and responding to challenging behavior effectively. The first two articles titled "Triggers – What Sparks Challenging Behavior" and "Challenging our Thinking on Challenging Behavior – Positive Behavior Support" can be found at:
The remaining four articles in the series will appear on the KidsEnabled website monthly August through November. 


Register Now for the
2013 Georgia Association for

Positive Behavior Support Conference

 December 4-5, 2013 

This year’s conference will include specialized tracks for birth to five educators on Wednesday, December 4th and family for members on Thursday, December 5th.
Conference strands include:
    School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports      
    Individualized Positive Behavioral Supports      
    School/Classroom Climate  
    Birth to Five  

To register visit . Fore more information on the event, to submit a proposal, or to register as an exhibitor, visit

CAC Spotlight: Sheetul Wall

Sheetul Wall photographSheetul Wall's work on CLD's Community Advisory Council allows her to create positive change by combining her professional skills and her personal passions.  She uses the critical thinking skills gained
in her career as an attorney with her experience as a parent of child with a disability to learn, lead, and educate others in her community. Sheetul shared with CLD her thoughts on what being on the CAC means to her. 

CLD: How did you learn about the Community Advisory Council? 
SW I learned about the CAC when Susanna Miller and Stacy Ramirez invited me to become a member during one of our statewide consortium meetings related to inclusive post-secondary options for people with intellectual disabilities.

CLD: Before joining the CAC were you involved in any other disability focused organizations and in what capacity?
SW:  I was and continue to be involved in several other disability-focused organizations. For example, I am an officer on the board of the Chattahoochee Valley Down Syndrome Association and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbus Arc. 

CLD: How do you think your experiences as an attorney add to your work
and decisions on the CAC?   
SW: Through years of practice, I have learned to listen and participate meaningfully in important discussions related to policy and practice.  In addition, I continue to develop and refine my critical thinking and analysis skills in varying aspects of life, such as, problem-solving, explaining complex ideas, and persuading; these all contribute to my work on the CAC and with the other organizations. 

CLD: What is the biggest challenge facing people with disabilities and their families today? 
SW: There are so many challenges facing people with disabilities and their families, but one we don't focus on enough is finding appropriate and complementary friendly and romantic relationships for adolescents and adults with disabilities. This is so important for people with disabilities that often goes unsupported as they seek inclusion and meaningful participation in all areas of life. 

CLD: What is your favorite part about your involvement with the CAC? 
SW: The CAC has been a positive experience for me thus far. One of my favorite things about it has been of getting to know people with varying abilities and backgrounds. I learn as much, if not more from others than I contribute.

CLD: Are you able to share the knowledge and information you gain from the CAC with other parents of children with disabilities in your community?
SW: As a parent member of the CAC, I have had the benefit of talking with parents, providers, and self-advocates about resources and planning for my daughter with an intellectual disability. In turn, I have been able to share those insights with others in my community and family.
The Community Advisory Council ensures that the perspectives of people with developmental disabilities, family members, providers, and policy makers are included in the development and monitoring of the center's five-year plan. For more information on the CAC at the CLD visit


The Center for Leadership in Disability serves as a bridge between the university and community in support of evidence-based practices that improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The CLD is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), and operates within the Center for Healthy Development and the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. 

Initiatives of CLD are supported in part by Grant #90DD0662 from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities of the Administration on Community Living (USDHHS) and by Project #T73MC19939 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Public Health Service Act, Section 399BB (e)(1)(A), as amended by the Combating Autism Act of 2006) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (USDHHS). 

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