APBS Webinars

Group Action Planning: “Getting a Whole Life” with Multiple Relationships across Multiple Settings for Individuals who Require Extensive Behavioral Support

Ann Turnbull, Ph.d.

Ann Turnbull, Ed.D., University of Kansas

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:00-2:00pm EST

Ann will focus on Group Action Planning which is a creative process comprised of family members, friends, community citizens, and professionals for the purpose of creating a “whole life” in inclusive settings. Ann will share her own family experience in using Group Action Planning to transform her son’s, Jay’s, life from the array of segregated adult services (sheltered workshop, group home, disability-only recreation) to inclusive community living (home of his own, supported employment, public transportation, sense of belonging throughout the entire community). Using a detailed handout and video segments, Ann will highlight five components of Group Action Planning—Inviting Support, Making Connections, Sharing Great Expectations, Solving Problems, and Celebrating Success. Ann will expand from her own family’s transition experience to highlight how Group Action Planning has been very successfully used at early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels to address a broad range of educational, recreational, religious, and socialization opportunities.

Dr. Ann Turnbull has been a professor, researcher, and advocate for individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers for four decades. She has authored 32 books and over 275 articles and chapters. In 1999, she was selected as one of 36 individuals who "changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 20th century." Her greatest learning has come from her son, Jay (1967-2009) who she has always called her "best professor" about the needs of individuals with significant disabilities over the lifespan.

Registration for this webinar is now open!

Cost: Free for APBS Members and $75 for Non-Members

Register for the webinar here: http://www.cvent.com/d/svqryb/4W

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Distinguished Speakers

A distinguished presenter is a leader in the field who, based on both their acknowledged expertise in the field and generosity, have either; 1) waived honoraria at an APBS sponsored event, 2) re-directed honoraria from a presentation that they provided to APBS and/or 3) have donated their honoraria following a presentation to APBS. APBS wishes to acknowledge and thank each of the following Distinguished Presenters.


Steve Goodman

Laura Riffel

Susan Barrett

Lucille Eber

Kelly Perales

Stephanie Martinez

Devon Minch

Jessica Swain-Bradway


Leanne Hawken

Kent McIntosh

Joe Lucyshyn

Kelsey Morris

Jeff Sprague


Rose Iovannone

Lucille Eber

Chris Borgmeier

Catherine Bradshaw

Sandy Hardee

Lana Asuncion-Bates

Laura Riffel

Kathleen Lynne Lane


Rob Horner

Anne Todd

Terry Scott


Mark Durand

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