The 2nd Annual All-KUCDD Meeting was held in Lawrence on Friday, September 21, 2018 with over 50 attendees from all three sites: Lawrence, KUMC, and Parsons.
Karrie Shogren, Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, welcomed the group and set the stage for the day with highlights of the long historical background of KUCDD and a brief overview of the current work in progress. Josh Allison-Burbank presented his thoughts on diversity in service, research, practice, and mentoring emphasizing the development of good working relationships among individuals from diverse backgrounds. Small group activities around the KUCDD core functions created a lively conversation and an opportunity for collaboration, expertly led by Leni Swails and Lisa Hildebrandt.
The always appreciated noon meal gave attendees the opportunity to meet and greet, collaborate, converse, and share ideas and ah-ha moments with colleagues. If the sound level in the hall was an indication of interest, it was a successful networking opportunity. The afternoon was facilitated by Misty Goosen and Jessica Schuttler and brought the groups back together challenging them with identification of the benefits stakeholders can achieve by engaging with KUCDD. Sticky notes were distributed, ideas applied, and discussion followed. The group said their good byes amid the promise of “this time, next year”.
(In the picture, Stuart Jones, ATK-KEE and TAP Project Coordinator is pictured far right. Misty Goosen, Technical Assistance Specialist with the KITS Project, facilitates the afternoon discussion in the center of the room.)