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2015 Housing Conference Videos Now Available

On October 14, 2015, EASI Foundation and Families CCAN co-hosted "Solving the Housing Crisis for Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities: Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation," a full-day conference that sold out our 300 available seats.

This issue is of paramount concern to people with autism and I/DD, their families, providers and policy makers. The conference raised many important questions, provided much relevant information, and facilitated the connection of hundreds of stakeholders, but the fight for housing for this population is far from over.

Click on the links below to see the presentations, ordered by topic:


Keynote:  National Perspective - Innovative Housing Models Across the Country

Desiree Kameka, National Coordinator, Coalition for Community Choice, Madison House Autism Foundation, Rockville, MD


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Perspective

Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs, Dept. of Human Services, Pennsylvania

Jennifer Burnett, Deputy Secretary, Office of Long Term Living, Dept. of Human Services, Pennsylvania

David Gates, Senior Attorney and Director of Policy, Health Law Project


Organization Supported Housing – Highlighting Opportunities and Challenges

Judy Dotzman, Executive Director, SPIN                

Maggie Haag, Director Adult Residential Services, Melmark                        

Beth Rosenwasser, Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence (JCHAI)

Lisa Parles, parent and disability attorney


Grass Roots Supported housing - Highlighting Opportunities and Challenges


Susan Tachau, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, Founder of Homeworks (Susan's talk concludes here)

Ann Bradley, Founder of Emmaus Home

Diane Belnavis, Founder of Juniper Hill Farms


4:00–5:00     Public Private Partnerships to Develop Housing

Moderator: Holly Glauser, Director of Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Administration

Roy Diamond, Principal, Diamond and Associates -- Autism Housing Development Corporation of Pittsburgh

Tom Toronto, President, Bergen County, NJ United Way

Nancy Murray, President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA


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