Conferences & Presentations

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June 2021

  • June 24, 2021: (1-2 p.m. ET/12-1 p.m. CT/11-12 p.m. MT/10-11 a.m. PT) Panel at the National Association of State Treasurers - Treasury Management Training Symposium
    Andrew Myers will present on Reaching Rural America as part of a talk on ABLE savings accounts and rural disability. Rural America has a lot more diversity than it’s often given credit for. We’ll take a look at the diversity making up our country’s ranching, logging, fishing, farming and tribal communities. Once we learn more about who makes up rural America, a panel of experts will help us understand key differences and similarities between different communities, and the best ways of reaching them.

  • Self-employment in the VR System. Dr. Catherine Ipsen will deliver a three-part webinar series to the New York Commission for the Blind that highlights a new website to support self-employment opportunities within the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system ( The webinars will cover how the self-employment process unfolds in the VR system, strategies for assessing readiness for self-employment, strategies for assessing a business’s feasibility, and how to write a comprehensive business plan.  VR Agencies or American Indian VR Agencies interested in receiving a similar training should contact Dr. Ipsen at

July 2021

  • July 8, 2021: NIDILRR Webinar Series Begins: Research on Social Isolation and Loneliness for People with Disabilities

    The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is sponsoring a 4-part webinar series on social isolation and loneliness for people with disabilities.  Presenters, dates and times are provided. 

     July 8 – 2-3 p.m. EST: Dr. James Krause and Dr. Susan Newman - Medical University of South Carolina
    August 5 – 2-3 p.m. EST: Dr. Mark Salzer and Dr. Bryan McCormick – Temple University
    September 9 – 2-3 p.m. EST: Dr. Catherine Ipsen, University of Montana
    October 6 – 12-1 p.m. EST: Dr. Heidi Donovan and Dr. Scott Beach – University of Pittsburg

    To register for the first webinar in this 4-part series titled “Social Isolation and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) – Findings from the 50-year SCI Longitudinal Aging Study” visit the NIDILRR registration webpage .  Additional information will be provided about upcoming presentations as registration details are available.

October 2021