Conferences & Presentations

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June 2021

  • 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.
  • July 14, 2021 (3-4:15 p.m. ET/2-3:15 p.m. CT/1-2:15 p.m. MT/12-1:15 p.m. PT): Health Status Changes with Transitory Disability Over Time. Part of the 2021 NARRTC Webinar Series.
    Speaker: Andrew Myers

    This webinar will feature discussion of the 2020 Best Paper winner:
    Andrew Myers, Bryce Ward, Jennifer Wong & Craig Ravesloot (2019) “Health status changes with transitory disability over time”. Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 244.
  • July 22, 2021 (1 p.m ET/12 p.m. CT/11 a.m. MT/10 a.m. PT): Using participatory methods to develop a peer-to-peer mentoring program for rural outreach and community organizing to address disability-related issues. Presentation to the Rural Sociological Society
    Speakers: Rayna Sage and Genna Mashinchi
    Attend - (Notice: this is an 'open' Zoom link so it is used for other presentations - please wait to the designated time to join)

 October 2021