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Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been a powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. As we learn more about how our minds work, we’re also discovering that stories are intrinsic to decision-making, shape our view of the world, and affect our daily decisions.

Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bank of America, and many others. He has designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston as well as for the African Leadership University in Mauritius. He is the author of Storytelling as Best Practice and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes.

 In his plenary address, “Storytelling as Best Practice," Andy Goodman will explain why storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess, and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.

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Lori Gerhard, Acting Director - Center for Integrated Programs | Administration for Community Living | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C.

As Acting Director for the Center for Integrated Programs, Ms. Gerhard oversees ACL’s administration of programs and initiatives that serve both older adults and people with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers. Programs include consumer access and protection and initiatives that promote the use of self-directed and person-centered service models.

She was previously Director for the Office of Consumer Access & Self-Determination, which works in collaboration with other federal agencies to make grants to states to transform Long-Term Service & Support Systems to be more responsive to the needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and their caregivers. The Office of Consumer Access & Self-Determination administers the No Wrong Door System program (ADRC), the Veteran Directed Care program, the Lifespan Respite program, the Inclusive Community Transportation program, the Supported Decision-Making program and the Assistive Technology Act program.

Illuminate Respite

The theme of the 2019 ARCH National Conference will be “Illuminate Respite.” This theme is inspired by the rich history of Buffalo, located on the shores of Lake Erie near Niagara Falls. In the late 19th century, Buffalo was the first city to implement widespread streetlights, earning it the nickname, “The City of Light.” During this time Buffalo was a hub of innovation, using natural power to bring light and growth to the city. This conference will provide a space to harness the power of the network to explore and formulate strategy to shine a light on the respite needs of 43 million caregivers.  CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Conference Schedule

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April 30-May 2, 2019

The Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly Adam’s Mark) 

120 Church Street | Buffalo, NY

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South Carolina Attendees are Buffalo Bound!

Caregiver Simulation Experience at the ARCH National Respite Conference

What better way to understand caregivers, than to spend a few hours in their shoes. This active simulation allows participants to experience a fraction of the challenges caregivers face, day in and day out. Each participant will be assigned a role, and will have tasks, dilemmas and opportunities to navigate throughout the afternoon. We believe that this experience can develop empathy for caregivers, care receivers and agencies who are involved along the way. We invite you to join us in this simulation as a way of better understanding caregivers, so that we may then effectively engage them.  See what people are saying.


For more information contact Doris Green at NYSCRC 585-287-6393

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