Registration is open for the IARF Educational Conference and Expo.  Register now and enjoy the Early, Early Bird Discount.

The IARF Educational Conference and Expo is the premiere event for rehabilitation professionals from a range of settings and occupations throughout the state of Illinois. The conference is the preferred resource for professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of laws, rules and regulatory issues impacting community-based organizations; share and learn new practices in human services; and network with colleagues sharing experiences, challenges and successes, all while earning continuing education credit.

Early, Early Bird Discount

Register by Monday, June 30, 2014 for Full Conference Registration or Team Registration and receive an additional discount on the early bird discount!

Earn While You Learn!  

Attend the full conference and earn a total of 12 continuing education hours.


Warm Up the Workplace
Frank Pastizzo, President, Warm Up the Workplace Inc.

In a program that is presented around the nation, Frank Pastizzo uses a wonderful mix of music, comedy, and storytelling from his diverse career to capture his audiences and help them find ways to warm up their workplaces and be more supportive of one another. 

Exploring the dynamics of diverse workplaces, Frank presents clear and concise directions on how all of us can contribute to making our jobs rich with humor, humanity, and joy.

Frank Pastizzo’s background includes working side-by-side with doctors in Air Force emergency rooms, teaching high school English and Drama in England, touring as a stand-up comedian and professional actor in Europe and the U.S., and working as a health care administrator and marketing executive for various agencies in New York. Through an eclectic mix of music, comedy and poignant storytelling from his diverse background, Frank Pastizzo forges a connection with his audiences.  Seeing the workplace as an extension of our lives where we spend the majority of our time, Frank inspires us to bring the qualities we hold most ideal in our family lives, into our schools, businesses and organizations.  

Ignite Plenary Session

Featuring John Pingo, President/CEO, Goldie B. Floberg Center and Mark Ishaug, President/CEO, Thresholds, Inc.


HCBS Rule – What You Need to Know

Illinois’ 1115 Waiver Application – The Status of Implementation Efforts

IARF Platform and the Candidates

Walking the Walk: An Action Plan to Employ People with Disabilities & Improve DSP Recruitment and Retention

Elements of Leadership

Coffee Talk

Carl LaMell, President, Clearbrook and Janet Stover, President and CEO, IARF


Generational Differences in Training and Teaching

Katie Yamashiroya, Anixter Center

Professionalism: Performing at a Constant Despite Distractions

Frank Pastizzo, President, Warm Up the Workplace Inc.

Supporting Informed Decision-Making

Kim Zoeller, President and CEO, Ray Graham Association

Improving DSP Recruitment and Retention

The Illinois Training Resource and Information Network:  Who Are We and What Can We Do For You?

Trina Sieling, Trinity Services, Inc.; Katie Yamashiroya, Anixter Center; Kathleen Gerhold, Ray Graham Association; Barb Zvonek, Community Service Partners; Shannon Benaitis, Clearbrook (Panel subject to change)

Coffee Talk

Gary Tucker, Quality Enhancement Specialist, Illinois Department of Human Services


Additional Staff Supports: Tips to Navigating the Process and Recent Updates

Medication Administration to Enable Community Living

Helping Individuals Stay Safe Online: A Complete Training Curriculum

Shannon Benaitis, Director of Staff Training, Clearbrook

Rule 115: Maneuvering the Discharge Process

Two Weeks Notice – The Voting Monologues

Josh Evans, Vice President of Government Relations and Cyrus Winnett, Legislative & Policy Analyst, IARF

Making Cents of Client Finances

Sherri Schneider, President, Family Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Behavior Analysis Basics I & II



Hearing Voices

Gia Washington, QMHP, Community Services Manager, Sertoma Centre, Inc.

The Three A's of a Successful Agency: Accountability, Accessibility, Affordability

David Bucciferro, Foothold Technology

Helping Individuals Stay Safe Online: A Complete Training Curriculum

Shannon Benaitis, Clearbrook

Getting “i Ready” iPads 101

Richard Brown, Vice President of Employment & Day Services for UCP Sequin of Greater Chicago

Get Smarter About Your Smartphone(s)

Andy Wolber (@awolber)

Making the iPad Accessible: Free Apps, Accessibility Features, and Tips from an Accidental Pro

Kelly Neurauter, Training Specialist, Clearbrook

Working Mobile: All About the Apps

Andy Wolber (@awolber)


MCOs & Medicaid: What’s Their Vision

Samantha Olds, Executive Director, Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans

Building Community Bridges - MCO Provider Dialogue

Mental Health First Aid: Developing Your Own Program

Bill Nelson, Chief Operating Officer and Rhonda Nelson, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, Bridgeway

Social Impact Bonds: What are They & How Do They Impact My Organization?

Excellence in Mental Health Act: Preparing Your Organization

Nina Marshall, Director, Public Policy, National Council for Behavioral Health

How to be Successful in Managed Care: The Big Picture

Nina Marshall, Director, Public Policy, National Council for Behavioral Health