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Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference

This year’s Everyday Lives Conference merges the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP’s) annual conference lineup into a single month-long event that offers two additional Everyday Lives recommendation tracks. Topics include Community of Practice for Supporting Families Regional Collaborative, Technology Innovation, Dual Diagnosis, Racial Equity, and Employment. Sessions conducted by self-advocates for self-advocates will be available throughout. Registrants have access to all conference sessions. View and download the conference program via the Everyday Lives schedule.

Submit your Photos and Videos to be shown at the Conference! ODP is seeking photo and video submissions showing individuals with disabilities using technology in their everyday lives! Submissions will be shown in an introductory video during the Technology Innovation portion of the event to be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. To submit your content, please visit here.

Conference Schedule and Topics:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 : Conference Introduction & Racial Equity
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021–Wednesday, May 19, 2021 : Community of Practice for Supporting Families Regional Collaborate
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 : Technology Innovation
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021–Thursday, June 3, 2021 : Dual Diagnosis*
    *Dual Diagnosis track in collaboration with PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 : Conference Closing & Employment**
    **Also featuring a panel for siblings of individuals with disabilities

Certificates for training hours will be available. Registrants will receive emails containing instructions for joining the virtual event closer to the date. For more information and to register for the Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference, please visit the Everyday Lives website.

Save the Date

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), invites you to save the date and participate in the statewide Everyday Lives Conference. This year’s conference will be virtual and will include collaboration, education, and innovation to celebrate the everyday lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. This year’s Everyday Lives Conference merges the Everyday Lives Conference with the Community of Practice Regional Collaborative Conference, the Technology Summit, and the Dual Diagnosis Conference.

When Will the Conference be Held?

The conference will be held over a period of five weeks:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 and Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021

Who Should Attend?

Individuals with disabilities, families, professionals, clinicians, students, and caregivers participate in the Everyday Lives Conference. The conference will also include an exhibit hall featuring ODP training partners.

What Topics Will Be on the Conference Agenda?

Engage with dozens of professionals, experts, and pioneers in workshops, breakout sessions, panels, and keynote sessions. Topics include racial equity, employment, self-advocacy, and much more!

How Do I Get More Information and Register?

Watch for future announcements of the draft and final agenda and for a link to register as an attendee or exhibitor. Please share the attached flyer with all interested parties. We will also post information on this website. Early bird registration is coming soon!