Youth Forum Agenda

TimeActivityAdditional Information
7:30 - 8:00 amWelcome, Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 amTeam Based Activities
8:30 - 8:45 amAnnouncements, Introductions
8:45 - 9:15 amEaster Seals Technology Playground

with Eric Oddleifson
Easter Seals will showcase different adaptive technology in a setting allowing participants to explore and demo new, exciting products.
9:15 - 10:15 amKeynote Speaker: Brennan Srisirikul
10:15 - 10:45 amKeynote Discussion Exercise within Team
10:45 - 11:30 amWorkshop One: Self-Advocate Panel

with Jamey Breen, Brennan Srisirikul (Part 1: personal stories)
A panel of self-advocates will share insights on transitioning from secondary education into post-secondary settings. They will speak on the skills they had to develop to become self-determined, self-advocating, independent young adults
11:30 am - 12:00 pmWorkshop One: Self-Advocate Panel

with Jamey Breen, Brennan Srisirikul (Part 2: Q&A)
Come prepared with questions!
12:00 - 1:30 pmLunch & Networking Activities
1:45 - 2:40 pmWorkshop Two: Post-Secondary Panel

with Vikky Angelico, Framingham State Disability Services Coordinator; Jennifer Stewart, MRC Statewide Transition Director; and Alexandra Ullrich, Easter Seals
Panelists will share the perspectives of state agencies, private employers, and college in working with and empowering self-advocates. Panelists will highlight the key skills needed to succeed within their track.
2:45 - 3:00 pm Tour of Exhibit Hall
3:00 - 3:45 pmWorkshop Three: PYD Access to Theater Program
with Maureen “Moe” Finnerty
Access to Theatre (ATT) is an award-winning inclusive theatre program for teens and young adults. Its purpose is to develop communication, artistic, and leadership skills, and lasting professional and personal friendships.
3:45 - 4:00 pmBREAK
4:00 - 5:00 pmWorkshop Four: I Am Able
with Brennan Srisirikul
“I Am Able” will focus on changing the lens we use to look at ability, enriching our understanding that our mindsets dictate our abilities, rather than society. By reinforcing and strengthening our foundation, we will create techniques that can be used to breakdown societal and individual barriers, which prevent us from achieving our personal successes.