The Path to Supported Decision Making: Triumphs, Challenges, and Strategies

Event Date

United States

Contact Name
Laurie Otto
Email Address
Event Type
Deaf-Blind Programs,
Parent Programs,
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TIME:  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
             2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)

This session will document a student's learning process about Supported Decision Making. It includes collaboration between the family and outside agencies to create accessible, meaningful materials for the student to participate fully in his future planning. During this session, participants will learn about the challenges and triumphs of pursuing Supported Decision Making. Presenters will also discuss where to start and how to follow the individual's lead. In addition, team members will demonstrate ways to individualize instruction to promote maximum participation.

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Krista-Leigh Olsen is a Technical Assistant for the SC Statewide Deaf-Blind Project. She is also a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and has been working in Vision Impairment and Dual Sensory Loss for 13 years. She specializes in Communication, Assessment, and Transition. Ms. Olsen received her bachelor's degree in Visual Impairment from Florida State University. She was previously an itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Transition Instructor for students with visual impairment in South Florida. She has a passion for working with families, community organizations, and school teams.

Minnie is the mom of Andrew, a cool guy who is now 18 years old. Andrew was born with CHARGE Syndrome. Minnie is in year six as a Board Member of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation and currently leads their Family Engagement Workgroup. She has worked for Family Connection of SC for the past nine years, SC's Parent Training and Information Center.  Minnie is currently a Family Engagement Manager, serves on the organizations' Educational Support Team, and specializes in students with Dual Sensory Loss. She spends some of her time working with the SC DBP providing a Parent Perspective. She is committed to helping other families like hers and believes that no parent should feel as though they are on this journey alone.

This is a joint program offered by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, Division of Outreach Services; Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project; and Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project.

The services of this program are provided under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H326T180055. However, those services do not necessarily represent the US Department of Education policy, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer Louise Tripoli.