2015 LSA-DN Summer Meeting


August 6-7, 2015

Chicago, IL

Three times a year, the LSA Disability Network (LSA-DN) gathers its members for planning, updates and inspiration on the work of serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 2015 summer meeting will be held in Chicago, Illinois, at the national office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on August 6-7.


To register go to: http://lsadnaugust15.eventbrite.com

When registering, make sure to select each event you would like to participate in including the innovation tour, DN meeting and Thursday night dinner.

Agenda Items

  • [NEW] Wednesday, August 5 – DN Innovation Tour from 2:30pm - 5:30pm.
  • Thursday, August 6 – LSA-DN Summer Meeting 
  • Thursday, August 6 - LSA-DN Optional Dinner
  • Friday, August 7 – LSA-DN Summer Meeting ending at 12pm

Click here for the detailed agenda.


  • George Klauser, Executive Director of LSS of Minnesota’s ACO, will discuss best practices and lessons learned from this innovative service model. Altair Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a new collaboration of seven disability, health and wellness partners including Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. The ACO offers a compassionate redesign in disability services by creating a life-planning process that enables people with disabilities to make their own choices.
  • Ilsa Flanagan, Director of the Reframing Initiative at the National Human Services Assembly, will review the results from qualitative and quantitative research done by the Frameworks Institute that was designed to improve public understanding of the importance and scope of human services work. The goal of the project is to find effective strategies for reframing the public discourse around human services work. Ilsa will introduce toolkits and templates developed to help organizations integrate the proven framing messages in their communications about fundraising, advocacy, and other areas.
  • Dr. David Mank, Director of the Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University Bloomington, will highlight best practices in competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. He will also discuss current federal efforts to advance integrated employment and his role on the Department of Labor's Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive, Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities. Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities.

Innovation Tour

For the first time, we will have an optional innovation tour at the Center for Independent Futures (CIF) in Evanston, IL. Approaching disability services from an educational framework, CIF utilizes the Full Life Model to provide self-directed, person-centerd supports and services. Our tour will be particularly focused on their unique customized employment program and their family-focused alternative housing options.

Hotel Reservations

Please make your hotel reservation at SpringHill Suites Chicago O'Hare by calling 773-867-0000 and reference the meeting name "LSA Disability Network Meeting." By using that name, you will receive a special rate of $135 on Wednesday night and $104 on Thursday night. The cut-off date is July 23, 2015


For questions, contact Sarah Meek at smeek@lutheranservices.org

Click here for more information on the LSA Disability Network.

Chicago, IL photo credit: Mike Warot

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