Connecting the Dots: Stories that Matter
November 21, 2015 • Eastern Michigan University Student Center


Free Admission Possible

The first 50 current EMU students, high school students and self advocates are allowed free admission; generous support from the Women in Philanthropy grant is making this possible!

In order to recieve free admission participants are required to:

  • Complete a satisfaction survey
  • Create a community-based project reflective of the inclusive practices fostered at the conference
  • Present at Connecting the Dots 2016
Please note that if you register after Thursday, November 19, 2015 at noon (12 PM EST), we cannot guarantee that you will have a nametag.


Saturday, November 21st from 9am-3pm
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Eastern Michigan University Student Center 
900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Dr. Phil Smith, Executive Director 
Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship and Research 



The Delores Soderquist Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship & Research is dedicated to creating transformational research and the next generation of leaders in special education.  For the third time, the Brehm Center and the Brehm Scholars Alumni Chapter will host a one-day conference focused on issues of inclusion, best and emerging practices in education and special education, and advocacy at the EMU Student Center.

Stories are used every day to develop commonalities between our personal experiences and the communities around us. Whether we are using stories to construct our identity or to gather new knowledge, Stories Matter! This year, presenters will bring together stories and research necessary to move toward building inclusive societies. Come and share your unique story with us.

Planners, presenters, and participants of the Connecting the Dots conference are committed to the principle of creating real, whole communities that are accessible to all. Our intention is to reach a rich and diverse audience, spanning a multitude of disciplines, experiences, cultural communities, and learning styles. As part of this experience, we want to explore issues of privilege and injustice, and to reflect on the inclusion and exclusions of our time together. Connecting the Dots is a small, time-limited, intentional community, in which we will strive to create together (uncertainly, gently, carefully) a space that is safe for all who attend, and which stretches and reimagines the boundaries of the idea of access, including financial access.



9am - 9:45am: Registration, Breakfast and Opening Address - Phil Smith
10:00am - 10:30am: Poster Session
10:40am - 12:15pm: Oral Session
12:20pm - 1:20pm: Lunch and Keynote Address - Pat Carver
1:30pm - 2:20pm: Oral Session

2:00pm - 2:20pm: Film Session

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Closing Remarks - Joe Reilly

Please note that if you register after Thursday, November 19, 2015 at noon (12 PM EST), we cannot guarantee that you will have a nametag.
*Registration not compatible with mobile devices.