Thursday, November 2, 2023
at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, November 3, 2023
at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

The Agenda for each day is as follows:

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Presentation 1

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Presentation 2

11:45 to 12:00 p.m. 
Wrapup / Networking

Thursday, November 2, 2023
12:00 p.m. until 12:45 p.m.
We invite our members to attend our annual ORA Membership Meeting.  We will discuss the current and future status of our state organization.

Friday, November 3, 2023
12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
NRA's "All Members" Membership Meeting.  
We invite our members to attend this meeting hosted by NRA.  The theme for this meeting:  "Transitioning to 2024, building upon our successes and maintaining momentum. One goal is to identify 3 essential membership action items for the coming year."  A separate ZOOM link will be provided for this meeting.

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Please note the ZOOM LINK for this event will be sent to all registrants just prior to the event and each morning. 

In addition, the CE procedures of signing in and completing an evaluation for each presentation will be provided.

Continuing Education (CE) Approvals

(Page updated October 26, 2023)

This two-day webinar will offer up to 6.0 hours in CEsWe are seeking approval from the following credentialing/licensing boards.   

APPROVED FOR Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)

APPROVED Certification of Disability Management Specialists (CDMS)

APPROVED Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)

APPROVED Ohio Department of DD 

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (CSWMFTB) (aka CE Broker)

APPROVED for Certified Employment Support Professional Certification (CESP/APSE)

Questions?  Contact

Vickie Leeming, ORA Home Secretary
Ohio Rehabilitation Association (ORA)
419-841-8889 EST



"Celebrating Disabilities R.I.G.H.T.S.

(Respect, Independence, Genuineness, Hope, Tenacity, and Spirit)"

Join us for ORA's Virtual Training Event this Fall! We are excited to reconnect with our members and colleagues over two mornings, November 2 and November 3, 2023.  We will provide presentations relevant to our theme of celebrating disability rights which includes Respect, Independence, Genuineness, Hope, Tenacity, and Spirit.

Our Presentations for Thursday, November 2, 2023

Promoting R.I.G.H.T.S. When Providing Services to Deaf Consumers

Christopher Konieczko, M.Ed.

Providing services to Deaf consumers, as with any consumer, requires providers to have empathic cultural competency. When serving this population, a provider should have awareness of Deaf culture. Service providers should understand how a Western Medical Model can be incongruent with Deaf culture. Service providers should honor the language preferences of Deaf consumers, per ADA, and understand nuanced preferences in a VR setting that ensure superlative delivery of service.

Barriers, Challenges and Successful Strategies in the Academic Environment
Mary J. Huber, Ph.D., CRC and Aubrey Weaver, B.A.

The unique experiences of a graduate student with a disability enrolled in a counselor in-training program will share the barriers and challenges she encountered in graduate school as well as successful strategies for overcoming these challenges. The student's experiences will be complimented by a University professor, who teaches rehabilitation counseling courses at one of the most accessible Universities in the United States, presenting her unique experiences of over 35 years in working and teaching students with disabilities.

Our Presentations for Friday, November 3, 2023

The Road to Equity: Ohio's Disability Rights Landscape
Kerstin Sjoberg, JD, Jordan Ballinger, and Mykal Leslie, Ph.D., CRC, LPCC-S

Join us for a thought-provoking panel-style discussion led by experts in disability advocacy. Our panel includes Kerstin Sjoberg, Executive Director of Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), Jordan Bellinger, DRO’s Policy Director, and Mykal Leslie, a DRO Executive Board Member. In this session, we will delve deep into the most prominent and pressing legal challenges and barriers being experienced by Ohioans with disabilities and discuss possible solutions and opportunities for advocacy.

The Importance and Ethics of Psychological Safety in the Workplace
Christa A. Martin, MRC, CRC

What is Psychological Safety in the Workplace, and why is it so important? We'll define what psychological safety in the workplace is and its importance for people with disabilities while exploring the ethics of a lack thereof in an employment setting. We'll learn warning signs associated with a low level of psychological safety at work and ways to combat it while improving the level of psychological safety at work and the overall internal organizational culture.

To Register. . . .

Please have your ORA/NRA membership number handy, provide a unique and deliverable email address (each registrant must have a unique email address), select the appropriate registration option, and check all the CE certifications you are seeking, and finally check out. 

Please note, all check payments must be postmarked Monday, October 30, 2023.  

We look forward to your participation in November!