October 11, 2017, Huntsville, AL



Learning Symposium Recordings

Bring, Brag and Borrow Sessions

In the opening Bring, Brag and Borrow session, each state Lifespan Respite grantee or partner (one from each state) provided a quick 2-minute highlight of the past year's Lifespan Respite grant or coalition activity.

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Lifespan Respite Update from ACL

Victoria Wright, Federal project officer for the Lifespan Respite Care Program from the Administration for Community Living, provided a Lifespan Respite Update.

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Facilitated Discussions on 1) coordinated Lifespan Respite Systems and 2) Volunteer Respite.

In this first 1-2-4 All facilitated discussion, the following questions were addressed by the full group:

  1. How can we best respond in a systematic way to family caregivers looking for respite, or looking for resources to pay for respite?
  2. How do we best recruit, prepare, use, and keep high-quality volunteer respite providers?
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Engaging Military and Veteran Caregivers

Jed Johnson from national Easterseals shares a funding opportunity for Lifespan Respite grantees and coalitions from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Easterseals for mini-grants to engage military and veteran caregivers in respite training or respite coalition activities.  

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Developing Uniform Data Collection

Heather Menne, evaluation staff from the Administration for Community Living, shared the background, plans, and timeline for ACL to develop required outcome measures for Lifespan Respite grantees. She invited participants to be involved in a data workgroup convened by ACL to assist with the process.

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Group Discussion on Uniform Data Collection

Learning Symposium participants engage in 1-2-4-All facilitated discussion to provide input into ACL's plan to collect uniform performance measures for Lifespan Respite grant activities.

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ARCH Update

Jill Kagan, ARCH, provides an overview of current and future training and technical assistance activities; Ray Kirk, ARCH, discusses the upcoming training and technical assistance needs survey that grantees and partners will be asked to complete in November; and Susan Summers, ARCH, introduces the group to the ARCH Lifespan Respite Sustainability Learning Collaborative, a peer to peer group sharing skills and experience in sustainability planning, and invites more grantees and partners to join. 

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