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Florida Rehabilitation Association

Annual Training Meeting September 5-7, 2018 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

One Grand Cypress Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32836

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All hotel rooms must be reserved by clicking on the following link:


by August 3, 2018.    Room Rate: $149.00* (single or double occupancy)

Rooms are available three days pre or post this event!

*Daily resort fee is waived for conference guests and includes unlimited access to local and toll-free calls, intra-property transportation, unlimited use of Health Club, 9-hole Pitch & Putt course, driving range access, basketball, volleyball, rock climbing wall, and all water sports, including non-motorized boats (hydro-bikes, sail boats, paddle boats, and canoes), as well as resort bicycles and quadricycles.  Complimentary shuttle to Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure theme parks.  

*Room rate does not include parking.  Daily parking rate is

Self-parking/$20.00 or Valet parking/$29.00   

Cut-off date for hotel reservations is August 3, 2018. 

Please secure your room early.  The hotel does charge one night at booking, and allows for cancellation with no fee up to 48 hrs. prior to event.

For more information, contact:

Denise Giarrusso 

at (904) 693-7851 or (813) 205-1128-cell

e-mail:  [email protected]

Training Agenda  


Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (3.0 hrs) 


11:30-1:00 pm   Conference Registration & Check-in 

1:00-2:30 pm    "Opioids:  A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing", Part 1, Aaron Norton 

2:30-2:45 pm     Break 

2:45-4:15 pm   “Opioids”, Part 2, Aaron Norton

*4:30-5:30 pm Annual FRA State Board Meeting (Open Meeting) 


Thursday, September 6, 2018 (7.5 hrs) 


7:30-8:00 am       Registration & Check-in 

8:00-9:30 am     “Enhancing Employability Through Executive Skills Development”, 

                               Lance O. Hastings               

9:30-9:45 am      Break 

9:45-11:15 am   “Positive Impacts of Employment on Mental Health”, Bryan Batien & 

                                 Nikki S. Panasci 

11:15-11:30 am   Break 

11:30-12:30 pm   Lunch (provided with registration) & RSA Student Scholar Panel (30 minutes)

                      12:30- 2:00 pm    “Customized Employment Strategies:  Achieving Competitive Customized Employment Through Specialized Services, ACCESS”,                                                    Tammy Jorgensen-Smith & Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga

2:00-2:15 pm     Break 

2:15-3:45 pm     “Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for VR Counselors”, Dae Sheridan

3:45-4:00 pm     Break

4:00-5:30 pm     “Providing Client Supports:  Practical and Ethical Considerations”, 

                                    Dorjan Kraja & Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga


Friday, September 7, 2018 (4.0 hrs) 


7:30-8:30 am   Registration & Breakfast Buffet (provided with registration) 

8:30-10:00 am “Rehabilitation Engineering”, Stephen Sundarro                  

10:00-10:15 am Break                

10:15-11:15 am “DBS and DVR Updates”, Robert Doyle & Allison Flanagan

11:15-12:45 pm “VA: Mission Possible, Employability Skills Workshop for Veterans”,

                               Alyssa Scott, Antonio Reyes, & Chava Litwin

12:45 pm        Closing Remarks, Program Evaluation, CRC & CVE Credits 

Total:     14.5 contact hours