Blind/Vision Impaired and Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Blind / Vision Impaired Rep
Misty began working in the Activity field at age 17. As an employee of the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Springfield, IL, since 2001 (fifteen years as the Activity Director and five as the Director of Community Outreach), she is still very involved with the Activity Department, and values the relationships that she has built with her residents over the years.
Misty has been involved with IAPA since 1999, serving on the Conference Committee and Certification Board for many years. Misty is a Certified Activity Professional and received the Dorene award in 2014, as well as the Larry- Madge award in 2019. She has met many great people, learned so much from IAPA conferences, and feels honored to serve as the Vice President of IAPA.
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Deaf / Hard of Hearing ACE Rep
Lisa is a nationally certified Activity Consultant working in the field of Human Services. She has been described as an “all around, in touch with her inner child” person who is knowledgable, fun and energetic. Lisa’s personal philosophy is “The best way to learn is through laughter”. She holds a BA in Religious Studies, and a BS in Sociology . Her many professional certifications in the realm human services includes: dementia, gerontology, and communications.
Lisa has 30+ years of experience working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as people with mental health and aging issues. She studied music at VanderCook College of Music with hopes of becoming a music teacher, however, due to a hearing loss her dreams were not possible. Her hearing impairment has, however, blessed her with a personal connection to people who have difficulty communicating due to hearing impairment, speech problems or who have other communications issues. Lisa teaches Sign Language at Sauk Valley Community College and Kreider Service inc where she has been employed for 20 years. Her creative and fun approach to teaching has brought much enjoyment to the participants of her classes as well as her clients and professional colleagues.
Lisa’s creative endeavors include facilitation and presentation of many seminars and workshops including topics such as: Sign Language, Dementia Communications, Passive Activities for Cognitively and Physically Challenged Individuals, Music and Motion, Activities geared towards men, Cosmic Cafe’, Drum circles 101, Creative Story Telling, Healing Through Imagination, Sensory Integration/Deprivation and the Client with Dementia, The $10.00 Tech:Homemade Switch Activation Systems. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to activities for people who have disabilities including,: arts, crafts, sports, Music, Weather watching, adapting games to align with individual’s capabilities such as Dungeons and Dragons, Lets Make a Deal and Deal or No deal. Her technical savvy has lead her to create online/youtube experiences for use by clients, coworkers, and other support individuals.
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