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April 7, 2006

Expert To Speak On Community-Based Rehabilitation April 11

The University of Iowa College of Education Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation will host a colloquium on 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday, April 11 titled "The Business of Community-Based Rehabilitation: State-of-the-Art Programs, Initiatives and Trends from an Administrator's Perspective."

The featured speaker for the colloquium, which will be held in Jones Commons (Room N301) on the third floor of the Lindquist Center, is Randy Gray, president and CEO of Marc Center, a community-based multi-purpose rehabilitation organization in Mesa, Ariz. The event is free and open to the public but is especially intended for professional rehabilitation agency administrators and staff, students and faculty in rehabilitation programs, and any rehabilitation counseling practitioners in the community. Documentation of continuing education hours will be available for those requesting them.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires accommodation in order to attend, contact Reta Litton, 319-335-5275

In his talk, Gray will present an overview of innovative program initiatives encompassing vocational training programs, community living, and home and community-based waiver programs for both people with physical, developmental and behavior health challenges disabilities.

"Refinement in these topical areas is critical to agency survival and the attainment of a true competitive edge," he says.

Gray says most community rehabilitation programs understand the importance of developing management information systems to assure organizational capacity in responding to community needs. These same agencies recognize that rapid changes in the external environment present an imposing challenge on the development of planning initiatives that assist community rehabilitation organizations to cope with changes in trends, the economy, key publics, technology, demographics, and social/cultural dynamics.

"The rapid changes occurring in today's marketplace for community-based rehabilitation programs require a renewed commitment and focus on strategic positions and management initiatives that allow for the expression of a vision and corporate goals that are flexible in response to ongoing circumstantial changes," he said.

Within the framework of marketing and strategic principles, colloquium participants will receive state of the art information relating to:

-- Refinement of mission statements and operational guidelines as a means of identifying values and vision;

-- The development, refinement and implementation of strategic positioning intiatives;

-- Methods for reducing resistance to change;

-- Assessing organizational capacity;

-- Identification of the successful elements of team play;

And other information.

Gray has been a frequent presenter at various regional CRP-RCEP programs and has served on numerous national boards of directors, both as a member and past president. He has been a member of the National Rehabilitation Board of Directors and one of its divisions, VEWAA.

He has been a consultant to more than 200 organizations, as well as Fortune 500 businesses. His topical seminars have focused on personnel management, strategic planning, outcome evaluation, market-based planning, collaboration, board training, and total quality management.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu