DIC conference 2022
Jonathan Mooney

Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Mooney

Author of Normal Sucks and The Short Bus

Dr. Jim Henry

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jim Henry

Co-Founder and Project Director of the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center

Mark Ostach

Closing Keynote Speaker

Mark Andrew Ostach

Digital Wellness Speaker

Lauren Sanders

MC and Moderator

Lauren Sanders

The Elevate Project

The Catch Up and Keep Up! Special Needs Conference for Professionals and Providers will take place on Friday, April 29th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The conference will take place in person at The Marygrove Conservancy in Detroit, Michigan and be offered virtually as well.

Registration for the in person event is $65.00 for the day and includes the following:

  • Keynote Speakers & Special Guests will inspire and encourage each guest
  • Breakfast and snacks are included
  • Panel discussions with Special Guests
  • Lunch with Dr. Jim Henry
  • An array of presenters fit a variety of professional and personal development needs
  • Exhibitors and Sponsors- information and products that support and provide resources, as well as fill program and organizational needs, of schools and individuals
  • Networking opportunities with other professionals

Registration for the virtual option is $65.00 and includes the Keynote Speakers and an array of presenters.

Other options for registration– you may register for just the Keynote Speaker’s morning and lunch sessions.

Participants at the conference can receive up to five hours of CEUs (all sessions are pending approval for Continuing Education Units from Central Michigan University)

The Detroit Institute for Children looks forward to offering participants opportunities in professional development and networking, in a fun, rejuvenating way.

Conference Schedule

8:00 AM: Registration & Breakfast- Alumnae Hall
9:00 AM: Opening Comments, MC & Keynote Speaker- Theatre
10:15 AM: Moderator with Panel Discussion- Theatre
11:00 AM: Breakout Session A (four topics)

Noon: Keynote Speaker with Lunch
1:30 PM: Breakout B (four topics)
2:30 PM: Snack Break
3:00 PM: Breakout C (four topics)
4:00 PM: Closing Keynote Speaker
5:00 PM: Conference end
* Exhibitor Hall open 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, The Sigma Gamma Foundation!





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Commerce Township, MI 48390

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The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting.

The Detroit Institute for Children is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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