Grief and Loss in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Mary Anne Tolliver, with a Master’s in Public Administration, has a lifetime of experience providing service to people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. She began her employment with the St. Louis Arc in 1984 as a direct support provider, was promoted into management, and was the Director of Residential Services for nearly 20 years until recently accepting a new position as the Director of Aging Services and Navigator of Residential Supports. Mary Anne has worked to support many individuals who have aged in place, retired, made end of life decisions, lost parents and friends, experienced end stage dementia and others with serious illnesses. She has supported the friends, family and direct support staff of the people who have passed away, and collaborated with medical, hospice, and government entities. Her vast experience has been a beacon of wisdom to lead and guide the direct support staff and managers at the St. Louis Arc in providing quality supports. 

Barbara Williams Stewart is a practicing Clinical Social Worker and has been a Professor at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, since 1993. While at Webster University, Barbara implemented services for students with disabilities worldwide. Barbara is the founder of the Belle Center, an early childhood center for children with and without disabilities. The Belle Center is now part of the St. Louis Arc. She has also served as a Deputy Director in the Department of Mental Health. There she helped to develop a family-directed program whereby families were allocated funding that they could utilize as they deemed necessary. At the St. Louis Arc, Barbara conducts support groups for all ages and individual grief counseling sessions.

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