Conference Stipend Program for Individuals and Families
The DDRB values the strengthening of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Individuals and family members are encouraged to participate in conferences and educational opportunities, which are designed toward enabling an individual with developmental disabilities to progress toward normal living or to develop his or her capacity, performance, or relationships with other persons. The Conference Stipend program gives individuals and family members the opportunity to attend training and seminars that they might otherwise not be able to attend.
Eligibility: The applicant must be an individual with a developmental disability as defined in DDRB policies or an immediate family member of an individual with a developmental disability. Agencies requesting stipends on behalf of a group of individuals need to contact DDRB office.
Event: Conferences must be sponsored by a professional organization and/or be a presentation by a professional recognized in their field and directly related to the individual’s and/or family member’s developmental disability.
Amount: The individual pays the first $25.00 for each conference. The DDRB will pay the remaining registration fee, up to a maximum
of $500.00 per year, per person. Fees related to late registration, travel, lodging and other expenses are not covered.
Approval: Approval is based on available funding and compliance with the policy. Waiver of the $25.00 co-pay (based on need) and policy exceptions require DDRB Board approval. Applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis. The fiscal year end invoice deadline is not applicable.
Application for Registration Fee:
Submit completed applications to the DDRB, Conference Stipend Program. A brochure or copy of the brochure from the conference/event must be attached. Application and evaluation forms can be downloaded from DDRB website www.ddrb.org or call the DDRB office at 636-939-3351 to request forms.
Requests can be made from 14 – 90 days prior to the event or within 30 days after the event. Approved stipends can be paid by choosing one of the following:
1.) The DDRB can write a check payable to the organization hosting the event and send it to the individual making the request who will in turn send the check along with other registration materials to the conference organizers,
2.) The DDRB can reimburse the individual by check for requests received within 30 days after attending the event. An itemized paid receipt from the event organizers must accompany the request to receive payment.