May 25, 2023 ● 9:00am - 12:30pm CT
$75 per registrant ● 30-person capacity limit

People learn in all sorts of ways! Sure, you could watch videos, read books, or browse online, but one of the most effective methods is to truly put yourself out there, live your life, and actually try new things. However, as with any experience, there are inherent risks involved. Whether you’re playing a sport, picking up a hobby, or broadening your social circle – you could fail, you could get hurt, you could be disappointed.

In the disability services system, which can have risk-averse approaches and more ‘paternal-style’ practices, people with disabilities are often not supported to have new experiences due to the perceived risks involved.

In this virtual training titled ‘Embrace the Dignity of Risk,’ attendees will discover how to help people in building new knowledge, having new experiences, and gaining new skills, all while understanding the value that risk can often provide. There will be time to consider how to advocate with someone or on someone’s behalf either in a formal meeting or in day-to-day conversation. We’ll delve into the impact of informed choice and how that can influence decision-making. You’ll also learn how the Three E’s (Education, Experience, and Exposure) can help drive your supports. By the end of this training, you’ll have specific takeaways to help shift not only your mindset, but also your practices, from being hesitant and not sure how to support risk-taking to understanding the very real benefits of risk!

Virtual Training Guidance

This virtual training, which takes place on May 25, 2023 from 9:00am – 12:30pm CT, will use Zoom for the entire session, including the presentation, polls, activities, discussion, and more.

Registrants will receive the Zoom login link, meeting ID, and passcode directly from Zoom, one week before the training date.

  • You must have a Zoom account to participate in this training. You must also register with the email address that is associated with your Zoom account. Visit to create a free Zoom account.
  • Multiple attendees participating from the same device is not permitted.
  • Sharing your Zoom login information with another person is not permitted. Two people will not be able to participate in the virtual training at the same time, when using the same login information.
  • Our trainer will conduct the presentation with their camera on. To maximize engagement, we also ask that all attendees have their cameras on during the presentation.
  • It is essential that each participant use a device that has both a microphone and camera enabled in order to fully participate in the session.
  • CQL will be using Zoom’s built-in live transcription (closed captioning) feature during the training. If you need any additional reasonable accommodations, please let us know in the event registration form.

Registration Closed

Registration for this training has now closed, but you can view other trainings being conducted in the months ahead.

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Maximum Capacity

Thank you for your interest in this virtual training. To maintain a high level of engagement and interaction, the maximum capacity for the training is 30 participants. Due to high interest in this event, all of the open spots have been filled and registration is now closed.

Future Events

If you are interested in attending other virtual events at a later date, CQL has scheduled additional training and events in the months ahead – some of which still have seats available. Please register for our events as soon as possible, since they fill up quickly.

CQL Virtual Training Presenters

Lucy Klym, Ph.D.

CQL Quality Enhancement Specialist

Lucy Klym, PhD is a CQL Quality Enhancement Specialist. In this role, Lucy provides training, and facilitates workshops. Lucy brings 15 years of experience to CQL with strong project management, data, quality assurance, and training skills surrounding self-determination and collaboration for person-centered efforts.

Lucy Klym, Ph.D.

Miranda Baumann

CQL Technical Support Specialist


Miranda Baumann is the Technical Support Specialist for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. In this role, Miranda offers expertise and assistance during the facilitation of online activities and administrative functions, such as Virtual Personal Outcome Measures® Workshops.


Miranda Baumann

Tina Lowry

CQL Quality Enhancement Specialist

Tina Lowry is a Quality Enhancement Specialist for CQL. In this role, Tina serves as an accreditation team member and provides training, certification, and consultation services. Tina brings twenty years of experience supporting individuals with disabilities in various roles, from direct care to executive roles, with a passion for continuous process improvement and quality.

Tina Lowry

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Attendee Substitutions

Attendees may be able to substitute their registration with another colleague from their organization, for no additional fee. If you wish to make the request, please contact CQL.

Attendee Cancellations

In order to receive a refund, any cancellation requests must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the virtual training. If you wish to make the request, please contact CQL.

CQL Cancellations

In the event that CQL must cancel the training, we will notify attendees as soon as possible and issue full refunds within 3-5 business days of the cancellation.

Who is eligible to attend the virtual training?

Anyone who has an interest in this topic is welcome to attend. It is required that each attendee has access to their own computer – multiple attendees cannot participate in the training from the same computer.

Can I register individually?

Absolutely. This training is designed so that individuals – not necessarily working for the same organization – can attend and participate in the session. Again, attendees must register individually. Multiple attendees participating from the same device is not permitted. Sharing your Zoom login information with another person is also not permitted. Two people will not be able to participate in the virtual training at the same time, when using the same login information.

Will I be able to stay focused for so many hours on Zoom?

Definitely! We have specifically tailored our approach to this training to keep our virtual audience engaged. This is a dynamic presentation with accompanying discussion, activities, and polling. To benefit fully, please plan to use a device that has a microphone and camera enabled and turned on for the training session.