Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, Noon to 1 p.m.
Why the Institutions Died
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Ed Skarnulis, Educator and Former Director
Developmental Disabilities Services
OKDHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division
About the Speaker:
Ed Skarnulis was born in Sioux City, Iowa and has lived in numerous states including Nebraska, where he received his higher education degrees. His practice experience has included work with children and adults who are developmentally disabled and their families, as well as program administrator, professor and department head at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., from 1990 to 2000 and Texas A&M University at Commerce, Texas from 2000 to 2006. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Mental Retardation in Texas and held similar state director positions in Kentucky and Minnesota.
During his tenure as an academician he was appointed by various federal courts to oversee the closure of institutions, such as in Homeward Bound v. Hissom Memorial Center. Dr. Skarnulis was appointed by U.S. Senior Judge James Ellison to oversee the closure of the Hissom Memorial Center and ensure proper placement of residents with appropriate programmatic supports into community settings. He has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, the State of Connecticut, New York and other states in cases involving appropriate individual and systemic service delivery for people with developmental disabilities.
Thoughts of a Former State Director on Closing Institutions (.pdf, 5 pp, 353 KB)
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