August 10 & 11, 2023








About the Conference

The Western Partnerships Conference on Human Services provides quality disability and mental health training to human service professionals, teachers, counselors, parents, self advocates and community members who serve and support individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

Training sessions provide the most innovative, cutting edge techniques and information in the disability services field to our attendees. Speaker presentations will offer new ideas, insights and strategies to inspire and challenge our audience. Our sessions are designed to empower attendees to put into practice what they learn, interact with each other and find inspiration. The conference provides an exciting forum for the exchange of practical knowledge and new strategies.

Keynote Speaker

Haley Moss


Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and made international headlines for becoming as the first documented openly autistic attorney admitted to The Florida Bar. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Criminology.


Haley is a renowned visual pop artist and the author of “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About.” She also illustrated and contributed to the anthology “What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew.” Her writing about autism, neurodiversity, and disability has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, FastCompany, Mic, Bustle, and others. Haley also co-hosts the Spectrumly Speaking podcast, which is dedicated to women on the autism spectrum.


Haley has been featured in major media such as the TODAY Show, Forbes, CNN, USA Today, Yahoo!, People, to name a few.


She currently serves on the constituency board for the University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Board of Directors for Different Brains.

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Keynote Speaker

Gerald Nebeker

Dr. Gerald Nebeker is a social enterprise entrepreneur. Considered an expert in nonprofit governance, he has served on many local and national nonprofit boards. Dr. Nebeker founded the nonprofit organization RISE, Inc. in 1987 to support people with a variety of developmental disabilities, now operating in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.


He co-founded Acumen Inc. in 1995, becoming the first national fiscal employer agent company in the nation, and helping people to self-direct their care. He created Orange Socks, in 2016 to educate new parents of children with disabilities. Orange Socks has millions of views on social media with people viewing and listening to its parent stories all over the world.

He is an advocate, researcher, and national presenter in the field of developmental disabilities. But, most significant, he and his wife, Laurel, have been married 36 years and have eight terrific children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome.

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Email: nienkec@riseservicesinc.org

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