Protect the vulnerable from ignorance and exploitation.
About Us - Mission StatementAnswers About Competency strives to:
- foster practice based in the latest science for lawyers working with older clients or their families;
- work against ageism, reminding all that age per se does not make anyone less able;
- advocate for the rights and interests of people who are vulnerable because of brain-based disabilities;
- remember compassion: every client is a person first, not a diagnosis;
- foster practice based in the latest science for psychologists working with vulnerable adults or their families;
- promote better communication between psychologists and lawyers working together with vulnerable adults.
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|Dr. Valerie Stone (BA, Harvard, 1985; PhD Stanford, 1990) is passionate about getting the latest science into the hands of professionals who can use it to help people with brain-based disabilities. She is recognized internationally as an expert on social and cognitive deficits in people with dementia, brain injuries, autism, or Asperger syndrome. She has published many scientific articles on how to assess social skill and social vulnerability in such groups, is on the Advisory Board of the Guardianship Alliance of Colorado, and has been on the editorial board of two scientific journals devoted to neuroscience. Download Dr. Stone's Curriculum Vitae.|
|Dr. Stephen Greenspan (BA, Johns Hopkins, 1965; PhD U of Rochester, 1976) is a national expert on the protection of those with developmental disabilities. He has published numerous scientific articles and books on assessing adaptive behavior in people with developmental disabilities, on protecting those who are vulnerable, and on why people fall prey to financial scams. Dr. Greenspan serves as an expert witness in many trials and hearings protecting the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities on death row, after Atkins v. Virginia, 2002. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes, and Science Friday on NPR. More about Dr. Greenspan|
|Dr. Jose Lafosse, ABPP (PhD USC 1994) is our preferred neuropsychologist in Denver to refer to for assessments, embodying the ideal of the "scientist-practitioner" in neuropsychology. He is an expert in cortical and subcortical dementia, white matter dementia, sports-related brain injury, and is one of the few neuropsychologists in the Denver Metro area who can do Spanish-language assessments.|
Answers About Competency supports equal opportunities for and fair treatment of all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status. We aim to provide a supportive educational environment for our continuing education courses and to address students’ questions about diversity issues in our curriculum.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Our continuing education courses are offered only in facilities that are physically accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a student with a disability and you require something in particular, please email us (ADAneeds@assesscompetency.com) and we will work with you to make appropriate accommodations for your situation.
Grow your bottom line by empowering your people. Companies and other institutions often believe the myth that ADA accommodations will be an extra cost. In fact, organizations that accommodate employees with brain-based disabilities can decrease costs and increase productivity while getting a tax credit. We offer workshops for organizations and how to increase profitability while reducing drains on work teams' time, energy, and bottom line, by supporting disabled employees. Click here to schedule a free workshop for your organization.
Organizations contracting for a workshop
A 40% deposit is due 3 weeks before the workshop date. (See notes below about payment
by check.) The remaining 60% of the payment is due by the workshop date. In the
unlikely event that Answers About Competency must
cancel the workshop because of illness or unforeseen circumstances, the deposit
is fully refundable. Failure to pay the deposit or the remainder by the due dates
means that Answers About Competency may cancel the workshop.
Methods of payment accepted: Secure credit card transaction through PayPal; electronic funds transfer via PayPal; or check received 5 business days before the due date.
Answers About Competency does not accept purchase orders.
Individuals paying for a workshop
Early registration: Payment in full is due 14 days before the deadline (the workshop
Late registration: Payment in full is due 5 business days before the workshop date. (See notes below about earlier payment if paying by check). You are not registered for the workshop until Answers About Competency or Answers About Brain Injury receives payment.
If you must cancel your participation, you will receive a full refund if you cancel 3 or more days before the workshop date. If you cancel 2 days or less before the workshop, 60% of your workshop fee is refundable. No-shows without notification do not receive a refund. Minimum number of participants is usually 10. In the unlikely event that we do not reach this number by 14 days before the workshop date, the workshop will be cancelled and everyone will receive a full refund.
Methods of payment accepted: Secure credit card transaction, either through PayPal or over the phone; electronic funds transfer via PayPal; check received 5 business days before the due date.
Lawyers paying for consulting
We will invoice your firm or organization. Payment is due within one and a half months (30 business days) of receipt of the invoice. Reasonable late fees may accrue after that point in time.Methods of payment accepted: Secure credit card transaction through PayPal; electronic funds transfer via PayPal; or check received 5 business days before the due date.
Answers About Competency does not accept purchase orders.
Answers About Competency is a registered trade name of SIQ Consulting & Research, LLC, a registered corporation in the State of Colorado since 2006, directed by Dr. Valerie Stone.