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A note from Shirley Paceley, Blue Tower Training Director:
It has been an honor for me to have spent the past sixteen years sharing the mission of Blue Tower Training, a division of Macon Resources, Inc. Blue Tower Training began in the year 2000 and has impacted the lives of people with disabilities and their families on a local, state and national level. We have also extended our outreach to disability organizations, victim services, state and national associations and many others.

As I prepare for semi-retirement and for leaving Macon Resources, Inc. after nearly 30 years, I want to thank everyone for their support and their dedication to promote growth, independence and self worth for people with disabilities. I want you to know that my commitment to this work will not end at this time. Effective August 31st, Blue Tower Training will transition to Blue Tower Solutions, a not-for-profit organization created by Krescene Beck, Leanne Roth, Linda Sandman and myself to carry on our dedication to equality, justice and freedom for people with disabilities. You may reach me at shirleypaceley@gmail.com.


making a difference in the lives of people around the world—both with and without disabilities—by providing innovative, high-quality training, keynote speeches, consultation and resources

Our values: Passion, Equality, Empowerment, and Respect—The Value of PEER.

Blue Tower Training speakers have facilitated workshops in 33 states, as well as in Iceland and Guam. We have resources in 48 states and 15 countries.

“If it wasn’t for Shirley Paceley, my daughter would still be in danger and having serious problems. Shirley saved her life. Without Shirley, I wouldn’t have known what was going on. Without Shirley, we would never have made it through the legal system and the whole thing. The Blue Tower books and music CDs have been incredible. When my daughter was having a bad day, the music is what she turned to. Shirley’s a godsend.”
—Parent in Pennsylvania

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Consultation Services

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Blue Tower Training Center provides a variety of consultation services, including the following:

  • Honoring and empowering people with disabilities in our work and work places
  • Developing and supporting self-advocacy and the self-advocacy movement
  • Encouraging and supporting dreams and quality lives of people with disabilities
  • Including people with disabilities in organizational decision making
  • Individual evaluation of people with developmental disabilities who have human sexuality issues
  • Individual counseling for people with developmental disabilities who have a history of sexual abuse
  • Development of services and supports plans for individuals with developmental disabilities who have human sexuality issues and/or a trauma history
  • Agency evaluation for risk factors for violence in the lives of people with disabilities, complete with recommendations for risk-reduction activities and strategies
  • Development of agency/center policies, procedures, and practices in relation to sexual abuse prevention and recovery
  • Criminal justice responsiveness to people with developmental disabilities
  • Employee development and training
  • Curriculum and resource development
  • Employee survey development, administration and feedback.

Our most popular topics include:

  • Ordinary or Outstanding: A Motivational Journey for Professionals
  • Standing at the Crossroads
  • Dreams, Choices and Self-Advocacy: A Recipe for Success
  • Supporting Healthy Sexuality for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Trauma and Healing in the Lives of People with Disabilities

Blue Tower Training can customize training to meet your needs!


Our Consultation Team:

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Shirley Paceley, M.S.

Shirley is an international trainer with more than 40 years of experience working with people with disabilities. In addition to being a trainer, she is a counselor, consultant, writer, advocate and visionary.

“Shirley is a wonderful presenter who breathes life into any subject. Shirley’s presentation was the flint that ignited my enthusiasm…Absolutely fabulous!”

Shirley Believes

All people have value, talents, purpose, and possibilities.
In the power of hope, options, joyfulness, and a sense of purpose.
We are all teachers and students.

Current Projects

  • Sexual abuse prevention and intervention for people with disabilities
  • Editorial Board, Sexual Assault Report
  • Illinois Team for responding to sexual violence of women with disabilities across Illinois
  • Resource development in self-advocacy, spirtuality, empowerment, and abuse/neglect prevention
  • Illinois Family Violence Coordination Council – Responding to Victims with Disabilities
  • Implementation of protocols for law enforcement and prosecutors for responding to sexual and domestic violence against people with disabilities
  • Project Coordinator, Domestic Violence and People with Disabilities
  • Project Advisor, National Center for Criminal Justice and Disabilities

Workshops and Consultation

  • Trauma and Healing in the Lives of People with Disabilities
  • Standing at the Crossroads (Keynote)
  • Criminal Justice Response to Victims with Disabilities
  • Counseling survivors with disabilities
  • Supporting survivors with disabilities in the sexual assault exam
  • Rights, Respect and Relationships
  • Beyond Oppression & Labels: Serving Victims with Disabilities
  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Investigations
  • Ordinary or Outstanding? A Motivated Journey for Human Service Professionals
  • Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations
  • You Matter! Including Personal Renewal in Your Schedule
  • Normal is a Setting on the Dryer: Reframing How We View People with Disabilities
  • When I am Hurt, how will you know? What will you do?
  • Communicating with People with Disabilities
  • Sexual abuse prevention and intervention with persons with disabilities
  • Creating Welcoming Environments for People with Disabilities
  • Ordinary or Outstanding? A Motivated Journey for Human Service Professionals
  • Improving Attitudes with Action: Moving Beyond the Myths about People with Disabilities
  • From Victim to Activist: a personal journey of recovery

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Krescene Beck

“Krescene is energetic and animated. Her presentations are informative, filled with many examples and lively discussion. Kresence’s enthusiasm about helping people achieve their dreams is to be celebrated. Krescene’s a keeper!”

Krescene has a lifetime of experience supporting people with developmental disabilities. Her enthusiasm and zest for life provide inspiration to everyone she meets. As a licensed nursing home administrator and former executive vice president of a large social service agency, Krescene is familiar with rules and regulations relating to Community Integrated Living Arrangements, Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled, Supported Employment, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
“Krescene is energetic and animated. Her presentations are informative, filled with many examples and lively discussion. Kresence’s enthusiasm about helping people achieve their dreams is to be celebrated. Krescene’s a keeper!”

Krescene’s Vision

Find your passion. Live your purpose. Celebrate your journey.

Current Projects

  • Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance Project Staff
  • Illinois Imagines Statewide Team
  • Envision Illinois Statewide Team and Resource Consultant

Workshops and Specialties

  • Respect Lives Here
  • Making the Message Count: Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Planting the Seeds: Growing Leaders and Inspiring Success
  • Ordinary or Outstanding? A Motivational Journey for Professionals
  • Bridging the Gap between Dreams and Reality
  • Dreams, Choices, and Self-Advocacy: A Recipe for Success!
  • Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Supports for Quality Living
  • Employee survey development, administration, and feedback sessions
  • Inclusive Agencies: Heading in the Right Direction
  • Innovative, Cost-Effective Tools for Building Teams
  • Safe Beginnings: Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse
  • You’re Never Too Old to Speak Up

Conference Schedule

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Check this page often to see where Blue Tower Training will be presenting near you.

 

Illinois Imagines: Our Rights, Right Now!
Friday, October 7, 2016
Illinois Region 5’s 20th Annual Recovery Conference
Belleville, Illinois


Projects and News

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MRI Blue Tower Training to Present in Guam
October 13, 2015
Shirley Paceley, director of Blue Tower Training at Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI), will be presenting at the 2015 “KNOW MORE” Pre-Conference and Conference October 13, 14 and 15th for the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault And Family Violence in Tamun, Guam. Paceley’s presentations will primarily focus on working with people with disabilities who experience violence in their lives. Paceley is also scheduled to do a plenary session on “Ordinary or Outstanding? A Motivational Journey for Human Service Professionals.”

Shirley Paceley is Project Advisor to National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability
June 19, 2015
Paceley is one of ten national authors who wrote sections of this article:
“Violence, Abuse and Bullying Affecting People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: A Call to Action for the Criminal Justice Community”
Developed by the Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability
You can access the article at:
http://www.thearc.org/NCCJD/publications


VISIT OUR BLOG

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Blue Tower Training Blog


Resources and Links

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Resources for Addressing Violence in the Lives of People with Disabilities. Blue Tower Training is involved in multiple projects to address violence in the lives of people with disabilities. Here are some resources you may find helpful:


Contact Us

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Blue Tower Training
2121 Hubbard Ave.
PO Box 2760
Decatur, IL 62524
(217) 875-8890
E-mail: SPaceley@maconresources.org