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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
March 2012

Autism Awareness Month Event with DJ Svoboda, April 4, 2012, Charlottesville

DJ Svoboda, Artist, Public Speaker, and Autism Advocate, will be speaking at the Jefferson Fellows’ Center Foundation Hall on April 4th, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. He is a wonderful, inspiring speaker whose story is an important one for both families of individuals on the autism spectrum, and those who want to learn more about growing up with autism.

DJ will also be hosting an art event earlier in the day (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM) for kids and teens. Among other activities, DJ will help kids learn to draw his famous Imagifriends!

All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to Krupa Patel at

Click here for more information.


The Basics of Autism: A Training for Childcare Providers, April 28, 2012, VA Beach

The Learning Institute of Commonwealth Autism Service and The Autism Society – Tidewater Chapter are presenting a workshop, “The Basics of Autism: A Training for Childcare Providers,” from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the ODU, VA Beach Higher Education Center, VA Beach, VA. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of autism for childcare providers. Participants will be introduced to the core deficits of autism, early warning signs, and common screening tools. Participants will also be provided with strategies to discuss concerns with family members. Evidence-based interventions and strategies for successful inclusion in both the public and private childcare environment will be discussed. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

For more information and a registration form, click here.


The Partnership for People with Disabilities Offers an Interdisciplinary Video Teleconference, “Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities: A Collaborative Response” - March 28, 2012, 9am-4pm

The Partnership for People with Disabilities is offering an Interdisciplinary Video Teleconference for Parents of Children with Disabilities and Professionals Serving Children with Disabilities on March 28, 2012 from 9am to 4pm. This one-day video teleconference training, “Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities: A Collaborative Response” is offered in response to these realities:
• Children with disabilities are at increased risk for all types of abuse and neglect.
• Abuse and neglect of children with disabilities occur more often in out-of-family settings.
• It can be more difficult to recognize abuse and neglect of children with disabilities.
• Many professionals are unaware of specific risk factors and indicators of abuse and neglect for children with disabilities.
• Many professionals are unfamiliar with communication needs of children with disabilities.
• Children with disabilities experience a “cascade of injustices” following abuse and neglect, in which their reports are not believed, not investigated, or not prosecuted.
• Children with disabilities may not receive adequate treatment for the effects of abuse and neglect.

This video teleconference includes videotaped presentations by a team of expert trainers, including an educator, a law enforcement officer, a child protective services specialist, and a parent of a child with disabilities. At each site, trainers facilitate multidisciplinary groups who are linked to other training sites. Participants collaborate with the trainers to model interdisciplinary collaboration and discuss ways to improve the local collaborative response to abuse and neglect of children with disabilities.

This training is appropriate for families of children with disabilities and the professionals who support them including those working in/as:
• Education
• Child Protective Services
• Law enforcement
• Foster care
• Children’s Advocacy Centers
• CASA programs
• Community Services Boards
• Multidisciplinary Teams
• Guardians ad litem

For more information and to register: click here.


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