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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
June 2012

VDOE and the VCU RRTC will sponsor Evidence-Based Peer Support Strategies: Promoting Inclusion, Learning, and Relationships for Students with Significant Disabilities, Sept. 19, Roanoke

The VA Department of Education and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at VA Commonwealth University are sponsoring a workshop on "Evidence-Based Peer Support Strategies: Promoting Inclusion, Learning, and Relationships for Students with Significant Disabilities" on Wednesday, September 19th in Roanoke, VA.

Dr. Erik Carter, Associate Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN will present this interactive workshop. The target audience is secondary educators who work in transition planning for youth with more complex disabilities.

Description: Ensuring that students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities benefit fully from the many social and learning opportunities available within their schools is an important challenge. This interactive workshop will address practical and promising approaches for developing supports and fostering relationships among students with and without significant disabilities both in the classroom and throughout the broader life of middle and high schools. Dr. Carter’s projects have focused on (a) implementing peer support strategies as an evidence-based approach for promoting curricular access and social interaction within inclusive classrooms and extracurricular activities, and (b) fostering natural supports as an avenue for promoting inclusion in service-learning, after-school, and community activities. This workshop will highlight strategies learned through these projects, as well as ideas for launching new efforts within secondary schools.

Attendance is limited to 80 participants. No onsite registration. Deadline to register: Tuesday, September 11, 2012. You can register by clicking or pasting the following link in your browser's address window: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9DPPP73


Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016
Doors open and continental breakfast at 8:30 AM

 

Webinar on “Identification and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Research to Practice Panel Discussion” - Wednesday, June 13th 3:30pm-5:00pm

“Identification and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Research to Practice Panel Discussion” - Wednesday, June 13th 3:30pm-5:00pm

About the Webinar --
This webinar is the third of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) webinar series, Research to Practice, and will highlight innovative projects by four CAAI grantees aimed at improving Identification and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to presentations panelists will engage in an interactive dialog regarding their specific projects, broader implications of their work and future directions for the field. Participants are encouraged to ask questions before and during the webinar.

The CAAI webinar series is designed to showcase successes of CAAI grantees, connect attendees to CAAI grantees, and highlight CAAI activities. The series runs from April through August 2012 and will replace the annual face-to-face CAAI conference.

Panelists & Moderators:
Zachary Warren, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Topic: Training pediatric providers to perform diagnostic consultations for ASD within community practice

Laura J McGuinn, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Topic: Training local pediatricians to do more intensive screening and identification in the office

Bruno Anthony, Ph.D., Professor & Director of Research & Evaluation, Georgetown University
Topic: Improved Early Identification of Autism in Latino Children

Pasquale J. Accardo, M.D., James H. Franklin Professor of Developmental Research in Pediatrics, VCU Child Development Clinic, Virginia Commonwealth University
Topic: Suspecting Autism in Primary Care Pediatrics: Head circumference and toe walking are visible markers for autism

Laura Kavanagh, MPP, Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

To Register for this Free Webinar, click here.

 

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