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IEP Bootcamp (2/16)

I.E.P. BOOTCAMP!
What parents need to know to survive the Individualized
Educational Plan Process
Presented by
Cathy Roccia-Meier & Sabra Townsend
Get the basics and uncover new facts about the IEP process.

When: Wednesday, February 16,  2011 From 6:15pm-8pm

For more information please Click Here

Autismo en Español
Presentado por la
Dra. Yahaira I. Márquez
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Department of Developmental Pediatrics
Este adiestramiento será Totalmente en español

Miércoles, 9 de Febrero de 2011 from 6-8 pm

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Pennsylvania PIRC Online Lunchtime Series (February through September)

PA PIRC will conduct a noontime, thirty-minute webinar about topics of vital importance to all parents.  All webinars will be conducted on the fourth Wednesday of each month from now through September.  Each will feature a foremost expert on that month’s specific topic.  The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011:  Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTII)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011:  Special Education Issues
Wednesday, April 27, 2011:  School Readiness
Wednesday, May 25, 2011:  Afterschool or Out of School Time
Wednesday, June 22, 2011:  College and Career Readiness
Wednesday, July 27, 2011:  Early Childhood/Strengthening Families
Wednesday, August 24, 2011:  Health and Wellness, Safe Schools, Bullying Prevention
Wednesday, September 28, 2011:  Elementary and Secondary Education Act Details (ESEA)

Visit their website for registration and additional details HERE

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Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute

We would like to make you aware of a leadership development opportunity that we hope will be of keen interest to you. Applications are currently being accepted for the premier MCH leadership training program, of which AMCHP is a part: The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute, or MCH-PHLI.

AMCHP is strongly invested in leadership development for MCH professionals. As such, AMCHP has partnered with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CityMatCH, Family Voices, and the National Center for Cultural Competence to create the MCH-PHLI, which is currently recruiting its second cohort of leadership Fellows.

This year-long leadership development program is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching the tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. We are extremely proud of this program and are excited about what the current Fellows are reporting. I share below two of their statements about their experience in the program:

This experience has taught me to think much more intentionally about management and leadership issues, and has helped me bring my work to a higher level.  Personally, I have also grown, as I gathered deeper understanding and insight of myself.

Barbara Katz, WI

The MCH PHLI is of very high quality and extremely well organized. It is different from many opportunities that we are presented with as it offers a comprehensive focus on leadership – how to be a more effective administrator, advocate and leader.  I would strongly recommend this program to other family leaders who have been doing this work for a while and wish to focus their development on improving skills in administration, project management, communication and presentation skills, advocacy, systems development, program planning and evaluation and understanding how to lead change.

Bev Baker, ME

MCH-PHLI provides an excellent opportunity for mid-to-senior level leaders to intentionally engage in their development. The program consists of 3 residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training at a state-of-the-art facility) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program.  Each Fellow completes an MCH-related personal leadership project targeted at a critical local or national need while receiving ongoing individual executive coaching. The program targets the MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0 and the distance-component can be completed in as little as 2 hours a week.

Applications are currently being accepted through February 1st, 2011 at the program website: www.mchphli.org. We hope that you will give serious consideration to becoming an MCH-PHLI Fellow. The MCH-PHLI presents an excellent opportunity for our field of MCH as a whole to build leadership capacity. This project is fully funded by the MCHB. To learn more about the program, please visit our website at www.mchphli.org

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Autism Speaks Launches Transition Tool Kit

In an effort to help families and their adolescents with autism more smoothly navigate the challenging transition into adulthood, Autism Speaks – North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization – today launched the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit, a unique guide and roadmap to help families on the journey from adolescence to adult life. The free Tool Kit, developed in conjunction with both parents and professionals, features a wealth of practical and actionable information, as well as links to valuable resources.

“The goal of the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit is to empower families and their adolescents with autism to build a strong foundation for an independent and fulfilling adult life to the best of their ability,” said Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks’ vice president of Family Services. “The transition to adulthood can be a scary and complex process, which is why we sought to provide information from experts – both professional and parents – to create a roadmap and a set of practical tools that will hopefully make this experience as smooth and positive as possible.”

One of the guiding principles of the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit is the need to develop self-advocacy skills for all individuals with autism. The kit identifies opportunities and resources to develop these skills with the goal of enabling the adolescent or young adult to participate to the greatest extent possible in their own transition plan. Other topics included in the kit are: Transition Planning and the IEP process, community life, employment, housing, post secondary educational opportunities and health. Tips about internet safety and dealing with issues surrounding sexuality are also featured. A timeline and other organizational tools provide suggested structure for the transition process.

Autism Speaks will offer the Transition Tool Kit free of charge. A standard version can be downloaded at Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit. Tool Kits customized by location are also available for families of adolescents and young adults and can be ordered by registering online. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit is modeled after the popular and acclaimed Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families.

“The face of autism is changing with an entire generation of children on the spectrum making their way toward adulthood,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “While the transition process will be unique for each adolescent, we hope our Tool Kit will help families develop a successful transition plan that reflect the hopes and desires of their loved one living with autism.”

Autism Speaks would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Transition Tool Kit: Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Susan Logan Evensen and Peter Evensen, MassMutual Financial Group, NYSE Euronext Foundation, The Karma Foundation, and Jenny and Joe Zarrilli.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $160 million to research through 2014 and developing innovative new resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks has created resources and programs including the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks’ Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which Autism Speaks celebrates through its Light it Up Blue initiative. Also, Autism Speaks award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council has received over $258 million in donated media. Autism Speaks’ family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and a community grant program. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments in 23 states thus far, with bills pending in an additional 14 states. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.

About the Co-Founders

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners, Chairman and CEO of the Palm Beach Civic Association and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. He also serves on the boards of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Suzanne Wright has an extensive history of active involvement in community and philanthropic endeavors, mostly directed toward helping children. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater. Suzanne has received numerous awards, such as the CHILD Magazine Children’s Champions Award, Luella Bennack Volunteer Award, Spirit of Achievement award by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s National Women’s Division and The Women of Vision Award from the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2008, the Wrights were named to the Time 100 Heroes and Pioneers category, a list of the most influential people in the world, for their commitment to global autism advocacy. They have also received numerous awards such as the first ever ‘Double Helix Award for Corporate Leadership, NYU Child Advocacy Award, Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award and The American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. In May of 2010 they received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees from St. John’s University in Queens and delivered the commencement address as the first married couple to be bestowed such an honor.

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Bureau of Autism Services 2011 Family and Individual Mini-Grants

The Bureau of Autism Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to support children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and families that include an individual with ASD.  The full application packet including directions, frequently asked questions and answers and the application will be made available for downloading and printing off of our website at the close of business on February 18, 2011. If you do not have internet access or printing capabilities, requests for paper applications to be mailed to you can be made after 5 p.m. on February 18, 2011 by calling our toll free number at 1-866-539-7689 (select option # 2) or email DPW-AutismOffice@state.pa.us. Please include and spell your name, complete mailing address and a phone number with area code. Additionally, this year we will be posting a webcast regarding the mini grant application process, please visit  http://bastraining.acrobat.com/p53796987/  after February 18, 2011 to view this informative webcast.

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Free Inclusive Education Webinars

You are invited to join educators and parents from across the United States to participate in free webinars featuring state-of-the-art strategies related to inclusive education for students with autism and related disabilities. These free, participate-at-your-convenience webinars have been organized into two series, one designed for classroom professionals and parents and one for school and district leaders and administrators. Below is an overview of each webinar series:

Fundamentals of Inclusive Education Series Administrators’
Leadership Series
Fifteen webinars for educators and parents including:

• New Views of Students with Autism & Related Disabilities
• Creating a Leadership Team
• Inclusion Beyond the Walls of the Classroom
• Collaborative Teaming
• Planning Supports for Instruction, Communication, and Behavior
• Writing Standards-Based IEPs

Five webinars for general and special education administrators including:

• New Views of Students with Autism & Related Disabilities
• Including Families and Students as Partners
• Creating a Leadership Team
• Creating a Welcoming Classroom, School, and Community
• Desired Outcomes for Students with Autism

Click here for complete details regarding each webinar series.

The National Inclusive Education Initiative (NIEI) is pleased to provide these webinars free of charge through a grant from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009.

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Job Opening: Executive Director, VSA- The International Organization on Arts and Disability

The Executive Director of VSA position opening has been posted. Please distribute this to anyone that might be interested in applying for this position.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/jobs/job_detail.html?opening_id=940

Job Title: Executive Director
Department: VSA
Job Type: Full-Time, Regular
Salary: Commensurate with experience / Yearly
Duties:
The Executive Director of VSA is responsible for the overall planning, management, and supervision of the programs and staff of VSA, an international arts and disability organization. He/she establishes goals, priorities, and vision for VSA in consultation with the Kennedy Center Vice President for Education.
Education/Experience/Skills
(1) Ten years professional work experience in disability and arts issues
(2) Masters degree or equivalent experience in the arts, disability, or education related field
(3) In-depth understanding of disability issues and the disability community
(4) Sensitivity to persons with disabilities and belief in the need to create greater access for and more inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts
(5) Demonstrated leadership ability in not-for-profit management
(6) Strong verbal and written skills including public speaking

To Apply:
For consideration apply online at: www.kennedy-center.org/jobs. Due to volume, telephone inquiries cannot be accepted. Qualified minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE

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Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute Fellowship

Family Voices, as a national partner in the Maternal and Child Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH PHLI), invites you to consider this unique learning opportunity in the New Year.  Family leaders currently involved in this initiative report this is an excellent experience and they encourage others to apply.

The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute (MCH-PHLI) applications currently being accepted

(November 1st, 2010 through February 1st 2011)

www.mchphli.org

The Maternal and Child Health-Public Health Leadership Institute is now accepting applications, through February 1st, 2011, for Fellows for the 2011-2012 year. This year-long leadership development program is designed to significantly expand self-awareness and quickly build practical skills for effectively leading, managing people, and building partnerships, to advocate for and create the MCH systems of tomorrow. This unique program improves leadership capacity, teaching the tools for creating the kind of culture that engages and motivates others. Connect yourself with other MCH and family leaders! The program consists of 3 residential executive-style retreats (10 days of experiential-based training) coupled with a robust and customizable distance-based program.  Each Fellow completes an MCH-related personal leadership project targeted at a critical local or national need while receiving ongoing individual executive coaching. The program targets the MCH Leadership Competencies 3.0 and the distance-component can be completed in as little as 2 hours a week. Limited travel scholarships available.

Learn more at www.mchphli.org

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Down Syndrome Lecture Series

The Down Syndrome Program at Children’s Hospital Boston has been recording a series lectures. These webinars have now all been archived on our web page and are available for free viewing by any parent or professional: http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site2845/mainpageS2845P5.html

Topics include:

- behavior management

- obstructive sleep apnea

- nutrition and healthy eating options

- toilet training

- Celiac disease

- mental health conditions

- feeding and swallowing

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The 2010 Patricia J. Creegan Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education (Deadline: January 8)

The Patricia J. Creegan Award is given annually in recognition of the life and work of its namesake, a founding member of Pennsylvania’s Education for All Coalition (PEAC). Patricia J. Creegan, M.S.W., was a passionate advocate for the true inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life as well as an educator, family member, and friend. “Trish” lived her life helping others as well as teaching people to help others, but sadly her life was cut short in 2009 after a valiant fight against cancer.

To encourage the continuation of her work, PEAC gives the Patricia J. Creegan Award to an education professional (teacher, administrator, related service personnel, etc.) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to and performance in inclusive education. The 2010 award will be presented to a faculty member of a college or university in Pennsylvania.

For full details on the nomination process, please check out the information on our website.

Nomination packets are due to PEAC by January 8, 2011.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Please submit here.

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