Schedule

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thursday

7:15 – 7:50a.m.

Check In

Thursday

7:50 – 8:05a.m.

Opening Remarks

Thursday

8:05 – 9:00a.m.

TEDx TALK – What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human

Daniel Wendler

Thursday

9:00 – 9:15a.m.

Break

Thursday

9:15 – 10:45a.m.

Part 1 – Teaching Adaptive Skills to Promote Independence

Bora Kim, BCBA
Suzette Rosario, BCBA

Purpose & Objectives

To provide tools that will help teach adaptive skills to individuals of all ages. Participants will learn to:

  • Identify important prerequisite skills
  • Teach complex skills using task analysis
  • Prompt new skills while simultaneously teaching the skills

Part 1 – You’re Going to Love this Kid! Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Paula Kluth, PhD

Purpose & Objectives

To provide tools that will help participants teach adaptive skills to individuals of all ages. Participants will learn:

  • The concept of “prompt dependency”
  • How to identify and prevent “prompt dependency”
  • How to promote the generalization of new skills to all settings
  • The concept of “shaping” behavior and how to effectively shape new behaviors

Writing/Typing Strategies for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Christine Cridland, OTR/L

Purpose & Objectives

To provide instruction about methods that support writing and typing skills for learners with ASD. Participants will learn:

  • Developmental stages of writing skills and typing skills
  • Adaptive techniques and modifications for learning writing and typing skills
  • And develop solutions to meeting functional communication needs

The Intersection of Race, Disability, and Gender

Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Purpose & Objectives

Existing at the intersection of multiple marginalization dramatically shapes the way an individual perceives the world and is perceived by the world. Utilizing facts as well as personal experience, this presentation will highlight some of the unique ways that gender and race impact individuals with disabilities (with particular focus on the autism spectrum). Participants will:

  • Examine concepts of intersectionality and relevant past and present context
  • Analyze statistics and issues that impact individuals and groups of marginalized gender, race, and disability status
  • Discover resources as well as mechanisms for advocating for impacted populations in their own communities

From Logistics to Purpose: Organizational Transformation of Legacy Services

Timothy Vogt

Purpose & Objectives

To examine the impact of “traditional” disability service models and look at the benefits of community based services. Participants will:

  • Understand patterns of segregation in disability service models
  • Understand the impact of those patterns in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, the service system and the community
  • Develop strategies and study values for community based services that enliven all stakeholders in the life of a person with a disability
Thursday

10:45 – 11:00a.m.

Break

Thursday

11:00 – 12:30p.m.

Part 2 – Teaching Adaptive Skills to Promote Independence

Bora Kim, BCBA
Suzette Rosario, BCBA

Purpose & Objectives

To provide tools that will help participants teach adaptive skills to individuals of all ages. Participants will learn:

  • The concept of “prompt dependency”
  • How to identify and prevent “prompt dependency”
  • How to promote the generalization of new skills to all settings
  • The concept of “shaping” behavior and how to effectively shape new behaviors

Part 2 – You’re Going to Love this Kid! Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Paula Kluth, PhD

Purpose & Objectives

To teach practical ways of supporting student with autism spectrum labels and other disabilities within the general education classroom. Participants will learn:

  • At least five active learning techniques appropriate for K-12 classrooms
  • 10+ ideas for adapting curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of learners on the autism spectrum
  • Techniques for supporting the development of communication and social skills and competencies in inclusive classrooms

Sensory Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum

Christine Cridland, OTR/L

Purpose & Objectives

To teach the complexities of sensory seeking behaviors and learn ways to support the sensory needs of people on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn:

  • What we know about sensory integration, what supports we have tried, and the reasons we have tried them
  • Observable behaviors and what people on the autism spectrum are seeking through those behaviors
  • How to identify sensory preferences in order to offer better strategies

Born This Way: My Life as an Autistic Parent

Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Purpose & Objectives

Led by an Autistic parent of Autistic and non-Autistic children, this informative and interactive session will provide participants with an in-depth view of Autistic parenting and opportunities to build meaningful connections with Autistic and neurodiverse families. Participants will:

  • Compare characteristics of neurotypical parents of autism and Autistic parents
  • Become aware of strengths and challenges Autistic parents face
  • Identify resources of relevance to Autistic and neurodiverse parents

Familes at the Center of a Connected Community

Timothy Vogt

Purpose & Objectives

To examine the important role that family can play in an inclusive future for their loved one. Participants will:

  • Understand the role families play in the future of inclusion and the disability service system
  • Study new approaches from a pilot project where families are launching their own social networks through local micro-grants
  • Develop new learning around the role of the service system in the “early intervention” process and how that might develop a more sustainable and socially just future for service to people with disabilities
Thursday

12:30 – 1:30p.m.

Lunch and Learn – Body Safety and Consent

Thursday

1:30 – 3:00p.m.

Guardianship, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Access to Justice for People with Disabilities

Thomas F. Coleman, J.D.

Purpose & Objectives

To learn about the guardianship process from the perspective of preserving the rights and dignity of the individual with a disability. Participants will learn:

  • About injustices that currently exist in the guardianship proceedings
  • How Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections apply to state guardianship proceedings
  • How to pursue reform so that properly trained attorneys are appointed by state courts to represent all guardianship respondents

From Text Maps to Memory Caps: Differentiating Instruction in K-12 Classrooms

Paula Kluth, PhD

Purpose & Objectives

To demonstrate teacher-created materials used to meet the needs of all learners in inclusive schools. Participants will:

  • Learn how to use instructional materials to differentiate instruction
  • Participate in 3-5 active/collaborative learning structures appropriate for the inclusive classroom
  • Understand how to use materials for teaching/learning; providing study support; encouraging social interactions; supporting sensory needs and more
  • Learn at least 5 active learning techniques appropriate for K-12 classrooms
  • Explore how student fascinations, strengths and “favorites” can be used to teach, support, and inspire
  • Learn strategies and adaptations with opportunities to try some of them out

I Can Play Music, Too! Music Therapy and Autism

Dana Smith

Purpose & Objectives

To define and demonstrate the beneficial impact of music for persons with autism. Participants will learn:

  • About Music Therapy and discover possible uses of Music Therapy in the Autism Community
  • The three steps in the Music Therapy process
  • And practice four possible Music Therapy activities for individuals and/or groups

Part 1 – You Belong

Daniel Wendler, MA
Kyler Shumway, MA

Purpose & Objectives

To share engaging stories that motivate kids from all walks of neurodiversity towards seeking friendship. Participants will:

  • Understand how beliefs and schemas that hold autistic people in loneliness are developed
  • Identify strategies for challenging those beliefs and helping autistic individuals break out of loneliness
  • Learn articulation skills for deepening and strengthening existing friendship connections

How My Autism Diagnosis Helped to Create a Nonprofit Program and More Opportunities

Scott Kramer

Purpose & Objectives

Details to be announced.

Thursday

3:00 – 3:15p.m.

Break

Thursday

3:15 – 4:45p.m.

Safe and Legal Supported Decision-making as an Alternative to Guardianship

Thomas F. Coleman, J.D.

Purpose & Objectives

To learn about the guardianship process from the perspective of preserving the rights and dignity of the individual with a disability. Participants will learn:

  • About injustices that currently exist in the guardianship proceedings
  • How Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections apply to state guardianship proceedings
  • How to pursue reform so that properly trained attorneys are appointed by state courts to represent all guardianship respondents

IEP Development, Implementation and Progress Monitoring: Making It Work

Jack O’Connor, BCBA

Purpose & Objectives

To teach a better understanding of the IEP process to help meet the needs of students. Participants will:

  • Understand that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guides the IEP process as well as the concept of FAPE (Free Appropriate PUblic Education)
  • Explore components of the IEP and the importance of how it is organized
  • Learn how (and practice) drafting meaningful goals and objectives

To Be Announced

TBD

Purpose & Objectives

Details to be announced.

Part 2 – You Belong

Daniel Wendler, MA
Kyler Shumway, MA

Purpose & Objectives

To share engaging stories to motivate kids from all walks of neurodiversity towards seeking friendship. Participants will learn how to:

  • Articulate skills for deepening and strengthening existing friendship connections
  • Help autistic individuals develop motivation for pursuing friendship connections
  • Help autistic individuals combat anxiety and successfully engage in social situations with confidence

Bad Choices Make Good Stories: My Life with Autism

Dylan Volk

Purpose & Objectives

Details to be announced.