June 2, 2008
- Parent Category: ASO Weekly Digest
Dear Friend of ASO:
News From ASO:
HB 405 was signed by Governor Ted Strickland today!
On hand for the signing of Ohio's Waiting List Law were Rep. Kevin Bacon, Dan Ohler, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of County Boards of MR/DD, Patrick Lanahan, Deputy Direcotr of the Ohio Department of MR/DD, Judy Murray, President, Joan Thompson, Co-Chair of Governemental Affairs and Gary Tonks, Executive Director of The Arc of Ohio.
HB 405 eliminates the Long Term Planning Registry and Service Subsitution List from state law. It also eliminates the cap on the number of children who can be served by MR/DD Waivers and makes permanent, current priorities for waiver services.
Representative Kevin Bacon is the father of a child with autism and is one of The Arc of Ohio’s 2008 Freshman Legislators of the Year. He is a strong advoacte and supporter. This is Representative Bacon’s first bill to become law. Congratualtions Representative Bacon and congratulations to us all.
We will now begin work to overhaul the entire waiting list statute.
(From the ARC of Ohio)
Director of Public Instruction, Dr. Susan Zelman, Stepping Down
from the OCECD:
Superintendent Susan Tave Zelman announced Wednesday she will be
stepping down as the Ohio Department of Education's top official.
Speaking at an ODE employee recognition event, Ms. Zelman said she was
proud of the steps the agency has made since she began the job in 1999,
but was also looking forward to new challenges. Ms. Zelman started
looking for a job soon after Gov. Ted Strickland announced in February
that he wanted to be able to appoint a state superintendent, a move
that would grant him more authority and make him more accountable for
Ohio's primary and secondary education systems.
Since that time, Ms. Zelman has applied for other jobs, and a State Board of Education panel has started a process under which a new superintendent would be selected. The superintendent said her resignation would be effective when a new superintendent is appointed, and would be willing to serve in an advisory role until Dec. 1. She has served in the capacity since 1999.
News from Congress
The Congress is out all week for its Memorial Day
Last week the Senate approved a $165 billion war supplemental spending bill which included a one year moratorium on seven Medicaid regulations (including the rehab option, case management and school based administration/transportation rules). The moratorium was part of a domestic spending amendment which passed by a 75-22 vote. The House passed a different supplemental appropriations bill previously which also included a one year moratorium on the seven Medicaid regulations. These bills need to be reconciled as the major differences on issues such as troop withdrawal from Iraq and levels of domestic discretionary funding.
House Resolution 1106 passed the house which designates April 2008 as "National Autism Awareness Month." The Resolution supports efforts to devote new resources to research into the causes and treatment of autism and to improve training and support for individuals with autism.
NOW OPEN! – 2008 NATTAP Conference Registration
The Autism Society of America (ASA) and Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) present the 2nd annual international conference on autism training and technical assistance. The objectives of the conference are to review current systems models for addressing the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), promote use of best practice in research and intervention and provide methods for capacity building – all of which contribute to the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for individuals ages 3-21. Join the estimated 1,500-2,000 attendees from across the national and around the globe.
NEW for 2008! Pre-Conference Sessions - November 18, 2008
Pre-Conference sessions are provided by leaders and recognized experts in the field and provide attendees with a valuable opportunity for in-depth discussion and learning.
What: 2008 NATTAP Conference
When: November 19-21, 2008
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, OH
Early Bird Rate: $185
Parent/Family Member Rate: $100
Pre-Conference Session Rate: $100
Conference registration and information available at: http://www.nattapconference.org
The Autism Society of Ohio has provided a grant to OCALI reducing the registration rate for parents from last year's $185 to $100 for all three days of the conference! Register NOW!
Keynoters: The Autism Society of America recognizes that
families and individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder have a
range of issues and needs. The National Conference of the Autism
Society of America is the only conference that addresses the range of
issues, including early intervention, education, employment, behavior,
communication, social skills, biomedical interventions and others,
across the entire lifespan. Bringing together the expertise and
experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the
spectrum, attendees are able to learn how to more effectively advocate
and obtain supports for the individual with ASD. The ultimate goal is
to empower family members, individuals on the spectrum and
professionals to make informed decisions. Registration
& Conference Schedule Go to www.autism-society.org/conference
for the detailed 2008 ASA National Conference schedule. All session
descriptions and speakers are now listed online, with over 200 speakers
and 150 sessions. Be sure to register for the conference online by May
1, 2008, to take advantage of Early Bird Registration prices
(Individuals on the Spectrum: $150 & Full Conference Attendees:
$220). Exhibitors Don't miss your opportunity to exhibit at the
largest autism conference in the U.S. this year. Network with
professionals, families, service providers and more. For more
information, contact Meg Ellacott, 2008 ASA National Conference Exhibit
Director, at email@example.com
or 302.260.9487. Be sure to secure your spot now. Respite
Child Care Bring your entire family. Orlando is a great family
vacation location. ASA is partnering with Quest, Inc., to provide
respite care onsite. For more information, contact ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continuing
Education Credits BCBA, ASHA and CME credits are available.
For session information, contact Autism Society of America at email@example.com.
The Autism Research Institute presents the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!)
Clinician Seminar for professionals on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. For information about the conference, contact
Autism Society America Conference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 301.657.0881, ext. 10. - Central Ohio Chapter Autism Society
Upcoming 2008 Meetings -
Effective Use of Behavioral Interventions for Individuals With Autism
Spectrum Disorders, Kent State University - The Milestones
Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference - 7th Annual
Autism Summit of NW Ohio, BGSU -
Upcoming Events - NE Ohio,
Complied by Milestones -
The ARC of Ohio presents “CURRENT ISSUES SYMPOSIUM”
featuring ODMRDD, ODJFS, OLRS, Columbus Area - Aspirations On-Line Predator
Awareness Presentation, Columbus -
New Resources from The National Collaborative on Workforce and
eReadingPro - Tool for Teaching Reading -
Introduction to ABA/VB: Teaching the Student with ASD, Bryan OH -
OSU Offering Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar on Autism Spectrum
Cleveland Area Trainings from Achievement
Centers for Children -
SPARK Greater Akron presents: Methodologies 101 -
Seeking Essays for a Siblings and Autism Anthology -
Seminar:“Community Employment: A Priority of First
Consideration”, Columbus -
Autism Rights Movement -
Resources from the PACER Center -
Survey on Alternate Assessments from ODE Office for
Exceptional Children -
Public Education Survey -
AAPC Book Receives ASA Award -
Article: Summer Safety for Autistic Children - REFERENCE
POINTS: Resources on the Olmstead Decision PLAN
THE CHALLENGES OF THE OLMSTEAD INTEGRATION MANDATE
July 9-12, 2008
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Bob Hendren, D.O., & James Ball, Ph.D., BCBA
CMS RELEASES PROPOSED RULE FOR THE MEDICAID HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED STATE
DISCUSSION PAPER: ADVANCING SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES:
DISCUSSION BRIEF: ADVANCING MEDICAID HCBS POLICY: FROM CAPPED CONSUMER TO
FROM ISOLATION TO INTEGRATION: RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE QUALITY IN LONG-
The Autism Society of America recognizes that families and individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder have a range of issues and needs. The National Conference of the Autism Society of America is the only conference that addresses the range of issues, including early intervention, education, employment, behavior, communication, social skills, biomedical interventions and others, across the entire lifespan. Bringing together the expertise and experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum, attendees are able to learn how to more effectively advocate and obtain supports for the individual with ASD. The ultimate goal is to empower family members, individuals on the spectrum and professionals to make informed decisions.
Registration & Conference Schedule
Go to www.autism-society.org/conference for the detailed 2008 ASA National Conference schedule. All session descriptions and speakers are now listed online, with over 200 speakers and 150 sessions. Be sure to register for the conference online by May 1, 2008, to take advantage of Early Bird Registration prices (Individuals on the Spectrum: $150 & Full Conference Attendees: $220).
Don't miss your opportunity to exhibit at the largest autism conference in the U.S. this year. Network with professionals, families, service providers and more. For more information, contact Meg Ellacott, 2008 ASA National Conference Exhibit Director, at email@example.com or 302.260.9487. Be sure to secure your spot now.
Respite Child Care
Bring your entire family. Orlando is a great family vacation location. ASA is partnering with Quest, Inc., to provide respite care onsite. For more information, contact ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Education Credits
BCBA, ASHA and CME credits are available. For session information, contact Autism Society of America at email@example.com. The Autism Research Institute presents the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Clinician Seminar for professionals on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.
For information about the conference, contact Autism Society America Conference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301.657.0881, ext. 10.
- Central Ohio Chapter Autism Society Upcoming 2008 Meetings
- Effective Use of Behavioral Interventions for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Kent State University
- The Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference
- 7th Annual Autism Summit of NW Ohio, BGSU
- Upcoming Events - NE Ohio, Complied by Milestones
- The ARC of Ohio presents “CURRENT ISSUES SYMPOSIUM” featuring ODMRDD, ODJFS, OLRS, Columbus Area
- Aspirations On-Line Predator Awareness Presentation, Columbus
- New Resources from The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
- eReadingPro - Tool for Teaching Reading
- Introduction to ABA/VB: Teaching the Student with ASD, Bryan OH
- OSU Offering Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cleveland Area Trainings from Achievement Centers for Children
- SPARK Greater Akron presents: Methodologies 101
- Seeking Essays for a Siblings and Autism Anthology
- Seminar:“Community Employment: A Priority of First Consideration”, Columbus
- Article: The Autism Rights Movement
- Resources from the PACER Center
- Survey on Alternate Assessments from ODE Office for Exceptional Children
- Public Education Survey
- AAPC Book Receives ASA Award
- Article: Summer Safety for Autistic Children
POINTS: Resources on the Olmstead Decision
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF THE OLMSTEAD INTEGRATION MANDATE
you purchased your Ohio Autism Awareness License Plate yet? To purchase
yours, visit www.oplates.com
and click on "Specialty Plates" or visit our website at www.autismohio.org
for more information.
The Autism Society of Ohio
701 S. Main St.
Akron, OH 44311
fax: (330) 376-1226
Please note: This is provided for information purposes only. The ASO does not endorse or recommend any providers, methodologies or services. Providing this information should not be construed as an endorsement by the ASO, either explicit or impiled.
Central Ohio Chapter Autism Society Upcoming 2008
Tuesday, June 24
Tuesday, August 26
The Arc of Ohio
1335 Dublin Rd., Ste. 205-C
Columbus, OH 43215
(Entrance to the building faces Dublin Rd.)
Contact PatCloppert@aol.com (614-247-6193)
or go to www.autism-centralohio.com
June 26th and 27th - Kent State University
Topics in Child Development: Effective Use of Behavioral Interventions for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present with a wide variety of strengths and needs. Within the context of a behavioral approach to intervention, parents, educators, and other professionals can develop and enhance positive academic and behavioral skills while simultaneously addressing disruptive behaviors. The 2008 Topics in Child Development Conference will focus on behavioral approaches to intervention that can assist in enhancing existing skills and building new skills to promote success across multiple settings. For complete details, visit: http://www.ehhs.kent.edu/PDO/conferences.cfm
For information on the 2008 conference, please contact Kathy Brown at 330.672.0537 or email@example.com
The Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference
The 6th Annual Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference
Life-Long Strategies for Success: School, Home, Community and Work
At Executive Caterers at Landerhaven
Please call Milestones Organization at 216-371-4765 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Ellen Williams, School of Intervention Services, BGSU
Dr. Leslie Cochran, School of Intervention Services, BGSU
Ann Light, Continuing & Extended Education, BGSU
For more information and to register, click here
Family June 3, Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, FREE, 6:30 pm. Cuyahoga Valley Career Center on 8001 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville. Speaker: Sondra Williams, an Author, Poet ( A Crystal World and They Say), Presenter and parent of four children on varying degrees of the autism spectrum, Sondra handles it all with humor, class and wisdom. Especially when you consider that Sondra herself is high-functioning adult with autism. Please join us and be inspired as Sondra enlightens us again as how much we share in common with those with autism along with the differences we have. We kindly request an RSVP to this meeting so that we may prepare the room accordingly. Also, for our friends at STEPS who provide our respite care, please let us know if you plan on bringing children- and how many. ASGC meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center on 8001 Brecksville Rd. in Brecksville Ohio. For more information, contact ASGC at 216-556-4937.
June 5, Intensive Behavioral Intervention Workshop (Inner Health Ministries), 6:00-8:30 pm. 17730 Lorain Rd., Cleveland. This workshop is parent and/or professionals of children with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, PDD/ASD, and /or general behavior problems. Skills taught include functional assessment of behaviors, reinforcement strategies, teaching adaptive behaviors, and decreasing inappropriate behaviors. For more information, please contact Magdalena Weeks at 216-252-1399.
7, Sibshops-A Program for Brothers and Sisters of Kids with
Special Needs (Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for
Rehabilitation, Shaker Campus) FREE 1:00
pm - 4:00 pm. 2801 Martin Luther
King Jr. Drive, Cleveland 44104. A Sibshop is an event for
kids ages 6-13 who have a brother or sister with special health or
developmental needs. It will be a fun-filled event with
recreation, discussion and peer support
activities. For more information, contact Kelly S.
Vitello, LISW at 216-721-1195.
June 13, "Current Issues Symposium"(the
ARC of Ohio), 8:30 am- 3:00 pm. Worthington Holiday
Inn, Worthington, OH 43085. For more information, contact the
ARC of Ohio at 800-875-2723.
16, The 6th Annual Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference:Life-Long
Strategies for Success: School, Home, Community and Work (Milestones
Organization), 8:30 am- 4:45 pm. Executive
Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven
Ohio 44124. Keynote Speaker Dr. Jed Baker. For more information call
June 16, The 6th Annual Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference:Life-Long Strategies for Success: School, Home, Community and Work (Milestones Organization), 8:30 am- 4:45 pm. Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124. Keynote Speaker Dr. Jed Baker. For more information call 216-371-4765.
June 25, PECS for Teachers (Achievement Centers for Children), 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Achievement Centers for Children, 4255 Northfield Rd, Highland Hills. PECS for Teachers is designed to teach teachers, therapists, and any other professionals who work with students that have communication difficulties, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Each participant will receive a training binder as well as a PECS book. For more information, please contact Helen Mack at Helen.Mack@achievementctrs.org or 216-292-9700 x 248June 23- 27, How to Use Behavioral Interventions Effectively in the Public School Setting (Milestones Organization), 8:00 am- 4:00 pm. A Week-Long Hands-on Teacher Training Workshop. Graduate Credits and Professional Development will be available
Teacher Training 2008 Information
June 26- 27, Topics in Child Development: Effective Use of Behavioral Interventions for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders (Kent State University) Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present with a wide variety of strengths and needs. Within the context of a behavioral approach to intervention, parents, educators, and other professionals can develop and enhance positive academic and behavioral skills while simultaneously addressing disruptive behaviors. For information on the 2008 conference, please contact Kathy Brown at 330.672.0537 or email@example.com
June 28, Family Child Learning Center Fundraising Dinner (Akron Children's Hospital) 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 9445 Brecksville Road , Brecksville, OH. Family Child Learning Center's Integrated Preschool for Children with Autism is a research and intervention program for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The "Summer Fun" fundraiser supports this critical effort and will not only help change the lives and future of our children, but the next generation of children and families to come. For more information, contact Betsy Gunselman at 440-838-5300.Family June 28, Special Adapted Showing of " Wall-E." (Monarch School at Bellefaire JCB)10:00 am. Chagrin Cinemas, Chagrin Falls. For families who have children with autism spectrum disorder. Children are encouraged to bring personal sensory support items and special snacks (the theater's concession stand will be open, as well). In addition to the special light and sound adaptations, a designated sensory area outside of the theater will be available for anyone who needs to take a break during the screening of the film. The area will be staffed by Monarch School staff. Sensory Stories Available. Tickets are $5 each. Cash only! For more information contact Karin Hess at 216-320-8658. Download Info
Friday, June 13, 2008
Worthington Holiday Inn
7007 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
8:30 – 9:30 Registration & Refreshments
9:30 – 10:30 Futures Committee Report: Next Steps
John Martin, Director ODMRDD
The Future of IO and Level 1 Waivers
Patrick Lanahan, Deputy Director, ODMRDD
10:30 – 12:00 MR/DD Waivers: How & When are they being distributed?
Patrick Stephan, Deputy Director, Medicaid Development & Administration
Ginnie Whisman, Assistant Deputy Director, Division of Community Services, Developmental Centers, ODMRDD
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Parents' League for Effective Autism Services (PLEAS) Lawsuit Update
Ohio Legal Rights
2:00 – 3:00 Medicaid Buy-In: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Bev Johnson & Janet Miller, Cerebral Palsy of Ohio, Inc.
REGISTER EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SEAT IN THIS IMPORTANT UPDATE OF ISSUES!
“Current Issues Symposium”
You may register 3 ways:
ONLINE: www.thearcofohio.org under “Event Calendar”
Individual with Disability/Family ______FREE
Professional and/or Service Provider ______$75.00
Please Invoice Me PO#_________
TOTAL AMOUNT $____________
Registration fee includes materials, lunch
ODMRDD CEU’s will be available.
When - June 19th, Thursday, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where - COSERRC - 470 Glenmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43214
COSERRC - Map to COSERRC (COSERRC is located on Glenmont Ave off of Indianola south of the Cooke Rd & 71 exit)
RSVP & Questions - NancyBeu@aol.com
Who - Officer Randall Bailey and several colleagues from the Westerville Division of Police will do the presentation
Who - All Aspirations/ - All Aspiration Parents and young adults are welcome.
This presentation is for ADULTS. You must be 18 or over to watch this program. Please feel free to bring friends and neighbors, too. This is open to the general public. We need a minimum of 50 people and the room will be set up for 100 people.
Officer Bailey said there is no charge for the presentation as it is funded by the Westerville Police. If you wish, you may contribute to Beyond Us as we provide each of our speakers with a copy of the documentary, Today's Man. This documentary shows a young man and his family struggling with the many ways Aspergers makes transitioning to adulthood so difficult. Part of the Beyond Us mission is to help others understand Aspergers and this is one way we do this. Officer Bailey already has a copy and will put it in their Resource Library for the staff of the Westerville Police to use. The documentary costs $30.
Jeff Siegel, Aspirations Director and Co-ordinator, will be sending out emails to the young adults of Aspirations, inviting and encouraging them to come.
"DISCLAIMER (by the presenters) - If graphic language or photos offend you, you should not attend this presentation. Because of the content, this an adult-only seminar. No one under 18 years of age will be permitted.
For more information regarding this program please contact:
Officer Randy Bailey at 614-901-6472"
I look forward to seeing us all learn from this important presentation. This is an opportunity to help us learn and share with our young adults about what is really out there. I think this can give us a reference as parents when we need to have real and difficult conversation with our young adults - not just hope for the best.
Beyond Us - Families of Adults with Aspergers, HFA, & PDD-NOS
Beyond Us - Families of Adults with Aspergers, HFA, & PDD-NOS
We are parents and families of young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, HFA,(High Functioning Autism) & PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified) and related disorders. Although our adult children have average to above average intelligence and may not appear to have a disability, they require specialized support in order to be independent contributing
members of our society. As family members we provide the daily support and guidance to help our young adults succeed. Our mission is to help each other and the people who work with our young adults to better understand the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder. We will find and help develop the supports and guidance that will make it possible for them to live autonomous lives to their fullest potentials so they can successfully go forward - beyond us.
YOUTH AND DISABILITY DISCLOSURE: THE ROLE OF FAMILIES AND ADVOCATES
This info brief highlights NCWD/Youth's The 411 on Disability
Disclosure and explores the role families and advocates play in helping
youth understand the importance of appropriate disability disclosure.
To review this document, go to
VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ITS ROLE IN CAREER PLANNING
youth. It focuses on the vocational domain and how assessment
activities support career related activities. To review this document
TUNNELS AND CLIFFS: A GUIDE FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS AND
POLICYMAKERS SERVING YOUTH WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS
they enter inappropriate service tunnels dictated by their point of
entry and when they encounter transition cliffs as they age out of
youth systems and attempt to access adult services. It offers examples
of emerging promising practices related to career preparation and
employment for youth and offers an action plan to make the coordination
of services a cross-systems priority. For more information go to
NAVIGATING TUNNELS AND CLIFFS: EMPOWERING FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS TO ASSIST YOUTH WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IN PREPARING FOR WORK
caregivers of youth with mental health needs and the resources
available to them in helping a young person prepare for a career and
community life. It offers an action plan for parents and caretakers on
how to make coordination and collaboration of mental health services
and career preparation a priority.
ROAD TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY: A GUIDE TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES
This Guide was developed to serve as a resource for organizations
working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and
policymakers who support youth programs through policy and practice.
The Guide shows how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in
programs and offers suggestions on how to introduce self-employment as
an option for all youth, including youth with disabilities. In
addition, this Guide offers a set of appendices with valuable resources
and references. Designed for organizations and practitioners working
with all youth, policy-makers, and parents looking for resources and
information on economic self-sufficiency > for their adolescent
children. The Entrepreneurship Guide can be found at
Presented by Bonnie Kelly, President of A.C.T. Now. Ltd. (Autism Consulting and Training), Program Director of PATH Academy for Autism, & Behavior Analyst/Teacher of MODEL Community School-Bryan.
Location: Grace Community Church, Bryan, OH
Saturday, June 14, 2008 10 am to 4 pm
Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior Job placement available
Functional Assessment of Behavior for those who qualify!
DTT/ITT (Intensive Teaching)
Natural Environment Training (N.E.T.)
This Conference is geared toward:
Yes! Sign me up for ________________________20_________
Name: _________________________ Phone: ____________________
Address: _______________________ City, State, Zip: _____________
E-Mail: ________________________ Amount enclosed: $ __________
Interdisciplinary Seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cross listed in the following departments:
ALLIED MED - Call number: 18378-9 SOC WRK - Call number 18379-5
NURSING - Call number 18380-6 SPH&HRG - Call number 18381-2
Time/Place: Wednesday 9:00 – 11:48, (June 16 – August 18)
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Paula Rabidoux, PhD, Speech Language Pathologist, Nisonger Center
The goal of the course is to develop an interdisciplinary framework relating to major scientific and theoretical perspectives in diagnostic and intervention practices for children and adults with ASD. At the completion of the course students will:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the biological, psychosocial, communicative, family, educational and vocational issues for a child with an ASD and his/her family.
2. Understand current health and policy issues of concern to people with ASD across the lifespan.
This course is designed as a multidisciplinary seminar. Speakers will address issues related to autism spectrum disorders from their disciplinary perspectives.
Jane Case-Smith, PhD, Occupational Therapy
Patricia Cloppert, BSFS, Faculty Parent Advocate, Nisonger Center
Tom Fish, PhD, Social Work
Maureen Geraghty, PhD, Medical Dietetics
Mary Gottesman, PhD, Nursing
David Hammer, PhD, Psychology
Margo Izzo, PhD, Special Education
Paula Rabidoux, PhD, Speech Language Pathology
Karen Ratliff-Schaub, MD, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Gail Whitelaw, PhD, Audiology
“Working with Students with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in School Settings”
For special education teachers, paraprofessionals, school administrators, school counselors, and speech therapists. Topics covered include characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome and the implication and needs of the student with Asperger’s in an educational setting.
The cost for this two day training is $300 per registrant.
June 25, 2008, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
“PECS for Teachers”
For teachers, therapists, and any other professionals who work with students that have communication difficulties. This training is designed to teach the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
The cost is $150 per registrant.
July 21-25, 2008, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
“Planning a Comprehensive, Blended Method Classroom Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum”
For teachers, occupational and speech therapists and other professionals who work with students with autism Pre-K through Grade 6. This 5-day training is designed to provide foundational training for classroom teachers and school district teams in the development of a blended method program for students with autism spectrum disorder.
The cost is $750 per registrant.
September 25-26, October 3, 2008, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
“Paraprofessional Training: Working with Pre-K & K-5 Students with Autism”
This 3-day training for Paraprofessionals in Public School Districts will address autism and the developmental challenges associated with the disorder. The role and responsibilities of the paraprofessional working with individual children within the context of the classroom and school environment will be overviewed with an emphasis on effective strategies that will enhance children’s developmental skills in the areas of social interaction, language/communication and cognitive processing/problem solving.
The cost is $450 per registrant.
All trainings will be held at:
Achievement Centers for Children
4255 Northfield Road
Highland Hills, OH 44128
For more information, contact Helen Mack, 216/292-9700 x 248 or Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Achievement Centers for Children
Especially when parents get a new diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child, trying to figure out what therapies are available can be very confusing. Scott will discuss four of the common methodologies available to teach children with autism: Floortime, ABA/VB (Applied Behavioral Analysis/Verbal Behavior), TEACHH and RDI (Relationship Development Intervention). The basics of each methodology will be discussed, and there will be time for Q&A.
May 29, 2008 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Considine Professional Building
(across from Akron Children’s Hospital Main Entrance)
Second floor - Rooms 5&6
(Adjacent parking garage at corner of W. State St & Bowery St)
SPARK is a support group for parents with children on the autism spectrum.
For more information, please contact Kim at email@example.com
Seeking submissions of essays for anthology exploring the dynamic of
growing up/aging with a sibling who has autism.
We seek essays that span generations, cultures, and ethnicities.
Winona State University,
Winona, MN 55987
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Send submissions with a SASE by September 15th 2008
September 11 & 12, 2008
7007 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
MRDD Futures Committee Recommendations: #3 “Create meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
a. Collaborate with private and public entities to enhance employment options;
b. Maximize incentives such as Medicaid Buy-In, tax credits, and wage options, for employees and employers;
c. Find ways to make community employment a priority and improve school-to-work transition.”
Presented By The Arc of Ohio, Inc. in partnership with Ohio APSE – The Ohio Network on Employment, Ohio Association of Adult Services (OAAS), Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS)
Keynote: “Full Employment: What Does It Take?” David Mank, Ph.D., Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University
Additional Training Sessions Include:
Local and State Level Innovations, David Mank, Ph.D.
Economic Issues of Supported Employment: What We Know, Thought We Knew, and Need to Figure Out, Robert Cimera, Ph.D., Kent State University
A Time for Change… The Vermont Experience, Bryan Dague, Ed.D., University of Vermont-Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
2008 Community Employment Conference Holiday Inn/Worthington
Registration Form September 11 & 12, 2008
Name and Mailing Information (use a separate form for each person)
Mailing Address ________________________________________County________________________
City _________________________ State ____________________ Zip Code __________
Phone ____________________ Fax ____________________ E-mail ______________________
I am a person with a developmental disability q FREE
I will be bringing an attendant q FREE
I am a family member q FREE
NOTE: Waiver of Hotel Room cost available upon request for individuals with disabilities only
–-contact The Arc for information--
Professionals/Service Providers/Others q $90.00 for one day
q $130.00 for both days
Days I will attend:
q Thursday, September 11th only
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l Fax this form to 614-487-4725
l Call Jodi Murray at 1-800-875-2723
l Mail this form to The Arc of Ohio/1335 Dublin Road, Suite 205-C/Columbus, OH 43215
*Please call 1-800-875-2723 with any questions*
Hotel rooms are available at the Holiday Inn located at 7007 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085
The overnight fee is $89 (single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy)
Please call 1-614-436-0700 to make your reservation by August 20, 2008
Be sure to mention The Arc of Ohio to receive the group rate.
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Article in the June 2nd issue of New York Magazine.
"I Am A Beautiful Person ~ Sexuality and Me" A video of parents of teens with disabilities. (1996) 14 minutes, Pacer Center, Inc., $35.00
"Disability Awareness: A Guidebook for Families and Educators", 2nd edition, (2001) 157 pgs., $10.00
All of these can be ordered via the Pacer Center, Inc. website at www.pacer.org.
As you may be aware, The United States Department of Education (USDoE) provides states the flexibility of implementing an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards for certain students with disabilities. The use of the achievement standards has implications for districts making adequate yearly process (AYP). This provision may be more familiar to you when referred to as the “2% modified assessment.”
In 2007, Ohio, as part of a three state consortium that includes Oregon and Minnesota, received a grant from the Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) to develop an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards. The consortium is working with American Institutes for Research (AIR) in developing the test.
As part of the development work the consortium has developed a draft Eligibility Guidelines and a Decision Flowchart which will assist educators in determining whether the modified assessment would be appropriate for a particular student with a disability.
The following link will direct you to a survey seeking your feedback on the two documents before they become final. The documents are included as part of the survey. This survey is intended to collect data from key stakeholders and will be considered by the consortium in final revisions to these two key documents.
The department would like as many people as possible to complete the survey by August 08, 2008. Please inform your colleagues and associations about this survey so that as many people as possible can provide input. The survey will take less than 20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.
Thomas Dean Lather
Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Will you take a quick survey to share your views, and then ask 5 friends to do the same?
It's important for
students, parents, teachers, and everyone who values public education
in Ohio to help.
Our voices are stronger together!
by the Autism Society of America
Every year the Autism Society of America (ASA) selects an Outstanding Literary Work of the Year in its family and social division that has made a significant contribution to the broader autism community. ASA's 2008 award recipient is A 5 Is Against the Law! by Kari Dunn Buron.
Building on the popular 5-Point Scale co-developed by Dunn Buron, A 5 Is Against the Law! takes a closer look at challenging behavior, especially behaviors that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty with social understanding, in particular social boundaries Using a direct and simple style with examples and hands-on activities, A 5 Is Against the Law! speaks directly to adolescents and young adults.
The concept behind the widely used 5-Point Scale is to take an idea or behavior and break it into five clear and concrete parts and assign numbers to make it easier to understand the different degrees within a behavior and, eventually, the consequences of one's behavior. An important part is how to cope with an emotion before it escalates to unacceptable behavior. Throughout the book, readers are encouraged to think about and create behavior and anxiety scales of their own that apply to particular emotions and situations.
Formal recognition and announcement of this prestigious award will take place at ASA's 39th National Conference & Expo on Autism in Orlando, Florida, July 9-12.
ASA 2008 Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award in the Educationi Division
The Ziggurat Model: A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Interventions for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Cover Art Painted by Amanda LaMunyon - ASA 2008 Outstanding Individual With Autism of the Year
Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Lori Ernsperger, Ph.D., and Danielle Wendel
Article: Summer Safety for Autistic Children
by Kristina Chew, PhD on
In more than a few posts this summer, I have noted too many accounts of autistic children in unsafe situations, due in part to children being outside more in the summer, the presence of swimming pools, and the hot weather (so that people are more likely to leave windows open):
In an editorial today, The special dangers for those with autism, Craig Stoxen, president and CEO of the South Carolina Autism Society, writes about “extra measures, such as door and window alarms, wearing identification and alerting neighbors and emergency responders to possible scenarios” that families can take to help keep their children safe.
I would also add “education” to Mr. Stoxen’s list. Of course, we parents and caretakers of autistic children need to keep our eyes open and be there all the time, first of all. While the concept of “safety” can be difficult to teach to autistic children, as Mr. Stoxen notes, we can keep on working on teaching our children simple and straightforward activites—like only walking on the sidewalk (and what to do when there is no sidewalk), seeing a stop sign and stopping. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that my husband and I have made such teaching a priority for Charlie.
My husband has taught Charlie about stop signs while they ride their bikes. Rather than going to long, word-filled explanations about the dangers of cars and how a driver may not see him, we have focused on teaching Charlie to look at the stop sign and associate that red octagon with “squeezing the brakes” on his bike. It took many bike rides and some quick thinking and grabbing Charlie’s shoulder for Jim to teach Charlie this and Charlie cannot, of course, ride his bike on his own. But Charlie now looks up at the stop sign as he nears an intersection and is starting to slow down on his own. We have similarly worked on the concept of “stay in the front yard.” Charlie is never in front of our house without someone with him, but it is important for his sense of himself—his dignity—that no one is constantly telling him to get out of the street or stay on the lawn.
Fences and locks on doors and windows are necessary, of course, as is constant vigilance. I have found that if we make a big deal about keeping things locked, Charlie picks up on our concerns and can go to some lengths to try to open the lock, find where the key is hidden, and run away precisely because he knows that that is what we are trying to avoid. It is not easy, but trying to actually teach Charlie what to do to be safe in the summer and at all times can have longer-lasting results: Charlie knows to stay out of the street and not wander out of our yard, and his smile tells me that he is proud that he knows this—and that, rather than frantically trying to keep him penned up, we are teaching him the right, the safe, thing to do.
CMS RELEASES PROPOSED RULE FOR THE MEDICAID HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED STATE
On March 31, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking for State Plan
Option Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The rule implements
section 1915i of the Social Security Act, which was created by the Deficit
Reduction Act of 2005. Under this new option, states can provide HCBS to
individuals who do not qualify for institutional-level care. Previously,
through 1915c waivers, individuals needed to meet institutional level of
care requirements in order to receive HCBS. One of the main aspects of the
proposed rule focuses on a person-centered planning process to develop
each plan of care. Currently, Iowa is the only state with an approved
1915i state plan amendment. Comments on the rule are due by June 3, 2008.
The text can be found online at
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF THE OLMSTEAD INTEGRATION MANDATE
This report was prepared by the National Disability Institute. For states
that receive federal funding, the Olmstead decision confirmed the
obligation to serve individuals with disabilities in more integrated
settings rather than provide supports and services in institutional
settings. As states move forward with strategies to support community
living for individuals with disabilities and promote the principles of
person-centered planning, these tools and strategies provide complimentary
opportunities to accelerate the achievement of inclusive outcomes. To
review the report, go to http://www.hcbs.org/moreInfo.php/doc/2221
The Kaiser Foundation recently released two reports on Consumer Directed
Personal Assistance Services (CD-PAS). CD-PAS are methods of allowing
individuals more control over their services, including options for
hiring, firing and setting schedules for service providers. In 2006,
forty-two states offered this option, but the utilization of the services
remained limited. The Kaiser reports look at quality of training,
motivational factors of the workers, and ways that states monitor quality.
One report examines issues from the state policymaker perspective, and the
other examines issues from the perspective of enrolled individuals. The
reports are available at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/kcmu032408pkg.cfm
Over the last eight years, federal, state, and local governments have
re-envisioned how to deliver and pay for an ever-growing caseload of
elderly individuals and persons with disabilities who need services at
discussion provides a vision and a context for HCBS reform consistent with
CMS vision for reforming post-acute care that focuses on addressing system
barriers and informing and empowering health care consumers. Produced by
Rutgers/NASHP, this report can be found at
From: Monday Morning in Washington DC
This report outlines an integrated strategy to update the country's
long-term care services infrastructure in preparation for the aging of the
population over the next thirty years. Recommendations are focused on the
areas of quality, workforce, technology, and financing. From the National
Commission for Quality Long-Term Care, the report can be found at