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FYI Newsletter June 16, 2014

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The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host a one-day workshop, October 9, 2014, focusing on The Expanding Expression Tool (EET), a multi-sensory approach used to facilitate more detailed descriptions and definitions in students with autism.

ETT targets oral expression, vocabulary comprehension, similarities and differences, written expression, associations, categorization, functions, and more. It motivates students to clearly define vocabulary, write informational reports, use vibrant details, and write from prior knowledge. As a mnemonic device it provides visual and tactile information for improved language organization. The program itself is designed to allow you to follow a hierarchical approach taking students’ expression from words to paragraphs to reports. It can be used by a variety of age and ability levels (preschool thru high school). Hands-on activities, samples from students, and strategies/ideas for students are all part of this presentation.

The workshop will be held at the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis. Registration fee is $95.00 per person. For more information, contact Kristie Brown Lofland at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail klofland@indiana.edu.

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Congratulations Project SEARCH Indiana Grads!

With pomp and circumstance, cake, and speeches, Project SEARCH Indiana sites around the state celebrated this past month with their 79 students who graduated from an intensive 8-month internship experience. Many of the students were in their final year of high school; several are young adults. All of the Project SEARCH Indiana interns participated in work immersion experiences that emphasized resume development, interpersonal skills, networking, and career building and included working with their host employer on three different job rotations.

Nine of the Project SEARCH Indiana sites are collaborative teams consisting of a school system, an employer, and a disability services provider. The tenth site, specifically for young adults, is composed of a service provider and two employers. Modeled on a nationally recognized program developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Project SEARCH Indiana has been preparing transition-age students and young adults for competitive employment since 2009.

Since the program’s inception, 57% of the students who have completed Project SEARCH Indiana internships have been hired by either their host employer or another employer in their area. By comparison, nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 19.1% of people with disabilities are participating in the labor force.

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IN BLOOMINGTON

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Stone Belt Celebrates 55

Stone Belt ARC celebrated its 55th anniversary today!  Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Belt Gym located at 2815 East Tenth Street in Bloomington.

Activities include a review of the agency accomplishments and activities of the past year and vote on the slate of board member nominees during our brief membership meeting. Plan to join them and celebrate 55 years of empowering, supporting and preparing individuals with developmental disabilities! Please RSVP at rsvp@stonebelt.org if you plan to attend.

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IN INDIANA

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National Down Syndrome Annual Convention

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 42nd National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention scheduled for July 11-13, 2014 at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis. 

The general convention programming includes a mix of large plenary sessions with keynote speakers, along with more than sixty breakout workshops. General convention conferees will attend breakout workshops over six separate cycles, beginning on Friday afternoon with thirteen 90-minute workshops available during each cycle. Click for more information.

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NEW LIBRARY COLLECTION ITEMS

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Library Corner

Imray, P., & Hinchcliffe, V. (2014). Curricula for teaching children and young people with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties: Practical strategies for educational professionals. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge.  

Lee, C. (2014). Targeting language delays: IEP goals & activities for students with developmental challenges. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Mitchell, D. (2014). What really works in special and inclusive education: Using evidence-based teaching strategies. London; New York: Routledge.

Rohrer, M., & Samson, N. (2014). 10 critical components for success in the special education classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Pub.

These new materials may be borrowed from the Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDIR) at the Institute. To check out materials, call the library at 800-437-7924, send us an e-mail at cedir@indiana.edu, or come by and visit us at 1905 North Range Road in Bloomington.

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