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FYI Newsletter October 13, 2014

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IRCA Parent Group Meetings
Primarily for Paraprofessionals - Handling Problematic Behavior Workshops
Reichmann Licensed in Restorative Practices
Celebrating Accessibility
Katie Snow Special Workshop
The Arc of Indiana State Conference
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UPCOMING

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IRCA Parent Group Meetings

The staff of the Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will host the next round of parent meetings starting on October 15 in Kokomo, October 16 in Evansville, and October 23 in Indianapolis. 

These meetings are designed for family members and individuals who have a diagnosis along the autism spectrum starting this month and concluding in April 2015. Topics to be addressed include:

  • ABA in the Home: Practical Ideas
  • Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Home Setting
  • Addressing Problematic Behaviors by Teaching Social Skills
  • Behavior Challenges and ASD
  • Communication and ASD
  • Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health for Persons with ASD
  • Puberty, Hygiene, and Sexual Health: Preparing Adolescents with ASD Sensory Differences

The information presented will not be geared toward professionals. If you are a professional and know of family members in your area that may benefit from such a meeting, you are encouraged to forward the relevant information. Click for more information on meeting locations and times.

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Primarily for Paraprofessionals - Handling Problematic Behavior Workshops

Upcoming training dates and locations for workshops focusing on the important role that paraprofessionals play in educating all students, including those on the autism spectrum, for October include:

October 16, 2014
Jasper, IN
Vincennes University, Jasper Campus

October 17, 2014
Evansville, IN
Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

While the content focuses on students on the autism spectrum, the material is relevant for any student who has behavioral or learning challenges. The goal is to provide paraprofessionals and interested others with information about understanding and handling problematic behaviors. Additionally, paraprofessionals will learn tools associated with both positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis. Practical ideas will be provided that can be quickly utilized in an instructional setting with a range of students. 

Registration fee is $60.00 per person. Click for more information or to register.

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ACROSS THE COURTYARD

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Reichmann Licensed in Restorative Practices

Deborah Reichmann, Research Associate with the Institute’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, recently completed training with the International Institute for Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, PA and is now a licensed instructor for the following courses:

  • “Introduction to Restorative Practices”
  • “Using Circles Effectively”
  • “Facilitating Restorative Conferences (2-day training)”

Michele Brentano and Sandy Washburn, also Research Associates with the Center, participated in training in Restorative Practices this summer as well with the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Additionally, Deborah and Michele both completed facilitator training this summer with the Community Justice for Youth Institute in Chicago in Peace Circle Keeping. They plan to incorporate Circle Keeping in the PBIS curriculum as well as support teachers in utilizing these practices in their classrooms.

More and more, schools, criminal and juvenile justice centers, and community agencies are utilizing Restorative Practices and Peace Circles to build community, repair harm and restore relationships when problems or conflicts arise. The Center hopes to offer regular trainings and support schools and organizations beginning to implement these practices. For more information, contact Reichmann via e-mail at dreichma@indiana.edu.

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IN BLOOMINGTON

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Celebrating Accessibility

The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility will host it “Awards Celebration on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fountain Square Ballroom, 101 West Kirkwood Avenue, 3rd floor, in Bloomington. The awards ceremony recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that make the community more accessible for people with disabilities.

The awards ceremony keynote address will feature Kathie Snow, a parent of two teenagers, one of whom has a disability. During the past twenty-three years, her presentations across the United States and Canada have enabled thousands of parents to acquire new skills for raising successful children who happen to have disabilities.

The event is free but RSVP’s are required. Click or call (812) 349-3433 for more information.

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Kathie Snow Special Workshop

Kathie Snow will also present a free workshop on Tuesday, October 28th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus entitled “Disability is Natural and Other Revolutionary Common Sense.” This workshop is free and open to the first 40 registrants. The deadline to register is Monday, October 20th, 2014

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IN INDIANA

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The Arc of Indiana State Conference

Mark your calendars and plan to attend The Arc of Indiana’s State Conference on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana.

Registration fee is $15.00 Self-Advocates; $25.00 Family Members, Members of The Arc and DSPs; $50.00 Professionals/Local Chapters of The Arc & Organizational Members of The Arc; $60 Professionals. Click for more information or to register.

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NEW LIBRARY COLLECTION ITEMS

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Library Corner

  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm), Films Media Group., & O'Brien, Kelly. (2012). Softening: Loving a child with special needs. New York: Films Media Group.
  • Garner, P., Kauffman, J. M., & Elliot, J. (2013). SAGE handbook of emotional & behavioral difficulties. Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Gast, D. L., & Ledford, J. R. (2014). Single case research methodology: Applications in special education and behavioral sciences. London: Routledge.
  • Gruner, M., Sumpton, C., Benger, R., Guadagni, N., Staples, K., Cogent/Benger Productions, ARTE France, & PBS Distribution (Firm). (2012). The autism enigma. [Arlington, VA]: PBS.
  • 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.
  • Mitchell, D. (2014). What really works in special and inclusive education: Using evidence-based teaching strategies. London; New York: Routledge.

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

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