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FYI Newsletter October 20, 2014

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ADA-Indiana Audio Conference Q & A
Critical Barriers Survey
Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities and Celebrations
Presentations on Child Outcomes Data Collection
Indiana Teacher Appraisal and Support Systems (INTASS) Project
Fundraiser for Answers for Autism and TACA
Six by Fifteen Initiative
Library Corner
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UPCOMING

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ADA-Indiana Audio Conference Q & A

The ADA National Network’s new ADA Audio Conference season kicks off with one of their most popular sessions. The October 21st session, “Open Dialogue with the EEOC,” will feature Sharon Rennert, an attorney with the federal agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  

“Open Dialogue with the EEOC”
Tuesday, October 21st  
2:00-3:30 pm EASTERN

7 Indiana Locations
Free and Open to the Public

This month's audio conference will feature Sharon Rennert, a Senior Attorney Advisor for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Participants will hear an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities, and will have the opportunity to pose their questions to Rennert.

This is an interactive session and participants are encouraged to bring their tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.

Indiana locations include Bloomington, Indianapolis (two locations), Monticello, Terre Haute, Versailles, and West Lafayette. If you are unable to attend one of the hosted locations, register for the free web streaming of the session.
 
For more information about this session, contact Matt Norris at (812) 855-6508, or e-mail adainfo@indiana.edu. The Indiana ADA Audio Conference program is sponsored by ADA-Indiana, Great Lakes ADA Center, and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.

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SURVEY OPPORTUNITY

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Critical Barriers Survey

Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the IPAS “Critical Barriers Survey.” Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) is seeking input from Hoosiers with disabilities, family members, and professionals on barriers encountered in accessing programs and services in Indiana. You will also have the opportunity to provide your ideas to address identified barriers. 
 
The IPAS "Critical Barriers Survey" will only take a few minutes to complete. To request the poll in an alternative format, or for additional information about the “Critical Barriers Survey,” contact Matt Norris at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at 1-800-825-4733 or via e-mail at cpps@indiana.edu. The "Critical Barriers Survey" is being conducted by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities and Celebrations

For those who participate in fall activities and Halloween celebrations such as choosing costumes, trick-or-treating, enjoying treats, and attending parties or events, it is important to remember to plan ahead for social, communication, and sensory issues that may occur for those with autism spectrum disorders. The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism has put together some simple tips and resources to make your fall activities successful.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

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Presentations on Child Outcomes Data Collection

Michael Conn-Powers, Director of the Institute’s Early Child Center, will present three sessions focusing on what defines high quality early education programs. Research shows that preschool makes a difference, but only when programs are of high quality. Early educators believe their programs are high quality when they have met certain standards, levels, or accreditation; but research would suggest that is only partly true.

Target audiences and organizations include:

  • Board of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, October 18, 2014 in Indianapolis;
  • 2014 Indiana Non-Public Education Conference, October 24, 2014 in Indianapolis; and
  • 24th Annual Evansville Area Early Childhood Association Conference, October 25, 2014 in Evansville.
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Indiana Teacher Appraisal and Support Systems (INTASS) Project

Sandi Cole, Director of the Institute’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) and Hardy Murphy, Research Scientist, also with CELL, have completed a survey and analysis of teacher and administrator perceptions of the new Indiana teacher evaluation law. This data and analysis will be the topic of two policy briefs to be released in November.

They also were invited to share preliminary results of the study and their work with the Indiana Teacher Appraisal and Support System (INTASS) project with the Indiana State Board Strategic Planning committee on October 26, 2014. The committee members had good questions related to the study and expressed interest in the INTASS process.

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IN INDIANA

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Fundraiser for Answers for Autism and TACA

For the third year, Answers for Autism in collaboration with Talk About Curing Autism Indiana (TACA), will co-host “An Evening for Autism,” on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Eventz Plus, 7960 Castle Drive, Indianapolis.

An Evening for Autism” will feature food from Indy’s favorite restaurants, wine, drink, music, dancing and a silent auction. The event will feature Angela Buchman as Mistress of Ceremonies. Buchman is an Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist with WTHR in Indianapolis. Proceeds of this event will be used to increase both autism awareness and funding for autism programs in Indiana. For more information, contact Patty Reed at patty@answersautism.org or (317) 403-4308.

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NATIONAL

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Six by Fifteen Initiative

2015 will mark 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA. Honor the legacy of our past and help build a new future by joining the Six by Fifteen initiative to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015 in the areas of early childhood, education, healthy living, transition, employment, and community living. Join the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and the list of 145 and growing national partners committed to the following:

  • At least six states increase by 15 percent the proportion of children ages 0-3 who receive recommended developmental screening;
  • At least six additional states have at least 60 percent of their students with disabilities graduating with a regular high school diploma;
  • At least six states commit to including people with disabilities as an explicit target population in all state public health programs;
  • At least six states commit to supporting successful and outcome-based programs and strategies for high school transition services and closing the labor force participation gaps for youth and young adults with disabilities;
  • Six million working age adults with disabilities will be part of the American workforce; and
  • At least six states will elect to implement the Community First Choice Option so that their Medicaid recipients with disabilities have access to long-term services and supports in the community.

Click to find out more about the Six by Fifteen initiative.

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OPEN HOUSE AND NEW LIBRARY COLLECTION ITEMS

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Library Open House

Come join the staff of the library on Thursday, October 30th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. for CeDIR’s 10th Annual Open House.  Come by and say hi and taste the flavors of fall!

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Library Corner

  • Haskell, M. (2013). Handbook for dragon slayers. New York: Harper.
  • Hyatt, K. J., & Filler, J. (2013). Writing educationally relevant and legally compliant Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for preschool and elementary age students with disabilities: A guide for general and special educators. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Pub.
  • Jusino, C. M., & Gau Family Studio. (2013). My service dog: One way a boy got help with his sensory processing disorder. Oswego, IL: Sensational Publications.
  • Kaderavek, J. N. (2015). Language disorders in children: Fundamental concepts of assessment and intervention. Boston: Pearson.
  • Kaufman, N. R. (2005). The Kaufman K-SLP speech to language protocol workout book: Treatment materials & home program for childhood apraxia of speech and other speech sound disorders. Gaylord, MI: Northern Speech Services.
  • Kirk, S. A., Kirk, S. A., Gallagher, J. J., & Coleman, M. R. (2015). Educating exceptional children. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

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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