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FYI Newsletter February 2, 2015

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Mank Elected Chair, National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Employment
Free Webinar on CMS Guidance and Autism Spectrum Disorders
‘Discovery’ Employment and Career Planning Assessment Workshops
Intro to Restorative Practices Workshop
Using Circles Effectively Workshop
Autism and Sensory Differences Workshop
Registration Deadline Reminder - Memory Bridge Training Retreat
ABA Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet
Library Corner
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INDIANA INSTITUTE IN THE NEWS

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Mank Elected Chair, National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Employment

Indiana Institute Director David Mank was elected as chair of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The advisory committee met for the first time on January 22-23, 2015 in Washington D.C. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, appointed the 17 member committee with additional representation by seven federal officials. The purpose of the committee, created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, is to make recommendations on ways to increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities including ways to improve the oversight of the certificate program under section 14 (c) for the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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UPCOMING

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Free Webinar on CMS Guidance and Autism Spectrum Disorders

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. EST, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will host a free webinar focusing on the guidance document released by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on services for those on the autism spectrum. Individual states must grapple with implementation. This webinar will feature presenters from AUCD, Easter Seals, NHeLP, and the Autism Society and provide examples of how one state (Connecticut) has responded to the guidance.

Cathy Pratt, Director of the Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will be a featured presenter. There is no cost associated with this webinar but you must register. Click to register. Registration is limited to 100 attendees. For accommodations, e-mail Shannon Haworth at shaworth@aucd.org or call (301) 588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance. 


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‘Discovery’ Employment and Career Planning Assessment Workshops

The Institute’s Center on Community Living and Careers welcomes Griffin Hammis trainer Patty Cassidy next month for three one-day workshops on Discovery assessment - a process that will be the foundation for employment and career planning in Indiana. The trainings are sponsored by the Indiana Partnership on Postsecondary Education and Careers and the Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

Discovery, an ongoing assessment, will help people with disabilities uncover their employment goals and identify services they need to accomplish those goals. Community employment providers, employment specialists and vocational rehabilitation counselors are encouraged to register.

Workshop dates and locations are:

  • February 17, Fort Wayne
  • February 18, Indianapolis is SOLD OUT. No longer taking registrations for this site.
  • February 19, French Lick

Registration is $45.00 per person; Indiana vocational rehabilitation counselors’ registration is free. For more information about the workshops and registration, click here. The February 3 deadline for registration has been extended through Friday, February 6, for Fort Wayne and French Lick. Register now to reserve your seat!

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Intro to Restorative Practices Workshop

The Indiana Institute’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning will host a one-day conference on Friday, February 20, 2015 in Columbus, IN, focusing on the growing field of restorative practices. The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative, and productive, and more likely to make positive changes, when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

This workshop will provide attendees with:

Underlying concepts of restorative practices and effective strategies for:

  • Managing behavior;
  • Teaching people to take responsibility for their actions;
  • Engaging people in their own issues; and
  • Interactive experiences to enhance your understanding.

Registration fee is $150.00 per person. For more information, contact Deborah Reichmann at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail dreichma@indiana.edu. Click to register.

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Using Circles Effectively Workshop

On February 26, 2015, the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning will host a one-day workshop in Columbus titled “Using Circles Effectively.” This workshop is ideally paired with the “Introduction to Restorative Practices” workshop scheduled for Friday, February 20.

Attendees will learn:

  • Circle techniques and ideas;
  • What circles can accomplish;
  • How circles can be restorative;
  • Using circles to stimulate discussion and learning; and
  • Interactive experiences to enhance you understanding.

The cost for this workshop is $150.00 per person. Space is limited and there is no on-site registration. For more information, contact Deborah Reichmann at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail dreichma@indiana.edu. Click to register.

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Autism and Sensory Differences Workshop

The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism, in collaboration with MSD Wayne Township, will provide a one-day workshop on sensory integration and processing on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Ben Davis University High School Indianapolis.

Sensory integration and processing impact every facet of an individual's life, including language, social skills, academics/work, self-care, and play. This workshop will provide an overview of sensory systems and the impact of sensory differences on the quality of life. Sensory strategies and related evidence-based practices will be discussed in order to best support individuals at both school and home. Guidelines regarding the importance of having an occupational therapist involved in the consultation or treatment of sensory differences will also be shared.

Learning Objectives include:

  • An understanding of each sensory system and typical responses;
  • An understanding of sensory differences and atypical responses;
  • Learning about sensory strategies and evidence based-practices to promote success at school and home; and
  • The ability to apply knowledge to case studies in group activity.

Registration fee is $80.00 per person. To register, click here.  If you have questions about the workshop content, contact Kristi Jordan at krijorda@indiana.edu or (812) 855-6508. All registration payment questions should be directed to IU Conferences at 800-933-9330 or iuconfs@indiana.edu. For any other questions, you may contact Lisa Bidwell at lbidwell@indiana.edu or by phone at (812) 855-6508.

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Registration Deadline Reminder - Memory Bridge Training Retreat

For the third consecutive year, the Indiana Institute’s Center on Aging and Community and Memory Bridge are sponsoring the “Memory Bridge Training Retreat,” to be held at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington. Taking place on June 19 - 24, 2015, the Retreat is dedicated to ending the social isolation accompanying dementia through learning how to be with people with dementia in emotionally and spiritually sustaining ways.

Participation in the training is on a scholarship basis. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Retreat. Eligible applicants include teachers (who want to bring the Memory Bridge Initiative to their schools), care providers, therapists, administrators, and other professionals whose fields of service enrich the lives of people with dementia. Scholarships cover all expenses except travel. Application is open to both U.S. and international residents.

The training is based upon experience-centered learning that positions people with dementia in the roles of teacher, guide, and companion. Participants are matched one-on-one with elders with dementia living at Autumn Hills Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Bloomington. Participants and their "buddies" will spend time together on five occasions over the course of five days of the training. The training is led by Michael Verde, Founder and Director of Memory Bridge. The deadline for applications is Thursday February 5, 2015. Click for details and application forms. For additional information contact Jane Harlan-Simmons via e-mail at jeharlan@indiana.edu or (812) 855-2167.

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RESOURCE IN AUTISM

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ABA Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet

The Arc of Indiana Insurance Project is a resource for families who need information and support to understand options for health care insurance coverage for their family members with developmental disabilities. In collaboration with About Special Kids and Family Voices Indiana, The Arc has released a new Fact Sheet with information that is important for families seeking insurance coverage of ABA services. For assistance and questions contact Michele Trivedi, The Arc of Indiana Insurance Project Manager at mtrivedi@arcind.org,  317-977-2375 or toll free 800-382-9100. Family Voices Indiana can also assist with health care financing questions and resources. They can be contacted at 317-944-8982 or info@fvindiana.org.

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NEW LIBRARY COLLECTION ITEMS

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Library Corner

  • Evan Terry Associates, P.C. (2014). Pocket guide to the 2010 ADA standards for accessible design with selected sections from the ADA regulations for Titles II and III and safe harbor references: As adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
  • Repa, B. K., & Nolo Press. (2014). Your rights in the workplace. Berkeley, CA: Nolo.
  • Sawyer, A., & Bright, K. (2014). The access manual: Designing, auditing and managing inclusive built environments. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

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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