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FYI Newsletter April 20, 2015

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QUICK SCAN
Free Webinar on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Children's Mental Health
Design for a Small (Aging) Planet Symposium
2015 Indiana Disability Poll Focus on the ADA, 25 Years Later
Herron Receives Family Leadership Award
Mank Attends Disability Policy Seminar in DC
IRCA Staff on the Go
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Free Webinar on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Children's Mental Health

The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG), a group of professionals within the American Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network, will host a free webinar on Monday, April 27, 2015, focusing on autism and co-morbid mental health conditions in children. 

The discussion will address the challenges families face in accessing comprehensive services, as well as community and school based interventions.

Cathy Pratt, Director of the Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism will be one of the featured speakers. There is no cost for this webinar but you must register. This webinar will be recorded and archived. For disability accommodations e-mail Shannon Haworth at shaworth@aucd.org or call (301) 588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance. This webinar is in part made possible with support from The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

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Design for a Small (Aging) Planet Symposium

Final call to register for the two-day symposium entitled Design for a Small (Aging) Planet. Symposium registration fee is $60.00 per person and includes a reception, breakfast, and luncheon. For questions about how to register or make payment, contact Melissa Kocias at iuconfs@indiana.edu  or by phone at (812) 855-4224.

CEU forms available by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Office of Interdisciplinary Training, may be picked up at on-site registration. AICP members can earn Certificate Maintenance (CM) credits. For content questions, contact Phil Stafford at staffor@indiana.edu or by phone at (812) 855-2163.

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2015 Indiana Disability Poll Focus on the ADA, 25 Years Later

You are invited to complete a survey about the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), 25 Years Later. The purpose of this study is to invite people with disabilities, parents, family members, and people in the disability field to share their thoughts about the ADA as the nation approaches the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, and to "grade" their community's efforts in implementing the Act.
 
The Disability Poll should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. You will be one of approximately 400-500 people who we hope will complete this poll. You can answer the questions online on a secure web site, or you can request the survey in an alternative format.
 
The information collected from this survey will help us better understand the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the state of Indiana. Your responses will be used in the development of programs in Indiana communities for people with disabilities.
 
To request an alternate format or if you have questions about this survey, contact Phil Stafford, Principal Investigator, at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community or by e-mail to staffor@indiana.edu or you may phone him at (812) 855-6508. This project is a collaborative effort between the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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KUDOS

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Herron Receives Family Leadership Award

Katie Herron, (pictured with Angie Tomlin of Riley) Research Associate with the Institute’s Early Childhood Center, received the Maternal and Child Health Award for Family Leadership from the Riley Child Development Center, Indianapolis. 

The award ceremony, held on Thursday, April 16, was part of a celebration recognizing the Riley Child Development Center’s 45 years of providing Interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of children from across Indiana with developmental delays, behavior and/or learning problems, and stressful life
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The event included  student poster sessions and presentations by D. Wade Clapp, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Andrew Imparato, J.D., Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Additional 2015 award recipients included: 

  • The Dr. Morris Green Distinguished Leadership Award: Maria Del Rio Hoover, M.D., Neonatologist, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville.
  • MCH Outstanding Leadership Recognition Award: LaQuia Vinson, D.D.S., M.P.H, Assistant Professor, IU School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • MCH Outstanding Leadership Recognition Award: Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Sciences, Northern Illinois University.
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COMINGS AND GOINGS

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Mank Attends Disability Policy Seminar in DC

Indiana Institute Director David Mank attended the 2015 Disability Policy Seminar held in Washington D.C. on April 13-15, 2015.

The Seminar is the largest bipartisan gathering of disability policy advocates from across the country who assemble in the nation's capital to advance the grassroots movement for people with I/DD! 

Session topics addressed issues around disability policy and self-advocacy. Seminar sponsors included American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), United Cerebral Palsy, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, The ARC, and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).

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IRCA Staff on the Go

The Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism and Early Childhood Center were in attendance at the IAEYC Conference in Indianapolis last week. The conference drew approximately 3,200 registered attendees from various roles in the early childhood field and families.

As part of IRCA’s outreach during April Autism Awareness month, staff have been traveling across Indiana. Last week Marci Wheeler, Social Work Specialist, attended the Autism Society of Indiana Autism Expo in French Lick and events at an Autism Awareness event at Taylor University in Grant County, Indiana. Pam Anderson, Outreach Specialist, attended the IAEYC Conference in Indianapolis and the ANSCI Walk in LaPorte, Indiana.

IRCA sponsored Jed Baker’s visit to Indiana. His presentation, All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges was attended by over 250 family members, teachers, autism leaders, and professionals from Indiana. IRCA collaborated with Avon Schools and Avon Middle School North to host this well attended event.

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NEW LIBRARY COLLECTION ITEMS

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  • Carroll, J., & Izraelevitz, T. E. (2015). Stuck! strategies: What to do when students get stuck: How to turn "no!" into "let's go!" Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing. 

STUCK Strategies is a treasure trove of proven methods for supporting students with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, communication disorders, developmental delays, Down syndrome, and inflexible temperament.

  • Henry, S. A., Myles, B. S., Aspy, R., & Grossman, B. G. (2013). The comprehensive autism planning system (CAPS) for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities: Integrating evidence-based practices throughout the student's day. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

This system allows educators to understand how to implement an instructional program for students with ASD. Known as CAPS, the model answers common questions about finding the right supports to fit a child’s learning style in order to help him reach his full potential.

  • Thousand, J. S., Villa, R. A., & Nevin, A. (2015). Differentiating instruction: Planning for universal design and teaching for college and career readiness. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Now in its second edition, this best-selling book is your one-stop resource for differentiated instruction. Whether you’re new to the concept or just looking to improve your approach, you’ll find tools to meet the needs of all your students. You’ll discover how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and retrofitting can help you adapt general education curriculum to diverse learning styles.
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 an e-mail to cedir@indiana.edu, or visit us at 1905 North Range Road in Bloomington.

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