Friday, May 30, 2014

Autism 101

DoE and Autism Society Autism Trainings

Please register for workshops at the SC Autism Society Webpage
Location: 806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
(800) 438-4790

Autism 101

June 4 , 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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CAMP P.A.L.S. Fostering Physical Activity and Life Skills for Youth

Lake Psychological Services presents
CAMP P.A.L.S.
Fostering Physical Activity and Life Skills for Youth
A summer camp for children and adolescents with social skills deficits, which incorporates physical activity and social skills support using a variety of theory driven practices.


Tuesday & Thursday
June 24 – August 7
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Held in the upstairs portion of the Autism Academy building on Blanding and Bull St in downtown Columbia.
 Registration is due by June 3 and space is very limited.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

QIAT Session 10: Using QIAT Resources

AbleNet University

June 4, 2014 11:30am CDT - 60 minutes 
Title: QIAT Session 10: Using QIAT Resources 

Description: Since the summer of 1998, the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Community has focused its efforts on defining and using a set of descriptors that serve as over-arching guidelines for high quality AT services. The Community has developed descriptors that are applicable regardless of service delivery models. They have been used to guide:
1. School districts in the development and provision of quality AT services which are aligned to federal, state and local mandates;
2. AT service providers in the evaluation and improvement of their services;
3. Consumers of AT services in the selection of adequate AT services;
4. University faculty and professional development providers in the delivery of programs that develop knowledge and skills needed to offer quality AT services;
5. Leaders in the development of regulations and policies related to the use of AT in education.

If you are looking for strategies to improve AT practices and services at, or if you are not sure about ways you can use the QIAT indicators in your setting, this session will be of value. The QIAT Leadership Team will share ways that the Quality Indicators for AT have been used in a wide range of settings.
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Joy Zabala & Scott Marfilius of QIAT.org 
Cost: FREE
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Monday, May 26, 2014

AAC Treatment and Data Collection

AbleNet University

May 28, 2014 11:00am CDT - 45 minutes Title: AAC Treatment and Data Collection 
Description: Many of the applications and software programs currently utilized for communication highlight and/or combine numerous linguistic features. But, what works optimally for your student/client/patient: common or core vocabulary (icons and/or text); spelling (letter-by-letter and/or with abbreviations); OR combinations of character/word/phrase and/or grammar prediction, which is static or dynamic and can be based on factors such as frequency or recency?
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Patricia R. Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP 
Cost: FREE
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Creating Social Stories with Digital Supports


DoE and Autism Society Autism Trainings


Please register for workshops at the SC Autism Society Webpage
Location: 806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
(800) 438-4790

Creating Social Stories with Digital Supports

May 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Learn how to create social stories and use them with PowerPoint and other digital supports.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Animating Owen

Animating Owen



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Monday, May 19, 2014

ParaEducate Expressions of PosAutivity


ParaEducate Expressions of PosAutivity #AutismPositivity2014


For the second year in a row, ParaEducate is proud participate inAutismPostivity2014. This year’s blog request was to focus on positive stories about Autism. Renay H. Marquez, Co-Founder of ParaEducate and a paraeducator, has chosen to share a personal story of Autism.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

ChatAble: An Introduction to ChatAble

AbleNet University

May 21, 2014 10:30am CDT - 30 minutes 
Title: ChatAble: An Introduction to ChatAble 

Description: During this webinar, we will be covering an overview of ChatAble, highlighting features in Therapy Box’s newest app. This will be a good introduction to the newest AAC app on the market. We will be showing you how to create grids, scenes and hybrids, showing you how to integrate social media and linking and finally taking you through some of the customisable settings. We will also be taking you through scenarios in which ChatAble would be ideal to use. This webinar is ideal for people who have never heard of ChatAble before, those who are familiar with the app or for those who have already purchased it. 
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Rebecca Bright, BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP 
Cost: FREE
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism-Spectrum Disorder—Why?

1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism-Spectrum Disorder—Why?



With rates of the disorder yet again rising according to new CDC numbers, a look at how doctors are diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in children, and what might be done better

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD—a 30 percent increase in just two years. In 2002, about one in 150 children was considered autistic and in 1991 the figure was one in 500.
The staggering increase in cases of ASD should raise more suspicion in the medical community about its misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis than it does. Promoting early screening for autism is imperative. But, is it possible that the younger in age a child is when professionals screen for ASD—especially its milder cases—the greater the risk that a slow-to-mature child will be misperceived as autistic, thus driving the numbers up?
The science stacks up in favor of catching and treating ASD earlier because it leads to better outcomes. Dr. Laura Schreibman, who directs the Autism Intervention Research Program at the University of California, San Diego embodies the perspective of most experts when she says, “Psychologists need to advise parents that the ‘wait-and-see’ approach is not appropriate when ASD is expected. Delaying a diagnosis can mean giving up significant gains of intervention that have been demonstrated before age six.”

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Catch Me If You Can

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Catch Me If You Can

When Robert Wood Jr. disappeared in a densely forested Virginia park, searchers faced the challenge of a lifetime. The eight-year-old boy was autistic and nonverbal, and from his perspective the largest manhunt in state history probably looked like something else: the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.

Ryan, a dark-haired version of Robert and also autistic, but less so, hugs and kisses his brother. Robert is not as affectionate. He is prone to repetitive motions, like hitting himself over and over with an empty plastic soft-drink bottle. But most of all he enjoys swinging. If you let him, he’ll do it until his hands blister and the skin on the back of his legs rubs raw. Even then he keeps swinging.
Robert and Ryan are both in constant motion, jumping, rocking, and pounding things. Like many children with autism, they are fearless. As a toddler, Robert liked to climb on top of the television and the refrigerator. He also likes to wander—or, as behavioral specialists call it, “to elope.” At Walmart, Robert’s mother, Barbara Locker, still puts him in the shopping cart. If you don’t hold him by the hand or by his shirt, he might run off.
That’s exactly what happened on October 23, 2011, a warm Sunday afternoon. After lunch, the boys’ father, Robert Wood Sr., 34, known as Robbie, and his girlfriend (Wood and Locker have been separated for six years) took Robert and Ryan for a walk at the rarely visited 80-acre North Anna Battlefield Park, in Virginia’s Hanover County, 15 minutes from the boys’ home in Ruther Glen. This was no ordinary walk in the park. The hilly green thickets of central Virginia, where Grant vied with Lee in an epic battle for nearby Richmond, are prickly and hardscrabble, with skin-ripping greenbrier and blackberry bushes, not to mention coyotes and bobcats. In this land of rivers, ravines, swamps, mosquitoes, and water moccasins, the Union general soon discovered, inhospitality was endemic.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Autism Connection

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May 19Autism Connection6:00-7:30 pm
Family Connection Columbia office (small conference room) - 2712 Middlburg Dr., Ste 103, Columbia SC SCPalmetto Autism Intervention to explain their program and answer any questions

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Parent Support Provider Training hosted by Federation of Families of SC

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May 16 - 18
Parent Support Provider Training

hosted by Federation of Families of SCThis three-day training will assist you in becoming a trained parent support provider. Parent Support Providers (PSPs) are primary caregivers who have “lived experience” being actively involved in raising a child with emotional, developmental, behavioral, substance abuse or mental health concerns and have navigated systems and/or services to access treatment and necessary resources. PSPs have received specialized training to assist and empower other families raising children with similar experiences.  Scholarships are available to parents who meet the criteria for becoming a PSP.
In order to attend a training, you must:

  •  Be a parent/guardian with lived-experience raising a child with an emotional, behavior, mental health, and/or substance abuse issue.
  • Have a desire to become a certified parent support provider.
  •  Have a basic understanding of child-serving systems.
  • Be willing to share your advocacy experiences with us.
Volunteer as a PSP, potential paid positions are anticipated in the future.  To learn more or to register, please call Federation of Families of SC at (866)779-0402 or email Pheobe at pheobe.malloy@fedfamsc.org.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Social Communication and AAC/SGDs

AbleNet University

June 12, 2014 11:00am CDT - 45 minutes 
Title: Social Communication and AAC/SGDs 

Description: The acquisition of social skills is critical in the successful academic inclusion and competitive employment of all individuals, and especially those with disabilities. To communicate one person must “say” something by using: any combination of speech, gestures, writing, pictures, and/or objects, AND at least one person must “understand” what is meant by the: speech, gestures, writing, pictures and/or objects. The way we say the words we say helps us convey our intended meanings. The tone of voice used, facial expressions, bodily gestures we adopt while we are talking all add information and layers of meaning to the words we “say”. Pragmatic models were first applied to the treatment of children with language impairment in the late 1970s. This session will discuss, the study of language use, the impact of language treatment and practical applications for individuals using AAC/SGDs..
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Patricia R. Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP 
Cost: FREE
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DISABILITY AWARENESS WALK & FESTIVAL

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DISABILITY AWARENESS WALK & FESTIVAL


Date : Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 9-11am
Location: Hampton Park - 30
 Mary Murray Drive, Charleston, South Carolina 29403 
Cost: Free!
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a big party where everyone whose life was touched by an individual with special needs was invited?  Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was one place where all individuals, regardless of diagnosis, were celebrated?  Well, there is! 

What you need to know about this year's walk:
We are thrilled to invite you to participate in Family Connection’s 5th annual Disability Awareness Walk & Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014. We are planning a memorable event that brings people together to celebrate individuals with special needs and promotes understanding and awareness. The event will offer much more than just a walk.  We are planning a festival-like atmosphere with a bounce castle, face painters, games, balloon art, free massages, pony rides, therapeutic dogs as well as disability awareness activities, music, local resources and information.  It will be fun and educational for all! 
Event Schedule
9:00 a.m. Registration & Team check-in beings
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Enjoy festival activities!
10:00 a.m. Walk starts

Contact Information:
Tracie Hayward, walk coordinator
p. (843) 556-5010
e. thayward@FamilyConnectionSC.org

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

‘Life, Animated’ by Ron Suskind


The Boston Globe


‘Life, Animated’ by Ron Suskind

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Advocacy Day for Access & Independence



Advocacy Day for Access & Independence

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

Where: South Carolina State House

1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

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Questions? Contact the organizer at smarin@able-sc.org

QIAT Session 9: Administrative Support of AT Services

AbleNet University

May 14, 2014 11:30am CDT - 60 minutes 
Title: QIAT Session 9: Administrative Support of AT Services 
Description: Administrative support and leadership for developing and delivering assistive technology services involves the development of policies, procedures, and other supports necessary to improve quality of services and sustain effective assistive technology programs.

If you are looking for strategies to improve administrative support or if you are not sure about ways your agency can offer administrative support for AT services, this session will be of value. The QIAT Leadership Team will share the Quality Indicators for Administrative Support for AT. We will provide options for effective practice, and principles to guide administrative support at the state, district or building level.
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Joan Breslin-Larson & Penny Reed of QIAT.org 
Cost: FREE
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New Affordable Care Resources from the National Disability Navigator Collaborative

New Affordable Care Resources from the National Disability Navigator Collaborative


The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) www.aahd.us is pleased to announce the establishment of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). The 12 month collaborative is made possible by a one-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation www.rwjf.org. The NDNRC website will be launched on Dec. 1, 2013. The URL for the project website iswww.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org

The purpose of the project is to assist the development of cross-disability competence in ACA CMS funded navigator programs and consider how to assist state-based navigators, connectors and assisters. An estimated 3.5 million people between the ages of 16 and 65 with pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities are currently uninsured. Persons with disabilities lacking current health insurance face at least the following options as key elements of the Affordable Care Act go into effect in January 2014: Medicaid in their state, possible Medicaid buy-in in their state, possible Medicaid expansion in their state, and Exchange-Marketplace insurance coverage.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Switching on the TV: Options for Switch Users to Control Devices Through Tablets

AbleNet University

May 15, 2014 10:00am CDT - 60 minutes 
Title: Switching on the TV: Options for Switch Users to Control Devices Through Tablets 
Description: Tablets offer so many Applications, including control of TV and Cable. With accessibility options, this control is available to switch users, as well. Switch operated Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs) can be costly and may be outdated when used with newer TV and Cable options. Tablet control has limitations that have yet to be solved. This webinar will present the latest options, advantages and limitations.
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS 
Cost: FREE
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