Monday, August 31, 2015

Reading Supports Workshop

Reading Supports

Register for the Reading Supports Workshop
Date: September 2, 2015 

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am 


Cost: Free!

Students who are struggling with reading fluency and comprehension or who have other disabilities can benefit from free or low-cost literacy supports. In this workshop, we will demonstrate many of the resources that can be easily implemented in the classroom. We will approach literacy supports through the Universal Design for Learning concept for all learning styles. We will discuss text-to-speech software, Microsoft built-in features, and mobile solutions, as well as other free resources.

About the Speaker:

Madalina Tudora is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She supports school districts in building capacity for assistive technology by providing guidance, resources and training for local assistive technology teams in SC. She also conducts workshops for teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents on various assistive technology topics. Her undergraduate degree is in Special Education, and her graduate degree is in Psychology. She is nationally certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.

Research Confirms... Seeing the World in 'a Different Way' Sparks Unique Ideas

Research confirms that seeing the world in ‘a different way’ sparks unique ideas

(The Guardian) - A new study suggests that people with autism display higher levels of creativity and imagination.  In the study, people with autism were far more likely to come up with unique and novel answers to creative problems despite having traits that are typically considered to be socially and occupationally crippling.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Catherine Best, speculated that these findings ‘may be because they are approaching things very differently.  It goes a way towards explaining how some people with what is often characterized as a disability exhibit superior creative talents in some domains’.

‘There are many misconceptions and myths about autism,’ said Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of the charity Ambitious about Autism, ‘the biggest one including being antisocial and having a lack of empathy. However, what people with autism struggle with is fitting their feelings of sympathy and caring into everyday interactions’.

Friday, August 28, 2015

SC Autism Society Workshop Interest Survey

Workshop Interest Survey
The SC Autism Society is interested in bringing workshops to your region!  Please click here to complete the survey so that we can best schedule workshops to meet the needs of the South Carolina autism community!  

ABLE National Resource Center Survey

The ABLE National Resource Center is conducting an informal survey to gather a better understanding of the level of interest in creating ABLE accounts and how potential beneficiaries may utilize these accounts for the purposes of maintaining and increasing their health, independence, and quality of life.  The information gathered through this survey will be analyzed by the ABLE National Resource Center and made available to its’ members and other relevant stakeholders.  Through wide participation, the ABLE National Resource Center hopes to use this valuable information to assist in the development of effective and responsive state ABLE programs.  

The information collected will help to inform state ABLE programming so survey completion time will be time well spent.  Please consider participating in this survey. Thank you.

The link to the survey (including instructions) is as follows: