Dr. Vickie Mitchell: Beat the Heat 2017 Featured Presenter

Dr. Vickie MitchellOn Beat the Heat Day 1, Vickie Mitchell will be presenting the workshop: Building Sustainable Adult Schedules: The Life Plan with a Focus. Students with significant disabilities need supports to be successful in different environments. How can schools effectively plan for each student to be successful in adulthood? What is the impact of diversity, language and Culture and how does that impact Transition Services? Join us for a review of the Life Planning tool, an essential element of transition services that can lead to sustainable adult schedules. This tool can help schools understand what students and their families see for the young adult’s future. Imagine the sudden jarring moment, when they think about the day the bus stops coming and school supports are no longer available! The Life Plan is designed to help families think through the adult life planning and articulate what the school can do to help them build a good life for their child with significant disabilities. Resources will be shared to help schools review their processes and consider ways to ensure each student is connected with a meaningful, sustainable schedule beyond public school.

Dr. Mitchell has been in education over 38 years, ten years as a secondary general education teacher and over 28 years as a special educator in both elementary and secondary schools. She has been a special education administrator, transition specialist, taught at two Texas universities, and served as the Transition Specialist at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas. Although Dr. Mitchell has been intricately involved in inclusion and training research-based inclusive practices, her love is transition services. Her partner of many years is her daughter, Beth Mitchell Panter They are the authors of the student and teacher editions of “The Student-Led IEP Meeting” and the companion teacher training guide to help district and campus-level educators learn how to organize and implement student, parent, and teacher training on Student-Led IEP Meetings. Dr. Mitchell is the President of the Texas Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and was appointed by past-governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. Vickie and Beth’s last publication, “Student-to-Student”, is a trainer of trainers model for students who have led their IEP Meeting to become trainers of other students, served by special education, on the Student-Led IEP model.

Previous year’s particpant said, “Awesome information on transition. Need to hear this.” We are eagerly looking forward to having Dr. Mitchell back again this year!

To see Dr. Mitchell or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop SU1734208.

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June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Adapted PE Session – Beat the Heat 2017 – Day 1

group of students with coach placing hands together in center of groupOn Beat the Heat Day 1, Randy Foederer and Vicki Mason-Foederer will be presenting their workshop: PE and Motor Activities for Students with Severe Disabilities.  This workshop will explore age-appropriate and functional motor activities for students with severe intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities. Activities will be presented from various sources including the Motor Activities Training Program, Project Mobilitee, The Hawaii Early Learning Profile, and others. Evaluation, IEP development, and instructional strategies also will be explored for students with sever and multiple impairments.

Target Audience: Special education teachers, special education aides, therapists, and any physical education instructional personnel working with students with severe disabilities.

Randy is the Adapted Physical Education Consultant at ESC Region 1o.  He is a certified physical educator (C.A.P.E.).  He has been working in this capacity for more than 25 years.  Randy has been the Area 10 competition director, as well as a trainer for Special Olympics.  He has been a partner PE trainer for project PEOPEL: Physical Opportunities Program for Exceptional Learners.

Vicki is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (C.A.P.E.) who has worked as an APE/lead in several Texas school districts for over 15 years. Vicki is a trainer for Special Olympics and presents for TWU’s APE program.  Additionally, Vicki is a frequent presenter at statewide conferences and Education Service Centers on best-practices in adapted physical education.

Reviews from past participants, after attending the Foederer’s workshops, always say ” loved this fun and interactive workshop!”

To see Randy and Vicki or any of our other exceptional Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop SU1734208.

""Beat the Heat 2017
June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Attention APE Providers!

If you are interested in this 1 day APE session ONLY and not the remainder of Beat the Heat, you may obtain a promotional code to allow you to attend on June 21st at Beat the Heat for the 1 day fee of $55.00. Lunch is included. Please contact Maria Daniel (maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net) to obtain your code. Register for Workshop SU1734208.

Diane Sheline: Beat the Heat 2017 Feature Presenter

Diane ShelineOn Beat the Heat Day 1, Diane Sheline will be presenting her workshop: Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment. This full day session will provide a thorough overview of Cortical Visual Impairment. Diane will review CVI and the brain to include causes of CVI and visual functioning. She will explain the CVI Range- the ten behavioral characteristics of CVI. She will show the impact of CVI on orientation of a child to their environment.  Also, she will share early literacy strategies, demonstrate CVI-friendly materials and review useful apps and resources. She will tailor this information to teachers of students with multiple disabilities. Come learn some new tips and tricks and see her amazing materials!

You might want to check out her recent blog posting on the Paths to Literacy “An Overview of Literacy for Children with CVI.”  In this post, she presents information on some of the implications of the CVI Range for literacy and more.

Diane Sheline, TVI and author of Strategies to See, has worked in the field of education for over 30 years, however, her focus for the past 14 years has been on identification, evaluation and program planning for students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment.  Determining child specific strategies which encourage more efficient and consistent use of vision is an area that she is especially passionate about and this is reflected at her website www.strategytosee.com.   She currently provides independent consultation for local school districts and private evaluations for students of all ages with CVI, in addition to conducting teacher trainings and parent seminars on CVI throughout the US.  She has especially enjoyed working closely with TSBVI on projects such as a yearly CVI Clinic and creating videos of CVI-friendly strategies and interventions (as part of their CVI Web Exercise).  She is a regular contributor the the Paths to Literacy Blog sponsored by Perkins School for the Blind. She currently resides in the greater Houston area.

We are eagerly waiting to welcome Diane to ESC Region 13!

To see Diane or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop ID SU1734208.

""Beat the Heat 2017
June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Christine Reeve: Beat the Heat 2017 Featured Presenter

Christine Reeve Phot

On Beat the Heat Day 1, Christine Reeve will be presenting her workshop: Setting Up Classrooms for Students with Autism Like a Ninja. Students with autism spectrum disorder need to be educated in well-structured environments that use routines to increase predictability. This presentation will cover the essential elements of setting up classroom spaces that suit the need of the individual and the full class.  The session will begin with strategies for getting to know your students and their needs.  From that knowledge, Teaching Intervention Plans (TIP) will be reviewed as a method for planning the instruction, activities and data collection needs of each student.  This part will include an in-depth discussion of needs for instruction and data collection with examples shared for a variety of needs.  Once the teacher has a thorough understanding of the needs of each student, that knowledge leads into the development of the classroom schedule.  We will discuss methods of assuring that classroom schedules are manageable for the teacher while meeting the individual and group needs in the room.  Methods for including and teaching independence, as well as increasing engagement in group activities, will be discussed.

Next we will explore how to design the physical environment of the classroom including how to arrange the furniture, visual supports, and materials to support the learning of the students.  Tips and tricks for how the physical environment affects instruction will be shared. The last part of the session will focus on building classroom teams among the staff to facilitate instruction and engagement with students throughout the day.  Methods for building a classroom vision and developing a staff zoning plan, as well as troubleshooting potential problems with classroom teams will finish out the day.

Register for Beat the Heat 2017 and attend her full day in-depth session.

Christine Reeve, PhD, BCBA-D, has almost 30 years of professional experience in a variety of settings, including community outreach, academic, education, and clinic settings serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Christine provides consultation and training on classroom design, educational programming, assessing and intervening with challenging behaviors, and applied behavior analysis teaching strategies, and she creates educational materials for special education classrooms. She serves as a reviewer for two professional journals. Christine has also authored several books for children and is the co-author of Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Building Independence: Structured Work Systems for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Taming the Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress. She maintains an active blog for teachers serving students in special education, AutismClassroomResources.com.

We are thrilled to welcome Christine to ESC Region 13 and central Texas!

To see Christine or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop ID SU1734208.

""Beat the Heat 2017
June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Beat the Heat 2017 Full-Day Speakers

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Take your learning to the next level with these full-day sessions for Beat the Heat Day 1, June 21st!

Setting Up Classrooms for Students with Autism Like a Ninja – Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Teaching Grade Level Standards Across the Curriculum – Cindy R. Miller, MS

Building Sustainable Adult Schedules: The Life Plan with a Focus on Diversity – Dr. Vickie Mitchell 

Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment – Diane Sheline, TVI

Managing Challenging Behaviors – Joanna Ryan, MEd, BCBA

Incorporating Core Vocabulary to Promote Academic Progress: Getting to the Core of Core Vocabulary – Shannon Paige, MA, CCC-SLP

PE and Motor Activities for Students with Severe Disabilities – Randy Foederer, CAPE & Vicki Mason-Foederer, CAPE

Read about their informative sessions.

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Dan Habib, Documentary Filmmaker, to Keynote Beat the Heat 2017

We are over-the-moon excited to welcome back documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib! 

Dan was with us several years ago discussing his film, Including Samuel.  This year Dan will join us virtually to preview and discuss his new documentary Intelligent Lives.

Intelligent Lives

The perception of intelligence is a powerful force in the systematic segregation, maltreatment, and unfulfilled potential of hundreds of millions of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide. This film explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.  The film project will explore these themes through personal stories along with a historical perspective on the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities, with narration from Academy Award-winning actor, Chris Cooper.

Dan Habib

Dan is a filmmaker on disability-related topics at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.  He is the creator of award-winning documentaries such as Including SamuelWho Cares about Kelsey?, and others.  Both Including Samuel and Who Cares about Kelsey? were aired on public televisions stations and they were both nominated for Emmy awards.

Before going to the University of New Hampshire, he was a photography editor of the Concord Monitor.  His freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and the New York Times.  He has received numerous awards for his work.  In 2014, he was appointed by President Barak Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Disabilities.

Dan and his wife, Betsy, call Concord, New Hampshire home.  They live their with their sons Isiah and Samuel.

You can read more about Dan and his projects at this website: https://iod.unh.edu/person/habib/dan

Parent Stipends for the 2017 Texas Autism Conference

This year’s Texas State Autism Conference will be held on August 3rd and 4th in San Antonio. Information about the conference can be found here: http://txautism.esc2.net/

 Application: https://goo.gl/forms/9s5Erq3fYntGO5Sb2

For the past 15+ years, ESC Region 13 has been able to offer stipends to supplement some of the cost of the conference for parents. We are fortunate to be able to offer a limited number of parent stipends again this year. The stipend covers the cost of parent registration ($125); participants will be responsible for their own travel, hotel, and food costs. One stipend per family will be considered. Stipend information will be provided to the recipients prior to registration. Please do not register before you receive information on how to register with a stipend. A family must have a child with ASD between the ages of 3 and 21. Priority will be given in the following order:

  1. To families with a newly diagnosed child
  2. To families who have never attended the Texas Autism Conference
  3. To families who have attended the conference in the past, but have never received funding from ESC Region 13
  4. To families who represent a geographic diversity in ESC Region 13
  5. To families who have the earliest application

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for all applications is May 24, 2017.  Award recipients will be notified by May 31, 2017.

IMPORTANT!  Directions for registering will be provided after stipends are awarded. Parents/families are responsible for making the arrangements for all costs including registration (with or without the stipend), transportation, and lodging for the conference. ESC Region 13 will not make any of these reservations.

Please note these stipends are only available to families in ESC Region 13’s Central Texas service delivery area.

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/9s5Erq3fYntGO5Sb2

For questions or more information, contact:

Darcy Schiller at Darcy.Schiller@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5224 or

Jennifer Russell at Jennifer.Russell@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5206

New Autism Resources on txautism.net

Region 13’s Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT) website is continually adding free resources for teachers, administrators, parents, and others who are impacted by autism. For this population, www.txautism.net would be well worth memorizing!

For those already familiar with txautism.net, here are some resources we recently added.

Learning Library – Online Courses – Additional Learning Opportunities (these are all webinars)

Sexuality for Individuals with IDD is LIVE

Understanding the Autism Supplement is LIVE

Learning Library – Video Gallery – Expert Interviews

We added 22 new videos to this section!

Learning Library – Video Gallery – Parent Interviews

This is a new section in our Video Gallery – check it out!

 

Questions? Contact Cyndi O’Toole at Cyndi.OToole@esc13.txed.net

 

2017 Recreation & Camp Resource Guide

2017 Recreation and Camp Resource Guide

Austin ISD in collaboration with Easterseals of Central Texas has published the resource guide for recreation and camp opportunities available in 2017 for people with special needs. This lengthy document (24 pgs) includes information on day programs and activities in Central Texas as well as overnight programs across the state of Texas. For each of the approximately 90 programs listed, the guide includes a brief description of the program, what ages the program is for, the location, fee, contact information, and website. Not all programs have a fee; there are many that are offered for free. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

2017 Recreation and Camp Resource Guide-English

2017 Recreation and Camp Resource Guide-Spanish

Questions? Darcy.Schiller@esc13.txed.net

Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair

Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 3:00-5:00 CST

Microsoft is hosting a virtual career fair titled Autism at Work with some of the top US employers – all of which have autism hiring programs or inclusive hiring programs. Employers participating in the career fair include AT&T, Ford, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, and more. Persons seeking employment can discuss their career goals, showcase their skills, and ask any questions. LinkedIn will be hosting two 30 minute sessions between 3:00 and 4:00 CST in the virtual theater on how to utilize LinkedIn, build a profile, and get noticed during their job search. Get more information and register for free today at the link below.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION

Questions? Darcy.Schiller@esc13.txed.net

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