Region 13 is thrilled to announce that Dr. Michael Wehmeyer will be presenting at this year’s Beat the Heat conference in June! Why are we thrilled? Well . . .
He’s kind of a big deal . . .
Dr. Wehmeyer is a Distinguished Professor in Special Education with the Beach Center on Disability at University of Kansas, and has been a leader in the field of special education for over 30 years. His work includes a focus on transition planning for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has written or contributed to countless books, articles, and other resources to promote understanding and application of self-determination skills to increase independence, communication, and connection for students with disabilities.
It’s kind of a big topic . . .
Self-determination has been a focus of special education for decades, as it has been shown to increase positive post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. In June 2017, Senate Bill 748 was signed into law requiring schools to provide “supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the student in developing decision-making skills… and supports and services to foster the student’s independence and self-determination” beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Schools must provide these resources “as appropriate” for each student, individualizing according to each student’s needs and strengths, regardless of their support needs.
On June 21st, Dr. Wehmeyer will be hosting a full day presentation on Self-Determination for Individuals with Significant Disabilities. This is a great chance to receive resources for teaching self-determination skills in your classroom straight from the source: the distinguished speaker who *literally* wrote the book on it.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the leaders in the field of transition planning for students with disabilities! Register for the 2018 Beat the Heat conference now!
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