2011 News and Events

2011 Center News and Events

After the Cap & Gown
A series of workshops for parents with a child with I/DD between 15 and 21 years old.

Making Sure that Persons with Developmental Disabilities Get the Best Medical Care
A workshop which will focus on practical suggestions to improve the medical care for persons with disabilities at the doctor’s office, in the emergency room, in the hospital and in the nursing home settings.

Partnership for Inclusive Practices
The Partnership for Inclusive Practices is a collaboration between the DDS Birth to Three System; the SDE Bureau of Special Education, Preschool Special Education Program; SERC State Education Resource Center, and the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

Successful Transitions - Planning for the Education and Employment Years
Join internationally renowned Fragile X experts: Vicki Sudhalter, Ph.D., H. Laurie Yankowitz, Ed.D., Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., and Ramzi Nasir, M.D., M.P.H., on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Calling All Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): Service Deliver Research Study
The Center is looking for families of young children (age 3 to 5) who have been diagnosed or are being evaluated for ASDs for a voluntary research study on service delivery.

Special Presentation: October 15, 2011
Join us for a special presentation, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Child and Families) and The Autism Spectrum Differences Institute of New England, Inc..

Preventing the MisMeasure of Young Children: Linking Authentic Assessment & Early Childhood Intervention in Both Practice and Applied Research
Linking Authentic Assessment & Early Childhood Intervention in both Practice and Applied Research: Please join Dr. Steve Bagnato from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Connecticut, Hartford Campus, Library 403.

October 13, 2011, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PDF)
Join us for a special presentation, sponsored by the Partnership for Inclusive Practices at the Four Points by Sheraton in Meriden, CT. Hosted by Stephen Bagnato, Ed.D., N.C.S.P., who is from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and Education.

Promoting Positive Behavior Success at Home and School
Please join Dr. George Sugai as he presents a workshop for parents of children with challenging behavior needs, teachers and school administrators to learn about everyday strategies in the context of positive behavior support, and suggestions for establishing effective home-school connections will be discussed.

Health Care Summit: September 22, 2011
Are you interested in finding out about health care coverage for your family? Are you confused about what therapies, prescriptions, and medical tests and supplies can be covered, and under what circumstances? If so, please call to register for this informative workshop, and bring your questions!

Adamczyk Shines in the Pool
August 17, 2011 - Michael Adamczyk, son of Center employee Cathy Adamczyk, competed in the 2011 Connecticut Special Olympics Summer Games held at Southern Connecticut Sate University in New Haven.

Routes to Successful Inclusion (PowerPoint)
Routes to Successful Inclusion is a web toolkit for caregivers of children birth to age five. Adapted from a training we developed for child care providers, the toolkit guides users through three introductory modules on the inclusion of children of all abilities in natural early childhood settings.

Autism Summer Institute
August 15 to 18, 2011 - Please join Dr. Linda Rammler, a nationally known expert on autism, positive behavior supports and inclusion, for the 2011 Autism Summer Institute: Proven Practical Strategies for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in General Education Classrooms from Pre-K through High School.

Social Skills Development and Interventions (PDF)
May 17, 2011 - Please join the Farmington Community Center for a day fill workshop on development and interventions.

Improving Hospital and Nursing Home Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDF)
May 24, 2011 - Please join Dr. Gerard Kerins, Anne Broadhurst and Chris Gaynor for a workshop that will explore advocacy strategies to improve services and outcomes, and alternatives to nursing home placements.

Spring 2011 Workshop Series: Focusing on Positive Behavior Supports, Inclusive Education, and Autism Spectrum Differences
May 7 and May 14, 2011 - Please join use for our Spring 2011 Workshop Series - Focusing on Positive Behavior Supports, Inclusive Education, And Autism Spectrum Differences.

LEND Fellow Gets Involved in Her Community, Putting into Practice the Skills and Knowledge She Is Learning in LEND
March 2, 2011 - LEND fellow gets involved in her community. Read the "Longtime Residents of Group Home May Lose Their 'Forever Home'" article from the Hartford Courant and discussion with Tierney Giannotti, LEND Coordinator.

Fulbright Exchange Brings Overseas Scholars to UConn
March 8, 2011 - Varsha Gathoo is a senior research Fulbright Scholar from the University of Mumbai, India, where she is head of the Department of Education. A specialist in the field of disability and deaf education, Gathoo is working with Professor Mary Beth Bruder.

Developing Best Practices for Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Legislative Forum
View the Legislative Forum video. (Date Recorded: January 25, 2011. Length: 2 hours, 3 minutes.)

A Forum on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Best Practice in Diagnosis for Young Children
January 25, 2011 - Join us as John F. Mantovani, M.D., Medical Director of the Child Development Center & Mercy Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO; Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology & Pediatrics Washington University School of Medicine talks about "The Missouri Experience: Developing Best Practice Guidelines for Young Children with ASD". The forum will launch a working group of Act Early Connecticut that will develop guidelines to address best practices for a diagnostic evaluation of a child with a suspected ASD in the state of Connecticut.

Un Foro sobre Trastornos del Espectro Autista  (ASD siglas en Ingles) - Martes 25 de Enero del 2011
Mejores prácticas en el diagnostico para niños de la primera infancia.

International Scholars
The Center is currently hosting three international scholars who will focus on aspects of early intervention service delivery.

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
Dr. Paula deSilva, Coordinator of Faith and Spirituality Initiative, for the A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, (UCEDD) will host WRCH's (100.5 FM) Sunday Morning "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" program Sunday, January 9 at 5:30 a.m.

2011 National News and Events

New Genetic Deafness Syndrome Identified
Ten years ago, scientists seeking to understand how a certain type of feature on a cell called an L-type calcium channel worked created a knockout mouse missing both copies of the CACNA1D gene.

White House Internship
The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills.

Sprout Touring Film Festival: 2011 Screenings Posted
In addition to the annual Sprout Film Festival in New York City, the SFF has begun touring the country, screening an ever-growing selection of films to areas around the United States.

Latino Siblings of Children with Developmental Disabilities at Risk, Study Finds
Latino siblings of children developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism may face their own challenges, including anxiety and lower school performance, according to a new study led by researchers with the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center.

Judge: Bullying Fears No Factor in School Placement Decisions
Concerns about potential bullying are not enough to prove that a proposed school placement is inappropriate for a student with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, a federal judge has ruled.

Study to Look for Autism Clues Among Somali Immigrants
Many in Minneapolis’ Somali community suspect their children are diagnosed with autism at higher rates than others. Now, Autism Speaks is collaborating with two federal agencies to examine if that’s truly the case.

Music Program Gives Voice to Those with Autism
The Boston Conservatory is renowned for its intensive training in the performing arts, but on Saturday mornings, this Fenway institution offers a unique program: providing music lessons to children and young adults with autism.

Schools Warned About Delaying Special Education Assessments
Federal education officials are warning schools across the nation not to use stall tactics when it comes to evaluating children who may have a disability.

What’s Next for Special Education
This spring Congress is expected to take up reauthorization of the nation’s primary education law — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, now known as No Child Left Behind.

Brains of Blind People Reading in Braille Show Activity in Same Area that Lights Up When Sighted Readers Read
The portion of the brain responsible for visual reading doesn't require vision at all, according to a new study.

New Research to Practice Brief: Youth with Autism and Vocational Rehabilitation
As increasing numbers of youth with autism are accessing Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, it is important to understand how they are using these services and the relationship of these services to outcomes and costs.

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program 2011-2012
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Autism Speaks Launches Transition Tool Kit, Providing Practical Information and Resources to Guide the Transition to Adulthood
In an effort to help families and their adolescents with autism more smoothly navigate the challenging transition into adulthood, Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today launched the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit, a unique guide and roadmap to help families on the journey from adolescence to adult life.

AUCD Statement on Report by the National Council on Disability 
Please join Dr. Linda Rammler, a nationally known expert on autism, positive behavior supports and inclusion, for the 2011 Autism Summer Institute.

Film 'A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities' Receives 2011 Emmy Nomination
A Place for All: Faith & Community for Persons with Disabilities explores the courageous stories of persons with disabilities as they succeed in making their faith communities truly inclusive.

Congressional Autism Caucus Releases Report on Federal Autism-Related Efforts an Malloy's Unique Challenges
U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14) and Chris Smith (NJ-4), released a report today describing autism-related research and service activities carried out by the US Government over the last four years.

Independent Living for People with Disabilities Gets $7.5 Million Boost
Nearly 1,000 Americans with disabilities will be able to leave institutions and move into the community, federal officials said Thursday, thanks to a first-of-its-kind initiative providing both housing assistance and support services.

Retracted Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud,' British Journal Finds
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

2011 State News and Events

Abilis’ 15th Parent & Community Conference (PDF)
Join us as we bring people and ideas together to build just and caring communities!

Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities celebrated their 40th Anniversary Celebration and its work to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life on March 2, 2011

Segregated and Exploited
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) found a total failure of the disability service system to provide quality work for people with disabilities.

Connecticut Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service Initiative
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled hearings or expedited applications for accessible taxi-cab licenses. The Statewide Independent Living Council has requested that as many people with disabilities as possible testify at the hearings.

Connecticut Disability News
Information and disability news for the State of Connecticut, including facts and statistics for persons with disabilities residing in or visiting the state.

Dan Malloy's Unique Challenges
As a young boy, Dan was diagnosed with a severe learning disability.

A Forum on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Best Practice in Diagnosis for Young Children
Join us on January 25, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building, Room 2C, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.