|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
Making Sure that Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Get the Best
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
Best Practices for Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Legislative
View the Legislative Forum video. (Date Recorded: January 25, 2011. Length: 2
hours, 3 minutes.)
Forum on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Best Practice in Diagnosis for
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.
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
Latino Siblings of Children with Developmental Disabilities at Risk, Study
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
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
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
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
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
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program
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
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
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.