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Comprehensive Community-based Services for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs
Teleconference Call
May 29, 2008
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
Sponsored by NADD, a community assessment process used in various states in the U.S. to evaluate services for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs will be presented by Joan B. Beasley, Ph.D. A major goal of the assessment is to identify resource gaps that may lead to the use of expensive and restrictive services, emergency services, and lengthy or unnecessary psychiatric inpatient hospital stays. In the case of children and adolescents, service outcomes include the trend toward out-of-state placements for some individuals. A process to analyze the system, include all stakeholders in problem solving, identify gaps, and develop effective solutions will be discussed and a model program to better meet the needs of children in their communities will be presented. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Response to Intervention in a Secondary School Setting: Riverbank High School Story
Web-based Event
May 28, 2008
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Since implementing the Content Literacy Continuum (CLC), a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework designed to address school-wide literacy needs of secondary school students, Riverbank High School has grown over 100 points on California’s Academic Performance Index (API) and exceeded growth targets for Latino students, students with disabilities, and English learners. In this free online webinar, a high school administrator, a central office administrator, and a project lead/instructional coach will share their experiences from four years of implementing the CLC in a high poverty, high minority, suburban/semi-rural high school identified for improvement. This session will provide an overview of the CLC, which is based upon a set of Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies developed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.

International Conference on Self-Determination
Conference
May 27, 2008 - May 29, 2008
Detroit, MI
The International Conference on Self-Determination, presented by the Center for Self-Determination, will feature a combination of a few short presentations and panel discussions and roundtables organized by topic with a diversity of moderators and cross-disability panel members rather than a single-focus presentation by a particular individual or organization. Each session is organized across disabilities.

National ADA Symposium
Symposium
May 12, 2008 - May 14, 2008
St. Louis, MO
Hosted by the Network of DBTAC-ADA Centers, the ADA Symposium brings together representatives from key federal agencies involved in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Access Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to provide comprehensive training and updates. Breakout sessions in the following tracks will be offered: employment, architecture, state and local governments, and community issues. Early-bird registration deadline: April 15, 2008.

Third Annual NCUST Symposium: Building Excellence in Teaching
May 7, 2008 - May 9, 2008
San Diego, CA
The National Center for Urban School Transformation will be holding their Third Annual Symposium: Building Excellence in Teaching on May 7-9 at the Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego, California. The symposium offers a unique chance to learn from urban school-staffers around the country who are overcoming the odds by improving outcomes for their students. Through their stories, leaders from these schools will be offering strategies for effectively improving academic achievement in schools.

Coalition for Community Schools National Forum 2008
Forum
April 30, 2008 - May 2, 2008
Portland, OR
Participants in the Coalition for Community Schools National Forum will: learn how to mobilize local leadership as champions for community schools; increase their capacity to advocate for community schools with national, state, and local policymakers; systematically plan and organize community schools at the school and community levels; capture and utilize research data and information to make the case for community schools; and learn to apply best practices across the range of supports and opportunities (academic, health, youth development, family support, community engagement, and community development) that should be available in a community school.

The Assistive Technology Planner: A Guide for Implementing AT
Web-based Event
April 29, 2008
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
Beyond mere consideration, how do you fully implement assistive technology (AT) for students on IEPs? Participants in this Webinar from Don Johnston, Inc. and CITEd will explore the innovative AT Planner, a comprehensive set of guides for administrators, teachers, and families full of checklists, resources, and recommendations. Based on the research of the National Assistive Technology Research Institute, the AT Planner guides AT implementation according to evidence-based practices. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Youth in Transition: Strategies for Successful Youth Advocacy
Teleconference Call
April 29, 2008
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
This teleconference call, offered by the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health’s Transition-Aged Youth Community of Practice, will focus on strategies such as care planning, including the wrap-around process; supported employment; life skills training; and group therapy. Presenters, including 2 transition-age youth, will discuss the psychosocial aspects of recovery and Peer Support Services, including the “Recovery for Life” workbook. Presenters will also discuss the importance of self-advocacy as youth transition into the community. Participation is free; to participate, call 1-877-326-2337 and enter conference ID 4294308#.

A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
Web-based Event
April 28, 2008
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
Come and learn about how we can give all students--including those with significant disabilities--access to the literate community. In this presentation, sponsored by TASH, Dr. Paula Kluth will explain how all students can be given learning opportunities that are rich, challenging, and meaningful. Participants will also learn strategies for including and supporting students with autism labels in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities and will explore ideas for addressing needs in comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Introduction to "Success Stories From the Front Line: Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health"
Teleconference Call
April 24, 2008
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
Sponsored by NADD, Success Stories from the Front Line is an anthology of first person stories submitted by patients and their families about the experience of living with an intellectual disability and mental illness. Stories of the journey by individuals with intellectual disability and mental illness from illness to recovery are important both for mental health clinicians to use as learning tools and inspiration for the future of their field and for clients, caregivers and families to hear, offering them support and hope when they or someone they care about is suffering from serious mental illness. These stories can provide a valuable road map of the illness journey, what recovery can look like, and what supports are needed along the way. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

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