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The Science of Autism: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions
Web-based Event
April 21, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
Scientific and societal interest in autism has burgeoned in the past decade, as documented by over 20 million websites, over 10,000 entries in PubMed, and regular attention to autism by the national media. With this surge of scientists and society turning their attention toward autism, it becomes exceedingly important to distinguish uninformed stereotype from scientific reality, to move beyond myths and misconceptions. Sponsored by TASH, Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin, will present the science to answer several commonly held, but often erroneous assumptions: Is autism an attachment disorder? Do autistic individuals really lack a theory of mind? Is there an epidemic of autism? Does ABA therapy cure autism? What is the most promising interpersonal intervention? Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

IES Research Training Institute: Single-Case Design
Training
April 15, 2008 - April 16, 2008
Washington, DC
The National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education will sponsor this Training Institute to increase the capacity of researchers to conduct rigorous special education research using single-case methodologies that incorporate quantitative analyses. Application deadline: February 22, 2008.

Pac Rim Conference on Disabilities
Conference
April 14, 2008 - April 15, 2008
Honolulu, HI
The Transition to Adulthood strand at the Pac Rim conference will feature breakout sessions with a broad range of speakers, as well as a roundtable session and poster presentations. The featured speaker for this strand is Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark from the Florida Mental Health Institute and developer of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system, which helps young people transition into employment, postsecondary education, safe living situations, and community life. For further information about the Transition to Adulthood strand at Pac Rim, contact David Leake at leake@hawaii.edu or Teresa Whelley at whelley@hawaii.edu.

The Assistive Technology Planner: A Guide for Implementing AT
Web-based Event
April 14, 2008
11:00 AM - 12:00 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.

The Key Three Routine: Comprehension Strategy Instruction
Web-based Event
April 9, 2008
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
In this live event from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, Joan Sedita, founding partner of Keys to Literacy, will review the research on effective comprehension instruction and introduce participants to a model for embedding comprehension strategy instruction into content classroom instruction. This webinar will be particularly useful for classroom teachers, administrators, and literacy specialists working with grades 4-12. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Abilities Expo: Your Show for Independent and Assisted Living Products & Services
Expo
March 28, 2008 - March 30, 2008
Edison, NJ
Abilities Expo showcases the latest independent and assisted living products and services to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. It is a consumer show and is open to the public. Abilities Expo also has a comprehensive workshop program consisting of consumer and professional tracks, with certificates of participation available to students and education and healthcare professionals.

Fifth International Conference on Positive Behavior Support: The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision
Conference
March 27, 2008 - March 29, 2008
Chicago, IL
The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of the positive behavior support (PBS) with children, adolescents, and adults with problem behavior. APBS is made up of professionals, family members, trainers, consumers, researchers, and administrators who are involved and interested in PBS. Its conference will feature Glen Dunlap as the keynote speaker.

AERA 2008 Annual Meeting: Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility
Conference
March 24, 2008 - March 28, 2008
New York, NY
The theme of this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting provides an intellectual space for scholarship focused on schools, neighborhoods, and communities. Research will be presented on the following topics, as well as others: (1) higher education and community development, (2) education and social service partnerships, (3) community-based teacher education, (4) project-based learning in metropolitan settings, (5) juvenile justice and opportunity to learn, (6) fiscal policy and planning, and (7) the educational role of the professions (e.g., health, law, and engineering).

Challenging Tradition Through Lifelong Learning and Economic Empowerment
Web-based Event
March 17, 2008
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) found that more than half of youth with disabilities expect that they will continue their education after high school, but fewer than one-third of parents expect them to do so. The NLTS-2 also found that about two-thirds of youth with disabilities believe that they will be financially independent, yet fewer than one-third of parents believe this will occur. In this Webinar, some tools and strategies that youth with disabilities and families can leverage to make economic security a reality will be described. Presented by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center and the RRTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention. Participation is free, but registration is required.

2008 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show: Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change
Conference
March 15, 2008 - March 17, 2008
New Orleans, LA
Participants in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Annual Conference will explore the big ideas in education today, examine new developments in their content area or grade level, extend their professional development learning into new areas, and examine issues they care about in depth. Sessions will explore what it takes to create better schools, how to improve programs for teaching and learning, which education approaches are most likely to work, how to build stronger learning communities, which practices ensure that all students are learning, how to get results, and what to question about traditional practices.

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