Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
The month of April is known as Autism Awareness Month with the year 2008 getting more exposure than prior years. Sometimes to me it seems like overload, especially when you live with autism on a daily basis for the past ten years with two kids on the spectrum. I like that I can choose what I want to read and view on the subject, sticking to topics that my family is currently dealing with and preparing for.
There seems to be something online for all families and professionals, with several options actually free! When you register early for some webinars you can get great discounted prices. Sometimes seminars are available for a limited time in the archives at websites. The following are online conferences I am considering:
Supporting the Reading Comprehension of Students with Autism - April 10, 2008 through Brookes Publishing. Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott, authors of "A Land We Can Share": Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism, will discuss the literacy education of students with autism and share specific ideas on ways to support students' reading comprehension.
All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Paula Kluth's Top 10 Tips for Teachers: Supporting Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom. Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 2 p.m. EDT
Registration - duration is one hour and limited to 1,000 participants.
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer
Awares Conference Centre - Online autism seminar with Donna Williams. This is available on April 17-18, 2008. Donna Williams is " one of the world's most celebrated and articulate writers with autism." The AWARES Conference Centre is owned and run by Autism Cymru. There is a requested donation through Just Giving that appear to be in British Currency only. If you have registered for previous AWARES conferences than you edit your profile to register for the Donna Williams online event. I was not able to do a donation in US dollars.
TASH Webinars - Practices to Promote Inclusion for People with Autism Across the Lifespan: April 4, 21, 28 and May 5, 2008. This overview of the series shows the times for Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific timezones.
online registration form
TASH Membership form
Individual Memberships for one year range from $115 is your income is greater than $60,000., $75 for income between $40,000-60,000 and if below $40,000 the one-year membership is $45.00
Individual Webinar Pricing Details:
TASH Members - Individual - $50
TASH Members - Family/ Individual with Disabilities - $40
TASH Members - Group (one phone line, unlimited listeners) - $135
Non-Members - Individual - $80
Non-Members - Family/Individual with Disabilities - $70
Non-Members - Group (one phone line, unlimited listeners) - $135
For questions about ordering the Webinars series, please call the office at 202-263-5600
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
"TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm."
Dixon Online - Temple Grandin, Tony Atwood and Maria Wheeler on July 17th and July 18, 2008.
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The online early bird special for both days paid by April 20th is $150.00 or one day for $80.00. Otherwise the prices are $95 and $175.00. CEU credits available for this online conference. Maria Wheeler will present on behavior and toilet training. Temple Grandin will offer insights from her new book, Autism and Aspergers - The Way I See It. The book is set to be released in September 2008. Tony Atwood's presentation will be on cognitive understanding. Temple and Maria present on Thursday with Tony on Friday. Online participants wil have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
Asperger’s Millions Undiagnosed features Dr. Tony Attwood, Carol Gray, Jerry Newport and Jeanette McAfee, M.D. This 30 minute presentation educates on the complexities that cause so many people with Asperger’s to go undiagnosed. You saw it on TV, now it can be yours! ($8 shipping/handling fee applies).
US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) - Resources from conferences to celebrate World Autism Day. These video presentations and presentation papers are available to download until April 9, 2008.
Understanding Biomedical Treatments and Behavioral Therapies / Lauren Underwood, PhD
Medical Interventions: Getting Started / Jerry Kartzinel, MD, FAAP
My experiences with Learning, Language, Sensory problems and Visual Thinking, Keynote Presentation / Temple Grandin, PhD
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders / James Neubrander, MD, FAAEM
Advocacy - You Can Make A Difference / Theresa K. Wrangham
Navigating the Sea of Approaches For Working With Children on the Autism Spectrum / Stephen Shore, EdD
Dynavox Systems upcoming sessions. These are all free and include the following:
4/3/08 and 4/24/08 - Using Visual Supports to Support Individuals with autism during daily transitions
4/9/08 - Writing Goals for AAC
4/11/08 - Boardmaker Basics
4/17/08 - Cram Session using Pop-up boards in Boardmaker Plus
4/22/08 - Boardmaker Plus Basics
4/23/08 and 4/29/08 - Using the Boardmaker software family to adapt Curriculum
Autism Connect - Parent 2 Professional trainings online
Autism Education Online
Autism Today Audio Seminars
Visual Strategies Workshop on DVD or VHS
RDI Program and Education
Autism Research Survey
Online AAC Learning
Autism Awareness Toolbar
Educational Autism Tips for Families 71 page resourceful ebook for families entering the school system with a recent autism diagnosis. Find out what issues take place over the course of a school day and meet these challenges head on.