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Annual Autism Conference Coming to UNH August 10-13

August 5, 2009

The Institute on Disability (IOD) presents the 11th annual Autism Summer Institute Aug.10-13, 2009. This year’s four-day institute, “Show Me the Evidence: Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting Students with ASD in Schools and Communities,” is open to anyone interested in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from experts on the subject, including persons living with ASD.

The institute takes place Monday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3:30pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to noon at Holloway Commons and the MUB.

The cost is $399 for professionals; $325, parents, full-time students and self-advocates (family and self-advocate scholarships may be available); and $99 for students attending for credit (requires permission and code to register).

To attend the keynote(s) only is $30 each. The group fee (three or more qualify for the discounted group rate, subject to verification) is $375.

To register, visit http://www.iod.unh.edu/events.html#asi or call 603-228-2084.

The goal of this year’s institute is to provide strengths-based perspectives about students with ASD – views and approaches that examine and build on students’ strengths and abilities – in order to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings.

Participants will gain knowledge and skills to evaluate and select supports and strategies based on research evidence that will enhance the full participation of students with ASD in their schools and communities.

Among the featured keynote presenters will be Ari Ne’eman, an individual who experiences Asperger’s Syndrome and the founding president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a non-profit organization of adults and youth on the autism spectrum.; Dan Habib, IOD filmmaker in residence and creator of the film “Including Samuel”; Lana L. Collet-Klingenberg, National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders; Cathy Pratt, Indiana Resource Center for Autism; and Michael McSheehan, clinical assistant professor at UNH and co-author of the book “The Beyond Access Model.”

The institute offers frequent opportunities for participants to interact, discuss strategies, and develop specific action plans in age-specific “home” groups. Several opportunities to attend breakout sessions on evidence-based practices will allow participants to customize their learning experiences to meet their individual needs.

The Institute on Disability was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to advance policies and systems changes, promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities to ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons.


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