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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001



Events

Extraordinary Minds in MCPS 2016
A Forum to Learn About  Educational Services and Resources for Students Across the Autism Spectrum
Cosponsored with Montgomery County Public Schools 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Location: Julius West Middle School 
651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850


6:30–7:00: Welcome and Introduction to Autism Services
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7:05–8:00: Session 1 Breakouts
8:05–9:00: Session 2 Breakouts

Special thanks to Sarah Starr and Kids Being Kids for providing recreation for children of all abilities, ages 4 and up, during the event.

Kids Being Kids specializes in play-based learning for children with special needs that increases communication, builds friendships, self-regulation skills, lifetime wellness, and more. Our programs are led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special educators with low child-to-staff ratios. We believe kids learn and generalize their learning best through play! www.kidsbeingkids.org

7:05–8:00: Session 1 Breakouts


Diploma-track Elementary School Services (Grades K–5)
Learn about the elementary special education services available to support students with autism who participate in general education curriculum and are expected to earn a high school diploma. Elementary services include: Resource Services, Home School Services Model, Learning and Academic Disabilities, Gifted-Talented/Learning Disabled (GT/LD), Elementary Learning Centers, Jones Lane Learning Center, Carl Sandburg Learning Center, Asperger’s Services, and Behavioral and Emotional Support Services.

Presenters: 
 Joanna Dwin, Acting Special Education Supervisor; Laurie H. Kelderman, Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders Services; Melissa Diggs, Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders Service

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Diploma-track Middle- and High-School Services (Grades 6–12)
Learn about the middle and high school special education services available to support students with autism who participate in the general education curriculum and are expected to earn a high school diploma. Secondary services include: Resource Services, Home School Services Model, Learning and Academic Disabilities, Gifted-Talented/Learning Disabled (GT/LD), Autism Resource Services, Asperger’s Services, and Bridge Services.

Presenters:  Kia Middleton-Murphy, Special Education Supervisor; Robin L. Daisey, Special Education Teacher; Dr. Sandi I. Posner, Special Education Supervisor; Melissa Diggs, Program Specialist

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Technology for Elementary School Students

Learn about software used to support students with autism in accessing the reading and language arts general education curriculum.

Presenter:  Bill McGrath, High Incidence Accessibility Technology (HIAT);  Megan Sullivan, Teacher, Tilden Middle School; Marilyn Jacobs, Instructional Specialist, Interdisciplinary Augmentative Communication and Technology Team (InterACT)

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Helping Your Child Transition to Middle School 

Learn about best practices for parents to support fourth and fith-grade students in the transition from elementary school to middle school. This session will review common concerns of students with autism in this age group.

Presenters: Deborah Felsen, Special Education Program Specialist, Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Diane T. Flood, Special Education Teacher, Transition Services
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MCPS Pre-kindergarten Curriculum and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) 

Learn about the pre-K curriculum resource used in PEP (Preschool Education Program) and CAPP (Comprehensive Autism Preschool Program) classrooms, Big Day for Pre-K, and the six domains of kindergarten readiness. Parents of pre-K students will hear an overview of pre-K instruction and its relationship to kindergarten success for students with autism.

Presenters:  Nicole Anderson, Teacher, Autism Spectrum Disorders Services; Mary Rose Catena, Instructional Specialist, Division of Prekindergarten, Special Programs, and Related Services; Michelle Fyock, Instructional Specialist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Vision Program 
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Developing Vocational Skills for Non-diploma Students 

This session is for parents of students in Classic Autism, School-community Based, and Learning for Independence programs and will provide an overview of career readiness skills for life after high school. Parents will hear about the School-Work project and other opportunities for students who are non-diploma bound. General information will be shared about the Developmental Disabilities Administration eligibility and the transitioning youth processes.

Presenters: Rori Silver, Cluster Transition Support Teacher, Transition Services Unit; Margie Parrott, Instructional Specialist, Transition Services Unit
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EN ESPANOL—Overview of Elementary School Services, Grades K–5 (Diploma and Non-diploma Bound)
Learn about services available to support students with autism who participate in the general education curriculum and are expected to earn a diploma, and review the curriculum resources available to students who are non-diploma bound.

Presenters:  Tina Garland, Especialista en Instrucción del Programa de Autismo; Katherine W. Lertora, Directora, Escuela Rock Terrace; Pilar Alfaro-Palacios, Coordinadora de Asuntos Estudiantiles

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8:05–9:00: Session 2 Breakouts

Diploma-track Elementary School Services (Grades K–5), Questions & Answers 
After hearing about the continuum of diploma-track elementary services for students with autism presented in Breakout Session 1, parents can ask questions about the elementary school services and talk with MCPS administrators. (Please note: this session DOES NOT cover the same information that is presented in Breakout Session 1. This session is a continuation of Sess, and allows for questions about the information presented in Session 1.)

Presenters:  Joanna Dwin, Acting Special Education Supervisor; Laurie H. Kelderman, Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders Services; Melissa Diggs, Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders Services

Diploma-track Middle- and High-School Services (Grades 6–12), 
Questions & Answers

After hearing about the continuum of diploma-track middle- and high-school services for students with autism presented in Breakout Session 1, parents can ask questions about the middle- and high-school services and talk with MCPS administrators. (Please note: this session DOES NOT cover the same information that is presented in Breakout Session 1. This session is a continuation of Sess, and allows for questions about the information presented in Session 1.)

Presenters:
Kia Middleton-Murphy, Special Education Supervisor; Robin L. Daisey, Special Education Teacher; Dr. Sandi I. Posner, Special Education Supervisor; Melissa Diggs, Program Specialist

Technology for Middle- and High-School Students

Learn about software to support students with autism in meeting the reading and writing demands of the general education curriculum.

Presenter:   Bill McGrath, High Incidence Accessibility Technology (HIAT); Megan Sullivan, Teacher, Tilden Middle School; Marilyn Jacobs, Instructional Specialist, Interdisciplinary Augmentative Communication and Technology Team (InterACT)

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Corollary Sports for Middle- and High-School Students 

Learn about inclusive extracurricular sports and physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities in middle and high school. Parents will also hear about experiences from one high school that successfully runs a corollary sports program, and about its positive effect on students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers.

Presenters: Matthew Augustin, PreK-12 Content Specialist, Adapted P.E.; Chris Schauer, Special Education Instructor, Corollary Sports Coach at Richard Montgomery High School; Stacy Ellis, Instructional Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders Services
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Career-Technology Education Program of Studies 
This session will provide an overview of the Career and Technology Education programs of study offered in MCPS. Parents of secondary students will learn about various innovative career programs of study to include business, construction trades, computer science, cosmetology, health sciences and others. These programs of study satisfy requirements for a Maryland high school diploma and provide additional career related skills.

Presenters: Mrs. Patricia K. Cochrane, Teacher, Transition Services; Ms. DeAngela Z. Hill, Pre-K –12 Content Specialist; Ms. Susan E. Phillips, Pre-K –12 Content Specialist
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EN ESPANOL—Overview of Middle- and High-School Services, Grades 6–12 (Diploma and Non-diploma Bound)

Learn about services available to support students with autism who participate in the general education curriculum and are expected to earn a diploma, and review the curriculum resources available to students who are non-diploma bound.

Presenters: Tina Garland, Especialista en Instrucción del Programa de Autismo; Katherine W. Lertora, Directora, Escuela Rock Terrace; Pilar Alfaro-Palacios, Coordinadora de Asuntos Estudiantiles
  
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