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Vermont Family Network’s one-hour webinars are presented by subject-matter experts as a convenient way for you to learn more about topics that are important to you and your family. Previously-recorded webinars are saved on our YouTube channel and listed below.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Update on ACT 158: Accessing Treatment at Home for Your Child with Autism or other Developmental Disability. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10am-11am. Register now. ACT 158 is Vermont’s landmark law that requires coverage of certain therapies by insurance companies and Medicaid. Although Vermont was the 20th state to pass a law requiring insurance coverage, Vermont is the only state that has included Medicaid coverage. The law applies to treatment at home or in the community (i.e. not school) and includes speech therapy (including social skill development), ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), occupational therapy, physical therapy and other evidenced based treatments. Evidenced based treatments can help individuals with mild needs to severe needs reach their full potential and prepare them for adulthood. Treatment and skill development can focus on communication, social skills, academics, reading and adaptive living skills such as gross and fine motor skills, toileting, dressing, eating, personal self-care, domestic skills, and work skills. The webinar will cover information about the law with a focus on the latest updates and tips on how to get started. Your questions will be addressed during the live presentation. Presenter: Claudia Inés Pringles is a Vermont attorney with a practice dedicated to special needs law and was the lead advocate on Act 158. She assists clients with special needs planning, special education, and disability consultation services and is a frequent speaker on these topics. Claudia is a parent of two teenage girls, including a daughter on the autism spectrum. Visit her website for more information.

Advocating for Your Child. Wednesday, January 14, 10am-11am. Register now. Parents are their children’s best advocates. What is advocacy? How do I communicate more effectively? Why is validation and effective communication so important to successful advocacy? Whether you advocate for your child’s health care, education or overall development, join this webinar for an overview of practical suggestions and tips that other families have found to be helpful. Presenters from Vermont Family Network: Nancy Kisonak, Family Support Consultant; Lisa Maynes, Director of Family Support

For Educational Surrogate Parents: Moving on Up – Transitioning to Kindergarten. Monday, February 2, 10am – 11am. Register now. It is important for children to feel at ease and happy in kindergarten. If you are the Educational Surrogate Parent for a young child, please join this webinar to learn about: transition planning, school and family activities to prepare for kindergarten, school obligations for children who need extra help and support, and Special Education/Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children in kindergarten. Presenters from Vermont Family Network: Christine Kilpatrick, Family Support Consultant and Janice Sabett, Family Support Consultant

The Relationship Between IEP, Personalized Learning Plan, and Proficiency-Based Grad Requirements: What Parents Need to Know. Wednesday, April 29, 10am-11am. Does your child have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school? The recent enactment of Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) requirements through Act 77 will help students achieve academic success, be prepared for post-secondary opportunities, and engage actively in civic life. Schools will need to ensure that they have designed a PLP process for implementation beginning in the fall of 2015. Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) are the locally-delineated set of content knowledge and skills connected to state standards that, when supplemented with any additional locally-developed requirements, have been determined to qualify a student for earning a high school diploma. Vermont’s Education Quality Standards (EQS) require that schools’ graduation requirements be rooted in demonstrations of student proficiency, as opposed to time spent in classrooms. This requirement will take effect in Vermont beginning with the graduating class of 2020. Join this webinar to learn about these new programs, the differences between them, and what it means for your child with a disability. Presenter: John Spinney, Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator, Integrated Support for Learning, VT Agency of Education

Previously-Recorded Webinars:

Select a webinar from our YouTube channel where we save all previously-recorded webinars. If you do not have the technology to view webinars, you may request a free DVD copy by calling us at 1-800-800-4005 or emailing Kathleen Burdo.