Disability Webinars (Archived)
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Vermont ABLE Savings Program Celebrates First Anniversary (1/17/18) The Vermont ABLE Savings Program is celebrating its first anniversary! Over 100 Vermonters have begun taking advantage of this new opportunity for people with disabilities and their family members to save for future disability-related needs. Sponsored by Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce, this tax-advantaged program shields savings from the low asset limits of federal benefits like social security and Medicaid. The Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director Kirsten Murphy has been an active participant in Vermont’s ABLE Task Force. She will explain how VT-ABLE works and how it can play a part in supporting greater independence and a more financially secure future for someone with a disability. Presenter: Kirsten Murphy, VDDC Executive Director View PowerPoint
Section 504 Plan: A Powerful Tool for Students with Disabilities (11/16/17) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) as well as those on a Section 504 plan. Section 504 requires that students with disabilities receive an education designed to their unique needs and is as adequate as the education provided to children without disabilities. The law applies to students with a wide range of disabilities and has lower eligibility requirements than an IEP. Learn how to use Section 504 to get the services your child needs in school! Presenter: Greg Van Buiten, Attorney, EdLaw New England PLLC View Powerpoint
Family and Educational Support for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: State-Supported Programs (5/4/16). In this webinar you will learn about: hearing loss and its effects on a child’s early development; the federal Early Hearing, Detection and Intervention program; resources available to children, ages birth to 3 and their families by the Vermont Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, hosted by Nine East Network; support for schools/educational teams for children ages 3 through graduation who are deaf and hard of hearing; information about classroom amplification equipment, curriculum modifications, other classroom/environmental accommodations, and types of instructional accommodations; and information on factors related to secondary transition issues for young adults completing their secondary education. Presenters: Jen Bostwick, M.Ed., Community Outreach Coordinator/Regional Consultant, Nine East Network; and Susan Kimmerly, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Founder and Director, Nine East Network. View PowerPoint.
A Look Through Our Eyes (2/3/16). Take a look through our eyes and you’re sure to see, all that we are and all we can be! Join Peer Services Team members and peer advocates as they share highlights from a training they developed on disability awareness, empowerment, and self-advocacy. This webinar is for high school students, transition-age youth/young adults, families, school teams, and service providers. Presenters: Randy Lizotte and Sydnee Boyd, Peer Services Team at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services and peer advocate panel members. View PowerPoint.
Accessing Children’s Personal Care Services (10/28/15). This webinar will provide participants an overview of the Children’s Personal Care Services benefit, how to apply and information on how access services when approved; information about managing “dollar-based budgets”, accessing account information and electronic timesheet submission will be included. Presenters: Maryann Willson, Fiscal Agent Director, ARIS Solutions and Jennifer Garabedian, Children’s Personal Care Administrator, Vermont Department of Health. View PowerPoint.
Understanding Learning Disabilities Today! (2/11/15). This webinar will address the following questions: What is the current state of Learning Disabilities? What are common types and characteristics of learning disabilities? How does the school environment impact a student with a learning disability and what helps a student learn? How can parents help support their child with learning struggles at home? What does life after high school look like for a student with a learning disability? Helpful resources for families will be included in this presentation. Presenter: Laura Baker, Learning Disabilities Consultant, VT Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.
Update on ACT 158: Accessing Treatment at Home for Your Child with Autism or other Developmental Disability (1/7/15). 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.
Dyslexia: Parent and Professional Perspectives (10/15/14). A parent’s story about what led to diagnosis and signs and symptoms of dyslexia that are recognizable as early as the preschool, kindergarten and first grade years. How to work with your school to get a diagnosis, advocate for services, and support dyslexia children with classroom accommodations. This webinar will address the important of knowing what the research says about early identification and intervention, the differences between a 504 plan and an IEP and, most importantly, where to turn for family support and resources. You are not alone! Presenters: Dr. Fran Toomey, Professor Emeritus, St. Michael’s College Graduate Program in Special Education, and Brittany Lovejoy, parent founder of Decoding Dyslexia-Vermont and mother of 4 children (ages 5 to 10) who are all dyslexic. View PowerPoint.
What You Need to Know About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Part Two (9/25/13). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.” Join part two of this webinar (continued from 6/20/13) for overall information on the disability of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Topics to be reviewed include general information related to: diagnosis; intervention; and family, educational and community supports. Presenter: Susan Ryan, Executive Director and Professor, College of Education & Social Services, UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. View PowerPoint.
What You Need to Know About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Part One (6/20/13). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.” Join this webinar for overall information on the disability of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Topics to be reviewed include general information related to: diagnosis; intervention; and family, educational and community supports. Presenter: Susan Ryan, Executive Director and Professor, College of Education & Social Services, UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. View PowerPoint. Handouts: Face Sheet: Pregnancy & Alcohol in Vermont
Sharing Concerns with Families about Red Flags for Autism (5/6/13). About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why is early identification of ASD important? What are the “red flags” for ASD? What is the process for early identification? How can parents and practitioners have meaningful conversations and share concerns? As always, webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions. Presenters: Jennifer Johnson, Autism Specialist Supervisor at the HowardCenter and Winnie Looby, parent and intern at Vermont Family Network. View PowerPoint.
Using Social Communication Strategies to Address Behavior Challenges in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (4/17/13). This presentation will describe the relationship between difficulty with social communication and common challenging behaviors in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability (ID). The communication challenges of individuals with ASD/ID are described and several evidence-based social communication strategies are proposed to address challenging behaviors. Recommendations for practice are offered. Presenters: Tiffany Hutchins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders-UVM and Hope Morris, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor-UVM, Speech-Language Pathologist. View PowerPoint. Handout: “Using Communication to Reduce Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” by Tiffany L. Hutchins, Ph.D. and Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.
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