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13th Annual Autism Summer Institute
Everybody Reads, Everybody Writes, Everybody Has Something to Say
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Since 1999 the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has presented the Autism Summer Institute (ASI), a conference for families, educators, community service providers, and self advocates. Each year the ASI takes on a new and cutting edge
theme and since its beginning over 1400 people have attended from New Hampshire, other states, and even a few foreign countries!
The ASI represents a unique opportunity for family members to sit side by side with other members of their children’s education teams as they develop a new vision for their student’s education, hear from internationally recognized self-advocates who have autism, and learn about the latest evidence-based practices.
The ASI is unique in many ways, including:
- A philosophy that
children and adults with autism can be fully included in school and community life when they are
provided with high quality education and supports
- A belief that all children and adults are presumed competent to learn
view that all children and adults with autism have unique talents to
give to their families, their schools, and their communities
- A commitment to family/school collaboration in the development of children’s educational programs
The 2011 Autism Summer Institute’s theme is “Everybody Reads, Everybody Writes, Everybody Has Something to Say.” This integrated literacy and communication theme recognizes that far too many students and adults with autism have not been provided with high quality literacy instruction nor with a means to communicate if their spoken voice is not effective. This theme will be addressed through three “strands” over the course of the three-day event:
- A strand for parents and educators of young children preschool through age 8
- A strand for parents and educators of elementary and middle school students
- For the first time ever, a strand specifically for adolescents and young adults who experience autism organized by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)
The 13th annual ASI will also feature, for the first time, a hands-on technology exploration room, where participants can learn about the latest reading, writing, and communication technology available to support children and adults with autism and related disabilities. This special exhibit is made possible through collaboration with ATECH Services. Evening social events including film screenings are also being planned.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. The Autism Summer Institute qualifies for 24 Staff Development Hours.
Partners & Sponsors
The Autism Summer Institute is presented in collaboration with:
and has received generous support from:
with additional support from:
If you or someone you know wants to attend the
ASI and needs partial or full financial support to do so, financial
support may be available from the following agencies or organizations.
The 2011 ASI will feature several individuals with autism as keynote presenters, including:
- Drew Goldsmith, Nick Holzthum, and Taylor Brown, I am Norm student advocates
- Scott Michael Robertson, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
- DJ Savarese, student and self-advocate
- Donna Williams, author, artist, and self-advocate
The ASI will also feature presentations from nationally respected researchers including:
- Christi Kasa, Ph.D., University of Colorado
- Paula Kluth, Ph.D., author of You’re Going to Love This Kid!
- Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., an expert in assistive technology from the IOD at UNH