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  1. Autism National Committee (AutCom) 25th Anniversary Conference: Human Rights for All

    September 25, 2015 8:30 AM

    AutCom - Autism National CommitteeJoin the Autism National Committee (AutCom) and the Institute on Disability for their 25th Anniversary Conference - Human Rights for All. You don’t want to miss this outstanding opportunity to hear presentations by autistics, parents, and professionals, then be able to talk with them and with other attendees who understand and share your passion for making a good life with autism.

    At the conference you'll have the opportunity to hear the following keynote addresses:

    • Lydia Brown, More Than Neurodivergent: Autistic Rights in Social Justice Movements
    • Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace, Typed Words, Loud Voices
    • Linda Rammler, Who Defines Social Justice? The Culture Clash between Academia, the Service Industry, and True Advocates
    • Emma Zurcher-Long and Ariane Zurcher, The Power and Right to Connect
    Over the course of two days, there will be five groups of concurrent sessions.
    • The Autism Women’s Network: Community Organizing and Advocacy for Disabled Women, a panel presentation by Corina Becker, Sharon daVanport, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, and Heather Thomas
    • Collateral Damage: Terrible Risks and Audacious Hopes at the intersection of Race and Disability, Kerima Çevik
    • Collaborative Advocacy in the Autism Community: An Inclusive Framework for Social Change, Beth Ryan and Leah Kelley, members of PACLA (Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance)
    • Thirty Years of Art Making, Larry Bissonette, who will discuss his journey as an artist which he describes as “My path to making my art leave the world of disability, pushing in many old ideas and launching new perspectives about the abilities of people with autism.”
    • I Stand with Henry, Tracy Thresher and Henry Frost. Tracy, the man, has been mentoring Henry, a teen. Both communicate by typing.
    • Reaching Up through the Keyboard to a Brighter Life, Mark Utter, blogger and movie-maker
    • Our Lives Now Because of Supported Typing, Mike Hoover and Rob Cutler
    • The Road Map to Independent Communication, Larry Bissonnette, Tracy Thresher, Pascal Cheng, and Harvey Lavoy, III, will focus on specific techniques and strategies that can be used to help individuals who use FC gain greater levels of independence with their communication.
    • Congratulations! You’ve Been Accepted!... Our Experiences in the Journey of Higher Education, Jenn Seybert and Jamie Burke, who both earned university degrees using typing to communicate.
    • My Right To A Quality Education: Students Speak Out! Mary Schuh will moderate a panel of young typers: Henry Front, Emma Zurich-Long, Mary Quintanilha, and Grant Blasko.
    • Diversity Panel, Lydia Brown will lead a panel discussing issues of diversity.
    • . . . and many more!

    Hotel Accommodations:

    For hotel reservations call (603) 625 - 1000 and ask for the AutCom conference reduced rate or make your reservations using this link.

    A Note About Language from AutCom:

    You may have noticed some differing uses in disability-labeling phrases. AutCom is inconsistent for a reason! The language referring to people on the Autism Spectrum and people who associate with other disability descriptions is changing and will likely continue to do so. Our Board chooses to use the descriptive term “autistics” out of respect for our members. As has been explained, having autism is an inherent part of a person’s life. Why not own it proudly? Some of us stick to the Person First language of 20 years ago. But now let’s proudly speak to the autistics among us.

    Street: 700 Elm Street
    City: Manchester
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  2. Webinar: Apps to Support Individuals Who Experience Neurobehavioral Disabilities

    September 17, 2013 15:30 PM

    Apps to Support Neurobehavioral DisabilitiesMillions of individuals experience various symptoms associated with neurobehavioral disabilities like Tourette syndrome, executive dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and mood disorders. Challenges that arise because of these disabilities can be addressed by hundreds of iPad or iPhone apps. Participants in this webinar will learn about apps that assist in: prompting or remembering to perform important tasks; self-regulation; reducing anxiety or depression; task transitioning; time management and organization; increasing focus, attention, and task completion; and helping to reduce cognitive fatigue associated with reading, writing, or task sequencing.

    Sponsored by Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH).

    Who Should Attend:

    Educators, paraeducators, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, family therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, assistive technology specialists, parents, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

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  3. Introductory Training for Facilitated Communication

    October 10, 2013 9:00 AM

    Introductory Training for Facilitated Communication logoThis workshop will provide participants with a general overview of Facilitated Communication (FC), a method of augmentative and alternative communication used by people with limited speaking abilities who have difficulty with motor planning challenges. Topics will include the basic elements of support involved in the method, assessment of individuals for FC, training process for facilitators, strategies for independent communication, and a review of current research and best practices. Examples and demonstrations of the use of the method with both school-age individuals and adults will be given. This workshop is a prerequisite for people who will become facilitators for individuals who use FC. It also will provide information to people who are interested in gaining a basic understanding of FC.

    Workshop Agenda:

    • History of FC
    • What FC is, and what it is not - Understanding the method and misconceptions about it
    • Who is FC for? Candidacy and assessment
    • Basic elements of the technique, including the role of physical support
    • Overview of the training process for FC
    • Best practice guidelines for the use of FC
    • FC as an evidence-based practice
    • Achieving independence and determining success with FC
    Street: 56 Old Suncook Road
    City: Concord
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  4. NH Leadership Series Annual Reunion Gala & Fundraiser

    April 12, 2013 19:00 PM

    Please join us for the 2013 NH Leadership Reunion Gala and Fundraiser on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 7pm-10pm at the Yard Restaurant in Manchester, NH. Join us to reconnect with alumni, meet sponsors and the 2013 class, and enjoy an evening to support the Leadership Series.

    *JUST ANNOUNCED: New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will be in attendance from 7pm–7:30pm in support of the evening’s activities and to offer brief remarks. Governor Hassan is a 1991 Leadership Series graduate and was the inaugural recipient of the Brianna Dillon Leadership Medal.

    Those in attendance can expect plenty of hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a large silent auction, raffles, the third annual Brianna Dillon Leadership Medal presentation, and inspirational stories from Leadership graduates. In addition to several generous gift baskets and gift cards, fundraising items include: 

    • Kindle Fire
    • Bruins tickets
    • A week's stay in the Shenandoah Valley in October 2013
    • Handmade items including a large quilt and jewelry
    • A 50" LCD HDTV
    • Keurig coffee maker
    • Original artwork
    • And much more!

    We are still seeking donations for the silent auction! We count on your support to secure the year-to-year funding for the Leadership Series. Please consider contributing goods, services, or gift cards. For more information and to arrange a donation, call 603.228.2084 or email the Leadership team.

    If you would like to volunteer at the event, contact Beth Dixon at 603.228.2084 or via email.

    Hope to see you there!

    The NH Leadership Series is an innovative annual training program that provides participants with state-of-the-art information and strategies to effectively impact organizations and policies on issues related to disabilities. For more information, visit the Leadership website.

    Street: 1211 South Mammoth Road
    City: Manchester
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  5. When Behavior Gets in the Way: Creating Caring Schools and Communities

    July 29, 2013 8:00 AM

     
    Street: 700 Elm Street
    City: Manchester
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  6. Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics

    November 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    Registration for this event is now closed. Due to security regulations at U.S. Capitol buildings, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

    However, you may access this event online live, free of charge:

    Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics - Live Webcast
    Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 9am–3pm EST

    • AM Session: Compendium Release Briefing – 9am–11:30am
    • Lunch – 11:30am–1:00pm (During lunch there will be a break in the live webcast—broadcast resumes at 1pm)
    • PM Session: Research-to-Policy Roundtable – 1pm–3pm

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    You are cordially invited to attend the release of the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and the Second Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC. Both events will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-G50.

    The Compendium Release Briefing*, held from 9:00–11:30am, will include a briefing and a one-hour workshop on the sources and uses of disability statistics. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. It will prove invaluable to your work.

    The Research-to-Policy Roundtable, scheduled from 1:00–3:00pm, will provide an opportunity for disability advocates, policymakers and researchers to discuss ways that research can assist policymakers in developing programs, policies, and legislation that support people with disabilities.

    Lunch (optional) will be provided free of charge for all participants.

    *For individuals who cannot attend the Compendium Release Briefing in person, this session will be available live via webcast. Individuals who register to attend online will receive more information and a link to the public webcast a week prior to the event. In addition to the live webcast, the video will be archived and available for viewing a later date.

    Presented by Kessler Foundation in partnership with the Institute on Disability / UCED at the University of New Hampshire.

    The StatsRRTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research under cooperative agreement H133B080012, from 2008 - 2013. The information developed by the StatsRRTC does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government (Edgar, 75.620 (b)).

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  7. Introductory Training for Facilitated Communication

    October 10, 2012 9:00 AM

    This workshop will provide participants with a general overview of Facilitated Communication (FC), a method of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) used by people with limited speaking abilities and motor planning challenges. Topics covered will include the history of FC, understanding the method and misconceptions about it, basic elements of the FC technique, determining who might benefit from the method, and a review of current research and best practices. Examples and demonstrations of the use of FC with both school-age individuals and adults will be provided. This workshop will provide information to people who are interested in gaining basic understanding in FC and opening the doors to self-expression. It is also a prerequisite training for people who will become facilitators for individuals who use FC.

    Agenda:

    • History of FC
    • What FC is, and what it is not - Understanding the method and misconceptions about it
    • Who is FC for? Candidacy and assessment
    • Basic elements of the technique, including the role of physical support
    • Overview of the training process for FC
    • Best practice guidelines for the use of FC
    • FC as an evidence-based practice
    • Achieving independence and determining success with FC
    Street: 56 Old Suncook Road
    City: Concord
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  8. NH Leadership Series Annual Reunion Gala & Fundraiser

    April 13, 2012 19:00 PM

    This year's NH Leadership Reunion Gala and Fundraiser is Friday, April 13, 2012 from 7pm-10pm at the Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, NH. Please use the link to the right to RSVP in order to reconnect with alumni, meet sponsors and the 2012 class, and enjoy an evening to support NH Leadership.

    Those in attendance can expect plenty of hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a large silent auction, the second annual presentation of the Brianna Dillon Leadership Medal, and inspirational stories from around New Hampshire. In addition to several generous gift baskets, auction items include:

    • Vacations including a weekend at the Attitash Grand Summit
    • A pair of Red Sox and Patriots tickets
    • Kindle Fire
    • Flat screen HD Television
    • Art from a Portsmouth Gallery valued at $800
    • And much more!

    If you would like to be an event volunteer, please contact Beth Dixon by phone at 603.228.2084 or by email.

    Hope to see you there!

    The NH Leadership Series is an innovative annual training program that provides participants with state-of-the-art information and strategies to effectively impact organizations and policies on issues related to disabilities. For more information, visit the Leadership website.

    Street: 295 Ocean Boulevard
    City: Hampton
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  9. Webinar: iPad 201

    April 03, 2012 15:30 PM

    iPad 201For iPad users with disabilities, supportive accessories, adaptations, and resources exist in abundance and are easy to incorporate into everyday use. Using a combination of short video clips, photos, and an extensive resource list, this 90-minute live webinar will help individuals select the appropriate apps, accessories, and adaptations. This session will also demonstrate how to make an iPad stand, how to adapt a stylus, several ways to mount an iPad, and ways to protect an iPad. Accessory examples will focus on specific functional limitations, including supports for low vision, hearing, grip, and communication issues. Finally, this webinar will discuss creative uses for the iPad’s accessibility features and built-in apps.


    Who Should Attend:

    Educators, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, transition coordinators, and related service providers.

    Sponsored by Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH)

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  10. 14th Annual Autism Summer Institute

    August 06, 2012 8:00 AM

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    ***Please note: All overnight rooms at the Grappone Conference Center/Courtyard Marriott are now booked for the dates of the Autism Summer Institute. Conference participants who have not booked accommodations are encouraged to contact the Concord Holiday Inn. Please mention the Autism Summer Institute for a reduced rate of $109/night (subject to availability).

    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. The 2012 ASI theme is Express Yourself: Supporting Communication through the Arts, Advocacy, and Education. Self-expression is the key to people with autism communicating, learning, achieving their dreams, and having a rich and rewarding life. The theme will be carried out in seven breakout strands over the course of the three-day conference, including:

    • Hands-on skill building for supported communication users
    • Supporting expressive communication through Facilitated Communication (FC) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Assistive technology, including the iPad
    • Leadership and self-advocacy, organized by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network
    • Academic supports and constructing competence
    • A first-ever strand on autism and the arts
    • Contemporary topics representing current and emerging issues
    This year's Autism Summer Institute is presented by the National Center on Inclusive Education at the UNH Institute on Disability and the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

    Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University         ASAN Autistic Self Advocacy Network
    Street: 70 Constitution Avenue
    City: Concord
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
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