Autism and Developmental Disabilities Symposium

Using Alternative and Augmentative Communication
to Promote Access and Relationships in Inclusive Settings

University of Arkansas 2019 Symposium
on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities
March 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration

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Professional

  • Early Bird ending Feb. 22 — $50
  • Feb. 22 - March 29 — $55

Student — $10

Family Member — Free, thanks to generous gift from keynote speaker Dr. Jeni Ganz. Please complete the family member online registration form. Registration has closed.

Description

Specifically, we will focus on ensuring people have access to communication systems that work for them, facilitate acquisition of social and communication skills, and promote inclusion in their lives. Participants will take advantage of national, state and local expertise by learning effective practices for school, home and community, and applying these practices in their own contexts.

Along with a keynote presentation from Dr. Jeni Ganz from Texas A&M University, participants will attend workshops, information sessions and a hands-on lab designed to support their work with children, youth and young adults with disabilities specific to communication needs.

Schedule at a Glance, final (PDF)

Continuing Education Units

  • Participants may apply for the following CEUs depending on their professional designation.
  • Arkansas Department of Education — 5 CEUs
  • Behavior Analyst Certification Board — 4 Type 2 CEU and 1 Ethics

ASHA Approved Provider logo

  • American Speech and Hearing Association — 0.5 ASHA CEUs, intermediate, professional level.
    No partial credit will be provided

Location

Hilton Garden Inn, Fayetteville
1325 N Palak Drive Fayetteville AR 72704

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discount price for registrants at the Hilton Garden Inn under "Autism Symposium." To book with the symposium block, call 479-856-6040 and press "0" to speak with the front desk of the hotel. Going through the general Hilton hotels phone or website form will not be able to reserve those rooms. Ask for the "Autism Symposium block" when calling to make the reservation.

Symposium Theme

The symposium will focus on preparing educational professionals, family members, related service providers, advocates and other stakeholders in promoting evidence-based inclusive practices for children, youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Specifically, we will focus on ensuring people have access to communication systems that work for them, facilitate acquisition of social and communication skills, and promote inclusion in their lives. Participants will take advantage of national, state and local expertise by learning effective practices for school, home and community, and applying these practices in their own contexts.

Along with a keynote presentation from Dr. Jeni Ganz from Texas A&M University, participants will attend workshops, information sessions and a hands-on lab designed to support their work with children, youth and young adults with disabilities specific to communication needs.

Participants: The symposium is appropriate for families, early child-care providers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, general education teachers, behavior analysts, related service providers and anyone else interested in supporting children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Keynote — Jeni Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, a professor of special education at Texas A&M

Jeni Ganz, Ph.D.As described on her Texas A&M faculty page, Dr. Ganz received her doctorate at the University of Kansas, with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder and behavioral disorders and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her research focuses on the use of technology to improve social-communication deficits in people with autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. Ganz has worked in general and special education and as an educational consultant. She continues to consult and present in Texas to schools and parents on topics relating to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. She also has been a speaker at regional, national and international conferences on topics including interventions for behavior and autism spectrum disorder, including strategies to address social and communication skills. Ganz has received several grants to fund research and service projects involving students with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities, and a personnel preparation project for professionals working with children with disabilities. In addition, Dr. Ganz has authored or co-authored numerous articles, books and chapters.

Breakout Sessions

Afternoon breakout sessions are designed to provide participants with resources, plans for adopting and implementing their own communication related interventions, and supports for promoting communication across settings.

Topics include

  • Selecting and Using Communication Devices
  • Creating Opportunities for Collaboration related to Communication across School Settings
  • Preparing and Supporting Communication Partners
  • Integrating Augmentative and Alternate Communication in Early Intervention Programs
  • Funding and the Role of Family
  • Understanding Various Communication Systems
  • Hands-on Technology Lab

Learning Objectives

By the end of the symposium, participants will:

  1. Recognize opportunities to enhance communication access for children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities
  2. Define augmentative and alternative communication systems, identify examples, and be prepared to help Individualized Education Planning teams to make decisions in support of greater communication access for children and youth with ASD and other disabilities
  3. Apply specific steps to collaboratively plan for identifying communication needs, researching systems and finding a match, designing evidence-based intervention, implementing intervention while monitoring progress and supporting generalization of communication across settings and communication partners
  4. Plan for the use of collaborative strategies to partner with families, educators, related service providers, peers, and others to promote opportunities for communication
  5. Define processes specific to evaluating for and using augmentative and alternative communication systems (e.g., evaluation process, funding) and recognizing resources to address these in collaboration with professionals and families

Satisfactory Completion of Course

If you are seeking ADE, BCBA and ASHA CEUs, you must complete the self-assessment/session evaluation form for each session you attend. This form will be located in your event folder along with specific instructions for completion. Participants seeking BCBA and ASHA CEUs must sign in and out for each session attended with designated person.

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

Refunds and cancellations are not accepted. A registration can be transferred to another participant up until the day of the symposium. To transfer a registration please contact Jackie Micheletto at jmichel@uark.edu with the name of original registrant and name of person attending in their place.

Dissatisfied with the event? Our goal is to provide the best continuing education experiences possible for our participants. Individuals who are dissatisfied with continuing education provided, including advertising, are encouraged to contact us via email to attempt to resolve any issues. Please make sure to share your positive and negative experiences on the end of day evaluation.

No Show

If a registration has been made, fees paid and no request for transfer provided registration fees will not be refunded or credited toward a future event.

Inclement Weather and Event Cancellation

Should inclement weather prevent an event from occurring on the scheduled date or circumstances require the cancellation of the event, we will attempt to reschedule the event. If the registrant still chooses to participate on the event's rescheduled date, all fees as well as cancellation policies will apply to the rescheduled event. Due to expenses incurred in order to host the symposium, if we cannot reschedule the event, a refund minus a processing fee of $30 will be refunded to the registrant.

No-show, no transfer or registrants who cannot attend due to inclement weather in their area will incur a 100 percent registration fee charge.

Disclosures

Jeni Ganz

  • Financial: Dr. Ganz is receiving an honorarium for this conference and receives a salary from Texas A&M University
  • Non-Financial: None to report

Easterseals Outreach (Megan Davis, Gretchen Hicks, Rebecca Walker)

  • Financial: None to report
  • Nonfinancial: Presenters are consultants for speech-language pathology and education through a grant provided by the Arkansas Department of Education housed with Easterseals Outreach program.

Jodie Bone & Amy Faith

  • Financial: None to report
  • Nonfinancial: None to report

Suzanne Kucharczyk & Peggy Whitby

  • Financial: Dr. Kucharczyk and Dr. Whitby are faculty and receive salaries from the University of Arkansas.
  • Nonfinancial: None to report

Christine Holyfield & Liz Lorah

  • Financial: Dr. Holyfield and Dr. Lorah are faculty and receive salaries from the University of Arkansas.
  • Nonfinancial: None to report

Renee Speight & Laura Cooke

  • Financial: None to report
  • Nonfinancial: None to report

Renee Holmes

  • Financial: None to report
  • Nonfinancial: None to report

Allison Karnes & Jessica Miller

  • Financial: Mrs. Karnes and Mrs. Miller are currently receiving a salary and are pursuing their Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas.
  • Nonfinancial: None to report

 


The balance of proceeds from the 2019 ASD & DD Symposium will be used to support future conferences and other services to the community provided by the Special Education Program and Project Connect.