Expectations - No Limits! Parent Conference on DisAbilities Jan 18 & 19, 2014
The Parent Information Center is hosting a conference for families of children with disabilities Sat, Jan 18 9AM to 5PM & Sun Jan 19th 9AM to 12PM at the Parkway Plaza in Casper. Expectations – No Limits! Parent Conference on disAbilities will feature nationally recognized speakers Jo Mascorro and Christi Kasa.
Jo Mascorro will address behavior intervention practices and effective communication, and Christi Kasa will show us inclusive practices for kids on the Autism Spectrum. Both speakers will address best approaches for including students with significant disabilities in the classroom. Other sessions topics will include learning disabilities, and employment.
Parents / Family Members of children with disabilities: $50 each or 2 for $75 Educators / Service Providers / Others $100 each
Sat 9:15am – 10:15pm Keynote Speaker: Jo Mascorro – “Don’t Look Now, YOUR Behavior is Showing!” What ALL Adult Brains Should Know about ALL Children Brains…
Sat 10:45am - 12:15pm
- “Working with Parents/Guardians”: A Team Approach to Meeting the Needs of Children who Demonstrate Challenging Behaviors That Interfere with the Learning and Teaching Process Classroom environment and students with challenging behaviors- Jo Mascorro
- DD waiver update
- To be determined
Sat 1:15pm – 2:15pm Keynote Speaker: Christi Kasa “Seeing My Gifts of Great Ability: Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism”
Sat 2:45pm - 4:00pm
- The Top 5 Strategies For Including Students With Autism – Christi Kasa
- Learning Disabilities- What They Are & Are Not / Criteria for Eligibility - Dan Mayer
- Governors Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Sun 9:00am – 10:00am Keynote Speaker – Larry Searcy “Pathways to Employment- Starting Early with Job Skills”
Sun 10:30pm - 12:00pm
- Innovative Employment Opportunities in Small Communities - Larry Searcy
- Section 504- What a Plan Should Look Like - Stephanie Weaver
- Autism 101: the Basics - Betty Carmon
View the complete Conference Agenda
Parkway Plaza block rooms available for $65, call (307) 235-1777 and ask for PIC Parent Conference Block. Child care or respite not provided. STARS credit for childcare providers available
Jo Mascorro is an independent consultant who provides motivational training throughout the nation in areas specific to behavior intervention practices, effective communication, parenting skills and programming for students with severe disabilities. Ms. Mascorro has over 30 years experience in the field of education and received both her Bachelor and Master degrees from Texas Tech University. The mother of a 23 year old daughter, Hallie, she is a native Texan who resides in San Antonio.
Christi Kasa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. in Teaching and Leadership from Syracuse University in 2002. Christi began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in the public schools of Southern California. Her primary role was to serve as an inclusion facilitator for students with significant disabilities. Although she has left her role as a classroom teacher Christi remains active in schools through research and volunteer activities. Christi’s research interests include inclusive schooling, access to academics for students with significant disabilities, and access to meaningful communication.
Sponsored with funding WY Dept of Education, the Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities & WDE’s Deaf-Blind Project
Changes to Adult & Child DD, and Acquired Brain Injury Waivers
Effective July 1, 2013, the Wyoming Department of Health (the Department), Behavioral Health Division (the Division) are making changes to some Adult Developmental Disabilities (DD) and Child DD Waiver services, please visit the Behavior Health Division DD Sections Home Page for the most current information available.
Sticks and stones can break my bones and words CAN really hurt me! Using the word "retard" is not cool, funny, or hip- it's just thoughtless. No matter how the word is used, it is hurtful to people with disabilities. Think about your words. Don't use words that hurt.
Help spread the word with a package (or more) of free postcards from PIC. Contact PIC at 307-684-2277 today for your package(s) of 50 postcards.
Baby Steps: A Guide for Parents to Infant-Toddler Programs – (birth to under age 3) through Part C of IDEA
Our newest publication, Baby Steps: A Guide for Parents to Infant-Toddler Programs – (birth to under age 3) through Part C of IDEA, is a great guide for parents to the Infant-Toddler Programs through IDEA. As a parent, you want what is best for your child. If you have concerns about your child's growth and development, you need to look for help to decide if your child would benefit from early intervention services provided in Wyoming. This booklet will provide you with information about eligibility, services, importance of getting help early, choices, and other things you'll need to know.
A Family Centered Care Coordination Notebook
The newly updated 3rd Edition of Packaging Wisdom: A Family Care Coordination Notebook is now a digital, fillable, saveable, and printable notebook! This notebook is a great resource for families to help organize information regarding your child's chronic health needs. Packaging Wisdom will help make it easier to keep track of health care changes, contacts, and share information with your child's care team, child care, school, and family members.
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- Medical and Health Care Information
- Insurance Coverage and Financial Resources
- Contact Information
- Early Intervention & Special Education
- Emergency Preparedness
- Looking Ahead- Transition to Adulthood
- Glossary of Commonly Used Terms
- Wyoming Public Health Offices
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