The New CARA’s Kit for Toddlers: A User Friendly and Practical Tool to Promote Toddler Participation and Learning

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2012

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Participants will learn about the new CARA’s Kit for Toddlers and how to use the kit to create adaptations that can be used to promote toddler participation in opportunities for learning in home, community, and early childhood settings.  Similar to the original CARA’s Kit for Preschoolers, the toddler version helps individuals who provide care and intervention for toddlers use adaptations to make situations better for particular toddlers, including those with challenging behaviors, disabilities, or other special needs or improve situations for an entire group.  Adaptations include making changes to the environment, daily schedule, activities, materials, and requirements and instructions and include the use of assistive technology.

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1

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8

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1

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1

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6

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2

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The Early Development Project: Providing a Parent-Mediated Intervention for Infants and Toddlers at Risk for Autism

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2012

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The primary focus of the session will be on the content and process of a research-based, parent-mediated intervention for very young children identified as at-risk for autism or developmental disability.  Various contextual factors that influence both interventionist and parent implementation will be explored.

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1

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6

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1

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1

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2
3

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2

Technical Assistance as the Bridge from Science to Service

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2012

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Providing technical assistance that leads to high fidelity implementation, systems change, and educational and inclusion outcomes is very challenging.  Join Karen Blase and Barbara Sims from the State Implementation and Scaling Up of Evidence-Based Practice Center (SISEP) for a conversation about technical assistance strategies, barriers, tools, and resources.  Share what you know and let’s learn from one another.

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1

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2

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2

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3

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1
4
5

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2

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Incorporating Visits from People with Disabilities into Preschool Classrooms

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2012

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Through the sheer power of determination, Betsy Wynne carved out and lived her dreams.  She had a passion for sharing her experiences and stories of “possibilities” with young children.  In this session, we will share the lesson plan she created, “Come Into My World,” in which people with disabilities visit preschool classrooms in order to foster disability awareness and acceptance at a very early age.

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1

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4

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1

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2

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2

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2

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Inclusion: Legal Foundations and State Strategies

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2012

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Participants will learn about the variety of legal sources for inclusion in early childhood settings: highlights of civil rights laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact on child care, IDEA Part C and Part B Section 619, and Head Start and child care licensing laws. Strategies that states are using to promote inclusion, such as affirmative provisions in licensing, quality rating systems, and supportive subsidy practices will also be shared. This session will have the opportunity for questions and discussion. This session is repeated on May 16. It was on the program of the 2011 Inclusion Institute.

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1

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3

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3

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3

Target Audience: 

6

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1

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Designing and Implementing Instructional Strategies for Young Children in Inclusive Classrooms

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2012

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The session will provide administrators and technical assistant specialists with ideas for how to support the implementation of instructional strategies in inclusive classrooms. Challenges associated with supporting providers to design and implement high quality instructional strategies with fidelity in inclusive classrooms will be discussed and specific suggestions for how to ensure implementation fidelity will be provided. Participants will learn a decision making process for supporting teachers to differentiate instruction for all children in inclusive settings.

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1

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9

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

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2

Building Collaborative Communities Committed to Inclusion

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2012

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Communities across the country have used a self-assessment process, the Community Perceptions of Inclusive Practices, to identify their strengths and needs and develop plans to promote high quality early childhood inclusive services.  The process brings community partners (Head Start, early childhood special education, child care, families, etc.) together in a safe environment to share their diverse perspectives on inclusion.  The data from these dialogues are used to facilitate relationships, prioritize action plans, provide targeted cross-system professional development, monitor progress, and celebrate successes.  This session is repeated on May 16.

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1

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10

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3

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3

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3
4

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2

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Plenary 1 -- Provocations on Building the Quality and Inclusivemess of Early Childhood Systems: State Perspectives

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2012

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A panel of state leaders from DE, FL, and NC will continue to explore the themes in the keynote by sharing provocations, innovative ideas, and lessons learned for building high quality, inclusive early childhood systems with a particular focus on two topics: the workforce and program quality standards. The federal leaders and audience will react to the ideas from their unique perspectives. Opportunities to continue to explore the issues will be possible in the listening and reflections sessions at the end of the day.

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6

Room: 

10

Target Audience: 

6

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2

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Darius Goes West: From Movie to Movement

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2012

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Darius was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and had never left his home town home at the age of 15.  Eleven of his best friends decided to take him out west on an unforgettable three-week journey. Their goals were: (a) to raise awareness of DMD and funds for research, (b) to evaluate wheelchair accessibility across the country, and (c) to convince the folks at MTV's popular show "Pimp My Ride" to customize Darius's wheelchair. Along the way, this hilarious group of first-time filmmakers discover joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride. Come view the award winning movie of their trip and ask Darius questions.

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6

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10

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1

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2

Keynote Panel: Federal Early Childhood Systems Building: Infusing Inclusion

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2012

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The distinguished panel of federal policy leaders will engage each other in discussion around two questions: 

  • What are 1-2 opportunities you see for moving forward with inclusion as part of systems building efforts across federal early childhood agencies? 
  • What is a future direction or challenge would you like to share with each other for ideas, brainstorming, and continued conversations with Institute participants during the rest of the afternoon.

Panel Introduction:  Pam Winton

Panel Moderator:  Shannon Rudisill

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2

Room: 

10

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2

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