Doing Justice: Understanding Disability, Identity, and Belonging to Practice Inclusion

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2019

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The implicit and explicit biases of early childhood practitioners have consequences for young children’s developing identities and sense of belonging. The aim of the session is to build awareness and understanding of our own implicit biases related to disability and other forms of diversity and to challenge and change deficit-based assumptions. Participants will engage in courageous conversations about various forms of diversity and will practice reflecting and identifying biases. This interactive session will also provide a framework and strategies for practicing meaningful inclusion in a way that positively impacts the experiences of all children and sends a message about civil rights, human diversity, and justice.

 

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5

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10

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3

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1
2

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

What to Expect When You Weren’t Expecting This

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2019

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Sometimes life isn’t what you expected it would be.  And sometimes the most beautiful views are seen when you walk the less travelled path.  Sharing her journey as the mom of a child with a disability, Mary Beth will provide a collection of lessons learned from embracing the unexpected.  You will hear moving stories of triumph, defeat and the power of hope in navigating a world that greatly challenges people with disabilities and their families.  Be inspired to see beauty in the unexpected journey and to meet those along the way with courage, empathy and grace. 

Type: 

2

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

AT+ YOU = Children DO

Conference Year: 

2018

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Inspire the assistive technology (AT) champion in you! Discover how YOU can support the use of AT so children can DO the everyday things that promote participation and learning. Examine and demystify the myths related to using AT with young children. Explore and learn about the functions of a wide range of AT that supports children’s participation in everyday routines and activities. Leave with an understanding about the roles that various early childhood professionals play in using AT with young children.

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1

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10

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Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

Power to the Profession: What does it mean to you?

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2018

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Participate in the dialogue – and share your feedback on the current decision cycles of the Power to the Profession Initiative. Discuss the work/updates from the perspective of participating Task Force organizations to include NAEYC, Child Care Aware of America, and DEC. What are your questions, concerns and aspirations for an evolving field?  This will be an engaging discussion about the impact of reports that inform our work, such as “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation”  (IOM) and Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education (NAM) on communities, states and national practice and  policy. 

Information  can be found at:https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/initiatives/profession 

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1

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2

Can We Talk? Frank Dialogue to Support Head Start, Schools and Families in Collaboration

Conference Year: 

2018

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Join us for a facilitated conversation about collaborations to support successful inclusion. National perspectives on the challenges faced by families, Head Start and school district personnel will be shared.  Participants will have opportunities to identify their challenges, learn about the importance of dialogue, and explore successful strategies and approaches to collaboration.  This session will provide a framework for stating the issue (and assumptions), listening, leaning into dialogue, and finding shared understanding.  

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

2
3
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
7

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2

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Making and Tinkering with AT: Helping Young Children “Do”

Conference Year: 

2018

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Did you know that the most frequent users of AT are babies? That's right… infants and toddlers with disabilities use the widest variety of AT supports throughout each day to participate in routine activities. The Let’s Participate! Project will share findings and trends, including tips for customizing ordinary items and applying DIY and Maker Movement resources to design AT supports for every young child. We know that all children develop and learn by doing… come and see how AT can help!

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1

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10

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

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Making IEP Team Placement Decisions: It is a Process!

Conference Year: 

2018

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This session will review the process for developing functional IEP’s that meaningfully involves families as critical members of the team. The session will discuss all aspects of IEP development, including planning for evaluation, developing the IEP and determining placement. Participants will actively engage in discussions and activities related to using an effective process to make placement decisions. Specifically, we will discuss guiding principles, along with questions for the IEP team to consider when making decisions.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
2
3
4
7
8

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2

Just do it! - in your community – ordinary people design and build extraordinary assistive tools for children with disabilities

Conference Year: 

2018

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Real life examples will be shared to illustrate the outputs of a local initiative called fabricATe demonstrating the effectiveness of a community maker-movement approach that provides families and young children with quick access to low- and light assistive tools and promote access to and participation in daily routines and activities. Participants will leave this session with inspiration for and very practical information about starting a similar initiative at home.

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1

Room: 

10

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Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3

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2

Assessing and Supporting Quality Inclusion

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2018

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This session will focus on supporting continuous quality improvement of inclusion using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP). The session will present an overview of the ICP tool, a tool designed to measure and support the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms.  A pilot project from one state will be presented and discussed in relation to how the ICP was used to support quality inclusion. Real life video clips of project participants were utilized during the follow up trainings to highlight actual inclusive practices in action.  Participants will be able to view these training clips and discuss challenges and opportunities to improve the quality of inclusive practices within their own program.  

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
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4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2
5

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2

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Inclusion Across the Lifespan: What We Have Learned Over 150 Years about Humanism, Humility, Humor, Hurt, and Hugs

Conference Year: 

2018

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Rud and Ann Turnbull, internationally acclaimed speakers and leaders in the fields of disability law, public policy and family support, have recently both had zero birthdays.  Their ages total 150 years.   What lessons have they learned, especially related to parenting their beloved son Jay whom they describe as their best teacher on the topic of disabilities? What lessons have withstood the test of time? What are their “truths” that have enabled them to not only survive but prevail?  They subscribe to full disclosure: Be ready for humanism, humility, humor, hurt, and hugs.  Maybe even for knowledge that aged to become wisdom!

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6

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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