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2014
This session will include a parent panel reflecting on their child's experiences in inclusive education.  Parents will share lessons learned from first hand experiences with IEPs, special and regular education, and from their children's preparation and transition to post-secondary education and employment.  Parents will discuss their children's early intervention, elementary, and secondary experiences focusing on the successes and challenges in transitioning the young adult with disabilities toward a self sufficient and rewarding inclusive adulthood. 
2021
Join this panel to hear from federal leaders representing the US Department of Education Offices of Special Education and  Elementary and Secondary Education Programs, the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Offices of Head Start and Child Care.  Each panelist will share brief updates highlighting their collaborative efforts and discuss priorities and plans to achieve equitable early learning opportunities through high-quality early childhood programs and services to support positive outcomes for... more
2022
The reflection sheet is a tool participants might want to download and keep note on during the Institute.  Participants are invited to join facilitated reflection sessions on day one to meet with their colleagues and share key learnings from the keynote and plenaries . A similar facilitated reflection will be held at the end of the conference to discuss with colleagues plans and next steps in using information and strategies shared during the Institute. Reflection Session Schedule Tuesday (April 26): 4:15 - 5:15PM EST Teachers and Providers – Special Education, Regular Education, Child... more
2017
The assistive technologies of today represent a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for children with any disability. Trends discussed may include: wearable technology, 3D printing, the internet of things, telepresence and robotics, and the crowdfunding and do-it-yourself movements.
2016
Practitioners play a critical role in children’s use of the technologies. This highly interactive session will inform the design of a set of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services for young children intended to allow practitioners and programs to assess their current practices and plan for improvement. Objectives: Introduce the  the school-age Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology (QIAT), what they are, how they are used and their utility for the birth - five population; Share examples of what assistive technology for young children looks like in the 21st century;and... more
2012
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) and the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECAC) emphasize the importance of strong, quality, cross sector early childhood systems of professional development (PD) at the local, regional and state level. This session will share strategies used in one state to develop such a system and provide participants an opportunity to share what is happening in their states. Tools developed by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) through their work with 8 states to support cross sector PD system development... more
2012
Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) are buzz words in education that recently have generated widespread interest in the early childhood field. Best understood as organizing frameworks, these approaches to tiered instruction are designed to help practitioners connect formative assessments with specific teaching and behavioral interventions and supports. Join us for an introduction to the newly released CONNECT Module 7 on Tiered Instruction. This session will demonstrate how videos, dilemmas, research summaries, activities, and other resources organized around... more
2016
In this plenary session, Janelle Rethwisch will share her powerful story on the inclusion of her daughter, Lydia Rose, and will address key themes related to inclusive practices for children with special needs from the perspective of a parent and former Special Educator. Videos, personal anecdotes, and the DEC Recommended Practices will illustrate the following themes: Children and families must be recognized for their uniqueness, not by their diagnosis; Parents must be honored as experts and decision-makers for their children; “Collaboration” must be supported by specific practices; In early... more
2022
Inclusion occurs when everyone is valued, engaged, and feels connected. In inclusive settings, educators and families work together to promote all children’s development. Come and learn about a variety of strategies to promote children’s access to and participation in all activities. The session will include participant-engaged activities such as group sharing, video reflections, and practice opportunities.
2014
Inclusive settings offer many potential learning opportunities for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  However, simply placing a child with ASD in such settings without accompanying supports can be a challenge for both the program and the child.  In this presentation, a model for designing programs for young children with ASD will be described.  Based on the work of the National Professional Development Center on ASD, participants will learn about assessing quality of programs, designing measurable objectives, and linking objectives to evidence-based practices recently... more

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