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October 2012

VCU-ACE Participates at Early Intervention Workshop in Blacksburg

On October 3, 2012, Taryn Goodwin, VCU-ACE Training Associate, and Dana Childress, Program Specialist at the VCU-Partnership for People with Disabilities, presented at the “Getting Babies Ready for the Future” 2012 Early Intervention Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia. The presentation addressed an overview of ASD, proactive strategies for supporting young children, and communication strategies for young children. The conference was attended by parents, general educators, and early intervention and other related service providers. This was the second EI conference sponsored by Autism Training Opportunities of Southwest VA.


Don’t Miss the October Webcast – “A Successful Employment Experience for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome: What it Takes”

As a follow-up to our summer series on transition to adulthood and workplace considerations, Peter Skirbunt, Ph.D, and Tamara Eastman, B.A., will discuss their experiences in establishing and maintaining successful employment for a person with Asperger’s Syndrome. Tamara Eastman is a published historian specializing in the research area of female pirates. Tamara will discuss her successes and triumphs as they relate to her education and employment experiences. Peter Skirbunt is the Chief Historian for the Defense Commissary Agency at Fort Lee. Dr. Skirbunt will share details about his role as a “coach” in the workplace for Ms. Eastman. The dynamics of their relationship will be explored in an interview presentation on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 3:30-4:30pm. Register Now to view this webcast live, to access it at a later date from the ACE webcast archives, or to save time and register for the entire 2012-2013 Webcast Series!


Here’s What’s Happening in our Tidewater Divisions …

On September 27 & 28, 2012, Autism Services Improvement Team (ASIT) members from Hampton City Public Schools, Newport News Public Schools, and the Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program met to review each teams Service Improvement Plan (SIP). Team members reviewed the activities and work that has been accomplished since April 2011 and discussed successes and challenges they have encountered thus far. Holly Whittenburg and Kelly Siegel, Hampton City Public Schools ASIT core members, remarked, “The tools our team used from strategic planning helped us to focus and redefine our Service Improvement Plan. What a great planning session! We really feel like we are moving in the right direction.” Carol Schall, VCU-ACE Director of Technical Assistance was enthusiastic in response to the fall meetings, “This was a wonderful opportunity to observe how much these divisions have accomplished so far. There are signs of change at every school level and at the division wide level as well!”

Dr. Schall and Staci Carr assisted VCU-ACE TA Associates Noel Woolard and Charlene Wentland in working with these three divisions. Noel Woolard, TA Associate in Hampton and the Northern Neck Regional Program, offered her thoughts on the ASIT planning, “This was a perfect time of year to engage in strategic planning at this level. Hampton City and the Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program are energized are now ready for a very productive year!” All ASIT teams working with VCU-ACE will be meeting throughout the year for strategic planning to outline activities for the next two years.


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