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Archived News: What's New
April 2011

Have you checked out our Resources page yet?

The Resources section of the VCU-ACE website has a wealth of information about a wide range of topics as they relate to ASD, including general information, Diagnosis, Eligibility, Family, Educational Resources, Evidence Based Practices, Early Intervention, Adults and Adolescence, and Behavior. In addition to a few Factsheets, there summaries of quintessential journal articles arranged by these topics. Links with information on how to access the full articles are also provided.

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VCU-ACE Resources Page

 

The Virginia Autism Resource Center Lending Library is accessible online!

The Virginia Autism Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University houses a lending library that offers a wide variety of materials and information. Our extensive lending library offers more than 1,000 books and 200 videotapes on topics related to autism spectrum disorders. Anyone residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia is eligible to check out items from the lending library and borrowing from our library is free. Click on the link below to search the VARC Lending Library and checkout a book, journal, video or other resource.

More information:

VARC Lending Library

 

VCU-ACE held its inaugural Advisory Board meeting on the VCU campus.

The inaugural VCU-ACE Advisory Board meeting took place on April 14, 2011. The Chairperson, Dr. Stewart Roberson, Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools, and Dr. Paul Wehman, Director of VCU-ACE, kept the meeting highly focused. Board members present represented a diverse constituency make-up from across Virginia, and all shared ideas and opinions on how to move ACE forward. The guest speakers, VDOE executives Doug Cox and John Eisenberg, presented Virginia data on school aged children with a diagnosis of Autism and emphasized VDOE’s commitment to improving services and systems. Heidi Dix, Assistant Commissioner of Developmental Services for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), spoke during lunch and provided an update on activities to expand DBHDS services for individuals with Autism. Board members self selected subcommittee assignments in the areas of assessment, early intervention, education and secondary transition. Each group identified progress to date, challenges and areas where VCU-ACE could make an impact. The next ACE Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Summer 2011.

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Department of Education Powerpoint

 

Register now for the upcoming webcast with Shawn Henry, Planning your Student’s Program Using the Comprehensive Autism Planning System, May 10 at 3:30pm EST.

This webcast will provide an overview of the Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS). CAPS is an easy-to-use system that allows educators to understand how and when to implement an instructional program for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The CAPS model helps the educational team develop a plan to implement a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) effectively. The CAPS model answers the questions (a) What supports does my student/child need in each class to be successful? (b) What goals is my student/child working on? and (c) Is there a thoughtful sequence to the student’s/child’s day for implementation of instruction? Dr. Henry will lead participants through the CAPS process which includes the use of natural opportunities and supports to ensure student success as well as data collection to measure that success.

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Webcast Information

 

Check out our archived webcasts on Social Competence, AT, Teaching Communication, and more!

Our webcasts have been met with great demand! Did you miss one? Check out our archives!

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Archived Webcasts

 

Registration is now open for the next “Foundations of Autism” online course. Sign up now!

Registration is now open for the online coursework, “Foundations of Autism.” This online course will be offered from June 6-July1 and is free to individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior. Related issues, such as secondary characteristics, sensory processing differences, comorbid disabilities, and learning styles are also discussed. This coursework is limited to 50 participants, so sign up now!

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Foundations of Autism

 

The State Autism Professional Development Consortium in ASD meets to identify statewide training needs.

The SAPDC is a group of representatives from higher education who work together to develop a comprehensive program of training activities in institutes of higher education that will provide a variety of preservice and inservice development activities for educators (teachers, paraprofessionals, related service, support, and administrators) who provide services to students with ASD in school divisions throughout the Commonwealth. The group is comprised of ACE staff, VA Department of Education, and faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Longwood University, Mary Baldwin University, Radford University, Averett University, Rappahannock Community College, and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. On April 4, this group met to discuss the current programs in existence in Virginia and to identify the gaps that exist for stakeholders serving this group. Based on the discussion, draft goals were developed for the SAPDC for 2011-2012. Goals will be finalized at the next meeting taking place in early fall.

 

VCU-ACE Autism Excellence Academy is a Great Success!

Each of the eight school divisions/programs participating in the intensive technical assistance project sent 6 members of their Autism Services Improvement Team to the Autism Excellence Academy for the week of March 28 thru April 1st. During the five days of rigorous work, each team crafted a division specific strategic plan draft. This plan will guide them through both macro and micro level assessment completion in the near future. In addition, the teams created an initial list of goals that target capacity building within all levels of staff. Prior to the end of this school year, VCU-ACE staff will continue to assist the teams in assessing their divisions to determine “top down and bottom up” needs.

 

First Foundation of Autism Online Coursework is Met with High Demand

Registration for VCU-ACE's first online course, "Foundations of Autism" filled quickly and is now underway! This two week online course is free to individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior. Related issues, such as secondary characteristics, sensory processing differences, comorbid disabilities, and learning styles are also discussed. If you were not able to join us this time, it will be offered again, beginning on April 25th. Register Now!

 

April is National Autism Awareness Month!

Support individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families by recognizing National Autism Awareness Month. What can you do? Check out our webcasts and online coursework. Read some great research in the field. Take a look at our Factsheets. Check out the websites of local and national organizations who serve or support people with autism and their families. Wear an autism ribbon or attend an autism event. Get to know someone with autism!

 

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