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Archived News: What's New
May 2013

VCU-ACE Webcasts NOW Eligible for BACB® Type II Continuing Education Credits!

VCU–ACE is pleased to announce that BACB® Type II continuing education credits are now available for eligible webcasts! Check out the exciting summer series targeted for autism specialists, BCBA®s, and BcABA®s! Beginning in June, several of our Technical Assistance Associates will highlight ways in which they are building capacity within their divisions. Find information and links below on our featured webcasts! Make sure you register individually for eligible webcasts using the registration link under BCBA® / BCaBA® Registration.

June 11, 2013
Increasing Administrative Support to Achieve Systems Change in Educational Setting for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presenters: Noel Woolard, M.Ed, BCaBA, Holly Whittenburg, M.Ed, and Jessica Davis, M.Ed

July 9, 2013
Coaching that Leads to Change
Presenters: Teresa Lyons, M. Ed., BCBA and Cindy Bates, M.S., BCBA

August 13, 2013
Transition Planning for Students with ASD in Public Schools
Presenters: Adam Dreyfus, M. A., BCBA and Erin Smydra, M.Ed.


VCU-ACE Technical Assistance And Training Staff Offered Workshops and Training Across VA in April!

VCU-ACE VB-MAPP Team Training Reaches More than 40 Special Educators in Region 6 ...

On April 15th, twelve teams of special educators from divisions in region 6 came together at the William Ruffner Middle School Media Center in Roanoke City for an intensive day of training on the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program). The teams were made up of a division autism leader, a special education classroom teacher, and a speech language therapist. Teams received specific information on how to administer the VB-MAPP with students with ASD.

Teresa Lyons, Technical Assistance Associate, and Taryn Goodwin, Training Associate, presented this workshop with the assistance of the division coaches from Botetourt County Schools. The day was long but filled with lots of information. Most importantly, teams gathered critical information relevant to supporting students with ASD in their divisions. The training provided abundant opportunities for the division teams to work together as they learned to complete the assessment and develop goals for a sample student. Teams have now been charged to return to divisions and begin the assessment on a target student with ASD. Follow-up meetings will be held with the divisions in attendance on translating information from assessment into practice. Feedback from the training was positive. One participant noted, “Thanks so much! This will positively impact students with ASD. I am looking forward to using this and learning more about instructional strategies once we complete the assessment.”

Information on ACE Initiatives Shared in Richmond ...

VCU-ACE conducted a presentation on April 18th at the monthly meeting of the Richmond Autism Integration Network (RAIN). Region 1/8 Technical Assistance Associate Adam Dreyfus provided information on the history and mission of VCU-ACE and the imbedded technical assistance projects in local school divisions. Parents, children diagnosed with autism, and their siblings were in attendance at the Waldorf School for this meeting. During the discussion phase, parents shared their concerns about effective programming, respite care, and educating the legal system about issues concerning people diagnosed with autism. RAIN’s vision is a community that engages and embraces individuals with autism by providing the foundation to build lasting relationships and lead fulfilled lives within the community. Please visit the RAIN website for more information.

... and in Fredericksburg!

Becky Boswell, VCU-ACE Outreach Coordinator, was honored to attend the Fredericksburg Region Autism Action Group (FRAAG) Meeting on April 25th to share information about professional and family training opportunities and ACE resources. She also shared information on the 3 State Goals on which VCU-ACE is currently working, and invited interested FRAAG members to participate on the Transition State Goal Committee. For more information about the State Goals, please visit the VCU-ACE website.

VCU-ACE Participates in Capital One’s Autism Initiative!

VCU-ACE was proud to participate in Capital One's 2012 Autism Awareness Education Session on April 30th. While the event was based in Capital One's Richmond, VA headquarters, it was simulcast throughout their locations in the United States. The Education Session, founded by parents of children diagnosed with autism, is designed, "to create deeper connection for the families through membership; to provide as much useful and helpful information as possible; and, in the spirit of Capital One, to give back to the communities where they are doing business."

VCU-ACE Technical Assistance Staff, Adam Dreyfus and Staci Carr were among the many presenters sharing information. Topics ranged from Early Intervention, to college support programs, to how to support individuals diagnosed with autism in the workplace. One of the highlights of the session was when students in the United Methodist Family Services shared about their experiences in the college support program, which included making great friends and successfully completing college courses.


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