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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
February 2011

VCU-ACE hosts its first live webcast on sensory needs, sensory integration and self-regulation in ASD

A total of 595 participants registered for the first live VCU-ACE webcast with Marie Anzalone, ScD, OTR, FAOTA. Dr. Anzalone presented on February 8, 2011 and provided a description of the sensory differences and needs often experienced by individuals with ASD. Teachers and other interested individuals who missed the live presentation can access this webcast in the VCU-ACE archives.

VCU-ACE is excited to announce its 2011 Webcast Series featuring both national and state experts in ASD. Participation is free to anyone in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The webcasts are streamed live over the Internet on the second Tuesday of the month from 3:30-4:30. Each session is followed by a question and answer session with the presenter. Register online today!


Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at VCU studies handheld technology and employment

VCU-ACE with the guidance of Dr. Tony Gentry from VCU's School of Allied Health will be researching how a PDA can be used by individuals with ASD who receive DRS-affiliated job coaching services. Participants in this Randomized Controlled Trial will be given a PDA at either the beginning of their job or 3 months into their job. Each individual will be assessed for (a) task performance, (2) job satisfaction, (3) employer satisfaction, (4) earnings, and (5) hours of job training.

Interested in learning more about PDAs? View a webcast with Dr. Gentry as he discusses his community-based research into the use of PDAs, GPS units, cell phones and reminder watches to assist people with cognitive impairment related to autism, brain injury or multiple sclerosis in the independent management of their everyday activities. The webcast is online at


Project Search and Bon Secour continue outstanding partnership with young interns with autism

Bon Secours, VCU, Henrico County Public Schools and the state departments of Rehabilitative Services and Education are all partners in the job-training effort. Project SEARCH was established to connect area employers to students with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Students worked closely with Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital staff in areas like sterile supply, environmental services and linen services to learn job skills. The first graduation of the class of Project SEARCH at Bon Secours took place in June of 2010. View the video from the Project SEARCH graduation:

VCU-ACE will be conducting a research study on Project SEARCH in the coming months. Information on the study can be found on the VCU-ACE web site at


The Department of Special Education and Disability Policy offers coursework in ASD

The VCU School of Education addresses the critical professional development need of individuals who support this unique population by offering a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Post Baccalaureate Certificate program is comprised of four courses in autism spectrum disorders. Each course is 3 credit hours for a total of 12 semester hours. The four course sequence provides participants with the wide range of competencies necessary for the provision of effective educational programming and service delivery.

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