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Archived News: Across Virginia
November 2012

Survey Launched for Paraprofessionals and Special Education Teachers!

A doctoral student in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education is conducting a research study about the professional development of paraprofessionals supporting students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). If you are a paraprofessional or a Special Education teacher, your participation in this survey is requested. Earlier this year the Virginia legislature passed a law requiring all paraprofessionals supporting students with ASD to be trained by September 2014. Your participation in this survey will be valuable in providing input towards future paraprofessional training.

The survey is web-based and each job position has its own link. Please select the link below that best describes your position.

Click here if you are a PARAPROFESSIONAL.

Click here if you are a SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your input is very important and your time and effort in completing the survey is greatly appreciated. To thank you for your time, everyone who completes the survey may enter a drawing to receive one of 100 $10 Walmart gift cards. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Kira Austin, Ph. D. Candidate, (804) 827-1403 or


Call for Applications for the 7th Annual I'm Determined Summit, June 19-21, Harrisonburg

The Virginia Department of Education's I'm Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 7th Annual I'm Determined Youth and Parent Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia on June 19-21, 2013. Youth with disabilities who are at least age 14 by June 15, 2013 are encouraged to apply.

For the first time, the entire application is on-line. You must upload an essay, slide presentation or video or your application will not be accepted. Only the first 200 qualified applicants will be accepted! Deadline for submission of applications is Friday, March 22nd, 2013 or when the 200 applicant limit is reached (which ever happens first). Selected youth will be notified prior to April 15th, 2013. Please Note: No acceptance letter will be mailed, accepted youth or youth’s parent will be notified by phone call and/or email.

Application Critereia:

*Young person with a disability, 14 years and older at time of Summit
*Young persons under age 18 must have a parent/guardian attend

Click here for more information and to apply.


Wise County Schools’ Susan Mullins Named School Psychologist of the Year in VA!!

Congratulations to Wise County Schools’ Susan Mullins who was recently named Virginia’s School Psychologist of the Year! She is one of two certified psychologists in Wise County Public Schools whose primary role is to help evaluate and determine whether a child is eligible for special education services. Susan also participates in the VCU-ACE technical assistance project in Wise County. She is a member of the division’s Autism Services Improvement Team (ASIT) and works with students and teachers to implement the three year technical assistance grant by providing training and coaching to teachers and helping define assessments for teachers to measure students’ progress in social, behavioral, and academic areas. VCU-ACE wishes Susan all the best as she now serves as Virginia’s nominee for the national award.


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