15th Annual START Conference

Agenda, Descriptions, and Materials

Monday, May 2, 2016

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. - Welcome

- START Team and Teri Chapman, MDE, OSE

8:50 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. - Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View Towards Success

- Stephen Shore, Ed.D, Adelphi University 

Join Stephen in his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.

   - Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum (PowerPoint handout) 

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Break

10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Creating a Culture of Inclusion in School and Beyond

- Dan Habib, Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

Dan Habib didn’t give much thought to disability — until his son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy. In this eye-opening talk, the disability-rights advocate describes his family’s fight to ensure an inclusive education for Samuel, and makes a powerful case for ending the systemic segregation of students with disabilities. Dan shares how inclusive education is not only preparing Samuel for higher education and employment, but also describes the powerful impact that inclusion has on students without disabilities.  

   - Including Families and Students in the IEP Process & Transition (PowerPoint handout) 
   - Differentiated Instruction
   - Extended Learning Opportunities
   - Family Engagement
   - Inclusive Education
   - Person Centered Planning
   - Transition Planning
   - Universal Design for Learning
   - Youth Empowerment 
   - Essential Best Practices in Inclusive Schools 

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Lunch 

 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Five Keys to Supporting a Child with Autism in the Community

- Alyson Beytien, MS, BCBA, Autism Consultant

The challenges of supporting a child with ASD are many, and the amount of research and interventions currently available can be overwhelming. This presentation focuses on what everyone--parents, teachers, extended family, and support personnel--can do in community environments to ensure success for the child and for all involved. This presentation is full of humor, reality, and practical ideas.

   - Five Keys to Supporting a Person with Autism (PowerPoint handout)   

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Break 

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Opening Doors for Employment: Observations on Promoting Success for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

- Stephen Shore, Ed.D, Adelphi University 

Nearly all individuals with ASD have difficulty selling themselves in job interviews and maintaining working relationships on the job. Drawing on his personal experiences and those of other adults with autism, autism self-advocate and author Dr. Stephen Shore will share some strategies for people throughout the autism spectrum to prepare for, find and secure career-oriented jobs. Other topics will include the hidden rules of the work environment, dealing with sensory issues, effective self-advocacy skills, and developing successful interactions with co-workers and supervisors. 

 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Celebration Reception (registration required)