Penn State to host National Autism Conference from July 31 to Aug 3

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: Educators, service providers and parents will gather at Penn State during a four-day national conference to share best practices on how to improve language and self-advocacy skills for children with autism.

“We want to help students become more independent and use the skills they have to make a difference in the world,” said Mike Miklos, a behavior analyst and certified school psychologist who works as an educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. “We’re really focused on instruction and how to best use the current and best practice guidelines to really make a difference in charting a course for students.”

The National Autism Conference will be held from July 31 to Aug. 3 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center at Innovation Park. The conference welcomes parents, educators and service providers to learn about autism research updates and to promote evidence-based interventions for school-based services. Autism affects 1 in 68 children, including 1 in 42 boys.

The conference’s 80 sessions will focus on establishing instruction methods that will help students become more independent, and providing attendees with skills to aid students’ transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Several sessions will include discussions on how educators can help increase memory skills for students in school settings, and speakers will also share the services and best practices available from around the world.

The conference also features activities for children with autism, including a science camp that consists of hands-on experiments; the Children’s Institute; and the Art of Expression exhibit. More than 25 sessions will be streamed live at the conference’s website.

Dr. Vincent Carbone, who is a board certified behavior analyst and director of autism treatment clinics in New York, Boston and the United Arab Emirates, will deliver the opening keynote address, “B.F. Skinner’s Legacy to Education.” The address will highlight some of the important contributions Skinner made to education, such as immediate reinforcement, measurable behavioral objectives and active student responding when working with students with autism.

“To be successful in college and careers, young adults with autism would benefit from educational programs that emphasize effective interpersonal social skills and self-management skills,” Carbone said. “Teachers trained as behavior analysts are well prepared to provide students with the necessary instruction.”

The National Autism Conference is hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, PaTTAN and Penn State’s College of Education. The conference is administered by Penn State Conferences and Institutes.

For more information, go to http://autism.outreach.psu.edu/

 

WebFirst Conference 2017 Set for July 17 at University of Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: The fifth annual WebFirst Conference will take place from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at the University of Arkansas.

Conference participants sitting and listening in lecture hall This conference is designed to bring campus web content contributors and managers together to network, learn more about web best practices and share ideas with their fellow campus web community. The conference is free and open to all University of Arkansas employees as well as neighboring Arkansas colleges and universities.

The conference will kick off at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 14 with breakfast round tables covering topics including WordPress, content, social media and more. Tables will also be open for additional discussion or networking opportunities.

Presentations will take place from 9 until 11:50 a.m. with nine different topics to choose from, including Content, OU Campus, Sharepoint & Office 365, Social Media, WordPress, Web Accessibility and more. Our presenters include campus experts in various areas from several departments as well as a representative from OmniUpdate.

This year’s conference has been extended to include an afternoon panel discussion on Content Marketing, Mobile First, User Stories and Story Boarding. The Panel includes Blake Puryear, CTO of Hayseed Ventures, Kendall Curlee, director of communications at the Honors College, Taylor McGillis, digital media for Athletics and Chris Nixon, director of digital design and development.

Following the panel discussion are three afternoon workshops to choose from: Digital Accessibility, Writing for the Web and Site Help/Cleanup for OU Campus and WordPress. The workshops will last an hour and a half and will include hands-on exercises so be sure to bring your laptops.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Chartwells and Arsaga’s Coffee Roasters.

Conference promotes rights of persons with disabilities

HANOI: International cooperation is crucial to successfully realising the rights of people with disabilities, heard a conference jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and Caritas – a Catholic charitable organisation in Hanoi on June 23.

This is part of the activities in preparation for the country’s first report onthe implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons withDisabilities (UNCRPD) to the UN in the coming time.

The promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities is apriority in Vietnam’s policies towards this group, affirmed participants at the event. They said it has been represented through a systemof legal regulations and the country’s ratification of the UNCRPD in 2015.

In the past years,international cooperation in the field has been consolidated and promotion of disabled people’s rights has drawn attention from numerous internationalorganisations and non-governmental organisations.

The attendants also shared experience in international collaboration at the event.

Some representatives asked the MoLISA to further support for localities inproviding healthcare for Persons with disabilities. They also suggested that relevantbranches set up specific support policies and encourage investment in rehabilitation centres for persons with disabilities.

Vietnam has around 7.2 million people with disabilities, accounting for 7.8 percent of the population, one of the high levels in the Asia- Pacific. More than half (58 percent) of the disabled population are women, 28.3 percent are children and 15 percent live in poverty, according to statistics in 2016 of the National Committee for People with Disabilities.

MoLISA’s statistics showed that around 900,000 people with disabilities are receiving monthly allowance. All centrally-governed cities and provinces have built rehabilitation facilities for persons with disabilities. During 2011-2015, around 140,000 people with disabilities received vocational training and found jobs through State-sponsored programmes.

Source: VNA

‘Unprecedented’ conference on rights of persons with disabilities gets under way at UN

NEW YORK: A major intergovernmental meeting got underway at the United Nations today, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of a landmark treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities.

“The Convention [on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD] is one of the most progressive human rights treaties, recognizing the role of the people it is trying to impact,” Georgi Panayotov, the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN and the President of the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to CRPD, said at a press conference today at the UN Headquarters in New York.

“This is the beginning of the second decade of the CRPD, in the first decade it saw nearly universal ratification [and now] we will have to achieve universal ratification,” added Theresia Degener, the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – a body of independent UN human rights experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention by its states parties – calling on all stakeholders to protect the normative standard set by the Convention.

Upholding these normative standards and ensuring legal capacity, institutionalization, medical treatment, as well as laws and policies to ensure non-discrimination and full participation of all persons with disabilities are extremely important, she highlighted.

In the same vein, Collin Allen, the Chair of International Disability Alliance, expressed commitment on behalf of organizations of persons with disabilities to work with governments and States parties on the implementation of the Convention.

“We want to ensure that persons with disabilities are heard, and most importantly, involved so that we have meaningful participation and full inclusion,” he said, assisted by sign-language interpreter.

We want to ensure that persons with disabilities are heard, and most importantly, involved so that we have meaningful participation and full inclusion Collin Allen, Chair of International Disability Alliance
“When we say – nothing about us, without us – it is very significant,” he added, recalling the major achievements of the CRPD over the last decade and highlighting that persons with disabilities “as the experts” on the issue are critical to realizing the aspirations of the Convention.

Held under the theme of ‘inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention,’ the current session of the Conference of the States Parties will also discuss addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with CRPD.

It will also seek to ensure inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, as well as promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Also speaking today, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities termed the Conference as an “unprecedented” one and hailed the efforts of its bureau to ensure that has full and direct participation of persons with disabilities.

However, she also expressed concern over the lack of accurate and complete data on persons with disabilities, calling for a clear recommendation on ensuring disaggregated data as well as methodology to collect it.

“Without baseline data, we will not be able to measure any impact of important tools [such as the SDGs and CRPD on] advancing the cause of persons with disabilities,” said the Special Rapporteur.

Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

 

NEW YORK: The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The COSP is one of the largest and most diverse disability meetings in the world.

Flags in front of UN HeadquartersThe main theme of COSP10 is: “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”, as well as sub-themes: “Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD”,

“Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action”, and “Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III”. The Bureau (elect) are: Bulgaria (President), and (Vice-Presidents) Ecuador, Germany, Sri Lanka and Tunisia. On 12 June, day prior to the opening of COSP10, the CRPD Civil Society Forum will be held organized by civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities. DESA will be continuing previous practices by organizing its Forum on Disability and Development in conjunction with the COSP10 to focus on pertinent issues, such as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and promoting accessible and inclusive urban development.

NGO registration and new NGO accreditation, as well as application for side-events and exhibits are now available on the UN Enable website, go to https://goo.gl/yKYZQq

DMU Annual Conference 2017 – Universal Design for Inclusion

UK: The experience of students with disabilities following substantial changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowances system will be the primary focus of this year’s De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Annual Conference 2017.

Universal Design for LearningThis important subject matter will build on other significant topics discussed at previous DMU conferences as part of its sector-leading drive to make higher education accessible to all and to encourage further development of inclusive practice.

The event, entitled Universal Design for Inclusion, takes place at the university’s Hugh Aston Building, Vaughan Way, Leicester, on Wednesday 7 June from 9.15am until 4pm.

It will be of interest to anyone in the higher education sector and will consist of a mixture of whole-conference sessions as well as interactive workshops, with plenty of time for networking and sharing ideas.

DMU has been at the forefront of developing inclusive approaches to teaching and learning through its innovative Universal Design for Learning framework. It is the product of decades of research into how people learn and based on more than 800 different research studies.

This approach has received extensive praise from, among others, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Education, the latter of which asked DMU to contribute to its ‘Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education as a route to excellence’ guidance document.

The conference will explore subjects such as institution-wide approaches to inclusion, managing student referrals, ensuring students have an input into programme content, how apps can help students, and giving people the opportunity to hear about DMU’s adoption of the principle of Universal Design for Learning into all teaching and learning approaches.

The day will be opened by Jo Cooke, DMU’s Associate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Student and Academic Services, who will introduce the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard and the keynote speaker Bettina Rigg.

Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 May 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  This conference is being held in partnership with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the United States International Council on Disabilities.

The conference aims to highlight disability issues and progress in the disability sector, focusing specifically on practical approaches for making inclusive education, inclusive public healthcare, and vocational training and employment opportunities realities for Afghan citizens living with disabilities.

The conference will include a keynote address, topical panel and roundtable discussions, and a networking session.  The goals of the conference are: 1) to shed light on disability issues, raise awareness and generate interest; 2) to consolidate support and generate ideas and plans for practical solutions to the topics discussed, and 3) provide an opportunity for networking and sharing knowledge.

For more information, please contact afg_pwdconf@usicd.org

Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 May 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  This conference is being held in partnership with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the United States International Council on Disabilities.

The conference aims to highlight disability issues and progress in the disability sector, focusing specifically on practical approaches for making inclusive education, inclusive public healthcare, and vocational training and employment opportunities realities for Afghan citizens living with disabilities.

The conference will include a keynote address, topical panel and roundtable discussions, and a networking session.  The goals of the conference are: 1) to shed light on disability issues, raise awareness and generate interest; 2) to consolidate support and generate ideas and plans for practical solutions to the topics discussed, and 3) provide an opportunity for networking and sharing knowledge.

For more information, please contact afg_pwdconf@usicd.org

Program for Assistive Technology Conference Announced

RESNA’s 2017 ConferenceAT Innovations Across the Lifespan, will offer over 50 workshop presentations on best practices in assistive technology over three days, June 28, 29, and 30.

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Workshop topics include:

  • Cognitive and Sensory Impairments
  • Computer Applications and Communications
  • Emerging Technology
  • International Appropriate Technology
  • Job & Environmental Accommodations, including Ergonomics
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Seating and Mobility, including Complex Rehab Technology
  • Service Delivery and Outcomes

Pre-Conference Sessions: June 26 & 27

A separate fee is required for all pre-conference education sessions. The sessions are:

  • RESNA’s Fundamentals in Assistive Technology(Two-day course, June 26 & 27): RESNA’s Fundamentals course is for those new to the industry, as well as professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge base. This course provides an overview of numerous areas of assistive technology, using multiple case studies to illustrate principles of assistive technology provision. (1.4 CEUs)
  • IC#1 Full Day: Workflow automation: creating efficiencies for computer users with disabilities(0.75 CEUs): During this hands-on course, you will create software shortcuts to automate repetitive tasks. These shortcuts significantly increase productivity for anybody — but particularly for people with physical, sensory, motor, and learning disabilities. Topics: – Fundamentals of keyboard access to Windows. (Essential skills for computer access specialists.) – Macro Express and AutoHotkey. – Keyboard remapping, e.g., add a “Tab” key to the right side of the keyboard, or “Backspace” to the left side. – Software customization, e.g., add hotkeys and clickable objects to standard applications. – Super shortcuts: Workflow automation using all the techniques introduced in this course.
  • IC#2 Full Day: Becoming An Assistive Technology “Maker” – A Hands-on Fabrication Workshop*  (0.75 CEUs): The “Makers Movement” continues to gain moment nationally. Local, state and regional “maker spaces” are popping up across the country in order to fabricate device and products in a timely fashion. This workshop embraces rapid fabrication techniques using an assortments of sustainable and reusable materials for creation of assistive technology devices that can be used in multiple ways to maximize independence at home, work, school, and play. This hands-on fabrication workshop will discuss, demonstrate and provide participants with new tools, materials, and techniques for fabricating hundreds of assistive technology devices in minutes. In addition, participants will fabricate six different multiuse devices.
    *Required:Essential Supplies Fee $30
  • IC#3 Full Day: The essence of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package- Basic Level(0.75 CEUs): The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals developed a combined online and in-person training, the Hybrid Course, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training Package – Basic Level. The purpose of the Hybrid is to decrease the cost of training and increase the number of people trained worldwide. The Hybrid was piloted in India, Mexico, Colombia, and the USA and proved to be an effective approach in increasing knowledge on basic wheelchair provision. This instructional course was designed to be suitable for pre-conferences and reach participants interested in updating their skills and knowledge according to the WHO guidelines.
  • IC#4 Full Day: An Advanced IC on Seating and Mobility TBA(0.75 CEUs): TBA
  • IC#5 Half Day Morning: The EADL Experience(0.375 CEUs): Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL) offer Patients  enhanced independence, quality of life, and safety. Unfortunately these systems can be expensive, involve a complex installation, and are not covered by insurance. For these reasons it can be difficult to trial and recommend the most appropriate EADL systems for Patients. This Instructional course will provide a detailed overview of traditional EADL systems and consumer electronic solutions. Additionally, participants will be given the opportunity for hands on setup and usage of various EADL systems related to specific case studies.
  • IC#6 Half Day Morning: Speech Recognition as AT for Writing: A Guide for K12 Education(0.375 CEUs): While the technological challenges of speech recognition (SR) have been overcome in the last ten years through the power of cloud computing, the pedagogical challenge of teaching K-12 students to use SR for writing has not been adequately addressed. A scaffolded teaching approach is needed. This intensive course unpacks SR through the lens of the AT process. Our motto is “You don’t know until you try it!” Consideration leads directly to 8 scaffolded steps for teaching SR to children. Assessment strategies are  embedded in each teaching step to document effectiveness. Implementation and progress monitoring strategies round out the AT process.
  • IC#7 Half Day Afternoon: Measurement Approaches and Tools for the Accessibility of the Built Environment(0.375 CEUs): Numerous assessments exist to measure accessibility of built environments, both residential and public. Comprehensive assessment is a complex process integrating how space is used along with design elements for optimal function. This instructional course provides a history of accessibility assessment, a review of current and developing assessments, and hands-on opportunities to trial current tools and preview state-of-the-science products designed for mobile devices. A group of experts in accessibility and universal design assessment will lead discussions around practical implications of inter-professional teams and collaborations with different stakeholders. Take home materials specifically designed for this course will be provided.
  • IC#8 Half Day Afternoon: Hands-On With 3D Design and Printing for Assistive Technology: Learn From 4 Expert Users in The Field(0.375 CEUs): This instructional course provides a hands-on introduction to 3D design & printing with examples from AT for ADLs, seating, toys and prosthetics. Low cost options for design software, 3D scanning and 3D printing will be discussed and  a large hands-on period will allow trialing of this technology. Attendees will be able to describe how 3D printing works, list use cases in ADL tech, seating, adaptive toys & prosthetics, justifications for using 3D printing and low cost ways to access 3D design & printing.

 

10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

 

NEW YORK: The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The COSP is one of the largest and most diverse disability meetings in the world.

Flags in front of UN HeadquartersThe main theme of COSP10 is: “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”, as well as sub-themes: “Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD”,

“Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action”, and “Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III”. The Bureau (elect) are: Bulgaria (President), and (Vice-Presidents) Ecuador, Germany, Sri Lanka and Tunisia. On 12 June, day prior to the opening of COSP10, the CRPD Civil Society Forum will be held organized by civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities. DESA will be continuing previous practices by organizing its Forum on Disability and Development in conjunction with the COSP10 to focus on pertinent issues, such as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and promoting accessible and inclusive urban development.

NGO registration and new NGO accreditation, as well as application for side-events and exhibits are now available on the UN Enable website, go to https://goo.gl/yKYZQq