Apr
5
to Apr 6

Inclusion Alberta

Friday Session

From Barriers to Belonging: Supporting Inclusion in Secondary Schools using the Power of Peers

Saturday Keynote

The Ache of Your Absence: Becoming Communities of Belonging for Everyone

Saturday Session

Changing the Conversation: Engaging Local Communities in Expanding Inclusive Practices 

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Oct
12
8:30 AM08:30

Celebrating the Challenges Conference

KEYNOTE: Rethinking prevailing practice: What we know works for fostering inclusion, relationships, and belonging

BREAKOUT: Inclusive postsecondary education: New horizons for college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities

BREAKOUT: The power of peers: Strategies for supporting inclusion in the classroom and beyond

 

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Jul
25
10:50 AM10:50

10 Dimensions of Belonging

  • HILTON PHILADELPHIA AT PENN’S LANDING (map)
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What does it really mean for people with disabilities and their families (or anyone) to truly belong within a community? Dr. Erik Carter addresses ten dimensions of belonging and their salience to the inclusion of people with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities. His presentation will spur deeper reflection about the ways in which schools and communities might welcome and weave people with disabilities more fully into the relationships and activities that make up a life of flourishing.

Presentation at the NCE 2018 Summer Leadership Institute

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May
24
9:00 AM09:00

Fostering Friendships and Belonging: Creating Meaningful Relationships Among Students with and without Autism

Relationships are so central to flourishing. Yet strong social connections and lasting friendships can be so elusive for students with autism.

  • What would it look like to design school experiences in ways that foster peer relationships?
  • What supports do students need to participate fully in the social and learning opportunities within their schools?
  • What practices should educators adopt and advocate for?

This interactive workshop will focus on the promise and possibilities of peer support and peer network interventions as evidence-based approaches for promoting the inclusion and social participation of students with autism and other developmental disabilities within inclusive classrooms, extracurricular activities, and other school settings. Learn about important elements for fostering relationships, as well as step-by-step approaches for implementing these powerful support strategies. And leave with practical tools you can implement in your school.

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May
23
9:00 AM09:00

Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships: Supporting a Successful Transition to Adulthood for Students with Autism

The transition to adulthood is a critical juncture for students with autism. Educators and other professionals can play a powerful role in equipping these youth with the skills, experiences, supports, and linkages students need to have a future of flourishing. But what practices should we adopt as schools? What partnerships should we pursue? What might make a real difference in the trajectories of our students with autism? This session will address research-based and recommended practices in the areas of transition assessment, transition planning, rigorous instruction, relevant experiences, fostering relationships, community linkages, and program evaluation. Attendees will leave with practical tools, resources, and ideas for supporting their students in effective ways.

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May
3
9:00 AM09:00

Changing the Conversation: Engaging Communities in Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities

A “community conversation” is a unique, asset-based approach for engaging a cross-section of diverse citizens—including people from both within and (especially) beyond the service system— in making local changes that enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. This workshop will focus on the practice and power of this approach to spurring community-level changes in areas as diverse as integrated employment, inclusive education, community participation, independent living, and congregational inclusion. Learn a practical and creative approach for launching local movements that invite ordinary citizens (not just the “usual suspects”) to be part of expanding opportunities and supports for community members with disabilities.

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May
2
9:30 AM09:30

Changing the Conversation: Engaging Communities in Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities

A “community conversation” is a unique, asset-based approach for engaging a cross-section of diverse citizens—including people from both within and (especially) beyond the service system— in making local changes that enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. This workshop will focus on the practice and power of this approach to spurring community-level changes in areas as diverse as integrated employment, inclusive education, community participation, independent living, and congregational inclusion. Learn a practical and creative approach for launching local movements that invite ordinary citizens (not just the “usual suspects”) to be part of expanding opportunities and supports for community members with disabilities.

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Toward a Future of Flourishing: Supporting Strong Transitions for Young People with ASD

This keynote presentation will focus on what we know works best for equipping students with the skills, supports, opportunities, and relationships that set them on a course a "good life” during and after high school. Dr. Carter will highlight current research addressing effective approaches for supporting students to (a) access rigorous learning opportunities in their school, (b) connect to relevant school and community experiences that prepare them for adulthood, and (c) develop supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. He will focus the ways in which schools, families, service systems, and communities can work in tandem to create a future of flourishing for young people with autism.

2018 Utah Valley University Conference on Autism

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Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

Collaborative Strategies for Successful Learning in Inclusive Settings

Keynote: Rethinking Prevailing Practice: Fostering Inclusion, Relationships, and Belonging for Students with Autism and Other Disabilities

Workshop: The Power of Peers: Promoting Inclusion through Peer-Mediated Supports

Breakout: Supporting Inclusion in and through Faith Communities

University of Arkansas Symposium on ASD and Developmental Disabilities

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Mar
29
10:00 AM10:00

On Belonging: The Church and People with Disabilities

What does it really mean for people with disabilities and their families (or anyone) to truly belong within their faith community?  Dr. Erik Carter addresses ten dimensions of belonging and their salience to the inclusion of people with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities.  His presentation will spur deeper reflection about the ways in which churches might welcome and weave people with disabilities more fully into the relationships and activities that make up a life of flourishing.

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Mar
21
12:30 PM12:30

Toward a Future of Flourishing: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

  • Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center (map)
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The transition to adulthood is a critical juncture for students with disabilities. Educators and other professionals can play a powerful role in equipping youth with the skills, experiences, supports, and linkages students need to have a future of flourishing. But what practices should we adopt as schools? What partnerships should we pursue? What might make a real difference in the trajectories of our students? This session will address research-based and recommended practices in the areas of transition assessment, transition planning, rigorous instruction, relevant experiences, fostering relationships, community linkages, and program evaluation. Attendees will leave with practical tools, resources, and ideas for supporting their students in effective ways.

Conference: "Transition from Dreams to Reality"

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Church and People with Disabilities

The Ann Haskins Special Education Program at Wheaton College will present a lecture and group discussion titled, "The Church and People with Disabilities: Becoming Communities of Belonging" on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Phelps Room of the Beamer Center on the Wheaton College campus.

Guest speaker Erik Carter is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University and a graduate of Wheaton College (1996, Christian Education). His research and teaching focus on fostering inclusion and belonging for people with disabilities in schools, workplaces, and congregations, as well as the ways in which communities are strengthened by receiving the gifts and presence of people on the margins.

Wheaton College launched a new special education program less than 3 years ago, and since then there has been a growing dialogue at the intersection of faith and disability that includes a vision for how churches (and the Church) can be places for ALL people, including people with disabilities. This event advances the emerging dialogue at Wheaton about diversity and God's heart for the vulnerable and marginalized.

Beamer Center 004 Phelps Room

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Jan
25
to Jan 27

After the Benediction: Putting Faith to Work the Other Six Days

  • Calvin College and Seminary (map)
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In many churches, efforts to support people with disabilities and their families focus narrowly on what happens in their buildings for a few hours Sunday morning. Although these investments are absolutely essential, most of our lives are lived beyond the walls of our congregation. This presentation will focus on the multiple avenues through which the supports and relationships available within congregation can meet real needs in the lives of people with disabilities and their families throughout the week. We will share practical and powerful ways churches can support thriving of their members with disabilities.

2018 Calvin Institute on Worship

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Jan
25
to Jan 27

From Barriers to Belonging: The Church and People with Disabilities

  • Calvin College and Seminar (map)
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What does it really mean for people with disabilities and their families (or anyone at all) to truly belong within their faith community?  This session focuses on ten dimensions of belonging and their salience to the inclusion of people with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities in the full life of the church. The presentation will spur deeper reflection about the ways in which churches might welcome and weave people with disabilities more fully into worship, learning, service, and relationships that lead to a life of flourishing.

2018 Calvin Institute on Worship

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Jan
12
2:15 PM14:15

Transition Matters: Preparing Children and Youth Well for A Good Life after High School

This presentation will focus on practical—but powerful—strategies families, schools, and communities can use to equip young people with disabilities with the skills, supports, experiences, and linkages they will need to transition well to life after high school. Recognizing that transition begins much earlier than high school, emphasis will be placed on how high expectations and early experiences can change the in- and post-school outcomes of students with disabilities. 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking

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Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Developing Community Connections and Supports

  • 2225 Post Road Warwick, RI United States (map)
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This two day workshop will discuss the importance of community connections in developing individualized person-centered community supports. Topics to be discussed include Belonging and Community Inclusion; Using Community Conversations as a way of Engaging Communities to Open Up New Partners and Opportunities; Engaging Community Organizations; Community Mapping and Friends Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members. These topics will describe practical strategies for broadening individual community connections and developing a network of community opportunities and natural supports.

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Nov
13
8:40 AM08:40

Meaningful Work: Creating New Pathways and Partnerships for Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

The experiences youth with disabilities have during middle and high school can dramatically change their trajectories into adulthood. Students who access strong vocational instruction, accrue early work experience, and aspire toward a future career are much more likely to achieve their employment goals in the early years after high school. As educators and professionals, how can we best prepare and position our students for the world of work? This presentation will address promising practices for schools committed to elevating employment outcomes for youth with disabilities—both during the school year and in the summer months. It will emphasize the importance of high expectations, thoughtful planning, family engagement, agency involvement, and community partnerships, as well as illustrate the ways in which schools can implement these critical components locally. Particular attention will be given to the contributions “community conversations” can make toward developing strong partnerships within and beyond the disability service system.

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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Rethinking Prevailing Practice: What We Know Works for Fostering Inclusion, Relationships, and Belonging

  • Fox Rothschild Center for Law & Society of Community College of Philadelphia (map)
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This keynote will address critical components for fostering the social relationships and learning of students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms, clubs, and other school activities. 

6th Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Inclusion Conference

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Supporting Inclusion, Relationships, and Learning of Students with ASD: The Promise and Practice of Peer-Mediated Interventions

This presentation will address the effectiveness and feasibility of peer-mediated supports as evidence-based approaches for promoting inclusion and social participation within inclusive classrooms, extracurricular activities, and other school settings. Practical strategies for implementing peer support arrangements and peer networks will be shared, along recommendations for reconsidering the use of individually assigned paraprofessionals and other special education staff to promote school inclusion. 

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Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Autism Transitions Across the Lifespan

Like anyone else, individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) want to life a good life—during childhood and throughout adulthood. Professionals, families, and community members can each play a powerful role in supporting these important aspirations to become a reality for young people with ASD across Kentucky. This presentation will highlight what we know about what works best for supporting strong transitions across the lifespan. Dr. Carter will emphasize how the perspectives we hold and the practices we prioritize can bend the trajectories of individuals with ASD toward a future of flourishing. 

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Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

From Barriers to Belonging: The Church and People with Disabilities

  • Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (map)
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Annual Pyne Memorial Presentation

What does it really mean for people with disabilities and their families (or anyone) to truly belong within their faith community?  Dr. Carter addresses ten dimensions of belonging and their salience to the inclusion of people with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities.  His presentation will spur deeper reflection about the ways in which churches might welcome and weave people with disabilities more fully into the relationships and activities that make up a life of flourishing.

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