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   In This Issue:

September 17, 2003     

 


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   National News

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GAO Report: Dispute Resolution Under IDEA

U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO)

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/GAO9-9-03.html#top

Special Education: Numbers of Formal Disputes Are Generally Low and States Are Using Mediation and Other Strategies to Resolve Conflicts. "The four states we visited reported that disputes between school districts and families have often centered on fundamental issues of identifying students’ need for special education, the development and implementation of their individualized education programs (IEP), and the educational setting in which they were placed."

 

COMMENTARY: LIFE AND DEATH AND THE BATTLE TO SAVE IDEA

Calvin and Tricia Luker, Our Children Left Behind

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/Luker9-5-03.html#top

On Monday, August 25, 2003 Michael Renner-Lewis III, a 15-year-old who had autism, went to school at Parchment High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Neither he nor his parents had any idea that he never would come home.

  

INQUIRY MADE INTO FCAT COMPLAINTS

Jamie Malernee, Sun Sentinel

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/SunSentinel9-6-03.html#top

An arm of the U.S. Department of Education is investigating multiple complaints that the state's testing system discriminates against Florida's disabled students.

 

TEACHERS GET LESSONS ON SCHOOL CLOTHES - FOR THEM

Delaware News Journal

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/DJN9-1-03.html#top

Like a lot of school administrators, Gif Lockley has some issues with the fashions parading through his hallways of late: flip-flops, tattoos, low-rise jeans, bellybutton rings.

 

Commentary: Maximum Convenience or Maximum Courage?

Tricia and Calvin Luker, Our Children Left Behind

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/Luker9-1-03.html#top

The practical reality of IDEA and the IEP development process is that it is school-driven and school-focused, rather than child-driven and child-focused. Active and involved parents can change that balance, but only with significant personal effort and dedicated support from other parents or advocates.

 

Great Expectations Surround Reopening of School for American Indians

Allie Shah, Star Tribune

http://www2.startribune.com/stories/462/4070234.html

Mike Forcia admits he'll be the first person to suggest shutting down the new Minneapolis public school for American Indian kids if it doesn't pass muster.

 

Reading Today is Best Taught by Old Ways

Norman Lockman, Delaware Online News Journal

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/NewsJournal8-27-03.html#top

Educators' efforts to ease conflict hurt neediest kids.  Schools are cranking up again all over America under new federal mandates for measuring the quality of education and the argument is still raging over whether it is better to try to drill reading into kids or to ease them into it with methods that may leave some children behind but leaves no child resentful.

  

Parent Skills, Input a Boon to Schools

Joe Nathan, TwinCities.com

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/TwinCities8-31-03.html#top

Real openness and cooperation, not just the all-too-common rhetoric, are vital for effective schools.  As the new school year begins, it's worth remembering that students do better when educators and parents don't just listen to but hear each other. Building ties can be harder than you think. Sometimes, misguided professionalism or family frustration over previous failures limits what can be accomplished.

 

Cyber School For Kids Logs In

Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/SanFranChron8-31-03.html#top

Virtual academy is state's first for elementary students.  Nathan Dueck of Pacifica studied Cezanne, Picasso and Matisse in public school last year. This year in first grade, he'll explore the great religions. He'll read music in second grade, study astronomy in third and manipulate millions in fourth. By fifth grade, he'll be analyzing Shakespeare.

 

bridges4kids Featured Website: The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

http://www.nagc.org/

A non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

 

Advocacy: Online guide to Robert's Rules of Order

General Henry M. Robert

http://www.constitution.org/rror/rror--00.htm

 

   No Child Left Behind

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The Move to Get a Top Teacher in Every Major Class

Ben Feller, Detroit News

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/DetroitNews9-1-03.html#top

After more than 25 years giving science tests to her middle-school students, Rebecca Pringle may have to pass one herself to prove she's qualified to teach the subject.

 

Difficulty Making Adequate Yearly Progress Linked to Lead Poisoning

Dr. Lyke Thompson and Valerie Monet

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/Thompson9-2-03.html#top

Map overlays 2001-02 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status over elementary school attendance area in the city of Grand Rapids. The map then plots elevated blood lead level cases that are greater than or equal to 10 ug/dL in 2000 by elementary attendance area. Statistical analysis of these data (a F Test) indicated that schools having more children with lead poisoning greater than 10 ug/dL is significantly related to not achieving AYP status.

 

   Parenting/Parent Involvement

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bridges4kids Featured Website: Link Up Parents

http://www.linkup-parents.com/

Website researches other parenting and family oriented sites.  Link Up's sole purpose is to make searching easier and less time consuming for you.

 

Homework help for your kids

MSNBC News

http://www.msnbc.com/news/958152.asp?0sp=v61

The do’s and don’ts of helping your child with school assignments.

 

PARENTING: HOW TO BUILD YOUR CHILD'S CONFIDENCE

Arizona Republic

http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/articles/9-03/AR8-03.htm

Features ways to boost confidence as well as warnings on how to avoid "wrecking" your child's confidence.

 

New York City Hires Parent Coordinators

Detroit Free Press and New York Times

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/DetroitNews8-30-03.html#top

The city's Department of Education has put 1,200 parents and community members on salary, paying them $30,000 to $39,000 a year to help improve communication between teachers and parents.

 

   Early On/Early Intervention

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Is it Better to Wait a Year For Kindergarten?

Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post

http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/articles/9-03/Post8-18-03.htm

Kate Van Slyck was set to send her 4-year-old to kindergarten in the fall. Sam's birthday is one day before Virginia's Sept. 30 cutoff, but she was sure he would be fine - a little awkward socially, perhaps, because he'd be younger than everyone else, but all right.

 

Michigan 2003: A Profile of Child Care

Michigan 4C Association

http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/pdf/ChildCareProfile2003.pdf

Statistical document includes information on the current work force, costs vs. family income, types of child care in Michigan and other data.

 

Is Your Child Safe From Lead Poisoning?

Michigan Department of Community Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Brogan2002ProgramBrochure_71285_7.pdf

Michigan Lead Poisoning Informational Brochure.

 

   Michigan News

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Oakland Schools to Repay $9 Million in Special Education

Gongwer News Service

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/Gongwer9-8-03.html#top

Oakland Schools used $10.2 million in special education funds to develop its Oakland Network for Education, a fiber optic network that connects all of the schools within the intermediate school district's territory. But the ISD board will consider a plan to repay to local school districts the $9 million of that cost that should have come from the ISDs general fund.

 

ISD Legislation Has Legs, Single Business Tax Change May Not

MIRS

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/MIRS9-8-03.html#top

Because the upcoming legislative session will be taking place during an off-year autumn, it could prove to be more productive than most. With the two-year election cycle, the second half of the first year may be the best of times for the Legislature to get something done before partisan politics or inner-party politics take too strong of a grip on the process.

 

Job Opportunity: Student Advancement Foundation Executive Director

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/GRPS9-9-03.html#top

Grand Rapids Public Schools Seeks Student Advancement Foundation Executive Director.

 

$87 Billion is How Much?

MIRS

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/MIRS9-9-03.html#top

President George W. Bush is requesting $87 billion to continue the restoration of war-torn Iraq, which is enough money to wipe out the deficits in every state that has one, including Michigan.

 

ATTENTION PARENTS IN SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN: WXYZ-TV DETROIT NEEDS YOUR HELP!

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/WXYZ9-15-03.html#top

WXYZ-TV Detroit is preparing a story on Autism and Thimerosal; Parents of children with Autism from southeastern Michigan are now being sought for on-camera interviews.

 

Foster Care System Fails Kids' Relatives

Jack Kresnak, Detroit Free Press

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/FREEP9-9-03.html#top

The Michigan Family Independence Agency and the state's courts are failing hundreds of children in foster care, partly because not enough is being done to find relatives of the kids who might make suitable parents, a report to the Michigan Supreme Court says.

 

Schools Struggling to Address Drop out Rate

Sharon Terlep, Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsj.com/news/schools/030907_grad_rates_1a.html

Michigan schools don't know how many students are dropping out of high school or where they're going when they quit, leaving thousands of teenagers lost in the state system designed to track them.

 

Autism Society of Michigan (ASM) Conducting Poll on Use of Restraints

Autism Society of Michigan

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/ASM9-4-03.html#top

The ASM is very concerned about the number of persons with autism who have been restrained. in school settings and the community. This restraint may lead to post traumatic stress disorders, heightened anxiety, increased aggressive and assaultive behavior, injury and even death.

 

Michigan News From Gongwer

Gongwer News Service

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/Gongwer9-4-03.html#top

Articles include: Senate GOP Leaders Support Transfer of MEAP Back to Education; Adult Ed Officials Estimate 50,000 Denied Access by Cuts; and Charter Bill to go to Governor; Talks in Recess.

 

Judge Urges Schools to Use Truancy Court

Tracey Burton, Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsj.com/news/schools/030901_truancy_4b.html

All Ingham districts eligible for program to keep kids in classThe Ingham County truancy court is working, but many districts are missing out on a good way to keep kids in school.

 

Schools in Focus: Schools of Choice Pay Price

Maureen Feighan and Jodi Upton, The Detroit News

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/DetroitNews8-31-03.html#top

Poor districts lose kids, money; others spend to break even. Schools of Choice, Michigan's seven-year effort to improve education by forcing school districts to compete for kids, has created a bidding war among Metro Detroit districts with students as the prize.

 

School Construction Under Scrutiny

MIRS

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/MIRS8-29-03.html#top

School districts would be required to submit capital improvement programs to local governments, site plans to local, regional, or county planning commissions, and comply with local land use master plans and zoning under proposed recommendations contained in a report by the Michigan Land Use Institute and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

 

Michigan Medicaid Expanded To Relatives

MIRS

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/MIRS8-29-03.html#2

Low-income grandparents and other relatives who live with and care for non-birth children may qualify for medical coverage under new rules from the Department of Community Health (DCH) and Family Independence Agency (FIA).

   

   IEP Topics

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bridges4kids Parent Sharing: Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) resources

Information on PBS Support from Macomb ISD (Michigan)

http://www.misd.net/CenterProg/Behaviorfaq.html

Great Resources on Positive Behavioral Support and Functional Behavioral Assessments

http://www.albany.edu/psy/autism/behavior.html

Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project

http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/cfs/dares/flpbs/

 

Project Designed to Reduce the Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

http://www.cwla.org/programs/behavior

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), in collaboration with the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, serves as the Coordinating Center for a three-year project designed to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion procedures with children receiving services in five demonstration sites across the country.

 

Resource Guide: "Learning From Each Other: Success Stories and Ideas for Reducing Restraint/Seclusion in Behavioral Health"

American Psychiatric Association

http://www.psych.org/clin_res/learningfromeachother.cfm

Resource guide provides practical help in creating a culture of safety, respect, and dignity.

 

Q & A about Inclusive Education

The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/TASH9-03.html#top

What is the difference between "Inclusion" and "Least Restrictive Environment?"  Why do some parents and professionals advocate placing students in general education facilities (and even general education classes)?

 

Letter Requesting "No Restraint"

Tricia and Calvin Luker

http://www.bridges4kids.org/IEP/NoRestraintLetter.html#top

Sample letter requesting "no restraint" on your child.  Excerpt: "We are concerned that [insert child’s name] behavior challenges now are being or might be addressed in part through the use of physical management and restraint.  I have not authorized and will not consent to any activity that involves physically or mechanically restraining my child while at school or going to and from school."

 

  Disability News

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BOOK REVIEW: Allowed to be Odd

David Noonan, Newsweek

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/Newsweek9-8-03.html#top

The hero of a best-selling new novel is a 15-year-old boy with autism—but that label never appears in the book.  Christopher John Francis Boone, the 15-year-old narrator of the new novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” knows lots of stuff, including the capitals of all the countries in the world and every prime number up to 7,057.

 

The Pain of Obese Children

Laura Diamond, Jacksonville Times-Union

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/PASASF8-31-03.html#top

I don't want to die young! Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity contribute to a national epidemic of childhood obesity, exposing a rising number of kids to serious health risks.
 

Girls, Boys and Autism

Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.com/news/958646.asp

Is this mysterious and sometimes devastating condition just an extreme version of normal male intelligence? That’s one provocative new theory. Behind autism’s gender gap.

 

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN TEENS CALLED EPIDEMIC

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/AP9-1-03.html#top

In some ways, Leon Jordan is a pretty typical teenager -- he doesn't get much outdoor exercise, prefers movies and video games, and won't drink milk. Those habits contributed to a vitamin D deficiency that has helped weaken the 18-year-old's bones and left him prone to fractures.

 

Planning For a Disabled Child's Future

Brynne Grimley, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/SeattlePI9-1-03.html#top

Parents make provisions for the years after their own passing.

 

Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities, 2003 Edition

HEATH Resource Center @ George Washington University

http://www.heath.gwu.edu

HEATH's annual revision of this popular resource guide is now available. The 2003 edition contains completely updated and revised information to help individuals with disabilities to seek and obtain financial assistance for postsecondary education. The guide describes federal financial aid programs, state vocational rehabilitation services, and regional and local sources. A listing of nationally awarded grants and a pre-college checklist to organize the search for funds complete the guide.

    Inspiration

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Pete Wright: Championing Children for Whom Reading and Learning Are Difficult

Brent Staples, New York Times

http://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/9-03/NYTimes6-26-03.html

How old are you? Ninety-nine percent of us answer this question reflexively, without having to think. A reporter who put this question to Peter W. D. Wright several years ago was stunned when Mr. Wright, an education lawyer, resorted to a calculator before answering.

 

   Upcoming National Events

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READING ROCKETS DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL: A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS

WHEN: Throughout September and October
WHERE:
PBS Channel
HOSTED BY:
PBS Stations and the Public Broadcasting System
DESCRIPTION:
A Tale of Two Schools is narrated by Morgan Freeman; "A Tale of Two Schools" simultaneously demystifies and humanizes the teaching of reading. And at the same time it stirs viewers to marvel that effective help has been so long in coming to students. 'A Tale of Two Schools' airs on many PBS stations in September and October.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.readingrockets.org/twoschools/broadcast.php

 

2003 WORLD CONGRESS & EXPOSITION ON DISABILITIES
WHEN: September 18, 2003 - September 20, 2003
WHERE
:
Orlando, Florida
HOSTED BY:
World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities
DESCRIPTION:
The 4th annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD) will continue its mission to provide something valuable for everyone in the disability community. The show floor will once again host a wide array of the latest products and services from more than 200 exhibitors representing associations, pharmaceutical, assistive technology, automotive, mobility, durable medical equipment, personal care, computer and many other industries.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Sep.html#6

 

READING DISABILITIES AND AD/HD: ENHANCING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
WHEN: September 18, 2003 - September 19, 2003
WHERE:
Baton Rouge, LA
HOSTED BY:
Co-sponsored by 8 groups in Baton Rouge including: Dyslexia Association of Greater Baton Rouge (DAGBR), Louisiana Capital Area CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (LACACHADD), Dyslexia Society of South Louisiana (DSSL), Giardina Family Foundation, Center for the Study of Dyslexia, Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services, Inc., The Dr. Frank McMain's Children's Developmental Center, and The International Dyslexia Association, Louisiana Branch (LaBIDA)
DESCRIPTION: Nationally-known speakers will include Rick Lavoie, Emerson Dickman, Reid Lyon, and Larry Silver.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Sep.html#4

 

2003 COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS (CCBD) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
WHEN: October 2, 2003 - October 4, 2003
WHERE:
St. Louis, MO
HOSTED BY:
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
DESCRIPTION:
The conference will focus on a variety of critical issues related to providing quality services to children and youth with learning and behavioral problems.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html

 

TRIBAL UAD INITIATIVES
WHEN
:
October 2, 2003, 2:00–3:15 p.m. Mountain Time
WHERE:
Audio Conference
HOSTED BY:
The Center for Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws
DESCRIPTION:
Four American Indian Nations have been working with the American Indian Development Associates to develop UAD policies for their communities. Each of these Nations will present on the policy development process for their community, issues they faced and battles won and lost as they worked to bring this change into their community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.udetc.org/Events-AudioConferences.htm

 

LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL! NATIONWIDE RALLY FOR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

WHEN: October 9, 2003
WHERE:
500 Locations Across the U.S.
HOSTED BY:
The Afterschool Alliance
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/lights_2002/faq.cfm

 

FROM PRACTICE TO POLICY AND BACK AGAIN: 19TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
WHEN: October 12, 2003 - October 14, 2003
WHERE:
Washington, DC
HOSTED BY:
Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/Conferences.htm#6

 

2003 NATIONAL EVEN START ASSOCIATION 9TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
WHEN: October 18, 2003 - October 21, 2003
WHERE:
San Diego, California
HOSTED BY:
National Even Start Association
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/Conferences.htm#7

 

TEACHING APPROPRIATE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
WHEN: October 25, 2003
WHERE:
Toronto, Canada
HOSTED BY:
Brookfield Programs
DESCRIPTION:
Brookfield Programs Presents Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA - This workshop provides specific applied behavior analysis (ABA) teaching and management strategies designed to replace repetitive, non-compliant, disruptive, non-functional, aggressive, and self-injurious behavior in children with Autism or Asperger's syndrome with appropriate social and communication skills.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#7

 

INTENSIVE TRAINING IN VERBAL BEHAVIOR
WHEN: October 26, 2003
WHERE:
Toronto, Canada
HOSTED BY:
Brookfield Programs
DESCRIPTION:
Brookfield Programs Presents Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA - Teaching Language to Children and Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities; This workshop is designed for parents, in-home therapists, teachers, behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, and their supervisors, who have previously attended an introductory workshop in Verbal Behavior or who have participated in the implementation of this approach with one or more learners.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#8

 

1ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MOSAIC DOWN SYNDROME CONFERENCE/CONVENTION
WHEN: October 31, 2003 - November 2, 2003
WHERE:
Orlando, Florida
HOSTED BY:
International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association
DESCRIPTION:
Conference featuring Doctors, Professors, and Genetic Counselors who will speak about health, legal, and research issues geared towards Mosaic Down Syndrome.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#3

 

   Upcoming Michigan Events

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MICHIGAN STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
WHEN: September 25, 2003; October 23, 2003; November 20, 2003; December 18, 2003
WHERE:
4th floor of the Hannah Building in Lansing
HOSTED BY:
The Michigan State Board of Education
DESCRIPTION:
These meetings are open to the public. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the meeting should contact Mrs. Eileen Hamilton, , one week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 Call Mrs. Eileen Hamilton (Administrative Secretary, State Board of Education) at: (517) 373-3900 (voice), (517) 373-4035 (TDD), or email: hamiltone@michigan.gov

  

TOOLS FOR A SUCCESSFUL IEP
WHEN: September 16, 2003
WHERE:
Howell, MI
HOSTED BY: Family Support Network
DESCRIPTION:
Learn helpful tips on how to plan a successful educational year for your child.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Sep.html#8

 

DEAF-BLIND CENTRAL'S 3RD ANNUAL FAMILY RETREAT
WHEN: September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003
WHERE:
Lansing, MI
HOSTED BY: DB Central
DESCRIPTION:
For the adults - workshops on advocacy & assertiveness, how to get the educational services you want to your child, family coping & stress, resources and networking opportunities; For the kids - fun, sibshops, crafts, movies and structured games; For the whole family - relaxation, socializing, deaf-blind art show, swimming, ice cream social, and meet new friends.  Onsite childcare available, lodging, offsite childcare and mileage reimbursement for all families who have a child registered on the Michigan Deaf-Blind Census.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Sep.html#1

 

SPEECH-TO-SPEECH SYMPOSIUM WITH DR. BOB SEGALMAN
WHEN: September 23, 2003
WHERE:
MSU
HOSTED BY: United Cerebral Palsy and Michigan State University
DESCRIPTION:
A free workshop with Dr. Bob Segalman, founder of "STS". STS is a free service provided by phone companies that allows people with speech disabilities to make three-way calls with the help of an operator trained to understand speech disabilities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.msu.edu/course/asc/823x/sts/

 

SELF ADVOCACY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
WHEN: September 25, 2003 - September 29, 2003
WHERE:
JCIL, Inman Conference Area, 2319 W. Main Street, Jackson, Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
517-784-1723

 

fall focus workshop: paraprofessional training
WHEN: September 26, 2003
WHERE:
Bay City, Michigan
HOSTED BY:
The Autism Society of Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 http://www.autism-mi.org/calendar/fallfocus2003.html

 

2003 GOVERNOR'S EDUCATION SUMMIT
WHEN:
September 30, 2003
WHERE:
Lansing, MI
HOSTED BY:
Hosted by the Michigan Foundation for Education Leadership and The Education Alliance of Michigan
DESCRIPTION:
We will begin with Project Great Start - a broad movement to increase learning in the critical years from birth to age five - because education must begin at birth. -Jennifer Granholm, Governor, State of Michigan.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.masb.org/page.cfm/591/

 

special needs awesome kids (snak) parent support group
WHEN: October 2, 2003 and every Thursday thereafter
WHERE:
Grand Rapids, MI
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#11

 

BENEFIT FOR RETT SYNDROME: IRON HORSE HOE DOWN
WHEN: October 4, 2003
WHERE:
Sterling Heights, MI
HOSTED BY: Michigan Rett Syndrome  and the International Rett  Syndrome Assoc.
DESCRIPTION:
This event will feature a concert by country singer Kevin Black, a screening of the Julia Roberts documentary "Silent Angels", motorcycle run, car show, silent auction, and Family Fun Day. Michigan has the highest rate of Rett cases in the country.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://hometown.aol.com/michrettsyndrome/ironhorsehoedown.html

 

2003 MICHIGAN POHI/SXI CONFERENCE
WHEN: October 5, 2003 - October 7, 2003
WHERE:
East Lansing, MI
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#5

 

fall focus workshop: paraprofessional training
WHEN: October 6, 2003
WHERE:
Clinton Township, Michigan
HOSTED BY:
The Autism Society of Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 http://www.autism-mi.org/calendar/fallfocus2003.html

 

PARTNERING FOR CHARACTER
WHEN: October 9, 2003
WHERE:
Battle Creek, MI
HOSTED BY: Character Unlimited, a program of Summit Pointe
DESCRIPTION:
Effective character education focuses on building school environments that are respectful of staff and students, and on creating a caring atmosphere in which all people are valued and challenged to do their best.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#2

 

fall focus workshop: Pragmatics/Communication
WHEN: October 14, 2003
WHERE:
Flint, Michigan
HOSTED BY:
The Autism Society of Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 http://www.autism-mi.org/calendar/fallfocus2003.html

 

PARENT/PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS 
WHEN: October 14, 2003
WHERE:
Ann Arbor, MI
HOSTED BY: LDA of Washtenaw County
DESCRIPTION:
This workshop is designed to encourage and support the development of meaningful parent-professional partnerships.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/ld/events.htm

 

MICHIGAN EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE
WHEN: October 18, 2003
WHERE:
Kalamazoo, Michigan
HOSTED BY: Child Care Resources
DESCRIPTION:
Dr. Lise Eliot "Pink or Blue Brain? Sex Differences in Cognitive and Emotional Development"; The Early Childhood Conference will offer each participant the opportunity to attend workshops from a variety of different workshops! Workshops will focus on children of all ages and are geared for parents, child care providers in homes and centers, administrators, etc.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.workfamilysolutions.com/Early%20Childhood%20Conference.htm

 

fall focus workshop: visual supports and alternative reading and writing activities
WHEN: October 23, 2003
WHERE:
Lawrence, Michigan
HOSTED BY:
The Autism Society of Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 http://www.autism-mi.org/calendar/fallfocus2003.html

 

BUILDING CULTURAL COMPETENCY
WHEN:
October 23, 2003
WHERE:
Clinton County RESA
HOSTED BY: Michigan Department of Civil Rights/Multi Cultural Liaisons
DESCRIPTION:
This workshop offers a presentation that will enhance participants understanding of five major cultural groups: African American, American Indian, Arab American, Asian American, and Latino American. Information will address the complexity and challenges of various issues within a multi-cultural society, as well as within the work environment. Topics covered include cultural protocols, cross-cultural communication, definition and name evolution, the impact of significant historical civil rights events, cultural characteristics and dispelling myths and stereotypes that lead to bias and discrimination.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://eotta.ccresa.org/Calendar/event.php?ID=123

 

sepac conference "navigating your journey 2"
WHEN: October 25, 2003
WHERE:
Traverse City, Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#10

 

LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
WHEN
:
October 26, 2003 - October 28, 2003
WHERE:
East Lansing, Michigan
HOSTED BY: LDA of Michigan
DESCRIPTION:
Topics for keynotes may include "Overcoming Dyslexia" and "Using Humor in Teaching".  More details to come on content.  Strands on reading, AD/HD, college student needs, etc will also be offered during this event.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.earlyonmichigan.org/ld/conf03/FallConference2003.htm

 

PERSONALITY DISORDERS IN ADULTS & CHILDREN: DEFINING THE ISSUES, INCLUDING TREATMENT TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND TIPS
WHEN: October 29, 2003
WHERE:
Waterford, Michigan
HOSTED BY:
Oakland County Council for Children and Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities
DESCRIPTION:
Features Kenneth Silk, M.D., Jerome Price, M.A., and Mary Bergman, M.S.W.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.bridges4kids.org/Events/Cal-Oct.html#6

 

fall focus workshop: "behavior" in Autism Spectrum Disorders
WHEN: October 30, 2003
WHERE:
Marquette, Michigan
HOSTED BY:
The Autism Society of Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 http://www.autism-mi.org/calendar/fallfocus2003.html

  

 

 

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