Overcoming Obstacles Conference

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August 24, 2013 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Region V Education Service Center: Edison Plaza
350 Pine Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Register Before August 21st $25.00; After August 21st $35.00
The Arc of Greater Beaumont

A conference for parents, educators, and professionals providing information on “Overcoming Obstacles” individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may encounter. View Printable Overcoming Obstacles Flyer.  Booths for organizations who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are available.  Booth Registration Power Point Presentations- Dr. Stephen Shore- Obstacles to Opportunities  Enzinna’s- Overcoming Obstacles- Daily Survival and Accessing Effective Treatment Erica Duckworth-Ready or Nort Here We Come-Tips for Smooth Transitions Guy Morris- Perspectives of a Sibling Sanette Chamberlain-Sensory Processing Techniques Sarah Beebe-Special Education 101- Understanding Special Ed Law

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9:00 am to 11:00 am- Keynote address by Dr. Stephen Shore
11:00 am to 11:45 am- Lunch
12:00 pm to 12:55 pm- Breakout Session #1
1:10 pm to 2:05 pm- Breakout Session #2
2:20 pm to 3:15 pm- Breakout Session #3

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Biography of Key Note Speaker Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, United States Autism and Asperger Alliance, and other autism related organizations. (information from http://www.autismasperger.net/index.htm)


[toggle title_open=”Close Me” title_closed=”Breakout Session Options ” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Sensory Integration- Sanette Chamberlain

Sanette Chamberlain is an Occupational Therapist at Skills 4 Kids.  She will be teaching you how to make simple every day items into sensory stimulation objects. Come enjoy a hands on demonstration and help find ways to make those everyday items into something special.

Special Education Law- Sarah Bebee from Disability Rights Texas

Sarah Bebee works for Disability Rights Texas.  She has vast knowledge of Special Education Law and will be able to help you better understand a child’s rights as they navigate the school system.

Behavior Strategies & Techniques- Christi & Jeff Enzinna

The Enzinna’s are masters level ABA certified consultants from Houston, Texas. They specialized in parent and teacher training for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism that display inappropriate behaviors. Join this session as they offer strategies and techniques that can be used at home and school.

Ready or Not Here We Come: Tips for Smooth Transitions- Erica Duckworth

This session will provide evidence based strategies to support students as they navigate through new environments and opportunities. Participants will explore practices including Social Narratives, Visual Supports, Video Modeling and more. All strategies can be modified for use across settings and for all ages.

Perspectives of a Sibling- Guy Morris

Guy Morris is one of three brothers. His two other brothers have autism. Guy will give you his personal story of how it was growing up being the sibling of two brothers with a disability. [/toggle]