Professional Development Opportunity:
The ABC’s of IEPs: Writing Effective Outcomes
Thursday, April 17, 2008
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Successful Individualized Education Program begin with the inclusion of everyone involved with a child working together to establish a child’s strengths and educational needs, weighing those against available resources and writing a program that will result in measurable outcomes for the child.
Participants will learn why inclusion is important, how they can translate a child's educational needs into an effective IEP, who can help them develop an IEP and learn about the educational laws that protect children's rights to an education.
A live, online session entitled The ABC’s of IEPs: Writing Effective Outcomes will be offered on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for those interested in learning more about writing an effective IEP, including parents, professionals and advocates.
The presentation will be given by Pam Klipa, Public Policy and Systems Advocacy Specialist of The Arc of Pennsylvania.
- Gain increased awareness of the PARC consent which turned into IDEA and its ramifications.
- Receive information and resources connected with the topics like Oberti test, Gaskin settlement and how to resolve disagreements in LRE.
- Be able to identify the students’ strengths and weaknesses and convert them into measurable outcomes.
- Learn more about progress monitoring and the purpose of data collecting.
This live, online session is made possible by The Special Kids Network System of Care, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, through support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in conjunction with the Center for Schools and Communities.
There is no registration fee, but you must pre-register. Seating is limited.
All registrants will receive an e-mail confirmation and instructions explaining how to download free software necessary to participate and how to access the web meeting room.
Act 48 Credits
The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants must attend the workshop from beginning to end, to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.
Please note: In order to receive Act 48 credit you MUST list your Professional ID # on the appropriate Act 48 paperwork supplied at the event. If you are unsure of your Professional ID # you can look it up prior to the event, by going to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website, www.pde.state.pa.us, clicking on the "Act 48 Reporting System" link under the Access Services column and then clicking on the "Get Your Professional Personnel ID" link and completing the required information.
Lifespan Respite Summit in Support of Pennsylvania Caregivers
The Lifespan Respite Summit brought together a diverse group of forty state department officials, policy administrators, statewide resource organizations and family advocates to meet with Jill Kagan, chair of the National Respite Coalition. The focus of the summit was to take the first steps toward building a statewide lifespan respite infrastructure by learning more about the recently passed federal Lifspan Respite Bill and forumulating a guide to establish Pennsylvania's readiness to apply for future funding attached to this legislation.
The Summit was held on November 30, 2007 at the Center for Schools and Communities and was co-sponsored by the Allegheny County Respite Coalition, The Special Kids Network System of Care, and United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania.
For more information on the Lifespan Respite Summit and to access the presentation slides and handouts click here.
Reducing the Risk of Sexual Violence against People with Developmental Disabilities
Did you know that, 85% of people with disabilities are sexually abused at some point in their lives? Or that 27% of sexual abuse of people with disabilities occurs in the victim’s home and 20% happens in the home of a relative or friend? These statistics help explain why some disabled people don’t understand what behaviors are OK, particularly if they were abused by someone they trust.
To address this complex issue, the Special Kids Network System of Care in partnership with Project Illumination partners recently offered two online educational opportunities for those who wished to find out how they could help end sexual violence against people with disabilities. The sessions were designed for anyone who works with, cares for, or knows someone with developmental disabilities.
To view/download the presentation handouts and other resource materials and to view the recordings of the two online sessions, click here.
Making Transition Work: Tools for a Successful Health Care Transition
On December 5, the Special Kids Network System of Care, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, presented “Making Transition Work: Tools for a Successful Health Care Transition.” This session provided participants with information on how health affects transition activities and how to use the Transition Health Care Checklist as a tool in transition planning.
The Transition Health Care Checklist was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Southwest Regional staff and their community partners in response to a gap in health services for youth with special health care needs. It is a tool designed to help students and their families think about how health impacts transition activities. To learn more about the Transition Health Care Checklist visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Special Kids Network webpage.
In order to view these recorded presentations, you must have the Elluminate Live! Java application downloaded to your personal computer. There is no cost to download the software. To configure your computer, visit the Elluminate support page at: http://www.elluminate.com/support/
Making Transition Work: Tools for a Successful Transition
On Tuesday, October 16, The Special Kids Network System of Care in collaboration with the Neighbours, Inc. High School Transition Project presented a live, online session entitled “Making Transition Work: Tools for a Successful Transition.”
The training provided parents, students, educators and other professionals with the tools to help them plan for the future.
The Special Kids Network System of Care
The Special Kids Network System of Care is a free service in Pennsylvania. It is dedicated to helping children and youth with special health care needs and their families get the services they need.
System of Care Coordinators work in your local community. They help build better and more coordinated services for your child’s special needs. Parents and community service providers who are interested in becoming involved or learning more about the Special Kids Network System of Care should contact your local System of Care Coordinator toll-free at 1-877-986-4550, TTY 1-877-986-5432, or visit the Special Kids Network website at www.health.state.pa.us/skn.
The Special Kids Network System of Care is an initiative supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.