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SpEd Local Meetings & Seminars

2020 COMMISSION ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Meeting Schedule

Third Thursdays of Each Month

8:30AM – 10AM at TOWN HALL, ROOM 201

JANUARY 16

FEBRUARY 20

MARCH 19

APRIL 16

MAY 21

JUNE 18

To subscribe to official town notices for meetings, agendas and minutes, please go to 

https://www.westportct.gov/about/advanced-components/subscribe-to-westport-emergency-meetings-and-news-enotifications

 

Understanding ABLE Accounts

January 21, 6.30-8.30pm, Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts allow people with disabilities to set aside up to $15,000 a year or more in tax-free savings accounts without affecting their eligibility for government benefits.  But many people are unsure about how to apply for ABLE accounts or how they can be used. This is a free presentation but space is limited, please RSVP here

For more information contact Shannon Jacovino

 

Whatever Happened to "Because I Say So!" : Exploring the Lost Hierarchy of Family Systems

January 22, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Lindsay Blass, Psy.D., Psychologist

Rebecca Strang, B.A., Behaviorist, Parent & Family Coach

Southfield Center, register here

 

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: What They Are, What They Aren’t, and What We Can Do About Them

January 27, 10-11.30am, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

Starting with its very name, understanding Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities can be a confusing task. Although the features of NVLD- and many of the treatment suggestions- overlap with other social and learning difficulties, the similarities and differences between NVLD and Asperger's and LD matter. It is important to be able to accurately describe our kids with NVLD to school administrators, teachers, coaches and activity directors. In addition, helping kids with NVLD understand their own constellation of strengths and challenges is a crucial step in developing self-advocacy, independence and resilience. In this interactive presentation, school psychologist Dave Sylvestro will compare and contrast NVLD, Asperger's and LD and will discuss how to help kids with NVLD develop and practice key social skills and anticipate emotional pitfalls often associated with NVLD.

For more information and to register for this free program

 

Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this hands-on learning session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.

February 4 or April 2, 9am-3pm

Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), 25 Oakview Drive, Trumbull, CT

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Teens to Adult

 

Sweet P is dedicated to providing job training and employment for adults with learning disabilities in baking and front of house operations.  Sweet P Bakery will provide these adults with opportunities for personal growth, a source of income, social interaction, life skills coaching and a sense of purpose. Intro to Culinary Baking is a 10 week program which starts Feb 3, meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-noon.   Front of House Training is a 10 week program which starts Feb 3 and meets 3 days a week 9am-noon, with options from Monday through Saturday. Advanced baking classes will be in the afternoon. Tuition is $50 a class, need based assistance to subsidize tuition.

For more information, contact Julie at info@sweetpbakery.com

 

 

Circle of Friends
If you or anyone you know is looking for a middle school or high school kid to come play with your SpEd child, Circle of Friends is a free program that provides just that. Please reach out to reach out to freidahecht@gmail.com to sign up. 

Westport Public Schools has access to a Transition curriculum called Next Up. As part of parent training Next Up offers several webinars to families to assist with transition. The first webinar is on October 10th at 8pm ET - Assessing and Building your Student's Work Skills at Home. If you know a parent that has a child in high school, please pass along this information to them. 

To login to the webinar go to http://nextup.work/
click login on the top right hand corner
User name:  StaplesStudent
Password:   SHSWreckers1!

Upcoming seminars are as follows
February 6th (7pm Central) – Is My Student on Track With Transition?
April 2nd (7pm Central) – Helping Determine Your Child’s Transition Goals
May 7th (7pm Central) – Summer Activities to Build Transition Skills

To learn more about Next up, visit the website at http://www.transitioncurriculum.com/  or contact Sharon Halstead (transition coordinator) with any questions.


Of interest

NAA’s Big Red Safety Box® includes:
Educational materials and tools, including NAA’s Be REDy Booklet
Two (2) GE Door/Window Alarms including batteries
One (1) RoadID Bracelet or Shoe ID tag.  You will receive instructions in the box to submit your custom personalization order at http://roadid.com/naa
Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
It's free to parents.
https://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-boxes-now-available/

SPARK Autism Study
SPARK is the largest genetic study of autism ever and aims to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. We believe that to find answers for you, we need to understand what makes you unique. And what connects you with others. We do this through studying genetic, behavioral and medical information. The study involves collection of saliva samples (3 samples: person on the autism spectrum and both biological parents) and can be completed from your home. 
Click here for more information