ASA's 37th National Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders (July 13-15, 2006)

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Saturday, July 15, 2006: 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
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#2341- Identifying Systems that Work: Conversations with Providers and Consumers
The Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center is looking for a few good programs, programs that meet the challenge of providing effective services to students with ASD. The purpose of this session is to identifying school districts and other public agencies that are providing effective services to students with ASD (age birth to 21) and their families.

Presenter:Ilene S. Schwartz, PhD, University of Washington, Full Professor, Area Chair - Dr. Schwartz co-wrote the book entitled, The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education (1996). She researches the social relationships of children with disabilities and early childhood education. Her research also includes studies of autism, effective classroom-based instructional strategies, and factors that affect the acceptability and sustainability of educational interventions. Dr. Schwartz is the co-creator of the DATA Project at the University of Washington lab school. Currently, Dr. Schwartz is the Principal Investigator for the Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center. The PDA center is a federally funded grant which provides training to educators and administrators throughout the country.
 
The Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center is looking for a few good programs that is programs that are meeting the challenge of providing effective services to students with ASD. The purpose of this session is to identifying school districts and other public agencies that are providing effective services to students with ASD (age birth to 21) and their families. We are asking providers and consumers to nominate these agencies and come to this session to share their stories. The session will be run as a focus group providing all participants with an opportunity to share the story of their successful program. We hope to learn more about effective services in public programs by studying these success stories. Our goal is to identify the common characteristics of these successful program and share them with other program to help increase the capacity of all public school programs to meet the needs of students with ASD and their families.

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