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NOTICE: As of January 1, 2010, workshop fees for
professionals are $25.00; parents of children with disabilities are admitted free
unless otherwise noted. Professional group discounts are available. Call (714) 533-8275
for more information.
- Assessment Process
An overview of the importance of parent input and ways to ensure that the whole child is being considered when determining appropriate services and placement options.
- AT and the IEP
This workshop will help parents to understand the process of obtaining an appropriate
AT assessment and how to work with the rest of the IEP team to provide effective
services for their child. (Please note: this is not an assistive technology workshop.)
- Basic Rights
An overview of the four basic rights and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a brief overview of Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and an explanation of record keeping and the assessment process.
- Disaster Preparedness
An introduction to the concept of disaster preparedness for parents of children with special health care needs, this workshop describes the need for a disaster preparedness plan and highlights specific concerns related to children with disabilities.
- Getting and Keeping Your First Job
Many families may wonder if their son or daughter can or will be employed. The goal
of this session is to help families, caregivers and professionals understand the
realities of today's work world so they can help youth with disabilities earn competitive
employment. Participants will learn the importance of disability self-awareness,
how families can help youth with career planning, and strategies to navigate resumes,
job interviews and job applications.
- IEP Rights and Strategies
An overview of the rights and protections mandated for special needs children by the IDEA and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act.
- IEP Tips and Pointers
Tried and true tips on how to positively advocate for your children, strengthen the relationships between parents and service agencies, and help create the appropriate IEP program.
- Journey Through Adolescence
This presentation will provide parents with basic information about the changes
that puberty and adolescence bring to every child, including their son or daughter.
The information is intended to help participants feel more comfortable and confident
as they help their children safely navigate this important transition from childhood
to adulthood. The ultimate aim is to promote the independence, personal safety,
healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and social inclusion of youth with disabilities.
This workshop is appropriate for parents of primary and middle school students.
- Section 504 Accommodations
Covers Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, an overview of the law and how the system can be effective for students who may not qualify under IDEA but may need accommodations.
- Section 504 and Transition: The Bridge from Highschool to Postsecondary
In this workshop, we will assist you to understand the ITP process as it pertains
to postsecondary education and other related services. We will also provide an overview
of programs and resources available to your child entering postsecondary education
- Transition to Adult Services
Individual Transition Plan within the IEP, future planning, how to coordinate services from school to adult services, supported employment, independent living, recreation, and postsecondary education.
- Transition to Public School
Geared to parents of two-to-four-year-olds transitioning into the public school system. Includes information on the assessment process, placement visits, IEPs and communication skills to meet the challenges of the many choices available to our children.
Assistive Technology Workshops
- APPsolutely Amazing: iDevices and Apps for Kids with Special Needs
In this workshop, we will introduce the iPad and iPod Touch. Learn about the built-in
accessibility features on these devices as well as some interesting hardware you
can buy to go with them. Experience the wonderful applications that can be used
on these devices for children with special needs. Some of the applications discussed
and demonstrated will include early learning, social skills, life skills, interactive
books, communication applications and much more! (Please note: this is an
introductory workshop, but some prior technology knowledge is
- APPsolute Fun: Apps for Early Learning
This session will introduce and demonstrate iPad applications that help
facilitate early learning. This will include preschool apps, early language and
literacy, fine motor skills and much more. Join us for a fast-paced, fun-filled
- APPtastic Adventures: Fun and Educational Apps for Special Education
In this workshop, we will introduce some wonderful applications that can be used
on iDevices for children with special needs. Some of the applications discussed
and demonstrated will include early learning, social skills, life skills,
interactive books, reading, visual schedules and much more. Joing us for a fun,
fast-paced workshop! (Please note: prior technology and iDevice knowledge is
recommended but not required.)
- AT 101
This workshop provides information on the laws as they pertain to assistive technology, the AT evaluation process, and a some ideas for writing AT into the IEP It also includes a brief introduction to the various types of AT available.
- AT for Autism and Other Disabilities
This workshop introduces technology specifically related to disorders on the autism
spectrum and for those with developmental disabilities, including software with
the following focus areas: video modeling, social skills, life skills, vocabulary
building, language development, communication, interpreting emotions and more. We
will offer many ideas, from low tech interventions to high tech AAC devices.
- AT for Kids with Physical Disabilities
Accessing the computer can be a challenge for students with physical
disabilities. Come learn about alternate access methods, including adapted
keyboards, mice, trackballs, joysticks, head mice, switches and more. We will
also address software adaptations, accessibility features and low tech items
such as writing tools. Join us for a fun and informative workshop and see how
your child can gain access to technology.
- AT for Early Learning
Topics will include software that facilitates early learning, toy/book adaptations,
storybook software, switch access software and much more. Come and see how your
little ones can benefit from assistive technology.
- AT and Transition
Technology can play a big role in successfully transitioning from high school to
the adult world. We will introduce the different types of technology that may be
useful in high school, college, in the workplace and to help foster independence.
Attendees will leave with an understanding of what types of technology are out
there to help older students and adults with special needs and where to obtain
- iPad Bootcamp
Do you have an iPad but don't know how to use it? In this workshop, we will
introduce the iPad and how to navigate it. We will show you how to download
apps, made folders, set restrictions and much more. Come experience some of the
wonderful applications that can be used on these devices for children with
special needs. Join us for a fun, interactive, hands-on workshops. (Please
note: you must bring your own iPad to this workshop.)
- Toy Tips: Ideas and Options for Children with Special Needs
Buying toys for your special needs child can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. We will give you suggestions as to which types of toys work best for your child. Learn how to adapt a wide variety of toys. Get ideas on inexpensive ways to adapt everyday items such as books, puzzles and much more!
- Reading and Writing Solutions Through Assistive Technology
We will cover high and low tech reading and writing solutions. Some of the topics include screen readers, abbreviated expansion, word prediction, talking word processors, portable word processors, storybook software, and more. This workshop will include a "hands-on" portion in the TECH lab.