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Topic AreaWorkshop ResourcesWorkshop NameDescriptionPresenterSession
ATS1. East Meets West: Primary Care Model for ASDThe workshop will allow participants to learn more about current ASD medical care system and why primary care centered medical home model is better. The workshop will also give parents some information about the evidence based medical evaluation and intervention.Xuejun Kong, MD: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Martha Hebert: Massachusetts General Hospital

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SC 2. Demystifying Dyslexia: Essential Information about Assessment, Intervention,
and Support at Home
This workshop will review an evidence-based approach for assessing and identifying Dyslexia, while pinpointing areas of weakness and ensuring that recommendations for instruction are properly targeted to each child’s learning profile. It will also review essential characteristics of high-quality, effective remedial reading instruction in areas such as phonics, fluency and comprehension.
Melissa Orkin, Program Director: Tufts University Center for
Reading and Language Research

Session 1
B/MH3. Challenging Behaviors in Children with
Developmental Disabilities
This presentation will help parents understand their children’s challenging behaviors, answer questions about common behavioral challenges, and review strategies to assist in preventing and managing challenging behaviorsNicole Baumer, MD, M. Ed, Co-Director: The Down Syndrome Program;
Assistant in Neurology and Developmental Medicine Center:
Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor of Neurology: Harvard Medical School
Session 1
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4. School Systems and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation
Commission: Providing Transition Services to Support
Students’ Visions
The workshop will include a dynamic panel presentation with an educator, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, a student, and a parent, They will discuss how working together in secondary transition services can support a student’s vision while providing supports to develop self-advocacy skills (including job exploration, pre-employment skills, internships, and training opportunities).Jennifer Stewart, Statewide Transition Director: Massachusetts Rehabilitation
Commission (MRC); Amanda Green, Secondary Transition Coordinator:
Office of Special Education Planning & Policy, Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Session 1
HCHandout 15. Complex Care: Family Challenges and InsightsThis workshop offers a facilitated discussion among parents that will highlight insights and tips to enhance your family’s journey caring for a child with complex medical needs.Carol Nash, MS, PCORI Project Investigator and Director of Research Operations, Franciscan Children’s; Angela Carosella, Alexis Snyder, and Erin Ward, Parents and PCORI Project Partners, Franciscan Children’s Session 1
SPED6. Sped Law Updates: What Did You Miss Last Year and
What You Don’t Want to Miss This Year
Participants will learn about significant decisions, regulations, and legislation from the past year while addressing important trends and special education law issues on the horizon.Dan Heffernan, Esquire: Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP
Session 1
SC 7. Expanded Core Curriculum: Leveling the Playing Field
for Students who have Visual Impairments and Other
Students who have visual impairments and additional disabilities (including deaf-blindness) require unique instruction by vision professionals to define concepts and skills to help compensate for decreased opportunities to
learn incidentally or by observing others.
Patrick McCall, Education Director: Early Learning Center & Lower and
Secondary Programs: Perkins School for the Blind

Session 1
8. A Conversation with the Keynote
Continue the conversation with today’s keynote speaker on the topic of inclusion.Dr. Paula Kluth, Consultant, Author, Advocate, and Independent ScholarSession 1
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9. Fostering Peer Relationships in All Young Children
This workshop will explore curriculum planning, outdoor spaces, and mixed age groupings as a means to foster peer interaction. Adults must be intentional in order to create inclusive spaces, that draw together children of all abilities and build social competence.Helena Liedtke, Founder: Space2Thrive TM; Melody Lack, Director: TLC
Nursery School; Denise Galford-Koeppel, MS, PMC, CEIS, Developmental
Specialist: Minute Man Early Intervention
Session 1
EC PowerPoint presentation10. Red Flags for Learning or Communication Disabilities in Young ChildrenParticipants will learn about the warning signs that parents, doctors, and early educators should be aware of in young children’s developmental stages.
Carol Kinlan, Director of Admissions and Enrollment:
Perkins School for the Blind

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11. Serving on Groups - Participating in
Family engagement in decision-making is central to school improvement and student achievement. Participants will develop skills to successfully serve in decision-making groups.Leslie H. Leslie, Poject Director: Mass PAC, Federation for Children
with Special Needs

Session 2
HC12. Families and Care Providers: Improving Outcomes
for Children and Youth with Special Health
Care Needs
Based on successful experience in improving care for families at Boston Children’s Hospital, this workshop will give participants tools and strategies to navigate health care delivery systems and community based services, and, in so doing, improve care for children and youth with special health care needs. The session will incorporate elements of the US Maternal and Child Health funded Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum, co-developed by National Family Voices. Richard Antonelli, MD, Medical Director, Integrated Care: Boston Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics: Harvard Medical SchoolSession 2
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13. We’ve Got the Diagnosis and the Recommendations, Now What?In this discussion, three parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders will share their experience and insights for finding effective behavioral therapies.Neal Goodman, MS, Program Coordinator-Resource Specialist:
Boston Children’s Hospital; Jason Fogler, MD, Psychologist:
Boston Children’s Hospital

Session 2
SPEDPowerPoint presentation14. Physical & Communication Access:
Isn’t that the Law?
Are you scratching your head when you can’t get your child where they need to go? Aren’t there supposed to be ramps, curb cuts, grab bars, and accessible parking? How about large print, braille, and American Sign Language? The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in 1990, yet obstacles still exist. Discover precise steps that you can take to ensure access for your child. Learn how powerful you can be right from your kitchen table - no experience necessary! Jean Z. Batty, Parent Advocate
Session 2
SPED15. Inclusive Schools Project Presenters will explain this two-year initiative designed to support inclusive learning settings for students with disabilities. Topics include: quality indicators for inclusive learning, successful strategies for inclusion, and available resources to help parents support the efforts of their children’s schools. David Parker, Karen Johnston, & Matt Holloway: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationSession 2
HC - Policy16. From Local to National Advocacy: Cultural Humility Revisited In this session, Maria Isabel Frankenberg will share her experiences in advocacy at the local and state level as well as in the national arena. The principles of cultural humility will be at the core of this workshop.María Frangenberg , Project Coordinator: National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships and AIM Projects, Family Voices
Session 2
TR17. Access to College and Jobs for Students with Intellectual DisabilitiesThis panel discussion will explore college and job success for students with intellectual disabilities and autism, including IEP strategies, transition services, and more. Johanne Pino: Massachusetts Advocates for Children; Glenn Gabbard: Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative; Maria Paiewonsky: Institute for Community Inclusion; Michael Sweeney, Student; Theola Sweeney, Parent; & Maximo Pimentel, StudentSession 2
TRHandout 118. Facilitating Greater Independence for Transition: Using Self-Management to Support Self-Advocacy and Self-DeterminationIndependence is one of the most important goals educators and families focus on for an optimal transition experience for youth with disabilities. This presentation will examine the value of teaching students to use self-management as they increase their skills in self-advocacy. Self-management is a research-based practice that facilitates behavioral change for youth with mild to severe disabilities. Participants will be provided with user-friendly handouts and given an opportunity to practice creating a self-management plan.Dina Traniello, Educational Consultant, Assistant Visiting Professor: Fitchburg State University;
Anne Howard, Professor: Fitchburg State University
Session 2
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19. Autism Insurance in Massachusetts: How to Obtain ABA Therapy and Find an ABA TherapistThis workshop will cover the most up-to-date information on insurance coverage for individuals with autism. Whether you have insurance through your employer or through MassHealth, this workshop will be beneficial for you and your family.Terri Farrell, Project Director: Autism Insurance Resource Center,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Session 2
SPED20. Advocacy Lessons from BSEA Decisions This workshop will take an in-depth look at hearing decisions from the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) over the last two years, with a focus on key strategies for success when obtaining appropriate special education services.Tim Sindelar, Attorney: Law Office of Tim Sindelar

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HC - family wellness21. Family Wellness: Integrative Therapies to Relieve Caregiver StressParticipants will be treated to a model for relieving caregiver stress with integrative therapies including chair yoga, aromatherapy, body awareness meditation, and Reiki.Emily Davidson, MD, MPH, Assistant in Medicine: Complex Care Services, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Pediatrics: Harvard Medical School

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TR22. Supporting Individuals and Families During Transition PlanningDDS will review the transition process and supports available to help youth and families develop a vision, understand service options, and plan for the future.Margaret Van Gelder, MA Department of Developmental Services; Victor Hernandez, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, DDS
Session 3
ATS23. Special Education Law: Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderThis presentation will review changes to state and federal law impacting children with ASD, including legislation case law information. Participants will enhance their understanding of the rights and procedures that ensure children with ASD receive educational opportunities reflective of their competency and potentialLeslie Hughes, Autism Information Specialist: Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Session 3
PL24. Transforming Small Actions into a MovementThis presentation will outline how a mother’s struggle to find nursing care evolved into a statewide movement to protect our state’s most medically fragile children and adults.Angela Ortiz, Strategic Partnerships Consultant: Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress; Founder and Chair: MA Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign
Session 3
ATHandout 125. . Working Together: A Team Approach to Assistive TechnologyThis workshop will explore the collaboration between home and school in utilizing Assisitve Technology for special education. Resources for Assistive Technology solutions will be provided.Patricia Donovan, Kennedy Day School; Kelsie Wooten, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist: Franciscan Children’s/em>Session 3
B/MH26. What Happens After School For Us? Young Adults with Different Abilities Talk! Peer Specialists and young adults will discuss their school, college, and work experiences after transitioning from high school settings, focusing on what works, what does not work, and what young adults need to support their next steps. The audience will receive tools to support and help young adults focus on next steps.
Dani Walsh: Parent Professional Advocacy League

Session 3
TRPowerPoint presentation27. Go Team! Interdisciplinary Planning for Young AdultsThis panel discussion will center around the importance of establishing a complete team of formal and informal supports when planning for a young adult with disabilities. Topics will include financial planning, public benefits, service options, and fiduciary planning and succession, with a focus on partnerships between the family and key professionals.Sarah Peterson, President: Massachusetts Guardianship Association; Elizabeth Baum, J.D., M.P.H., Attorney: Law Office of Elizabeth Baum, P.C.; Alexandra Nadworny, Special Needs Financial Planning Specialist: Shepherd Financial Partners; Doreen Cummings, Jewish Family & Children’s Services
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28. Finding and Establishing an Independent Living Facility for your ChildThis panel will address the independent living alternatives process as followed by parents and young adults with disabilities, including approaches and results.Lisa Majewski, Parent; Ben Majewski, Self-Advocate;
Ned Reichenbach, Self-Advocate, Mark Slotnick, President:
New England Communities; & Peter Johnson
Session 3
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29. The Pyramid Model: Positive Solutions for FamiliesWhen young children exhibit challenging behavior, we may become so focused on finding a way to make the behavior stop that we forget to just have fun with our child. This session gives an overview of the Pyramid Model, which focuses on evidence-based strategies for caregivers of infants, toddlers, and young children to encourage appropriate behavior through fun, everyday experiences. The workshop includes a “Make n’ Take” strategy for home use along with many free Pyramid resources.Deborah Scannell, Facilitator: Pyramid Model State Leadership Team
Session 3
SC30. The Warp and the Weft This session will focus on weaving the fabric of access and improved outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstream classrooms.
Staff, Boston Children’s Hospital Waltham; & Aurora Wilbur: Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of HearingSession 3
ChineseC-1. 教育評估: 家長需知參加者將會學習如何理解教育評估結果。同時, 參加者也會
Dr. Lusa Lo, Professor: University of Massachusetts, Boston
Session 1
ChineseC-2. 自闭症主要保健本研讨会帮助参与者了解现今自闭症医疗系统,主要家庭
Dr. Xuejun Kong, PCP: Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center/
Harvard Medical School

Session 2
ChineseC-3. 进行吧,团队!跨界线计划残障青年人的服务。本研讨会将会围绕在计划残障青年人的服务当中建立由正
Sarah Peterson, President: Massachusetts Guardianship Association;
Elizabeth Baum, J.D., M.P.H., Attorney: Law Office of Elizabeth Baum,
P.C.; Alexandra Nadworny, Special Needs Financial Planning Specialist:
Shepherd Financial Partners; Doreen Cummings, Jewish Family &
Children’s Services
Session 3
ArabicA-1. ورشة عمل: المحاضر: د. محمد عثمان )استشاري طب نفسي أطفال ومراهقين(التفاصيل: التعليم عبر الحواجز الثقافية التي تلعب دوراً فعالاً في المجتمع العربي والمسلمالعنوان: التعامل مع متطلبات التعليم الخاص باللغة العربيةSession 1
ArabicA-2. ورشة عمل: المحاضر: د. رولا شويريالتفاصيل: ورشة عمل باللغة العربية لمناقشة اضطرابات التأخرالنمائي في الطفولة
المبكرة و الأطفال الأكبر )تأخر التطور, التوحد, صعوبات التعلم, و التأخر العقلي(
من وجهة النظر الطبي و مناقشة الأسباب, العلاج, و التدخل السلوكي في حالات
معينة. وسوف تشمل الورشة على التنويه للخدمات المتوفرة ومصادر الدعم المجتمعي والمصادر الأخرى.
العنوان: رعاية طفلي ذو اضطراب التأخر النمائيSession 2
Haitian CreoleH-1. Pèspektiv kilti ayisyèn nan sou lasante mantalPandan prezantasyon sa a, y ap fè yon ekspoze pou
patisipan yo sou kilti ayisyèn nan sou pwoblèm lasante
mantal yo. Y ap montre divès peryòd migrasyon istorik
vin nan peyi Etazini ak Lamerik dinò ak plas vodou a ak
lamedsin tradisyonèl la ; ansanm ak estrateji enpòtan pou
anplwaye ajans yo pou ankouraje yon patenarya efikas ak
kliyan yo ak fanmi yo.
Antoine Duffaut, Training Specialist: Home for Little Wanderers
Session 1
Haitian Creole: French H-1. Perspective de la culture haïtienne sur la
santé mentale
Les participants bénéficieront d’une présentation sur
la culture haïtienne vis-à-vis des problèmes de santé
mentale. Elle montrera les différentes périodes historiques
de migration vers les États-Unis et l’Amérique du Nord
et la place du vaudou et de la médecine traditionnelle ;
ainsi que des stratégies principales pour le personnel de
l’agence afin de promouvoir un partenariat efficace avec
les clients et les familles.
Antoine Duffaut, Training Specialist: Home for Little Wanderers
Session 1
Haitian CreoleHandout 1H-2. Kenbe lafwa a, istwa yon manmanPrezantasyon sa a ap enfòme ak anseye paran timoun ki
gen andikap yo pou yo jwe yon wòl lidèchip lè y ap defann
yo bò kote gouvènman lokal la, gouvènman eta a ak
gouvènman federal la pou yo jwenn sèvis ak sipò pou pitit
yo. Epi, l ap montre paran yo kijan pou yo abòde fonksyonè
piblik yo pou ede yo konprann pwoblèm andikap yo pou yo
ka kreye lwa pou yo.
Evelyne Milorin, Parent: Mass Families Organizing for Change,and Parent-to-ParentSession 2
Haitian Creole: French Handout 1H-2. Gardant la foi, l’histoire d’une mèreCette présentation informera et enseignera les parents
d’enfants handicapés à jouer un rôle de leadership en
promouvant, à l’échelle locale, étatique et fédérale,
l’obtention de services et d’appui pour leurs enfants. En
outre, elle montrera aux parents comment s’approcher
des fonctionnaires publics afin de les aider à comprendre
les problèmes de handicap en vue de créer des lois pour
leur compte.
Evelyne Milorin, Parent: Mass Families Organizing for Change,
and Parent-to-Parent
Session 2
Haitian CreoleH-3. Pwomosyon entèkiltirèl ak fanmi ayisyèn yo ki gen
timoun ki gen bezwen espesyal
Se yon pwofesyonèl ak yon paran k ap met ansanm pou yo
fè prezantasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen ak an anglè. Atelye
sa a ap bay yon fowòm pou fanmi ayisyèn yo ak moun k
ap bay sèvis an de lang yo pou yo ka reflechi sou pwoblèm
yo te konn jwenn otrefwa ak kounye a lè y ap defann ak
chache sèvis nan domèn edikasyon espesyal, swen lasante,
avantaj nan eta a, estaj pwofesyonèl ak jwenn travay.
Renald Raphael: Coordinator of Haitian Family Support, HAPHISession 3
Haitian Creole: French H-3. La promotion interculturelle et les familles haïtiennes
ayant des enfants nécessitant des besoins spéciaux
Cette présentation sera menée en créole haïtien et en
anglais conjointement par un professionnel et un parent.
Cet atelier fournira un forum pour les familles haïtiennes et
les fournisseurs de services bilingues pour réfléchir sur les
problèmes passés et actuels, auxquels ils sont confrontés,
dans la promotion et l’accès dans les domaines de
l’éducation spéciale, des soins de santé, des prestations
de l’État, de formation professionnelle et d’emploi.
Renald Raphael: Coordinator of Haitian Family Support, HAPHISession 3
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P-1. Melhorando o Cuidado Familiar: Aprenda Sobre as
Terápias Terapêuticas em Casa
Participantes aprenderam sobre uma variedade de
serviços terapêuticos em casa disponivél para as crianças
com necessidades especiais.
Jessica Da Silva: Care CoordinatorSession 1
PortugueseP-2. Aprendendo com Disordem do Processo SensorialEssa apresentacao tem o principal objetivo de levar aos
pais o conhecimento de como seus filhos processam a
informacao sensorial do mundo e como isso afeta sua
personalidade, comportamento e aprendizado.
Michele Junqueira, Pediatric Development Specialist:
Step One Early-Intervention
Session 2
PortugueseP-3. O poder do auto-estima: Reconhecendo Sua Força
Um forte sentimento de auto-estima vem de dentro.
Como a construção de seu auto-estima pode ajudar a
remodelar pensamentos negativos e melhorar a sua
saúde emocional geral.
Luciana Quintanilha, Social Worker and Family Services Manager:
City of Somerville
Session 3
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E-1. Los Componentes Integrales de Una Evaluación Psico-educativa
Este taller le ofrecerá a los participantes una visión general y una descripción de los diversos componentes que componen una evaluación psico-educativa. Una evaluación psico-educativa es una fuente integral de información relativa al perfil cognitivo y de aprendizaje de un estudiante que se utiliza para determinar la presencia de una discapacidad de aprendizaje u otros factores que afectan el desempeño académico. Las diversas fuentes de información obtenidas mediante el uso de evaluaciones y la integración de esta información se discutirán en detalle.
Gloria Austrich, Director: Bilingual Assessment, Consultation and Advocacy (BACA)
Session 1
SpanishE-2. Derechos Básicos: Madres, Padres, y el Proceso de Educación Especial
Los padres recibirán una visión general del proceso de educación especial, incluyendo su papel importante durante todo el proceso, las evaluaciones, la reunión del equipo y la respuesta al IEP.
Diana Santiago, Staff Attorney: Massachusetts Advocates for ChildrenSession 2
SpanishE-3. Como Contar su Historia Para Ser Recordado
Este taller está diseñado para padres y cuidadores de niños y jóvenes con necesidades especiales. La narración eficaz de historias es una parte importante de la promoción. Ya sea que estemos en una reunión del IEP, o en el consultorio del doctor, o simplemente hemos sido invitados a ser parte de un panel de padres, mantener dentro de un límite de tiempo mientras se comunica efectivamente no viene de forma natural. Este taller de estilo conversacional proveerá una oportunidad para aprender y practicar estrategias de contar historias personales en pequeños grupos.
María Frangenberg: Project Coordinator
Session 3
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V-1. Những điều cần biết sau khi con bạn nhận được chẩn đoánHội thảo sẽ giúp phụ huynh hiểu chẩn đoán của con mình, những việc nên làm sau khi nhận chẩn đoán. Hội thảo cung cấp thông tin hướng dẫn phụ huynh tìm hiểu về hệ thống y khoa, phối hợp với hệ thống giáo dục để các con có các dịch vụ phù hợp nhất.Catherine Vuky, Ph.D: South Cove Community Health CenterSession 1
VietnameseV-2. Tìm hiểu về Đánh giá Giáo dụcHội thảo sẽ giúp người tham gia hiểu thêm về đánh giá về giáo dục; kết quả của các đánh giá này có quan hệ như thế nào trong các dịch vụ giáo dục đặc biệt. Làm thế nào để thiết kế mục tiêu phù hợp cho các em dựa theo kết quả đánh giá này.Dr. Lusa Lo, Professor: University of Massachusetts, BostonSession 2
VietnameseV-3. Những điều cần biết về ABA – Phân tích Ứng dụng Hành viHội thảo sẽ cung cấp thông tin cơ bản về phương pháp ABA, chia sẽ một số mẹo để phụ huynh làm việc hiệu quả với chuyên viên ABA ở trường và ở nhà. Cũng như trả lời các câu hỏi thắc mắc liên quan đến ABA.Phong Pham, M. Ed,BCBA: Newton Public Schools,/em>