Sunday, May 20, 2012

Event Summary for the Week of May 21, 2012

May 2012 SEAC Meeting

This month's meeting of MCPS' Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. This month's topic will be psychological assessments.

The agenda this month will include a discussion on home and hospital teaching by Carrie Harris, instructional specialist and Brenda Wilks, director, Department of Student Services.

Director of Special Education Gwen Mason will provide information on a new pilot program at Jones Lane/Dufief.

These meetings, usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, include a period of public comments, Department of Special Education updates, and a speaker or discussion.

Meetings are held in Room 126 at the Carver Educational Services Center (850 Hungerford Drive) in Rockville. All are welcome. Babysitting is provided.

Anyone wishing to give public comments must bring five copies of your testimony and contact one of the co-chairs prior to the meeting. Co-chairs are Joan Sabaka (, Anne Turner (, and Amuthan Kannan (

Sensory Friendly Film: Madagascar 3

Enjoy a screening of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in a sensory friendly environment on June 16 at 10 a.m.

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide a mellower setting for families affected by autism and other disabilities. The movie auditorium will have its lights brought up and the sound turned down, families can bring in their own GFCF snacks, and no previews or ads will be shown before the movies. Audience members are also welcome to get up and move or vocalize. (Unless the safety of the audience is questioned.)

Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the theaters that participates.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Transition Conference

The 2012 National Transition Conference: College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities will take place in Washington, DC from May 30-June 1.

The conference will include more than 90 breakout sessions as well as a keynote/general session each day.

Conference registration is $285 and includes admission to the conference as well as continental breakfast, a reception and one lunch. Register online.

The conference will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Road, NW) in DC.

Executive Functions from Infancy through Early Adulthood

CHADD will hold a lecture covering the topic of Executive Functions from Infancy through Early Adulthood on May 27 from 7:15-9:15 p.m.

This talk will review recent studies of executive function development. Strategies to navigate the transition from high school to college will be discussed. The speaker will be Vincent P. Culotta, Ph.D., ABN.

The meeting will take place at the Twinbrook Library (202 Meadow Hall Drive) in Rockville. Meeting registration and social time will begin at 7:15 p.m. with the speaker program to begin at 7:30.

COPAA Webinars on Transition and Legal Issues

COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, will hold two series of webinars over the next two months, one on transition issues and one covering 2012 legal issues.

Transition Issues:
May 24th, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: What Happens After High School—Planning for the Transition to Adult Lives

June 5, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: Obtaining High Quality Transition Services in the Face of a Myriad of Obstacles: Lessons Learned

June 12, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: Transition: Supporting Students with Executive Functioning Deficits

Fees vary based on how many webinars you sign up for and in what capacity you are participating (advocate, parent, etc.). Register online.

2012 Legal Issues:
May 22, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: Do-It-Yourself Special Education Due Process, an Educational Guide

June 6, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: 2011 Annual Case Law Review

June 14, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: Details, Details: Understanding Your Rights and Why They Matter (free for COPAA parent members)

June 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: Research without Resources, Utilizing the TA&D Network

June 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: Preserving the Parent's Dissent; Drafting Effective IEP Attachments

June 28, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern: ABC's of Drafting Federal Court Pleadings

Fees vary based on how many webinars you sign up for and in what capacity you are participating (advocate, parent, etc.) Register online.

Resource Fair for Individuals with Disabilities

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services Community Support Network and Montgomery College will present A Rainbow of Resources: A Resource Fair for Individuals with Disabilities on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn more about programs for children and adults (birth-age 21) with disabilities. More than 50 organizations and businesses will be on hand to share their information.

The resource fair will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veterans Plaza) in Silver Spring. For more information, call 240-777-1216.

Fitness for Health Grand Re-opening

Fitness for Health will celebrate their grand re-opening on June 3 from 1-5 p.m.

This free event will feature several activities. Children will have open play in the gym from 1-2, a dance clinic with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders from 2-3, a basketball trick clinic with Mike Wilson (former Harlem Globetrotter) from 2:30-3:30, and a family health fair with Maryland Physicians Care Healthy Groove from 2:30-4:30.

There will also be a panel discussion for parents of special needs children from 1-2:30. Details on speakers and topics are available on the website.

For more information, call 301-231-7138. Fitness for Health is located at 11140 Rockville Pike in Rockville.

Residential Models for Individuals Eligible for Maryland DDA Funding

M&L Special Needs Planning will hold a workshop about Residential Models for Individuals Eligible for Maryland DDA Funding on May 29th from 7:30-9 p.m.

Rebecca Rubin of Disability Support Solutions will lead this workshop. During the workshop, Rubin will discuss the programmatic differences and types of funding associated with each residential model.

Register online. The workshop will take place at LearningRx (5017B Wilson Lane) in Bethesda.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Hi, friends of AutMont! This is your friendly reminder that the Montgomery Cheetahs will be holding their fundraising skate-a-thon (the Cheetah-thon!) this Saturday, May 12, from 5-7 p.m.

The Montgomery Cheetahs are a special hockey team for kids and young adults with developmental disabilities.

This great event will feature a two-hour open ice skating session for all ages. Come out and skate, or just come by to spend some time with some great families and kids. Donations are welcome at this free event.

Attendees can register online or just come by to the event. If you can't make it, you can donate online at

In addition to skating, there will be raffles for many fun prizes including Disney World tickets, ski tickets, Nintendo game systems, and more. A percentage of proceeds from the rink restaurant will also go to the Cheetahs.

The Cheetah-thon will take place at the Rockville Ice Arena (50 Southlawn Court) in Rockville.

National Leadership Autism Conference

The National Leadership Autism Conference: Autism Through the Lifespan will take place on May 31 and June 1. The conference is put on by Autism Today.

The event will cover intervention techniques, new methods for early identification, school age services, transitions to adulthood, and adult services and supports. See a full list of presentations on the website.

Registration fees vary. You can register online. The conference will take place at Montgomery College's Cultural Arts Center (7995 Georgia Avenue) in Silver Spring.