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Conventions & Conferences - 2011 - 04 (April) - CEC in National Harbor, Md.

CEC in National Harbor (04/2011)

The 2011 CEC Convention and Expo at National Harbor was a busy and exciting week of presentations, meetings, and social gatherings. Over 100 sessions were devoted to issues focusing on individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Topics centered on instructional strategies; language and literacy, the use of assistive technologies; social, behavioral, and communication skills; transition; and self-determination skills to name a few. Numerous Division members participated in committee meetings and we were delighted to see so many at the Presidential reception later that evening. Our DADD business meeting was especially delightful this year as we presented the first Shriver-Kennedy Student Achievement Award to Mr. Jordan Obrect.

This year’s Showcase Session drew a standing room-only crowd with over 300 conference attendees present to hear Drs. Michael Wehmeyer, Richard Simpson, and Jim Patton discuss Current Issues and Future Directions in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Wehmeyer began the session with a discussion on “Intellectual disability, human functioning, and the supports’ paradigm: Implications for education.” As the current President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Dr. Wehmeyer provided a historical perspective of the disability movement followed by the changing assumptions regarding the definition associated with intellectual disability and its implications for human functioning and supports’ provision. Dr. Simpson followed with an interesting discussion on “Evidence-based and effective methods for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”  He described fundamental effective practice program elements considered critical for addressing the characteristics of ASD and discussion on current evidence-based and promising practices in the field. Finally, Dr. Patton provided a fascinating presentation titled: “Intellectual disabilities and the criminal justice system: Implications for schools and other service providers.” He presented a detail of the criminal justice system and its potential impact on incarcerated individuals with intellectual disabilities. In doing so, he highlighted how K-12 educators might focus on self-advocacy and transition skills that may empower these individuals should they every encounter such situations. If you were unable to attend this session, we hope to highlight invited articles from panel members in future issues of the DADD Express.
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