Bank Street College Autism Annotation Program's Expert Workshop Series

Bank Street College Autism Annotation Program sponsored its second annual Expert Workshop Series in April and May of 2012. The Expert Workshop Series is part of the Federal Grant that Bank Street College received to provide advanced New York State Certification to highly qualified masters level students who hold dual certification in general and special education and work with students on the autism spectrum and students with severe disabilities. Catherine Lord, PhD, Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (a subsidiary of Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital) presented Longitudinal Studies of Autism Spectrum Disorder: 2 to 22 on Monday, April 23, 2012. The studies she discussed provided an opportunity for participants to receive important information about individual differences in developmental trajectories in ASD and the factors that contribute to positive and negative aspects of outcome in adolescents and young adults.
On April 30, 2012, Valerie Paradiz, PhD presented Supporting the Emerging Self-Advocate with Autism in School Settings. Dr. Paradiz is the Director of Valerie Paradiz, LLC, a consultancy that designs curriculum and provides technical assistance and strategic planning to organizations that support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her presentation included assessment tools, supports for the development of IEP goals that foster self-advocacy ability, and implementation strategies for the Integrated Self Advocacy ISA Curriculum (AAPC, 2009). She also discussed five self-advocacy skill areas, which included social, sensory, special interests, disclosure and civil rights/entitlements.
Debbie Meringolo, MA, MS and Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS, CC/SLP presented Exploring the

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