This session, especially tailored for families of young children who receive Early Intervention (birth to five) services, will discuss challenges of and solutions to including young children with ASD in the community. A brief framework on national and state inclusion policy and regulation will be provided. The defining features of inclusion—Access, Participation, and Supports—will be illustrated through successful real-life examples of “inclusion in action.” Family presenters will share their expertise in navigating the system, building positive communication and collaborative team processes, and developing IFSP/IEPs that articulate inclusive practices. Perspectives on the benefits of inclusion will be shared by families whose children do not have a disability. Opportunities for participation in Parent-Cafe-style discussion related to sharing successes and common inclusion concerns will occur. Participants will leave with a “take-away” message identified through the Cafe. Resources will be abundant. Examples of simple assistive technology solutions will be available.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania