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2016 Summer Institute Schedule

Non-session activities and amenities include:

  • Sunrise Yoga each morning led by Jacqueline Adamo - registrants, check your email for more information!
  • Boxed lunches will be available for purchase on-site - registrants, check your email for more information!
  • Opening Reception on Tuesday night with food and a cash bar
  • Drum Circle on Wednesday night with Jim Donovan
  • Open Art workshop and film screenings during lunch
  • Rexlation, quiet, and sensory spaces available any time during the day
  • The Columbia Sheraton Hotel has a pool, fitness center, scenic trails, and a shuttle to nearby restaurants and shopping

Institute Schedule

subject to change

Day 1
Tuesday, July 26
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Sunrise Yoga
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote: "Don't We Already Do Inclusion?": 5 Ways to Create Better Schools for All
Paula Kluth
Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to "sharpen the saw" and become re-energized as an advocate or educator? If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions, this session is for you! This presentation is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. More specifically, it is focused on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations in this workshop are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are no or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders—including students and families. Learn tried-and-true techniques, as well as some out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, "shrinking" the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Getting Started Workshop for Individuals New to Typing
Hands-On Skill Building Workshops
We Thought You'd Never Ask: Voices from the Spectrum
John Hussman, Paula Kluth
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own / Film Screening / Open Art Space
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Bridging the Gap Between Intention and Action: the Neurobiology of Autism and Implications for Support
John Hussman
Instructional Adaptations and Technology Tools that Support Inclusive Learning
Cheryl Jorgensen
Accessing Communication Through Spelling
Elizabeth Vosseller
Support Goes Both Ways: Perspectives of Siblings of Individuals Who Type to Communicate
Devon Blasko, Scott Blasko, Matthew Russo, Karthik Krishnan
Lopping Off Old Ideas About Doing Art
Larry Bissonnette
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Pointing Forward: How People with Autism and Other Movement Differences Achieve Independent Communication
Christi Kasa
Stepping Aboard the Advocacy Train
Tracy ThresherQuin Delia
Community Participation: Collaborative Supports to Overcome Barriers
Lisa Crabtree
FC Research Scorecard: Using Quality Indicators to Evaluate the Research Base on Typing to Communicate
Julia White, Diane Ryndak
More Than Friendship: Navigating the Deeper Relationship as a Typer
Jamie Burke, Kelsey Krause, Rick Meives, Michelle Gruel
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception

 

Day 2
Wednesday, July 27
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Sunrise Yoga
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Light breakfast
9:00 - 10:15C a.m. Keynote: Typing For Life: Forging Connections Across Generations of Typers
Grant Blasko, Sujit Kurup, Kayla Takeuchi, Jamie Burke
Grant Blasko, Sujit Kurup, Kayla Takeuchi and Jamie Burke have spent their lives advocating for access, inclusion and participation of individuals who type to communicate. Sharing their experiences from different points across the lifespan, this keynote presentation will highlight the role that typing has played in each of their lives in creating opportunities for inclusion, community and friendships. Presenters will also highlight their challenges and successes in navigating questions about their competence, and offer advice to those just beginning their typing journeys.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Getting Started Workshop for Individuals New to Typing
Hands-On Skill Building Workshops
Creating Access to Communication: Making, Mounting and Modifying Communication Devices in Minutes
Therese Willkomm
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own / Film Screening / Open Art Space
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Creating Access to Communication Solutions: A Make and Take Workshop
Therese Willkomm
Syracuse Universities Fit Families Program
Luis Columna
Promoting Engagement, Socialization, and Stress Reduction Using Rhythm
Jim Donovan
Inclusion is More Than Just Being "In": A Planning Process for Full Participation and Learning
Cheryl Jorgensen
Wellspring Guild: The Next Step in Building a Training Community
Marilyn Chadwick, Pascal Cheng, Harvey Lavoy, Tracy Thresher
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Awesome iPad Apps, Accessories, and Adaptations to Support Access to Communication
Therese Willkomm
Mapping Communicative Support: Documentation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services in IEPs
Christy Ashby, Brianna Dickens, Kate Heath, Katherine Vroman, Casey Woodfield
Living a Creative Life
Jacqueline Adamo, Jamie Burke, Quin Delia, Sujit KurupRick Meives, Carly O'Connell
Effective Communication and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Samantha Crane
Reaching Up Through the Keyboard to a Brighter Life
Mark Utter
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Drum Circle

 

Day 3
Thursday, July 28
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Sunrise Yoga
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Light breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote: Reading "Moby Dick" with Tito Mukhopadhyay: Perception, Sensory Processing, and Unrecognized Competence in Autism
Ralph Savarese
Tito Mukhopadhyay and Ralph Savarese have been reading and discussing literature by Skype for years. Mukhopadhyay, who has been labeled “severely autistic,” types his comments on the sidebar while Savarese speaks. The former has published a number of well-received books but has never been allowed in a regular school; the latter is a writer and English professor. In 2012-2013, they discussed Herman Melville’s classic novel "Moby Dick," two chapters a week for seventeen months. In the fall of 2014, they visited Arrowhead in Western Massachusetts, where Melville wrote "Moby Dick," and Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, home of the "Charles Morgan," the world’s oldest wooden whaling vessel. Engaging issues of perception, sensory processing, and unrecognized competence in autism, Savarese will recount their illuminating journey.
10:30am - 12:00 p.m. Getting Started Workshop for Individuals New to Typing
Hands-On Skill Building Workshops
Communication - The Foundation of Everything: Insights from the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism
Zosia Zaks
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own / Film Screening / Open Art Space
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Metronomes & Motor Skills: Music Therapy Strategies for Movement Differences
CJ Shiloh, MT-BCKerry Devlin, MT-BC
More than Meets the Eye: A Framework to Reconsider our Interpretation and Conceptualization of Autism
Caroline Whyatt, Elizabeth Torres
Coming Together to Support Students Who Type in School
Students, teachers, staff, and parents from local schools
Typing is Tomorrow's World: The Multiple Roles of Technology in School and Life
Kanishk Krishnan, Kaushik Krishnan, Sujit Kurup
An IQ Antidote That Everybody Needs
Rosemary Crossley
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Closing Plenary