June 28–29, 2017  

2017 CoLA Summer Institute – Leaders Networking for Success

Description: D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 3. Today, he is a dynamic motivational speaker, artist, and author. Hearing D.J. tell his story of how he uses his art as a vehicle to spread the message of hope, inspiration, and awareness is sure to encourage you!

Young adults who have gained employment after participation in Project SEARCH will present information about their transition from high school to employment. Topics will include the impact of Project SEARCH on social skills, communication, self-determination, and independence. Additionally, these successful youth will share lessons learned in the transition from school to work. 

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Midlothian, Virginia

Sponsored By: Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University's Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE), and T/TAC at VCU. 

Registration: Please visit http://www.vcuautismcenter.org/registration/conference/.

Additional Information: Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials. Early bird registration is $70.00 from April 19th to June 2nd. Late registration is $90.00 from June 3–16. Hotel costs are included for registrants traveling more than 50 miles one way from work location to event. For more information, click here.


June 29–30, 2017  

Opening Doors – Unlocking Potential 2017!

Description: This is the 11th annual state-wide professional development institute for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing and all who work directly with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. ODUP is now known as Virginia's Go-To event for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing (TODHH) and other educators who work directly with students who are d/hh to increase their knowledge and skills specifically for the unique needs of this population. This year's two-day ODUP Institute will focus on effective strategies, assessments and more to positively impact outcomes for students who are d/hh and have additional concerns (i.e., D/HH Plus). This includes an exciting "short course" on behavior strategies for students with complex needs.  Opening Doors To Life Beyond High School (OD2LBHS), the valuable pre-session will be on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  See the OD2LBHS page for specifics on the only state-wide event designed for rising 8th-rising 12th grade students and Class of 2017 graduates who are deaf/hard of hearing and their parents/guardians and professionals who work with transition age students.

Location: Double Tree by Hilton in Richmond-Midlothian, Virginia

Intended Audience: Teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, SLPs and educators who work directly with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Sponsored By: Virginia Department of Education and Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, VCU

Time: Thursday, June 29 (9:00am–5:00pm) and Friday, June 30 (7:30am–1:00pm)

Registration: Visit http://www.cvent.com/d/f5qncd to register.

Additional Information: For registration assistance, please contact Kristen Stahr at khstahr@vcu.edu or call 804-828-9920. For ODUP content information, please contact Ann Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu or call 804-828-1342.


July 19–21, 2017

Creating Connections to Shining Stars

Description: Virginia’s collaborative early childhood birth-through-five summer conference educating our infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities as well as advocating for them and supporting their families. An evidence-based professional development for practitioners in early intervention and early childhood, administrators, related service providers and family members.    

Location: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia

Intended Audience: Administrators, early interventionists, guidance counselors, OTs, paraprofessionals, parents/families/PT, SLPs, teachers, transition coordinators 

Sponsored By: Partnership for People with Disabilities, Infant & Toddler Connections of Virginia, Integrated Training Collaborative, Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development (VCPD): Coordination Across Earlty Childhood Systems

Time: Coming Soon

Registration: Click here to register.

Additional Information: Coming soon


August 2, 2017  

Regions 6 & 7 Assistive Technology Network Summer Symposium

Description: This Assistive Technology Network meeting will be focused on hands-on exploration of the latest and greatest AT to support students with disabilities. Participants will hear from representatives from popular AT companies about their newest products. Time will be given to network with other AT teams across our regions and to action plan with your divisional team. Whether you are a returning team or a newly formed team, we encourage you to attend. Lunch is provided!

Location: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia

Intended Audience: Leadership teams of 3–4 people, including AT specialists, general and special education teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, and/or other individuals with knowledge of assistive technology

Sponsored By: T/TAC at Virginia Tech

Time: 9:00am–3:00pm (Registration and refreshments beginning at 8:30am)

Registration: Click here to register.

Additional Information: Click here for flyer.