Teachers participating in professional development

March 9, 2018

Youth & Parent Summit Application Deadline

Location: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Date: June 13-15, 2018

Description: The Youth and Parent Summit is a two-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. During the Summit, participants work in groups facilitated by I'm Determined Youth Leaders to discover how the core components of self-determination can be applied to their lives. Summit attendees are expected to return to their home schools and communities to share the self-determination message.

Target Audience: Virginia youth with disabilities ages 13-21 and parent(s)

Sponsored By: Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities

Registration:  Application information

For More Information: Please visit the I'm Determined Youth Summit Homepage.


March 21 - 24, 2018

Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia Conference

Location: Doubletree by Hilton - Williamsburg, Virginia.

Registration & For More InformationPlease visit the SHAV website for more information about their conference and registration details.


March 23, 2018

Autism Service Acess for All: Empowering Rural Communities

Location: Hyatt Place, 650 University City Blvd., Blacksburg, Virginia

Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Description: Please attend the 6th annual VTAC and VTCAR conference and hear the latest developments & updates in autism research for educators, clinicians, researchers, and families.

NEW THIS YEAR: Workshops regarding the IEP process and Medicaid Waivers.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Diana Robins from Drexel University on Early Screening for ASD in Toddlers

The Department of Psychology of Virginia Tech is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Department of Psychology of Virginia Tech maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Refreshments and lunch provided.

Target Audience: Open to the public

Sponsored By: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research

Registration: RSVP by March 1, 2018 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-annual-vt-autism-conference-registration-42363374995?utm_term=eventurl_text.

Additional Information: Conference is free. $35.00 donation to support VT autism services and research will be accepted on the day of the event.


March 24, 2018

Parent Camp

Location: Northside Middle School, 6810 Northside High School Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24019 

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Description: Join us for a great day of collaborative learning and conversation about Family Engagement in Virginia! Parent leaders and educators will have the opportunity to attend 3 sessions around hosting your own local Parent Camp and other topics of interest for increasing family engagement. Sessions will be fast-paced, informative, and participant-focused. Come ready to share experiences, opinions, hopes, and ideas that will improve the education of all children and their families. To RSVP, click the Register button and select one role that best identifies you. Lunch will be provided. If you require dietary accommodations, please e-mail Dana Yarbrough at dvyarbrough@vcu.edu. To view a flyer for this event, please click here.

Target Audience: Parent leaders and educators

Sponsored By: Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU

Registration & For More Information: Please visit the Parent Camp Registration page on Evenbrite for registration information. For more information about Parent Camps, visit www.parentcamp.org


March 29 - 30, 2018

Implementing Core Vocabulary All Day Long

Location:  Holiday Inn Charlottesville - University Area.  Charlottesville, Virginia.

Time:  9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day.  Registration and light breakfast available at 8:30 am.  (Participants will earn 12 contact hours if they complete the course)

Speaker:  Chris Bugaj, MA, CCC-SLP

Description: Participants will explore the importance of core vocabulary for all early language learners, as well as how to integrate fringe vocabulary that enhances and enriches successful communication. The importance of aided language stimulation, motor planning, and engineering the environment for communication will be highlighted throughout the session. Explore tools and strategies to collect data to demonstrate progress and next steps needed. Leave equipped with effective methodologies, strategies, and perspectives necessary to implement AAC systems that work to usher students down a path and into a world where they become functional communicators.

Target Audience:  This course is designed for school-based therapists, educators and parents who are interested in using Core Vocabulary with the students they support.

Registration/Cost:  Early registration is $135 until February 9, 2018.  After this, registration will be $150.  The deadline to register is February 28, 2018.  For more information on the Implementing Core Vocabulary All Day Long course and to register, please download and view the course flyer.

Contact:  Call the T/TAC at James Madison University at 434-975-9400.

Sponsored By:  The Piedmont Regional Education Program and the Virginia Department of Education's Region 5 T/TAC at James Madison University.


June 25 - 26, 2018

Communities of Leaders in Autism (CoLA) Summer Institute

Location:  Delta Hotels by Marriott - Richmond, Virginia.

Description: Participants will receive cutting-edge Autism strategies, resources, and training materials to take back to division staff.  Information about state improvement efforts and networking opportunities to strengthen collaboration.

Target Audience:  Regional CoLA participants, identified Autism specialists/leaders in divisions, educators knowledgeable in Autism.  Two representatives per division are invited and there will be a waiting list for additional attendees.

Registration/Cost:  More information will be available soon!

Contact:  Email Holly Nester (hollyn@vt.edu) or Lynn Everett (elynn1@vt.edu) or call 800-848-2714.

Sponsored By:  VCU's Autism Center for Excellence, the Virginia Department of Education, and the VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Centers.