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2015 CIDD Community Talk Series

All are welcome! Join us to learn about recent
advances in developmental disabilities. FREE!

Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

CIDD Conference Room 101
101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro, NC 27510


Wednesday, January 14th
David Moser
Accounting Technician with the TEACCH Autism Program

A Personal Perspective on Life with ASD
Mr. Moser will describe how his autism has impacted his social life, his work experience, and his independent living situation. With his unique insights he will share some of the challenges he has experienced as well as the many successes he has accomplished along the way.
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Wednesday, February 11th
Anthony D. Nicholson, Esq.
Guardianship (and Other Alternatives) for People with Developmental Disabilities
Mr. Nicholson will discuss why and when families need to think about guardianship, the factors to consider, types of guardianship and alternatives to guardianship for people with developmental disabilities. He will also cover the guardianship procedure so that families know what to expect in the court process of appointing a guardian.
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Wednesday, March 11th
Deb Childress, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, 3C Institute
What happens next?
Building resilience to support students with autism spectrum disorder in making a successful transition to post-secondary education

Dr. Childress will review some common challenges faced by students with ASD as they transition to college and provide tips about how to support a student making this transition.
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Wednesday, April 8th
Robert B. Christian, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, CIDD, UNC School of Medicine
Rationale Use of Psychopharmacologic Medication in The Context of Developmental Disabilities
Dr. Christian will review general approaches to medication use in this population.
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Wednesday, May 13th
Sherry Mergner, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor and the AHEC Liaison at UNC-CH, School of Social Work, CIDD Let’s Talk About It!
The Power of Promoting Disability Awareness

Ms. Mergner will focus on how to talk with a child about his/her disability as well as educating school administrators, teachers, staff and fellow classmates. A number of approaches will be examined highlighting the importance of the child becoming a self-advocate and a valued member of the school community.
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Wednesday, September 9th
Ann Turnbull, Ed.D.
Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Special Education,
University of Kansas; Adjunct Professor, School of Education, University of N.C.
The “Nuts and Bolts” for a Person with Significant and Multiple Disabilities to Have a Home of His Own: The Turnbull Family’s Experience
Dr. Turnbull will share how she and her husband, Rud, created a home for their son, Jay—finances; recruiting, hiring, and managing housemates; location, floor plan; daily activities, and more
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Wednesday, October 14
William J. Hussey, M.A.Director, Exceptional Children Division, DPI
What Families and Educators Need to Know about Common Core to Support a Child with an IEP
This presentation will discuss how standards, common core or state standards, need to be broken down to address their underlying skills. It is the specific skills needed to address any standards that are used to develop a child’s IEP.
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Wednesday, November 11th
Anthony D. Nicholson, EsqAttorney
The Role of Special Needs Trusts in Estate Planning for Families with Children with Developmental Disabilities
Mr. Nicholson will outline the types of estate planning documents that are important for families with children who have developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on special needs trusts.
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Wednesday, December 9th
Tracy Vail, M.S., CCC/SLPSpeech/Language Pathologist, Autism Consultant
Functional Communication Training
Ms. Vail will discuss how to determine the meaning of a child’s maladaptive behavior and then how to teach the child to use more effective communication forms to meet their needs.
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Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Functional Communication Training
“Words” Instead of “Tantrums”

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Debbie Debbie B. Reinhartsen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology Section Head
Associate Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
2014 CIDD Community Talk Series
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Light refreshments will be provided.
Respite care is not available.
Convenient parking located next to building.

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