Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders
I would like to invite you to the tenth annual Summer Institute on Friday, August 2nd, and pre-conference workshop on Thursday, August 1st.
Friday’s conference is intended for a wide range of professionals, including educators, psychologists, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists, as well as for families, caregivers and students. Presenters address the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research and the most current standards for best practices in prevention, assessment, treatment and support services across the lifespan.
Please note that we are trying a new venue this year. The conference will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center on the Davis campus (8:00am - 5:00pm).
Thursday’s pre-conference workshop will be 8:30am - 3:30pm at the MIND Institute on the Sacramento campus. The topic is “Assistive Technology Support for the Student with an IEP” and will be presented by Jillian King, MA, CCC-SLP, Coordinator, Placer County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), and Jennifer Wright, MA, CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist, Assistive Technology Program, Placer County Office of Education. Recommended practices for assistive technology (AT) for students with Individualized Education Program (IEPs) will be reviewed. Sub-topics will include the AT assessment process, linking assessment to IEP goals, the IEP assistive technology "consideration" process, and funding.
As Chair of the Summer Institute Planning Committee, I am eager to share with you some of Friday’s activities. The day begins with a keynote address by Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., MPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of Environmental Health at UC Davis. Her subject will be What causes autism? The role of environmental exposures. Following the opening address, workshops will be offered in the following topic-focused strands:
- Evidence-based practices for medical and educational interventions
- Updates on changes in health insurance coverage for developmental disabilities
- Advocacy and family support
In addition to the multiple presentations throughout the day, there will be an exhibit hall with information about community resources, including advocacy organizations, University departments, micro-businesses owned and operated by people with disabilities, assistive technology products, and educational materials. A hospitality area will be hosted by WarmLine Family Resource Center and Fiesta Educativa. We invite you to meet parents of children with special needs and learn about resources.
The conference will include valuable information for everyone who touches the lives of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and we hope to see you there!
Director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD)
Director of Clinical Programs, UC Davis MIND Institute