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2015 Summer Institute on Inclusion and Communication

The institute will educate, motivate, inform and transform. Speakers include: Paula Kluth, Darlene Hanson, Harvey Lavoy, Pascal Cheng Tracy Thresher and more. Kluth is a nationally recognized expert on autism and inclusive education. Her publications include: "You're Going to Love This Kid," "Don't We Already Do Inclusion" and many more. The institute is for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other developmental and communication disabilities; friends, allies, families; educators, therapists and support providers. College students and university faculty are welcome.

2014 Midwest Summer Institute: Inclusion and Communication for All

The University of Northern Iowa is hosting the 2014 Midwest Summer Institute: “Inclusions and Communication for All."  Attendees include educators, families, individuals with and without disabilities, support personnel and researchers. Participants will hear and participate in presentations, discussions, panels, hands-on learning and networking that focuses on inclusive schools, employment and daily living, communication, and supported/facilitated typing for people with autism spectrum disabilities and other complex needs. Also attending will be nationally recognized and area experts on school and community inclusion and alternative communication supports. Featured presenters include Kathie Snow of Disability is Natural; Darlene Hanson, director of communication supports at WAPADH; and Tracy Thresher, self-advocate featured in the award-winning documentary, “Wretches & Jabberers.” For more information and to register visit:

Inclusion Event: Willing and Able Screening/Panel with Exhibits

This is the 2nd annual Inclusion event hosted by the Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language and Learning. Join us for an exhibit of art by individuals with disabilities as well as exhibits. The documentary, "Willing and Able" will begin at 7 p.m. This film takes the viewer into the Patrick O'Hearn School in Dorchester, Mass., a tough neighborhood of Boston. The school is inclusive where one-third of the students have disabilities of some kind. A panel discussion follows the screening.

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