Location: Room 103

The Power of Positives: Implementing Targeted Social Emotional Supports

There is increasing and compelling evidence that good social-emotional health is a critical component for the achievement of positive life outcomes. There is additional evidence that teaching effective social-emotional skills is as important as teaching academic skills and teaching them should begin early! However, children with challenging behaviors may not always be included in early childhood settings where they can benefit from good social-emotional support. This session will focus on the implementation of advanced tiers of positive behavior supports in the early childhood setting.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Overview of the Pyramid Model
2. Identifying the Importance of Teaching Social Emotional Skills
3. Implementation of Social Emotional Skills: Developing Friendship Skills, Enhancing Emotional Literacy Skills, Controlling Anger and Impulse, and Problem Solving

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Adaptations for Using a Parent-Implemented Autism Intervention with Traditionally Underserved Populations

The PLAY Project autism intervention is a parent-mediated model that has been implemented on a large scale, but its effectiveness with traditionally underserved families had not been evaluated. For this study, PLAY Project Consultants’ (PPCs’) perspectives were obtained on using PLAY with children with or at-risk for autism whose families are rural-dwelling, culturally diverse, and/or low-resourced (“traditionally underserved families”). Furthermore, the study aimed to determine what adaptations could be made when using the PLAY Project, according to PPCs, to facilitate its implementation and increase its effectiveness for traditionally underserved populations. Results of this study may inform adaptations to the PLAY Project intervention and a variety of autism interventions, which may be helpful for serving the broader population of children with autism and their families.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain knowledge about barriers and facilitators that influence outcomes of interventions for traditionally underserved families (TUF), as reported in the literature.
2. Participants will learn about the development of mixed-methods study to investigate barriers, facilitators, and adaptations for an autism intervention.
3. Participants will learn about the results of the study, including barriers and associated adaptations, as perceived by PLAY Project Consultants, to using a parent-implemented autism intervention with TUF.

Improving Student Outcomes Through Work-Based Learning!

Research shows that when high school youth get the opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences, they are more successful vocationally after they exit school. In this session, the Sonoran Center will share information about their Pre-ETS partnership with Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation, which focuses on developing community-based, work-based learning experiences for students, with an emphasis on those in underserved areas. Our model focuses on implementing many of the Predictors of Post School Success and Employment First practices, as a method of improving student outcomes. Our model emphasizes community work experiences, interagency collaboration and increasing parent involvement to raise expectations. We will share how we are promoting community engagement and collaboration with outside agencies, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition after exiting school.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn about various Predictors of Post-School success, that lead to improved outcomes.
2. Participants will learn the strategies the Sonoran Center utilizes to promote interagency collaboration for students, while they are in school.
3. Participants will learn some of the strategies utilized by Sonoran Center staff to support students during their work experience.

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Achieving Post Secondary Success Through Pre-ETS

Secondary transition planning can offer students with disabilities opportunities to increase their likelihood of postsecondary success. One great way to accomplish this is by incorporating Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) as part of a student’s transition plan. Pre-ETS are specific career exploration and job readiness services that help students with disabilities prepare for future employment. The Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration (AZRSA) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program offers Pre-ETS to students with disabilities statewide. This presentation will include an overview of Pre-ETS and discuss how you can support your students with disabilities in accessing these services to promote student achievement and success.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain an understanding of Pre-ETS and how students with disabilities will benefit from these services.
2. Participants will gain an understanding of how to access Pre-ETS services.
3. Participants will gain an understanding of how to use Pre-ETS to enhance transition planning and services for students with disabilities

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Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities: A Workshop for All

Transition teams for students in their journey out of K-12 education are often made up of a complex and diverse group of people. This forum will workshop roles, resources, and interventions to address barriers for students in transition to work or post-secondary education.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will walk away with practical resources for accessing and/or strengthening their local community partnerships which support students in transition. This will include specific contact information and resource information.
2. Participants will share best practices with attendant professionals who play a similar role on transition teams.
3. Participants will further explore and share knowledge of specific barriers to access that students experience, and interventions to help address them in a diverse group which will represent multiple perspectives.

Evergreen Academy Preschool-Transitional Training Program

Group Supported Employment is a DDD funded program providing employment training support to individuals with disabilities to give them an opportunity to become employed in the community with minimal support. This session will be in person and interactive.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. How people with disabilities can be integrated into a childcare facility.
2. How Group Supported Employment can be more than Janitorial, landscaping, or silverware rolling.
3. How to start programs with a targeted audience for individuals with disabilities.

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Communities at the Center-Conversation to Drive Successful Transitions into Postsecondary and Career Pathways

Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona Town Hall are leading a year-long community engagement project designed to bring visibility, spark dialogue, and motivate action to ensure more successful transitions of young people with disabilities — driven by their dreams, desires, and strengths — into postsecondary education and career pathways. Together, we are bringing trusted data to inform and prompt dialogue, engaging across sectors to understand the challenges and opportunities for action, amplifying the voices of young people with disabilities, and their families, in generating solutions, and identifying where action is needed. In this session, we invite you to join us in this journey and offer your input and perspectives as we work together to activate community-led solutions to ensure equitable access to opportunity.

Key Learning Outcomes

1) explore trusted data to inform and prompt dialogue around issues impacting the transition of young people with disabilities into postsecondary education and career success;
2) engage in reflective discussion, facilitated by CFA and documented by Arizona Town Hall, to surface key challenges facing young people with disabilities and their families, as well as opportunities for action to drive Arizona forward toward more equitable postsecondary education and career pathways;
3) inform CFA and Arizona Town Hall’s year-long community engagement project through insights offered on this critical issue.

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Transitioning: Disability Advocacy Within Community Settings Through the Development of Virtual Reality

Through this work individuals with intellectual disabilities will become creators and owners of interactive artifacts aligning with the mantra of “nothing about us without us.” The objective is to develop an understanding of how adult individuals with intellectual disabilities, who are transitioning from high school to work, can be self-advocates through development of extended reality (XR) and other multimedia presentations. Working with a team of teachers, para-professionals, practicum students (from a special education program at a nearby university), and the researchers, transitioning individuals will create presentations that are both a demonstration of their experiences and training tools for others using public transportation and engaging in job training.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be introduced to a unique way of demonstrating and promoting self-advocacy for individuals with disabilities
  • Presenters will encourage participants to expand their thinking about how technologies can be used by and for individuals with disabilities
  • Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm about how the use and creation of XR can support individuals with whom they are working

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