Wanna Dance? ~ WAAA Announces New Special Needs Dance Class – Redmond

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Dance Class Announcement!!!

WAAA is beginning a new Dance Class with certified instructor, Betty Ann Platt. The dance class will use techniques from ballet, jazz and, perhaps even tap if desired, to creatively introduce students to the expression of movement. Exercises to ultimately build flexibility, strength, balance and coordination will be presented, as we begin with simple movements following musical patterns to note musical changes that affect speed and mood. We will also explore free-style creative movement.

We are accepting all ages at this time. Our first class that we will begin October 7th, at 5:00pm The classes will be held in Redmond, WA at the Together Center, located at 16225 NE 87th St. in the Garabaldi Room, located in Building B. If you have trouble locating the class please call Rachelle Alston at 206-679-6762.

We will run the classes every week in October, the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Each class will cost $10/class and we will need you to sign up for a month at a time, so please bring a check in the amount of $40 on the first day of class.

Parents and caregivers are more than welcome to stay and watch the dance class but we ask that parents do not try and “instruct” their kids while the class is going on. We will have a professional also there providing additional supports to the children that are in need of it.

If you would like to register your son or daughter or would like more information, please email info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org and WAAA Parent Volunteer, Stephanie Butler stephanie0800@gmail.com

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GIFT OF TIME: Spectrum Respite & Recreation October 11, 2014

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

GIFT OF TIME: SPECTRUM RESPITE AND RECREATION

Spectrum Respite & Recreation strengthens families with teens & tweens with autism by giving the parents or caregivers a much-needed break. A dynamic group of volunteers bring supported recreational programming to youth tweens and teens with autism in a safe and calm environment.

Behavioral health staffs oversee trained volunteers who are closely monitored and supported.
 Gift of Time staff and mentors provide a crucial sense of normalcy to the teens & tweens through shared joy and respect. Pre-registration and admission is required prior to attendance. Please note – we need to get to know your child’s unique likes/dislikes and strength; identify the right volunteer mentor and ensure we have a very good fit prior to placing them with a volunteer.

When: Saturday October 11,2014  11:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA

RSVP & Pre-Registration Contact:
Jess Silvernail
info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org

Serving Ages: 11-18 years old

Cost: Free

To learn more please visit Gift Of Time – Spectrum Respite & Recreation. Space is limited; please pre-register your son or daughter today! Registration does not guarantee a place in the program. This event is made possible through the generous sponsorship by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

To register: Download a Gift of Time Spectrum Respite and Recreation Intake Form: Gift of Time Form and e-mail completed application to info@WashingtonAutismAdvocacy.org

REMINDER!!! ~ IDEA Blueprints to Special Education ~ Shoreline Conference Center ~ September 13th 2014

WAAA is holding its 4th annual fall IDEA-Blueprints to Special Education on September 13, 2014, 9:30-4:00 at the Shoreline Conference Center. They would love for you to join them and encourage you to spread the word to your social circles, friends and families that would benefit from the workshop.

Here are the details below, and the flyer is attached:

Our 4th annual fall IDEA-Blueprints to Special Education will be held on September 13, 2014, 9:30-4:00 at the Shoreline Conference Center.

Join Special Education Attorneys Katherine George, Kerri Feeney, Charlotte Cassady and Beth Sigall who explain how to use the building blocks of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to develop appropriate services for your child or student.

9:30 – Check in; Meet & Greet
9:45 – Introductions
10:00 – 12:15 Panel presentation (held at the Mt. Rainier room)

Evaluation Process – How does it get captured in an IEP (what drives services)

Eligibility: How is it determined? How old must a child be? Must a child be identified as a certain category to receive services?

The IEP Meeting: What can I expect? What do all the sections mean? Do we need all these people here? How is it authorized, what do I sign?

My IEP is Out of Date, what steps can I take to modify it? Involving the IEP team, each person’s role (funding, training, instructional design, therapy recommendations)

It feels One Size Fits All- What program types and related services are Available? How to pursue 1:1 support, ABA, OT, Counseling, SLP, Staff training, other related services.

Understanding FAPE (meeting educational standards) & the LRE;

Alternative or private placements

Aversive Intervention Plans – when is it considered seclusion and restraint? What are my child’s rights? How do I get a safety plan?

Transition Planning. Do academics stop at 12th grade for a student who is going to school through 21? When does vocational training start, what if all on campus experiences are janitorial? How do I negotiate for meaningful off campus experiences, at what ages can it start?

Resolving Differences -What are the steps I can take to resolve disputes with the IEP – Letters to a stranger: The teacher is ignoring my child’s needs, the principal doesn’t know my child, how do I write a letter to a stranger?

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 4:00 Small Group Discussions (Everyone will have an opportunity to participate in all round table discussions – held at the Mt. Rainier, Spartan and Highlander rooms)

Group 1 = initial assessments, reevaluations, IEEs
Evaluation Process In Depth – How does it drive programming? What if the school did a cursory evaluation? What if my child is non-verbal and has challenging behaviors, what if my child is gifted, but has uneven abilities?
IEE’s – When & How do I ask for one?

Group 2 = IEPs – special education and related services
Effective education – How do I negotiate for research based and evidence based methodology, how much data can I ask for? How often can progress be reported, what if the expectation is REALLY low, how can I negotiate for access to general ed. for a highly impacted student, how can I negotiate for access to the gifted program if my child has social & organization needs?
How to secure services for high functioning students who don’t present with exceptional needs (needs fall through the cracks)
Transition Plans & Vocational Training
What does 18-21 look like for higher functioning students – College prep, etc.

Group 3 = Placement & resolving differences; Due Process
Placement – Full range of instructional arrangements & supplementary aids & services, how to negotiate for appropriate supports in the least restrictive environment, what if there are no good options in the district, how & when do I negotiate for private placement
Resolving differences, I can’t afford an attorney, my child’s been out of school for 4 months! Documentation along the way in case you ever need to duke it out! Where do I begin?

Group 4 = Discipline and aversive interventions
Positive Behavior Supports, safety plans, how to write letters, what information to include.

Please send an email to info@WashingtonAutismAdvocacy.org for more details.

Resources and references from the special education training are available athttp://www.washingtonautismadvoca cy.org/family

Register Here!
http:// http://www.washingtonautismadvocac y.org/updates/2014/07/28/ idea-blueprint-special-educ ation-sept-13th/

We would be grateful of your support and your help in spreading the news about this event. Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Jess Silvernail
Executive Assistant

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

16225 NE 87th St. Suite A-9

Redmond, WA 98052

phone: 425 894 7231

cell: 425 941 6842

IDEA ~ Blueprints to Special Education ~ Shoreline Conference Center ~ September 13th 2014

WAAA is holding its 4th annual fall IDEA-Blueprints to Special Education on September 13, 2014, 9:30-4:00 at the Shoreline Conference Center. They would love for you to join them and encourage you to spread the word to your social circles, friends and families that would benefit from the workshop.

Here are the details below, and the flyer is attached:

Our 4th annual fall IDEA-Blueprints to Special Education will be held on September 13, 2014, 9:30-4:00 at the Shoreline Conference Center.

Join Special Education Attorneys Katherine George, Kerri Feeney, Charlotte Cassady and Beth Sigall who explain how to use the building blocks of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to develop appropriate services for your child or student.

9:30 – Check in; Meet & Greet
9:45 – Introductions
10:00 – 12:15 Panel presentation (held at the Mt. Rainier room)

Evaluation Process – How does it get captured in an IEP (what drives services)

Eligibility: How is it determined? How old must a child be? Must a child be identified as a certain category to receive services?

The IEP Meeting: What can I expect? What do all the sections mean? Do we need all these people here? How is it authorized, what do I sign?

My IEP is Out of Date, what steps can I take to modify it? Involving the IEP team, each person’s role (funding, training, instructional design, therapy recommendations)

It feels One Size Fits All- What program types and related services are Available? How to pursue 1:1 support, ABA, OT, Counseling, SLP, Staff training, other related services.

Understanding FAPE (meeting educational standards) & the LRE;

Alternative or private placements

Aversive Intervention Plans – when is it considered seclusion and restraint? What are my child’s rights? How do I get a safety plan?

Transition Planning. Do academics stop at 12th grade for a student who is going to school through 21? When does vocational training start, what if all on campus experiences are janitorial? How do I negotiate for meaningful off campus experiences, at what ages can it start?

Resolving Differences -What are the steps I can take to resolve disputes with the IEP – Letters to a stranger: The teacher is ignoring my child’s needs, the principal doesn’t know my child, how do I write a letter to a stranger?

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 4:00 Small Group Discussions (Everyone will have an opportunity to participate in all round table discussions – held at the Mt. Rainier, Spartan and Highlander rooms)

Group 1 = initial assessments, reevaluations, IEEs
Evaluation Process In Depth – How does it drive programming? What if the school did a cursory evaluation? What if my child is non-verbal and has challenging behaviors, what if my child is gifted, but has uneven abilities?
IEE’s – When & How do I ask for one?

Group 2 = IEPs – special education and related services
Effective education – How do I negotiate for research based and evidence based methodology, how much data can I ask for? How often can progress be reported, what if the expectation is REALLY low, how can I negotiate for access to general ed. for a highly impacted student, how can I negotiate for access to the gifted program if my child has social & organization needs?
How to secure services for high functioning students who don’t present with exceptional needs (needs fall through the cracks)
Transition Plans & Vocational Training
What does 18-21 look like for higher functioning students – College prep, etc.

Group 3 = Placement & resolving differences; Due Process
Placement – Full range of instructional arrangements & supplementary aids & services, how to negotiate for appropriate supports in the least restrictive environment, what if there are no good options in the district, how & when do I negotiate for private placement
Resolving differences, I can’t afford an attorney, my child’s been out of school for 4 months! Documentation along the way in case you ever need to duke it out! Where do I begin?

Group 4 = Discipline and aversive interventions
Positive Behavior Supports, safety plans, how to write letters, what information to include.

Please send an email to info@WashingtonAutismAdvocacy.org for more details.

Resources and references from the special education training are available at http://www.washingtonautismadvoca cy.org/family

Register Here!
http:// http://www.washingtonautismadvocac y.org/updates/2014/07/28/ idea-blueprint-special-educ ation-sept-13th/

We would be grateful of your support and your help in spreading the news about this event. Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Jess Silvernail
Executive Assistant

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

16225 NE 87th St. Suite A-9

Redmond, WA 98052

phone: 425 894 7231

cell: 425 941 6842