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KATC to Host Three Special Seminars in 2009

January 6, 2009 in College News

The Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Autism Institute by offering three special seminars for 2009. The seminars are designed for families, educational and vocational professionals, and employers.

The first seminar, “Perspectives on Autism: Supporting the Family and Empowering the Individual,” will be held April 24-25. This seminar will focus on the complexities of communicating within families of individuals with autism; understanding the representations of autism in the media and pop culture; and preparing individuals with autism to participate in their communities.

The second seminar, “Fundamentals of Structured Teaching” and “Practical Strategies for Students with High Functioning Autism,” will be held June 17-18, and is presented by Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH). The seminar will provide continuing education for education professionals (pending approval). The workshop is designed to help teachers, support staff and therapists understand an autistic student’s unique style of learning and create individualized teaching strategies for students who fall in the moderate to severe range of the autism spectrum.

The last seminar, “Improving Employment Outcomes at any Age,” will be held July 29-30, and will be presented by Dr. Peter Gerhardt and Sherry Moyer. The seminar is designed for middle and high school educators, vocational professionals and employers who work with individuals with autism. Continuing education credits will be available, pending approval.

To learn more about the seminars and to register, please visit the KATC web site at http://louisville.edu/education/kyautismtraining.