The Illinois budget impasse has impacted registration for the Targeting Autism forum, March 10-11, 2016, leaving a small number of vacancies to be filled. The forum will include two days of stimulating talks and opportunities to learn from examples of strong community collaborations among libraries and ASD stakeholders in Illinois. A few of the speakers and topics presented at the forum will include:
- Marty Murphy – A nationally known speaker and ASD self advocate. Marty will share her insights about the emotional influence of living with autism along with the many facets of how and why things affect her. A compelling speaker, Marty shares her energy, knowledge and humor to address the many challenges that parents and educators face in helping children with autism.
- Ann Ford – Executive Director of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living since 1999. Ann has received several awards for her leadership and passionate involvement in the area of disabilities advocacy. She was active in the efforts to develop the Americans with Disabilities Act and get it passed, and remains active in efforts to assure full implementation. Ann will talk about the importance of community relationships and working in partnership with service providers and advocacy groups to utilize all tools available to enhance services.
- Sarah Weaver, Ph.D – Executive Director of the Office of Disability Services for the University of Illinois at Springfield. Dr. Weaver will address the topic of ADA as it applies to “hidden” disabilities.
- Debra Vines – Executive Director of The Answer Inc. – Autism Awareness and Support Agency. Debra will address the challenges and opportunities for supporting the African-American ASD community.
- José Ovalle – is the executive director of Grupo SALTO (Latino Autism Society Working with Optimism) and the Former Regional Coordinator and Parent Liaison for TAP. José will address the challenges and opportunities for supporting the Spanish speaking families of children with ASD.
This is just a small sample of what promises to be a very stimulating forum. A complete agenda is forthcoming.
If you would like to attend, please contact Suzanne Schriar. Priority will given to anyone who attended the first forum, but has not registered yet for the upcoming forum, school librarians and educators. CPDUs will be provided. Lodging for two nights and meals will be provided.