April 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Please register for the Illinois Lifespan Program Monthly Lunchtime Webinar – TAP: An Overview of Illinois Autism Services on Apr 14, 2020 12:00 PM CDT at:
TAP: An Overview of Illinois Autism Services
Presented by Shannon Dyson, Quality Coordinator and Mary Kelly, Statewide Coordinator for TAP.
Attendees will learn about The Autism Program of Illinois, (TAP) and about the various autism services offered by the 15 TAP service centers throughout the state of Illinois. Attendees will also learn about autism research being conducted by TAP university partners. Participants will get a sneak peek into our newly redesigned website and we’ll introduce you to our new service referral portal coming soon! Finally, we will have time for questions from webinar attendees.
About the Presenters:
Shannon Dyson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology. She obtained her doctorate degree in School Psychology from the University of Iowa. Over her career, Shannon has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, home, school, residential facility and detention centers. During her graduate training she worked primarily with children and adolescents with autism who engaged in severe problem behavior. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia where she provided services in skill acquisition, intensive feeding, intensive toilet training and problem behavior reduction. Most recently, she managed day treatment services for the Complex Behavior Program at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to overseeing clinical services, she collaborated with professionals and other community members in order to coordinate funding and community supports for clients.
Mary Kelly is the Statewide Coordinator for The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois. In that role, she works with TAP’s partner agencies throughout the state to ensure the very best in evidence-based autism services are provided to Illinois’ children per the state grant.
Her professional career includes work for various grant-funded projects, including the IMLS-funded Targeting Autism grant project at the Illinois State Library. In that role, Mary developed and conducted autism sensitivity training for librarians, presented at statewide and regional conferences, planned and facilitated annual national forums and provided consultation statewide to Illinois librarians and staff. Working with grant partners, Dominican University and Syracuse University, she also facilitated two-day Train-the-Trainer autism workshops and provided subject content for autism training modules through the Project E.N.A.B.L.E online training platform.
Also active in state and local community engagement, Mary serves as Secretary on the board of directors for The Arc of Illinois, the state’s largest advocacy organization for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Support of Central Illinois, a local non-profit that provides resources, support and monthly sensory-friendly programming for families in central Illinois.
Mary holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. She is the mother of four children, one diagnosed with autism. She resides in Springfield with her husband, children and her dog, Sweetie.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
**Please note that there are no CEUs for our Lunchtime Webinars.
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