Calendar of Events
February 3, 2015

Webinar- Getting Over the Wall: Communicating in the IEP

Tuesday, February 3rd from 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Both parents and educators report that I.E.P. meetings are some of the most stressful events of each school year. Why? Why would a meeting which generally only takes place once each year cause such anxiety? This fun and interactive workshop examines the IEP experience from both sides of the table and explores proactive solutions for positive communication and collaborative results.
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February 7, 2015

"The Special Olympics Florida's Polar Plunge"

this is a statewide fundraiser during which individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes raise money for the privilege of Plunging into the chilled down wave pool. Register at or call (352)243-9536
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February 28, 2015

Hearts & Hope, Statewide Family Conference

Transition Conference for planning for life after high school. Registration for Planning for Beyond High School is free for the first 100 people to sign up. Register today and receive: •Educational Workshops and General Sessions •Conference Bag •Program Book with Materials •Lunch •Access to the Exhibit Hall •Free Childcare Please contact Family Network on Disabilities at (800) 825-5736 or for more information. Event Location Dunedin Highland Middle School 70 Patricia Avenue Dunedin, FL 34698
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March 5, 2015

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2015

The Arc of Florida & The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council will host the 2015 Developmental Disabilities Day, on March 5, 2015. This event will take place on the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Florida Capitol. Exhibitor will be there to display and share information and services available to person and families with developmental disabilities. You will also have an opportunity to visit with legislators to share their concerns regarding issues affecting persons with developmental disabilities. For more information on DD Awareness Day contact Vanda Bowman at (850) 488-4180 or Ryan Register at (850) 921-0460.

March 14, 2015

2015 Circle of Care Conference

The day long conference will open with our keynote, Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach. 1 hour and 2 hour workshops will be presented for the remainder of the day. We have packed the day with enough workshops so everyone can get 6.5 in-service hours. When March 14, 2015 8:30AM - 4:15PM Check in begins at 7:30AM Where Florida Southwestern State College - Thomas Edison Campus 8099 College Pkwy Fort Myers, FL 33919 Cost (event only) $45 pre-registration $60 after 2/27/15
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March 16, 2015 - March 17, 2015

2015 Southeastern

Our 4th annual Southeastern "Across the Spectrum" Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo will be Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, 2015 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia. Each year we have people from all across the country attend this conference and receive information on cutting edge research, amazing educational tools and strategies, and insight and inspiration from world class presenters and exhibitors.
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March 22, 2015 - March 25, 2015

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, elevators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates provides a forum where participants can: •Learn, inform, network, and discuss issues related to research, policy, and practice. •Explore behavioral health topics from a systems and community perspective. •Discover new research and policy ideas that are individualized, community-defined, evidence-based, culturally/linguistically competent, family- driven, and youth-guided. •Hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Children's Mental Health Network, the National Wraparound Initiative, the Institute for Transnational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health, and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. When: March 22-25, 2015 Where:The 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel located at 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. (813) 204-3000.
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April 8, 2015 - April 11, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! "The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2015 Convention and Expo"

Devote time to your professional development and participate in sessions led by experts who will share with you new ideas, techniques, models, and approaches. network with thousands of special education teachers, administrators, researches, professors, and students from all the world and learn from each other. WHERE: San Diego, California call (888)232-7733
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April 21, 2015 - April 24, 2015

12th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior

The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and the Pyramid Model Consortium are pleased to bring you this unique and inspiring professional development experience. NTI's format is designed to provide an in-depth learning experience built around the Pyramid Model. The Institute brings together experts from around the country who skillfully present three-hour workshops offering practical, ready-to-use information on social and emotional development. It is an unparalleled opportunity to increase your skills, build a network of colleagues, and become part of a growing professional community who use the Pyramid Model. For more information call (919) 962-2001. When: April 21, 2015 7:30-5:00 April 22, 2015 7:30-8:00 April 23, 2015 7:30-4:30 April 24, 2015 7:30-11:30 Where: The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club 501 5th Avenue N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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May 7, 2015 - May 8, 2015

Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Program

This two-day event will offer a thought-provoking forum to learn about the latest developments in the field and connect with your colleagues across the country. We’ll strategize about how to ensure our nation, states, localities, programs, and families are realizing results from our home visiting investments and building high-quality, sustainable early childhood systems. For more information call (202) 552-2000. When May 7, 2015 - May 8, 2015 Where Marriott Marquis - Washington, DC 901 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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May 8, 2015

Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH)

This program prepares professionals to serve and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. Contact Program Director Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH, MPH (813)974-6400
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June 5, 2015 - June 7, 2015

The 17th Annual Family Cafe

Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. This year's 17th Annual Family Cafe will once again include more than 160 breakout sessions on relevant topics, a series of engaging keynote events, and Exhibit Hall with dozens of booths, and plenty of opportunities for connecting with other families. For more information call (850) 224-4670. When: June 5-7, 2015. Where: Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
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July 22, 2015 - July 24, 2015

One Goal Summer Conference: Building the Future Together "Putting Families and Children First"

This conference brings together over 900 early education and care providers and leaders from around the state. It is designed to share information on best practices in the field and to build common frameworks of knowledge and understanding to assist in unified planning for young children and their families. Participants at the One Goal Summer Conference receive: Up-to-date information on best practices and techniques to engage and nurture children Policy and practice resources, materials, and information from national, state, and local experts and leaders Opportunities to exchange ideas and share successes with peers Access to outstanding workshops that provide information on developmentally appropriate activities and teach skills that can be used daily in working with children Networking and collaboration opportunities with leaders of local and state agencies and organizations Information and resources about a wide variety of topics that address the "whole child" and his or her family Access to commercial and educational exhibits that showcase the latest in early childhood materials, books, training, and educational aids for review and/or purchase Great value for their dollar! Conference sponsors make major contributions so that registration costs remain low. Inspiration! Participants learn, share, and grow professionally!! When: July 22-24, 2015 Where: Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 32309
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July 28, 2015

"Birth to Five Sign Language on Demand Webinar"

Treat yourself or your staff to our fun webinar & learning guide with/DVD! Where" Indialantic, FL call (321)72634666
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August 14, 2015

"The Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA)"-

this scholarship allows parents to personalize the education of their kindergarten through 12th grade children with special needs and unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. Step Up For Students is a state approved nonprofit scholarship organization that, for the past 12 years, has helped administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program for low income students and is now helping administer the PLSA also. To apply for the PLSA, please the website or contact Amanda Lopez (813)402-0177 or (877)735-7837
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October 7, 2015 - October 9, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! " Division for Early Childhood's 31st Annual International Conference on Ypound Children with Special Needs and their Fmilies"

Conference will be held in Atlanta at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA for additional information call (310) 428-7209
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