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Using Parent Power to Support Positive Behavior in School by Karen Childs

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies are being used by an increasing number of schools in Florida and across the nation. When families collaborate with school efforts to improve behavior the results are amplified. Particiapnts in this session will learn strategies to encourage the use of PBS strategies in schools. They will identify steps parents can take to support PBS initiatives at both the school-wide and individual student level. Participants will also learn about additional resources and materials to further their PBS knowledge and skills. To view this video training, click here

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

Dr. Verra-Tirado provides participants with an update on the latest initiatives and activities of the bureau, which administers education programs for students with disabilities, coordinates student services throughout the state, and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

Dispute Resolution, Navigating the Process

It can be very difficult dealing with the intricacies of navigating the dispute resolution process. Parents need to understand how to resolve disagreements and what is the best tool to use when faced with conflict resolution. Due process is not always a viable solution. Learn strategies to resolve disagreements within the IEP team. We will address informal conflict resolution and mediation, and how and when to draft State Complaints, Office of Civil Rights Complaints and request for Due Process Hearings.

View "Dispute Resolution, Navigating the Process" here.

Julie Beckett Keynote

The Family Cafe was fortuntate to host Julie Beckett as a keynote speaker at The 14th Annual Family Cafe. Julie Beckett is the parent of Katie Beckett, a young lady that was the recipient of the very first Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver,
which was granted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1981. In the 30 plus years since, the waiver has had a profound impact on individuals with disabilities in the US, enabling them to remain in their homes and receive services while living in the community. Currently, there are over a million people receiving services under such waivers.

Julie has been an active child and youth advocate since Katie came home. She is co-founder of Family Voices, a national grassroots organization of families and friends speaking on behalf of, and with, children and youth with special health care needs. She is a parent consultant to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assisting them to develop a broad partnership strategy. She has also published numerous articles, and written a book entitled “Health Care Financing: A Guide for Families.”

Sadly, Katie Beckett passed away on May 18, 2012. Nonetheless, Julie continues to carry on with her advocacy in Katie’s memory.

View the keynote in five parts by accessing the following links.

Julie Beckett Keynote Part 1

Julie Beckett Keynote Part 2

Julie Beckett Keynote Part 3

Julie Beckett Keynote Part 4

Julie Beckett Keynote Part 5

Meet APD Director Barbara Palmer

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Barbara Palmer director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in August 2012. Since then, APD has moved 1,600 people off the waiting list and ended the fiscal year without a deficit. Hear about Director Palmer’s priorities for the agency in 2016 and beyond.

Meet APD Director Barbara Palmer

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