T-TAC Professional Development Opportunities

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Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Students on the Autism Spectrum

  • March 18 , 2015 in Norfolk, Virginia
  • OR March 25, 2015 in Hampton, Virginia (please choose only one)

This professional development opportunity will provide information to help support students with ASD and other developmental disabilities that are having difficulty with reading comprehension as a result of social communication deficits. Based on the book Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum, presenters will address social communication issues, such as the inability to read the emotional states of others or to identify the intentions of others, and the subsequent impact on reading comprehension. Numerous comprehension strategies will be shared throughout the day along with evidenced based literacy strategies. Participants will leave with useful tools that will support students’ reading comprehension.


Collect Meaningful Data on Student Progress

  • Ongoing
  • Online Professional Development Activity

The purpose of collecting data is to provide objective evidence of a program’s effectiveness and to guide instructional decisions. Educators can ensure that they provide meaningful instruction by collecting useful data on students’ progress and then use the data to make instructional decisions. In other words, with meaningful data, educators can adjust their instruction in response to students’ performance.



State and National Events


4th Annual Virtual Assistive Technology Conference – February sessions

Webinars will be presented during one week in November, February, April and September.  Each webinar will be offered from 12-1 pm and 3-4 pm. Webinar descriptions and registration information will be available on the conference website, http://vconf.gmu.edu/Conference/TechKnowledgy2014/ .


Autism: An Optimistic Perspective

  • March 11 & 12, 2015
  • Richmond, Virginia

Commonwealth Autism’s 14th Annual Autism Conference.  Keynote Speakers: V. Mark Durand, Ph.D. and Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C.


22nd Annual School Symposium: Innovative Intervention to Support Student Participation

  • March 13 & 14, 2015
  • Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia

Presented by the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.


Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Convention and Expo

  • April 8 – 11, 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Opening General Session will feature keynote address by author Brad Cohen.


Self-Regulation in Children: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorder Seminar

presented by PESI Rehab

  • April 24, 2015
  • Newport News Hilton Garden Inn

Children who have trouble self regulating throughout the day are missing out on typical childhood experiences in school, on the playground and with their families. This workshop looks at the underlying factors of poor self-regulation and how they affect the child.

Experienced presenter, Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L will teach you practical interventions and how to create simple, but effective programs in clinical, school and home settings.


I’m Determined Youth Summit

  • June 17 – 19, 2015
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 9th Annual I’m Determined Youth Summit.  Deadline for submission of applications is March 20, 2015.


Opening Doors – Unlocking Potential 2015

  • June 24 – 25, 2015
  • Charlottesville, Virginia

Save the Date!  Registration opens Spring 2015.  Dual Language and Transition Challenges

Creating Connections to Shining Stars:  Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Conference

  • July 8-10, 2015
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia