Past Meetings

Beyond Access: Meaningful Inclusion in Curriculum, Career and Community
University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh

Reeve Memorial Union
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
October 24, 2017


Beyond Access: Meaningful Inclusion in Curriculum, Career and Community
University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
La Crosse, Wisconsin
October 25, 2017


  • From Disability to Possibilities: The Power of Lifelong Inclusive Practices
    Dr. Patrick Schwarz
  • Team Building Classroom Activity
  • Differential Instruction and UDL Template
  • Differential Instruction and UDL Template
    Dr. Patrick Schwarz
  • From Successful Inclusive Schools to Successful Inclusive Communities
    Dr. Patrick Schwarz
  • True Grit: Jesse Horn 
  • Ask Yourself: Self- Questioning Strategy for Students with
    Significant Disabilities
    Jessica McQueston
  • Family Engagement in the IEP: Supporting Students with ASD and DD to be College & Career Ready
    Cheri Sylla
  • Peer-Mediated Strategies within the Classroom (with a Literacy Focus)
    Jessica McQueston
  • Family Engagement in the IEP: Supporting Students with ASD and DD to be College & Career Ready
    Cheri Sylla

Mental Health and Autism/Developmental Disabilities
March 8, 2017--Multiple Sites



Improving Achievement by Addressing Anxiety and Mental Health Needs of Students
May 4, 2016--Superior & May 6, 2016--Oshkosh

This event was held in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Autism Program Support Teachers (PSTs) and the University of Wisconsin-Superior

Handouts and agendas are available at
Some presenters were unable to submit handouts.
The recorded sessions are available at

Keynote: Megan Farley, PhD (UW Madison / Waisman Center), "Behavioral Health Challenges and Strategies for Students with ASD"
View webcast at

Panel: Real Life Stories of Coping with Stress and Anxiety in School--Matthew LaBerge, Mitchell LaBarge, Talyer Wilson; Facilitated by Julie LaBerge
View webcast at

  • Oshkosh AND Superior Sectionals
    Supports for Anxiety in Classroom--Connie Persike, MS, SLP-CCC/Jessica Nichols, BA

    Social and Behavioral Differences for Females and Males with ASD--Megan Farley, PhD
    View webcast at

  • Oshkosh Additional Sectionals
    Universal Mental Health Frameworks and Supports--Christie Gause-Bemis, WDPI

    Supporting Students wtih Autism and Mental Health Conditions in the Classroom: Inclusive Practices that Work--Carrie Dieter, Administrator, Brillion Schools & Elizabeth Langteau, OTR, Autism Consultant, CESA 7
    View webcast at

  • Superior Additionals Sectionals
    Supporting Mental Health / Anxiety in Home and Transitioning to School (Liz Wabindato, WSPEI / DTAN)

    Supports for Students with ASD during the Transition to Adulthood (Leann Smith, UW Madison / Waisman)
    View webcast at


Interpersonal Safety & Law Enforcement
Feb 3, 2016--Multi-site Webcast

    Details of the day
  • Resource Sheet including presentation slides and websites.
  • Adobe Connect recording of parts of the day is available at
    The sound quality is not great and Mark Sweet was not able to be recorded.
  • Agenda
  • Mark Sweet, Disability Rights Wisconsin--Interpersonal Safety (not recorded)
  • Emily Levine, Autism Society of SE Wisconsin--A Word on Wondering
  • Daniel Parker, Department of Public Instruction--Web-based Resources to Help
  • Officers Andrew Naylor and Andrew Bruce from the City of Madison Police Department (MPD) will talk about the MPD Mental Health Officer Program and "What to Expect when Law Enforcement Shows Up".

Thank you to our site collaborators: Aging and Disability Resources Center of Brown County, Agnesian Health Care Beyond Boundaries of Autism, Autism Society of Wisconsin, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA) #1, Department of Health Services Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program, Elmbrook Schools, Marian University, Marquette University, Neenah Joint School District, Northeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Northland Pines High School, Project Lifesaver of Pierce and St. Croix Counties, St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, SOAR Fox Cities, The Human Service Center, UW Madison Waisman Center Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disciplines Training Program, Westby High School, Western Wisconsin Autism Advocacy & Consulting Center (WWAACC), WisconSibs


Early Diagnosis and Access to Services
October 27, 2015--Milwaukee Youth Arts Center


Thank you to the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin the UW-Madison LEND program and First Stage for supporting this meeting.


Tools for Transition: Learn them Early, Use them for Life
May 28, 2015--Madison College, Truax Campus


The following webcasts have been archived and can be accessed at
    Don't Stand So Close to Me: Doing More By Doing Less for Young People on the Autism Spectrum
    Moving into the Future: Russell McCullough
    Research on Interventions for Young Adults with ASD
    Strengths-Based Employment for Students with Autism: Sam's Story

Thank you to our generous co-sponsors--the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) through DPI, Madison College Disability Resource Services, the WI Community on Transition (CoT), Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program and the UW-Madison Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) Program.


Supportive Communities: Building Educational Supports to Promote Reading Success
February 12, 2015--Chula Vista Resorts, Wisconsin Dells

    Building Comprehension through Evidence Based Strategies
    Authentic Literacy in Inclusive Settings for Students with Complex Communiction Needs

Supportive Communities: Building Family Capacity in Community
September 27, 2014--Portage County Library in Stevens Point


Learn Your ABCs: All Behavior Communicates
May 29, 2014--Madison College, Truax Campus


Creating Positive Social Environments
February 27, 2014--Country Springs, Pewaukee


Discovering Work: Employment Strategies for Youth with ASD/DD
November 5, 2013--Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton Campus


Other Past Events

Waisman Center Day with the Experts-Autism

August 13, 2009: Professional Development


Welcome and Introductions


Making Connections

Review CoP Model

Connections Updates

Regional Resource Mapping



Professional Development and Evidence‐based Practices

Linda Tuchman and Ellen FranzoneProfessional Development Center


Brian Johnson, DPI (Services for Children with Autism)

Julie LaBerge, Model Demonstration Site




Parent Professional Partnerships in Professional Development

Dawn Wians


Practice Group Orientation


Lunch/Practice Group Time

Professional Development/Evidence‐Based Practice

Medical Home

Parent Supports (parents as partners, decision makers, and leaders)

Community Systems (insurance, financing, community services)

School‐age Issues and Youth Transition

Policy (or Legislative)

Education and Awareness


Reporting from Practice Groups





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