Speaker Series


2016 Meeting Schedule

Sept. 13th -
Understanding Special Education Processes

          
Oct. 9 -
Talking to Your Children About Their Differences 
   

Nov. 9th -
Gifted Supports and Services

Dec.14th -
Social Media Safety 

Jan. 11th -
The Parents' Role in the IEP Meeting

Feb. 8th -
Wellness, Health, & Fitness

March 8th -
Community Resources Fair

April 12th -
Jaden's Voice Talks About Autism

May 10th -
TBD

2017-04 - Related Services

posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:15 AM by Kim Van der Mooren   [ updated May 5, 2017, 9:21 AM ]

April 2017 Guest Speakers
**Related Services**

UCF Speech and Language Therapists- Lauren Lind & Rose Piccora
Austill’s Occupational and Physical Therapists- Kristin Engel & Cathy Goodman

CCIU Hearing and Vision Support- Carolyn Muller

UCF Transportation Dept.- Marie Wickersham

UCF Guidance Counselor- Doug Henderson



U-PRISE is a community forum for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes. The U-PRISE Speaker Series brings together subject matter experts with our community on important topics.

This session focused on related services offered throughout the UCFDS. These services provide support to help our students with disabilities succeed at home and school.


Below is a video of the session, and the presentations.

YouTube Video


UPRISE presentation.pptx


UCFSD parent 4.26.17-3.pptx


AustillsOTPT_UPRISE42617.pptx




2017-03 - Post-Secondary Transition

posted Mar 30, 2017, 4:46 AM by Dave Listman   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 11:45 AM by Kim Van der Mooren ]

March 2017 Guest Speaker Series
**Post-Secondary Transition**

Post-Secondary CCIU Programs
Lisa Tzanakis, Supervisor of Special Education, CCIU

Transition Services in UCFSD

Dr. Leah Reider, Special Education Director, UCFSD

This session focused on the post secondary - a critical milestone in preparing students for life after they leave high school.

The session included presentations from the CCIU and UCFSD, including information about post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living.

Below is a video of the session, both presentations and supporting documents.
 

YouTube Video


Transition Planning Presentation

Transition at UHS 3-15-17


Transition Resources 3/15 U-PRISE Meeting


2016-09 - Financial Planning

posted Mar 3, 2017, 1:30 PM by Shannon Brown   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 4:52 AM by Dave Listman ]

Sept.21 - Special Needs Financial Planning
           Pat Bergmaier, CFP, ChSNC 

           Meeting Recap with Video Link 

2017-02 - Social Skills

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:05 AM by Dave Listman   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 4:50 AM ]

Social Skills Strategies for Home and the Community

This speaker series focused on helping parents understand social skills and providing related supports to help students with disabilities succeed at home and in the community. Kristen Powell, a Training and Consultation Specialist for the CCIU who has supported our district with social skills initiatives, will be our guest speaker.

UCFSD staff from the elementary level, the middle school level, and the high school level also spoke on the curriculum they use to instruct students on social skills and share support strategies for home and the community.


Kristen Powell Presentation

  1. Social Thinking
  2. Emotional Regulation
  3. Executive Functions
  4. Social Development and Transition


UCF Curriculum Presentation

  1. Problem solving skills
  2. Coping skills
  3. Friendship/ Cooperation
  4. Conversation skills
  5. Executive functioning/ Responsibility
  6. Manners
  7. Feelings/ Empathy

Social Skills at UCFSD

 

2017-01 - Executive Functioning

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:20 AM by Dave Listman   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 4:51 AM ]

January 2016

Guest Speaker Series

Meeting Recap


ABOUT U-PRISE and the Speaker Series

U-PRISE is a community forum for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes. The U-PRISE Speaker Series brings together subject matter experts with our community on important topics.

Executive Functioning for Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Home

This session focused on helping parents understand executive functioning and providing related supports to help students with disabilities succeed at home and school. 

Brenda Eaton, a BCBA who works as a Training and Consultation Specialist for the CCIU supports our district with executive functioning initiatives.  Her presentation "Executive Functioning and Mindfulness - Current Practices" provided parents with concepts, strategies and tips for helping students.

Click here to watch a video of her presentation
Click here to view/print a copy of her presentation


One special education teacher from the elementary level, the middle school level, and the high school level spoke about the curriculum they use to instruct students on executive functioning skills and shared strategies for home support.

Click here for Sue Bank - High School Curriculum

Click here for Kendall Warren and James Smith - Elementary and Middle School Curriculum




Full Session Video




Brenda Eaton Presentation




Curriculum Presentation

2016-11 - Behavioral Support

posted Nov 21, 2016, 3:06 PM by Dave Listman   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 4:51 AM ]

November 2016

Guest Speaker Series

Meeting Recap

ABOUT U-PRISE and the Speaker Series

U-PRISE is a community forum for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes. The U-PRISE Speaker Series brings together subject matter experts with our community on important topics.




Medical Assistance

Virginia Covert, UCFSD Access Coordinator


Ginny Covert provided parents with information on what Medical Assistance is, how to apply for it, and how the School Based Access Program works.


Many students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be eligible for MA.  In order to establish that your child meets the standards, you would need to provide documentation such as medical reports, therapy reports, guidance counseling reports and Evaluation Reports (ERs) prepared by your physician, school district, intermediate unit or early intervention program with the application.


Additional information is available on our website

Watch the presentation


For more information contact Ginny

Virginia Covert, Access Coordinator

(610) 347-0970 x 3328

vcovert@ucfsd.net



Behavioral Support Strategies Ron Mazik, UCFSD Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)


Ron was hired by the district this year.  He presented information about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavior interventions, Functional Based Assessments (FBAs), Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs), problem behaviors and replacement behaviors.  Ron also shared with parents useful at-home strategies for behavior support.


Click here to watch Ron’s presentation


Click here to watch the full presentation

2016-10 - Technology

posted Nov 5, 2016, 10:23 AM by Dave Listman   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 4:52 AM ]

October 2016
Guest Speaker Series
Meeting Recap

 

ABOUT U-PRISE and the Speaker Series

U-PRISE is a community forum for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes. The U-PRISE Speaker Series brings together subject matter experts with our community on important topics.

 


This month the speaker series focused on our district’s technology with UCF specialists showing parents how to navigate Power School Special Education, Canvas, Google, and the UCFSD Website.  Additionally, Dave Cattell spoke about the continuum of assistive technology tools and devices.

District Technology

  • Lisa Dorazio- Database Administrator
  • Dave Listman- Communications/Stakeholder Integration
  • Jon Mall - Technology Integrator
  • Dave Cattell, M. Ed., ATP- CCIU Assistive Technology Consultant

 


PowerSchool Special Education (PSSE) - Lisa Dorazio

This new system for parents and students with special needs offers many advanced features over the prior system.  One immediate benefit is electronic documents.

A resource page has been put together with help information and instructions on how to access the system.

Click here to access the PSSE website

Click here to watch Lisa’s presentation

 


Communications - Dave Listman

Dave Listman and Kim Van der Mooren are the district communications team.  A new communications resource page has been set up.  If the community has any questions and is not sure where to turn, they should contact Dave or Kim using the email address communications@ucfsd.net.

Click here to access the Communications website

Click here to watch Dave’s presentation

 


Canvas - Jon Mall

Canvas was introduced this year as a standardize learning management system used from 6th through 12th grade.  The system provides students 24 hour access to all of their curricular content and assignments.  One of the basic and first benefits reported is how it helps students organize their work.

Click here to review Jon’s PowerPoint

Click here to watch Jon’s presentation

 


Assistive Technology - Dave Cattell

Assistive Technology bridges the gap between a child’s functional skills and his ability to participate in the educational process. It breaks through the barriers associated with vision, hearing, communication, processing and motor skills and allows students to do the same things as their general education peers.  Assistive Technologies are identified and detailed in a student’s IEP.  Dave provided and overview of the types of Assistive Technologies that are commonly used.

Click here to review Dave’s PowerPoint

Click here to watch Dave’s presentation

 


Click here to watch the full video presentation

Archives of past presentations can be found on the U-PRISE website

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