From the STEP Ahead Newsletter
Wayne Parker Memorial
Parent Advocate of the Year Award
Last November, during the LRE for LIFE conference reception, STEP presented
the Wayne Parker Memorial Parent Advocate of the Year Award to FEAT Chattanooga
Members, Phil and Maureen Deal.
This was the first year for the award, in memory of Wayne Parker, who worked
for STEP and helped numerous families throughout Tennessee.
Awareness and Promotion
From Karen Lippold, Cure Autism Now
by purchasing a loaf of California Goldminer Sourdough bread, food shoppers
across the US will help find a cure for autism.
An innovative partnership between Cure Autism Now (CAN) and Maple Leaf
Bakery began Feb. 4 and runs through April 5, 2002. During the promotion,
the purchase of California Goldminer Sourdough Bread, sold in 6,000 supermarket
in-store bakeries nationwide, will help fund a CAN scientist for one year.
Participating supermarkets nationwide include A&P, ACME, Albertson's,
Bi/Lo, Big Y, City Market, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Giant Food Stores, Hannaford Food
& Drug, H.E. Butt, Hy-Vee, King Soopers, Kroger, Rainbow, ShopRite, Shop
Save, Smith's, Super G, Tops Friendly Markets and Wal Mart Supercenters.
Rick Anderson, Vice President, Marketing and Retail Sales, Maple Leaf
Bakery, was instrumental in implementing this promotion. "As the father
of an autistic child, my family and I have first-hand experience with the daily
dealings of having a child with autism. While my son improves everyday,
it is important to continue to support groups such as Cure Autism Now who are
constantly working to find a cure and effective treatments. We are proud
to donate proceeds from California Goldminer Sourdough to fund a scientist's
work for one year. We hope to make our relationship with Cure Autism Now
a long-lasting one," Anderson said.
Look in your supermarket bakery for the distinctive wagon and shelf
displays. Colorful signs there promote Cure Autism Now and information
about autism. Support this corporate effort to shed light on Autism research
for adults with
McClannahan LE, MacDuff GS, Krantz PJ.
Princeton Child Development Institute, USA.
This article describes a behavioral intervention program for adults with autism,
suggests that preparation for adulthood should begin in early childhood, asserts
that the curriculum should be just as comprehensive and evaluation criteria
just as rigorous in programs for adults as in programs for children, and proposes
that close examination of adults' repertoires may lead to key modifications
of services delivered to children. Along the way, the authors provide some data
on the progress of 15 people who are now adults and whom they have known for
15 to 25 years. Finally, the authors argue that, because of the diversity of
skills and skill deficits displayed by adults with autism, a program model that
prevents "falling through the cracks" must provide an array of options--from
training center to supported employment.
Publication Types: Evaluation Studies PMID: 11799656 [PubMed - indexed
Excellence in Special Education,
Department of Education
Notice of Public Meeting and Hearings
This notice provides the dates and city locations of each meeting and hearing
of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. Notice
of these meetings and hearings is required under section 10(a)2(2) of the Federal
Advisory Committee Act in order to notify the public of their opportunity to
Members of the general public may observe and listen to Commission proceedings
at each meeting and hearing. The Commission may choose to provide a public
comment period where members of the public may offer comments before the Commission.
The agenda of each meeting, including whether members of the general public
will have an opportunity to offer comments before the Commission, will be posted
on the Commission's website.
Full Commission meetings will be held in……Nashville, Tennessee on April 18,
2002. Task force meetings may not consist of all members of the Commission.
At this time, the exact address where meetings and hearings will be held within
each city is not determined. The Commission's Web site will list the location
of each meeting and hearing as soon as locations are determined.
For further information contact: C. Todd Jones, Executive Director, at 202-208-1312
or Troy R. Justesen, Deputy Executive Director, at 202-219-0704 or via the Commission's
Web site address
Summary Information: The Commission was established under Executive Order 13227
(October 2, 2001) to collect information and study issues related to Federal,
State, and local special education programs with the goal of recommending policies
for improving the educational performance of students with disabilities.
In furtherance of its duties, the Commission shall invite experts and members
of the public to provide information and guidance. The Commission shall
prepare and submit a report to the President outlining its findings and recommendations.
Transcripts of each meeting will be available on the Commission's website as
soon as possible after each meeting.