Law Enforcement Support for Teens and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Unit coordinator, Officer Laurie Reyes will provide a presentation on Autism/IDD and Law Enforcement. The Unit provides a layered approach to wandering and general safety in the Autism/IDD community through education, outreach, empowerment follow up and response. Our outreach can vary from the mundane all the way up to very serious calls for service involving those who have Autism/I/DD. 

The goal of the instruction will be to give attendees a more in depth understanding on ways they can ensure positive and effective interactions with those who have Autism/ID/DD

Recognizing the importance that both officers and school staff are familiar with the prevalence of Autism/ID/DD and it’s increase in the last twenty years, we will review current trends and challenges in the Autism/IDD community as more individuals who have Autism are entering puberty and adulthood. 

A comprehensive overview of the Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD Outreach Unit will be provided, sharing the tools, resources and response our department has found to be successful in creating long lasting, trusting relationships and safe interactions between our officers and the Autism/IDD community.  

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Full Inclusion and Integration the Only Path toward the Good Things of Postsecondary Transition

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As a result of the “full-inclusion” approach Millersville University does not provide special classes of any kind for students with intellectual disability. Evidence reveals that placing students in special classes with each other will provide less challenge and lower expectations than would be the case in a typical classroom. Students are also not likely to feel as valued in a segregated setting than they would in a typical setting. Being with their peers and the acceptance and belonging that fully accessible education provides is the gold standard and highly valued. This session will provide details of the Integrated Studies (INST) curriculum, generate thoughts on how best to prepare for college as a student with intellectual disability and give participants an opportunity to meet a graduate of INST.

Daniel Castellanos, the first graduate of Millersville University’s NIST program, has been invited to co-present with Dr. Neuville.

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Preventing Wandering (Elopement) at Home and School

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Officer Laurie Reyes has been a police officer with Montgomery County since 1997. In 2004 she created and implemented the Project Lifesaver tracking program to Montgomery County, an outreach program dedicated to educating law enforcement and community members on the dynamics of interacting with those who have Autism/IDD. Officer Laurie Reyes of the Montgomery Police Department was honored in 2015 at the Champions of Change ceremony at the White House. She has helped countless families implement safety protocols in case their child attempts to wander away from home.

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Improving Inclusion for Students who Take Alternate Assessments: A Federal Technical Assistance Project in Maryland

This workshop will provide details about TIES technical assistance in Maryland, including the work being done in Montgomery County and Carroll County, which are the two intensive technical assistance districts. You will also learn how the strategies being developed will be scaled up across the state.

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Innovative Teaching

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Learning is not one size fits all and teaching shouldn’t be either. It’s important to meet children where they are at and find ways to motivate them to be excited about learning. Participants will learn new ways to help children learn some familiar skills. When teaching is a fun, engaging, positive experience, our children will want to be there with us, participating and learning will happen.

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Behavioral Interventions for Tweens and Teens

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Tweens and teens have behaviors and needs that are often distinctly different from younger children. Come and learn how age impacts behavior principles and strategies and what techniques you can use to help get or keep your growing child on the right track.

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