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Register for Upcoming AAIDD Webinars


Webinars are available at no cost to attendees.
Webinars are recorded the archive is generally available on the website the following day.

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May 28, 2020 

4:00pm EST 
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Down With Meditation: Case Study Of A Young Man With Down Syndrome
This is an AAIDD webinar

Speaker: Joseph G. Tloczynski, PhD, Bloomsburg University

It is well documented through experimental research, the benefits associated with a consistent practice of meditation. The benefits include a wide gamut of wellness variables including: decreased stress, decreased anxiety, decreased depression, increased positive affect, increased ability to focus and sustain attention, increased cognitive abilities including memory, etc. It is also true that there are few to no studies of an experimental nature documenting if these findings would apply to individual who are born with disabilities such as Down Syndrome. Certainly if these effects do apply, they would greatly increase the wellness and resilience of those individuals. This case study is an initial attempt at rectifying that situation. I will present the results of the study along with a discussion of any potential challenges in applying meditation practices to a person with a disability. 
 


June 1, 2020 

4:00pm EST 
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Using Technology to Deliver Services and Supports in Homes, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Evidence and Promise
This is an AAIDD webinar 

Speaker: Leonard Abbeduto, PhD, FAAIDD, President-Elect, AAIDD Board of Directors




June 11, 2020 

4:00pm EST 
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Communication Resources: the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities
This is an AAIDD webinar

Speakers: 
Rose Sevcik, PhD, Georgia State University
MaryAnn Romski, PhD, Georgia State University

The National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) is made up of representatives from eight professional organizations and advocates for individuals with significant communication needs across the lifespan.  This webinar presents an overview of the current resources created by the NJC that offer content for families, advocates, and practitioners from a range of disciplines. These resources focus on effective communication for persons with significant communication needs.  They offer a route for advocating for effective and appropriate service delivery.  The resources also can be utilized in preservice and continuing education contexts. 


June 17, 2020 

4:00pm EST 
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Supports Intensity Scale: The Latest in Research, Policy, and Practice!
This is an AAIDD webinar

Speakers:
Jim Thompson, PhD, The University of Kansas
John Agosta, PhD, Human Service Research Institute
Colleen Kidney, PhD, Human Service Research Institute
Melinda Snodgrass, PhD, Illinois State University
Virginia Walker, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Megan Carpenter, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Megan Villwock, PhD, Human Service Research Institute



July 8, 2020

4:00pm EST
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Key User Interface Design Features of Social Media Apps and their Impact on Usability for People with Disabilities
This is an AAIDD webinar

Speakers: 
Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP, University of Colorado - Denver
Morris Huang, PhD, University of Colorado - Denver
Greg McGrew, MEBME, University of Colorado - Denver

Social media use has demonstrated increased mental well-being and social capital for people with disabilities.  However, usability issues with social media user interfaces (UIs) can often be barriers that deter participation of people with disabilities.  In this study, we applied usability testing to investigate the usability of five social media apps (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Tumblr) for people with disabilities, with the goal of identifying key UI features that facilitate/impede user performance and experience.


July 15, 2020 

4:00pm EST 
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Writing for Publication 
This is an AAIDD webinar

Speakers: 
LaRon Scott, EdD, BCSE, Virginia Commonwealth University  
Frank Symons, PhD, FAAIDD, University of Minnesota  
Colleen Thoma, PhD, Viginia Commonwealth University  
Jim Thompson, PhD, University of Kansas  

The session addresses what professionals in the field need to know about how to be published in a scholarly journal: the elements of a research report needed for journal publication; the types of research and other articles published by the three AAIDD journals; how to determine which journal is the best fit for your work; and the policies and processes involved in publication in scholarly journals in both print and electronic formats. This session will be relevant to the practice of social workers and psychologists who work with people with IDD and their families. 


July 22, 2020 

4:00pm EST 
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Dignity and Belonging in a Digitally Connected World
This is an AAIDD webinar

Presenter: 
Jutta Treviranus, PhD, Ontario College of Art and Design University

The pandemic has significantly disrupted the “normal” state of our society. It has revealed the fault lines in our social systems and our conventional worldview. People with cognitive challenges have been among the most vulnerable to the negative consequences that also hurt our society as a whole. This disruption also presents an opportunity to change the collective mindset and find a more inclusive “normal”. This webinar will explore the opportunities presented to recalibrate our values, change our approaches to design, policy, education, work and how we build communities. 

This is an AAIDD webinar.