The 2015 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will take place May 18-19, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pacific Rim International Conference is an annual conference for social change enthusiasts. The conference brings together civil society stakeholders, policy, experts, government leaders, academics, researchers and disability and diversity advocates.
This conference is filled with exciting events from workshops to lectures to slap presentations and talent defying poster presentations. Participants will have many opportunities to meet new people, showcase programs and share their expertise with colleagues. New topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of all human beings by integrating education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research.
AAPC Authors Margaret-Anne Carter and Josie Santomauro will be conducting a workshop surrounding the topic of Effective Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum called Friendly Facts Program to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship. This workshop will showcase their book, Friendly Facts: A Fun, Interactive Resource to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship.
Friendly Facts, is an interactive workbook aimed at children ages 7-11, which addresses a range of strategies directed at expanding their social understanding skills, such as reading facial expressions and body language by breaking down the complex concept of making friends into simpler ideas. Through fun, engaging activities, children gain real-life knowledge of the major "secrets" of making and keeping friends. By gaining the foundation for making and keeping friends at a crucial age, children are better prepared for successfully interacting with others for the rest of their lives.
Margaret-Anne Carter, PhD, is an educational consultant in care and education settings across Australia. She is recognized as an exemplary educator, creating teaching and learning environments that are inclusive of all children. Margaret is the designer of high-quality, up-to-date professional development resource materials based on current research and legislation and tailored to children's social behavior and emotional well-being. The author of books, curriculum texts, and parenting resources, she regularly presents at conferences and publishes in scholarly journals.
Josie Santomauro resides in Brisbane, Australia, and has worked/lived in the field of Asperger Syndrome for the past 15 years, after her son was diagnosed. Josie is an internationally published author and international presenter on Asperger Syndrome. Her resources specialize in discussing the diagnosis, strategies, and social skills. She also collaborates with Dr. Margaret-Anne Carter on various resources and boutique seminars on Asperger Syndrome. Josie also authors the children’s book, The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo, an illustrated, rhyming children’s book that connects the characteristics of various zoo animals to the major social skills characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder. The book demonstrates how some animals exhibit specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. The book capitalizes on their strengths.
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