HDI Seminar on Facilitating Access for Students with Limited Communication Skills


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2014) — The Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI) will present a free seminar about facilitating access for students with complex communication needs. 
 
“Communication First: Facilitating Access to the General Curriculum,” will be presented from 1-3 p.m. EST (noon -2 p.m. CST) Thursday, Feb. 27,  in the Human Development Training Room at UK's Coldstream Research Campus. Video-conference sites will be available around the city and at locations throughout the state.
 
All students communicate, although sometimes in very subtle behaviors that can be easily missed or in challenging behaviors that are quite obvious but fail to communicate to their educators, peers or parents. Evidence-based practice has found that, with direct instruction and augmentative communication most suited to their needs, students can gain communicative competence at a rapid rate.
 
Presenting will be Jacqueline Kearns, principal investigator of HDI's Teaching Age Appropriate Learning Through Communication (TAALC) Project, and Judith Page, associate professor in the Division of Communication Disorders in the UK College of Health Sciences.
 
Space is limited and registration is required. Those who wish to attend may register online. Attendance site must be selected at time of registration; if a site is full, you will have the option to select another site. HDI's seminar series is open to faculty, staff and students, as well as self-advocates, parents/caregivers and professionals statewide.
 
Continuing education units (CEUs) are approved for effective instructional leaders and social work, psychology and licensed professional counselors. The seminar is affiliated with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for CEUs in Certified Rehabilitation Counseling. There is a $20 CEU fee for social workers, psychologists and licensed professional counselors.
 
If you wish to host a live video-conference for your community at your site, please contact Patti Naber Singleton, 859-257-4913. For general questions about the HDI Seminar Series, please contact Tina Lindon, 859-257-1714.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396