Learning and networking opportunities

Pictured top of page: The interdisciplinary Vanderbilt ECHO Autism team of specialists shares expertise with primary care clinicians through case-based learning. Pictured left to right: Bethany Drury, MS; Nina Harris, MS; Beth Malow, MD; Whitney Loring, PsyD; Andrea Huxtable, RD; and Quentin Humberd, MD.

May and June offer an array of learning and networking opportunities through the Tennessee MegaConference for professionals, family members, and self-advocates; the Neuroscience and Education Symposium for educators and other professionals; and ECHO Autism for community physicians.

Tennessee Disability MegaConference logo artTennessee Disability MegaConference, May 25-26

The Tennessee Disability MegaConference is Tennessee’s largest disability-specific conference for individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals. It will be held May 25-26. At the conference, people share the latest information and innovations on many topics including housing, employment, education, health care, recreation and leisure, mental health, and others. Continuing education credits are offered in many categories. People attending make new friends and important connections as everyone works together to encourage the full participation of all people with disabilities in their own lives!

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Aaron Bishop

Aaron Bishop will be the keynote speaker. He is a respected thought leader in the field of disability who has expert knowledge of legislative, political, economic, and civil rights issues impacting people with disabilities. Most recently, Bishop led the Administration on Disabilities in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to read more 

The theme this year is “Community + Collaboration = Success!” Click here to download the program.

The VKC UCEDD is a co-sponsor of MegaConference, along with many state and community disability organizations. Carol Rabideau, VKC UCEDD social worker, is co-chair of the MegaConference Planning Committee.

Neuroscience and Education Conference logo artNeuroscience and Education Symposium 2017: The Connection, June 1-2

Connections between reading and math instruction and neuroscience will be among the featured topics at the fourth annual symposium, “Neuroscience and Education: The Connection,” Thursday and Friday, June 1-2.

Hosted by the Annette Eskind Institute of Learning at Currey Ingram Academy and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD), the symposium will be held at Currey Ingram Academy, 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood.

This is a one-stop symposium for educators and other professionals to hear about the latest brain research as it relates to education and to learn the most current evidence-based strategies for implementing this research in the classroom. Topics covered will include ADHD, dyslexia, autism, language impairment, emotions and brain plasticity, reading and math instruction, giftedness, and the use of the arts in educational and developmental interventions.

The symposium features two nationally prominent keynote speakers, Bill Pelham, Ph.D., and Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., experts in ADHD, as well as breakout sessions led by Vanderbilt faculty and community professionals.

Continuing education credit can be earned: 10.5 AMA/PRA and APA; 1.05 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, professional area). A certificate of completion also will be provided to attendees upon request.

In addition to Currey Ingram Academy and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Symposium co-sponsors are Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

Registration is $200 for professionals, $175 each for groups of 3 or more, $150 each for groups of 10 or more, and $100 for college and graduate students. Space is limited. Breakfast and lunch are included for both days. Participants will receive a professional development certificate; see registration site for details related to Continuing Education Credits. Note: there are no discounts for partial or one-day registration. Link here to register.

ECHO Autism begins June 2017

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is partnering with primary care providers in the community in a research study through ECHO Autism, a virtual learning network. The overall goal of ECHO Autism is to offer community physicians (anyone with professional training in general pediatrics, family medicine, advanced practice nursing—Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant) an opportunity to develop more skills in managing and treating patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their own practice setting. This includes but is not limited to training on screening/identification and management of commonly seen medical co-morbidities.

Community physicians will work with a group of autism subspecialists from VUMC to better evaluate and manage patients with autism. Physicians will attend a virtual telehealth ECHO clinic twice a month (total of 12 clinics) with this group of VUMC subspecialists. Community providers can take part through their smartphones or webcams instead of having to travel to Vanderbilt. Providers will be compensated and CME credits will be offered for the clinics attended.

The ECHO clinics will be held every other Thursday, beginning June 8 through November 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Two case presentations will be discussed during each clinic, followed by a short autism-related didactic presentation from one of the Vanderbilt subspecialists. Sample topics include: “What Is Autism?”, “ADHD/Autism/Medication Use”, “Sleep and Autism”, and more.

Primary care providers who are interested in more information about the study can contact ECHO Autism coordinator Bethany Drury, 615-343-1729, Bethany.Drury@Vanderbilt.edu. See also the ECHO Autism website. The principal investigator for VUMC ECHO Autism is Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, director of the Autism Speaks Vanderbilt Autism Treatment Network, and VKC investigator.

Jan Rosemergy is VKC deputy director and director of Communications and Dissemination.

Pictured top of page: The interdisciplinary Vanderbilt ECHO Autism team of specialists shares expertise with primary care clinicians through case-based learning. Left to right: Bethany Drury, M.S.; Nina Harris, M.S.; Beth Malow, M.D.; Whitney Loring, Psy.D.; Andrea Huxtable, R.D.; and Quentin Humberd, M.D.


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