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Wednesday, April 18 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Understanding Autism LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

This train­ing is offered through the Oregon Training and Consultation (OTAC) and will provide a good framework for anyone who would like to learn more about autism and neurodiversity. Participants will gain knowledge of:

· the history of autism
· diagnostic criteria and experiences shared by self-advocates
· how autism impacts learning, communication, and behavior
· a positive approach to support people who experience autism

Kelli Downey, an OTAC behavior consultant with more than 10 years of experience in her field, will explain best practices on how to both interact with people who experience autism and ways to structure environments to support learning needs. While this training will be geared toward teens with autism, it also provides foundational information that libraries could use to build services for all patrons with autism. Participants will be provided with a training activity workbook, resource list, and a paper copy of the presentation slides.

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Kelli Downey

Behavior Consultant, Oregon Training and Consultation
Kelli has professionally collaborated with people who experience developmental disabilities for the past ten years focusing on providing holistic, person centered supports to aid people in developing life skills. During her graduate work at the University of Kansas Medical Center... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Wilder Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA