Event Calendar

“A Journey through Special Education” Conference @ The Park Inn
Mar 25 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Brought to you by The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC)



Parents, Special and General Education Professionals, Administrators, Paraprofessionals, Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Staff, Therapists, Social Workers, Advocates, and all others interested in the support and education of students with special learning needs are welcome to attend.


The Park Inn is fully accessible.  If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance, please contact Cindy Adams at 717.249.2611.  Your needs must be known by February 25, 2017.  All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate you.


Space will be limited to the first 250 registrants. Preregistration is required. Continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Parent scholarships are available as requested (call for more information). For information please call 717-249-2611. Please indicate your selection for each session on the registration form.Participants should select one morning breakout session AND one afternoon breakout session ORthe full day session.


Individuals attending this event must arrive on time and stay the duration of the event to receive Act 48 Professional Education Hours. Act 48 is offered only to individuals who hold a valid PA Professional Educator Certificate. [5] Act 48 hours will be requested through PaTTAN for this event.


Certificates are available upon request to verify training hours. [6] hours are offered.


PaTTAN is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to offer continuing education for certified behavior analysts. PaTTAN maintains responsibility for the program(s). Up to [5.5] hours may be requested for specific sessions. See session descriptions.

“A Journey through Special Education” Conference


Expanding Employment Opportunities after Graduation

Dana Baccanti, Chief-Special Programs Division, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Diane Cashman, Director of Employment, Office of Developmental Programs

Walter Howard, Chief, Division of Monitoring and Improvement—East, Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education

The opening presentation will focus on collaboration of these agencies to bring about increased employment opportunities for graduating students.

FULL DAY SESSION — 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM   

A Venture Toward Understanding the Biology and Behavior of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lee Ann Grisolano, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

In this session, the speaker will discuss commonalities within the brain of most individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how the unique networks of the Autistic brain are reflected in behaviors common to Autism, such as social skills deficits, rigid and perseverative behaviors, sensory dysfunction, mood regulation, attention deficits, and executive dysfunction.  Using this biological perspective, an explanation of the behavior of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be considered and explored so that more effective intervention can be developed and implemented.

MORNING SESSIONS — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM     

Development of Social, Behavior, and Emotional Skills For Elementary Students

Dr. Cheryl H. Zaccagnini, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

This session will focus on the proactive approaches to classroom and/or behavior management for the elementary age student, including routines, structure, and positive rules. A focus on assessment, teaching, modeling, and review of social skill curriculum will also be presented

Inclusion of Students with Disabilities for Academic, Behavioral, and Social Outcomes

Dr. Thomas Gibbon, Ed.D., Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

This presentation will provide a background about the legal requirements and actual practice about including students with disabilities in a general education setting. The presenter will review the historical trends and movement from segregated educational settings to the mainstream model and finally to the inclusion model. A description of best practices for inclusion and collaboration that covers the range of students involved and teacher preparation will be included. Parent rights will be part of this discussion.  Participants will examine and discuss case studies for a deeper understanding of the concepts raised; hear feedback from five years of interviews with teachers, students with disabilities, parents, and administrators involved with inclusion in school districts in our region; and receive a resource guide to help with further reading and advocacy. Finally, the presenter will discuss how inclusion can enhance future employment and post-secondary outcomes of students with disabilities.

Managing Challenging Behavior in School, Home, and in the Community

Delilah R. L. Wilcox, MS, BCBA, Clinical Director of NHS School, Carlisle

Catherine Eicke, BA, Clinical Specialist of NHS School, Carlisle

Individuals on the Autism Spectrum often display a wide range of challenging behaviors from aggression to self-injury, general unsafe behaviors, and lack of engagement in the world around them.  This session will focus on identifying the source of these behaviors, why behaviors continue to happen, and specific strategies that can be used across settings to reduce problematic behaviors while increasing appropriate, functional skills.


Development of Social, Behavior, and Emotional Skills For Middle, and Secondary Students

Dr. Cheryl H. Zaccagnini, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

This session will focus on the proactive approaches to classroom and/or behavior management for middle and secondary age students including routines, structure, and positive rules. A focus on assessment, teaching, modeling, and review of social skill curriculum will also be presented.

Understanding the Evaluation Process,  Types of Assessments, and Understanding Results

Dr. Angela Heishman, Certified School Psychologist, Big Spring School District

Dr. Jeannette Cahill, Certified School Psychologist, Big Spring School District

This session will provide participants with an overview of the evaluation process used in the school setting to assess whether students meet the criteria to be identified as a child with a disability under state and federal special education regulations. Additional information will be provided on the various assessment tools that are used including tests that measure cognitive ability, achievement, adaptive skills, reading ability, speech and language deficits, executive functioning, and behavioral/emotional concerns.  An explanation on how district benchmarks and assessments relate to the testing and assessments in the evaluation report. An overview of standard scores and percentile ranks will be included to help participants understand the meaning behind the numbers as well as the determining factors that need to be considered to meet eligibility criterion. There will also be a discussion related to the neurodiversity of learners and the implications this has when examining students’ learning struggles.

From Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to Behavior Planning (BSP) and Beyond

Delilah R. L. Wilcox, MS, BCBA, Clinical Director of NHS School, Carlisle

Catherine Eicke, BA, Clinical Specialist of NHS School, Carlisle

In this session, participants will learn the school-based process of developing positive behavior support plans for students on the Autism Spectrum.  We will introduce the FBA process with take-aways of an assessment workbook and sample data sheets.  We will discuss how this information drives the formation of the BSP.  Other than the BSP, we will also highlight other areas in the IEP that would support behavior planning and overall skill development. The session will also address how to collaborate with your IEP team and transfer interventions and other skills into the home and community setting.

Contact Pam Shenk at pshenk@cparc.org or Cindy Adams at cadams@cparc.org.

Save the date for the 2017 conference:

March 25, 2017

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Park Inn

5401 Carlisle Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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More info to come after the new year!

M&T Bank Invitational Glee: College A Cappella Competition @ Carlisle Theatre
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thank you to our 2017 Glee Sposors
M&T Bank
Red 102.3
The Sentinel
Filson Water
Castleriggs Wine Shop
Dr. Joseph Bourdon, DDSM&T Bank
Carlisle Theatre
Howard Hanna – Doug Heineman


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