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Teleconference Calls

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We recognize that families with children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs do not always have the luxury of attending conferences and workshops. In an effort to provide alternative learning and networking opportunities, the Parents’ Place hosts conference calls about topics of interest to families and our professional partners. Participants can join the call using a toll-free number and conference pass code, which is provided with your registration. Teleconferences are listed on our Training Calendar and announced in our email newsletter.

Each 1 to 1 1/2-hour call features a speaker, knowledgeable about a particular topic, who gives a presentation, followed by a question and answer period. Audio files (MP3) for past calls are linked below.

The Parents’ Place welcomes your ideas! If you have a topic you’d like to hear about, or a speaker to suggest, please e-mail:

Past Calls

Topic: Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities under IDEA 2004
When: February 19, 2008
Speaker: Maureen van Stone, Esq., Director, Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
Handout: PDF File 1 | PDF file 2
Audio Transcript: MP3 File

Topic: What Parents Need to Know for Transition Planning
Date: February 26, 2008
Speaker: Sherril Moon, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Handout: PDF File
Audio Transcript: MP3 File

Topic: Life After High School – Division of Rehabilitation (DORS) Services
Date: March 4, 2008
Speakers: Brenda Isennock, Manager Pre-Vocational Programs at Workforce and Technology Center, Sharon Webb, Supervisor, Office of Blind and Vision Services, Baltimore, Karen Younkins, Supervisor, Office of Field Service Program, Frederick County, Mary Dudderar, Regional Director, Office of Field Service Program, Western Maryland
Handout: PDF File
Audio Transcript: MP3 File

Topic: Job Development 101: A Crash Course for Families
Date: March 10, 2008
Speaker: George Tilson, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, TransCen, Inc., Rockville, MD
Handout: PDF File 1 | PDF File 2
Audio Transcript: MP3 File

Topic: DDA New Directions Waiver
Date: April 7, 2008
Speaker: Catriona Johnson, Assistant Director for State and Federal Relations Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
Handout: PDF File
Audio Transcript: MP3 File

Topic: The Parents' Role in Transition: What's Health Got to Do With it? Everything!
Date: April 15, 2008
Speaker: Ceci Shapland and Mallory Cyr, Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center, Bangor, Maine
Handout: PDF File
Audio Transcript: MP3 File

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