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					PAC
Powhatan
Autism
Collaboration
Team
             What we have done….
   Team was formed in 2005
       Members of team included:
          Parent
          Administrator

          General Education Teacher

          Special Education Teacher

          Other

         Members attended training sessions given by T-TAC and
           developed goals for the team.
   Team members agreed to meet monthly to plan
    and share information
   A “Needs Assessment” was developed and
    delivered via e-mail to the entire staff of
    Powhatan County. Results were analyzed and
    used to set further goals for the team.
   The School Board was introduced to members
    of the team and a short presentation was
    delivered at one of the regular School Board
    meetings.
   Awareness Training was developed with the
    help of the “mentors” from VCU T-TAC.
   The first presentation of the training was at a
    Parent Resource Center workshop… and was a
    success!!
   More trainings followed at each one of the five
    county schools—2 elementary, one middle,
    one junior high and one high school.
    Presentations were delivered to staff at faculty
    meetings.
   Handout packets were developed and given to
    each staff member:
       Packets included:
            PAC flyer that included information about autism, team
             members names and contact information;
            Resource list of materials
            Short articles..
                 Temple Grandin
                 10 Things Your Child with Autism Wants You to Know
   Book Group for Parents—Collaborative effort
    with Parent Resource Center

   Observations and Collaboration with teachers

   Purchase of materials for PAC resource library

   Awareness Training for local YMCA staff
   Participation in community activities to raise
    awareness:
       Spring Fling and Fall Festival
            Gave literature to adults that included PAC flyer, ASC
             brochure and PRC card
            Talked with people who had questions about autism
            Children made bead bracelets that included the colors in
             the “autism puzzle” logo
            Children also had the opportunity to explore and play
             with “fidget toys, “goop” and other sensory activities. If
             their parents agreed, the children were also able to take
             home their own “goop” in provided Ziploc baggies.
   Awarded money from team funds to a high
    school computer teacher who has her students
    design autism “fact” mini-posters that are
    displayed during April (Autism Awareness
    Month) to raise awareness at the high school
    about autism.
   Continue to recruit and train new team
    members as members leave or rotate off the
    team.
      Future Planned Activities…
   Offer awareness training to surrounding
    counties
   Offer awareness training to local day care and
    child care facilities
   Continue to attend trainings offered, using
    team funds to pay for fees. Members who
    attend trainings then bring the information
    back to share with other members of the team.
   Purchase and learn to use “video modeling”
    software
   Continue to purchase and expand PAC’s
    library of books and materials
   Continue to offer observation and
    collaboration to staff
   Continue to expand awareness in the
    community
   Continue to meet monthly and expand the
    team’s knowledge base.
Questions…..
Thank you!!

				
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