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Health Fundango: Missoula Montana’s BMI Screenings for Children and Adolescents in Special Education
Date: Wednesday, May 21 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Obesity is a public health epidemic, and the crisis is worse for children and adolescents with disabilities, who are 38% more likely to be obese than their peers without disabilities. The Health Fundango Program, conducted by the local health department in Missoula County, MT, was developed to assess the BMI of students throughout the county. With assistance from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Missoula expanded the program to include assessment, evaluation, and interventions related to the BMI of students in special education. Attendees will learn how the county implemented this program, what roadblocks they encountered, and will see results from the large pool of data collected over the 3 years of this project.
Removing Access Barriers for Autistic College Students – Peer Mentor Model
Date: Tuesday, May 27 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
There are barriers – both physical and attitudinal – that deny access to autistic college students on today’s college campuses. In this webinar, Sara Gardner will share discoveries learned while working with autistic students in regards to how peer mentoring and other supports are effective in helping to diminish and remove these barriers. Participants will also have concrete ideas, both large and small, that they can implement in their programs, for themselves and/or for their students that will remove barriers to access and begin to affect change in outcomes for autistic students.
Additionally, the presenter will share how the Autism Spectrum Navigators’ program areas of focus – Executive Functioning, Social Interaction, Self-Advocacy and Self-Regulation – serve as a foundation for all aspects of the program, and how these focus areas support the removal of barriers for this population. Strategies for implementing a comprehensive program that is accessible to students with different economic backgrounds and varied academic capabilities will also be examined.
Environmental Factors for Individuals with Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, May 28 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
A team of 3 presenters from the APHA Disability Section will be conducting a webinar regarding environmental factors for persons with disabilities. The moderator of this webinar is Andy Imparto, JD, the Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
Michaela Schenkelberg, MPH, will be focusing on her research on physical activity promotion in preschoolers, and identifying the influences on physical activity of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Mara Nery-Hurwit, MS, research primarily focuses on physical activity and health behavior interventions for adults with disabilities.
Natasha Spassiani, will focus on an exploratory case study examining the factors associated with sustaining community-based health initiatives for people with IDD living in group homes. This includes health and community participation for people with I/DD and participatory action research because it ensures that people with I/DD are actively involved in the research process.
The Most Common Medical Problems in Specialized Care for People with I/DD
Date: Wednesday, June 18 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Persons with I/DD often have the same medical problems as others, but may present in a different fashion. It is after much experience that one may be able to develop insights into these presentations. Join Dr. Ted Feigelman as we discuss some of the common medical issues in this population, and some of the special approaches to address these needs.
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