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DATE: April 11, 2006

School of Education launches new Teacher Academy with talk by Richard L. Simpson, noted scholar in the field of autism spectrum disorders

DEARBORN---Richard L. Simpson, professor of special education at the University of Kansas, will present "Effective Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 as part of the new Teacher Academy series at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's School of Education.

A new initiative at the School of Education, the Teacher Academy is designed to better meet the needs of the citizens of Southeast Michigan, according to Paul Zionts, dean of the School of Education.

"We will be bringing in experts, sometimes local, more likely national and international, to provide information and/or training on a variety of topics. We are trying to be responsive to the needs of our communities," Zionts said. "Our first endeavor is Professor Simpson's talk. For example, if there is significant interest in autism, we will be providing a series of talks on it next year. We also are providing a series of options for participants of the academy, including simple admission, state board continuing education units and graduate credit."

Simpson's workshop, which will take place at UM-Dearborn's Fairlane Center, is geared toward students, teachers, parents, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and administrators.

Simpson, a noted scholar in the field of autism spectrum disorders and Asperger's syndrome, will discuss topics such as evidence-based practice, intervention and treatment, correct application of skill-based interventions, environmental modifications and cognitive interventions.

Simpson has authored numerous books and articles on students with autism spectrum disorders and was the senior editor of the professional journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities from 1995 to 2003.

The deadline to register for the workshop is April 28. Workshop cost, which includes lunch and a resource packet, is $100 for the general public and $60 for UM-Dearborn alumni and students. After April 28, the cost of the workshop is $125 for the public and $75 for UM-Dearborn students and alumni.

The workshop also may be taken for one graduate credit or 0.6 SB-CEUs. Please contact Judy Garfield, academic services secretary, at (313) 593-5285 for more information on tuition cost and registration procedures for graduate credit or SB-CEUs.

For more information on the workshop, contact Mary Fulmer, administrative assistant in the School of Education, at (313) 593-3893.

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