Meeting Archive:
Improving Family Involvement for Children & Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders through the Combating Autism Act Initiative

Meeting Description:
This webinar is the second of the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) webinar series, Research to Practice, and will highlight strategies to improve family involvement through the CAAI, specifically through training, research and systems development.
The CAAI webinar series is designed to showcase successes of CAAI grantees, connect attendees to CAAI grantees, and highlight CAAI activities. The series runs from April through August 2012 and will replace the annual face-to-face CAAI conference. Webinars are targeted to CAAI grantees, but open to all. 
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Date: Mon, May 14, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Melody Cherny
 Presenter Information
Fran Goldfarb, MA, MCHES
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Fran Goldfarb, MA, MCHES is the Director of Family Support at the USC UCEDD at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has served as their LEND Family Support Discipline Director since 1997. Ms. Goldfarb also serves as the chair of the AUCD LEND Family Discipline Workgroup, a collaborative of LEND family faculty and other interested parties, that has worked on many projects since 2005.  Together with her husband, she has facilitated the Los Angeles Asperger Syndrome Parent Support Group for the last 16 years. Ms. Goldfarb has a Bachelor’s in Human Development, a Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis on Family Life Education and is credentialed as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Most importantly, she is the parent of a young adult on the autism spectrum. 

Amy Hess, BA, MA Certificate
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Amy Hess has an extensive background in working with people with disabilities. Amy joined The Ohio State University LEND program in May 2007. As a LEND Family Faculty at Nisonger Center Amy was active in teaching seminar, clinical activities, grant writing, instructing via the Nisonger Online Orientation to IDD and project management. Currently the Site Coordinator for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), Amy is actively engaged in community outreach, clinical quality improvement initiatives, research coordination and family centered care development. Amy holds a B.S. in Communications from The Ohio State University and completed a Masters Certificate program in Rehabilitation Administration at DePaul University in Chicago. Amy is also the parent of a really cute, funny, free-spirited child with Autism and his witty and charming older sister. She and her husband are very active in autism projects in the central Ohio area.

Timothy Markle, MA
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Tim Markle is an Outreach Specialist at the UW-Madison Waisman Center supporting the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program in Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services. The Waisman Center is a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a research center, a medical clinic and home to the MCH LEND program. Tim worked on the CAAI State Implementation Grant from April of 2009 through the end of the grant in the areas of Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD), Regional Core Teams, Community Conversations, Resource Mapping, Database Development, Listserv, and more. In his current role he supports the on-going work of the CoP ASD/DD , the statewide CYSCHN Collaborators Network and serves as Intake Coordinator for Waisman Center’s Developmental Disabilities Clinic.