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Seminar to Focus on "Developing Self Determination Skills

The Order of the Alhambra Wamba Caravan #89 will hold its fourth annual ACIT Seminar "Developing Self Determination Skills in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 12 in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane Center at Frostburg State University.

The annual seminar is held to benefit teachers, professionals and care-givers in the training of developmentally disabled individuals in cooperation with the FSU College of Education. Support for the program is provided from the annual Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament sponsored by the Wamba Caravan #89 and the FSU Foundation, Inc. Local organizations assisting with the planning include the FSU Educational Professions Department, Brandeburg Center, Friends Aware, Allegany County Board of Education and the ACIT.

Dr. LaVerne Albright Buchanan will present the keynote to open the seminar at 9 a.m. He is a consultant with TransCen, Inc., a non-profit agency in Rockville, Md. Dr. Buchanan assists local and state educational community-based agencies plan, implement and evaluate transition services for youth with disabilities.

Following the keynote, Alice Marie Stevens, Director of Prevention Programs for the Brain Injury Association, will present "Services to Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury." Her talk will be followed by lunch and an interactive presentation by the Assistive Technology Department of Johns Hopkins University on the latest technology for traumatic brain injury.

Two afternoon workshops are planned on the topics of "Nutritional Considerations for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities" and "Physical Activities for Life." by Jennifer Wilson, a registered, licensed dietician with the Allegany County Health Department, and Ginny Popiolek, certified adapted physical education educator with Harford County Public Schools.

The seminar is open to anyone interested in the training or care-giving of the developmentally disabled. There is no charge to attend. However, pre-registration is required. Contact Dr. Oma Gail Simmons, FSU Educational Professions Department, 301-687-4432 or e-mail The deadline for registration is March 8.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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