2015 Idaho CEC Fall Conference – Register NOW!

The Idaho CEC Fall Conference is right around the corner. The conference will feature CEC Keynotes and Subdivision strands. Come join your fellow Special Education Professionals in beautiful Boise, Idaho this October!
Conference Highlights
– CEC Keynote – Dr. Sharon Link & James T. G. Link – Out of the Abyss: Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorders
– CEC Keynote – Mary Morningstar & Kelli Crane – Connecting Across K-12 Transitions 
– Subdivision Strands from iDADD, CCBD, DLD, DCDT, and DEC.
– Gain new behavior and instructional strategies for a variety of disability categories
– Utilize technology for collecting progress monitoring data and improving your practice
– Network with educational professionals from Idaho and across the country
– Get involved in Professional Development for Special Education to Idaho
For more information visit our website at www.idahocec.org or follow this link to Register NOW!

Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association iCan Bike Camp 2015

June 15th – 19th at the Homecourt YMCA in Meridian.

This unique camp provides specially designed instruction on specially designed bicycles, individuals with any disability, ages 8 & up, how to ride a traditional 2 wheeled bicycle in 5 days. In 2014, we had 32 of 40 riders be independent riders by the end of the week!  We hope you will consider helping us by sharing the attached flyer with individuals with disabilities that may benefit from this program.
Over 80% of individuals with Autism and over 90% of individuals with Down syndrome will never learn to ride a traditional two-wheeled bicycle.  This limits some individuals with disabilities for independent transportation to school and to future jobs as well as the joy of riding with their families along the foothills or greenbelt.  TVDSA feels passionate about providing opportunities to individuals with various disabilities the opportunity to beat these odds.  Although we have had a good response, we have quite a few openings left in the camp this year.  We have extended our registration to May 29th.  Unfortunately, if we are not able to fill the camp this year, it may be a few years before we can bring the camp back.

2015iCanShine Flyer

iCan Bike Volunteer Flyer_2015

We also have a NEED OF VOLUNTEERS: It also takes a lot of volunteers to have a successful camp.  A full camp requires at least 100 volunteers.  We still have high hopes for a full camp.  We hope you will consider also forwarding the flyer for volunteers (attached) to co-workers.  We understand the inconvenience of scheduling during the work week, but it is how the iCan Shine program is designed.  The goal is that volunteers join us for all 5 days for a single 90 minute session, as it is easier on the riders to learn to trust their spotters when they are the same all week.  If that is not possible, we will accept volunteers that are only able to help certain days.  AND they get a really cool bike camp t-shirt if they volunteer!  Although the suggested age to volunteer is 16, we will take mature, responsible individuals that are younger than 16 as spotters and motivators.

There are 5 sessions to choose from:

Session Times
1   8:00 am  –   9:15 am      (arrive by   7:45am)
2   9:35 am  – 10:50 am      (arrive by   9:20am)
3 11:10 am  – 12:25 pm      (arrive by 10:55am)
4   1:10 pm  –   2:25 pm      (arrive by 12:55pm)
5   2:45 pm  –   4:00 pm      (arrive by   2:30pm)


Idaho CEC Conference Keynote Announced


Idaho CEC 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sharon Link

Dr. Sharon Link and her son James T.G. Link both have autism. James was diagnosed when he was 6 years old with classic autism, and Sharon was just recently diagnosed as an adult with Asperger Disorder, which is classified as an autism disorder according to the revised DSM-V. While Sharon suspected from a young age that James was autistic, sought the best therapies, and then the formal diagnosis from the University of Washington, Sharon struggled quietly with her disorder for a very long time. Sharon’s recent diagnosis has now equipped her to become a better advocate for both her son and herself. Their story is compelling, inspirational, and educational.

Full Biography

Idaho CEC Annual Conference 2015- Call for Presenters

Idaho CEC would love you to present great programs you are using, or have built.  There is no better way to showcase great things you are doing for kids, than to share them with other professionals in the field. We encourage you to complete the attached Call for Presenter Form to share your wonderful ideas with others, so that they may use your ideas in their classrooms and programs.

Idaho CEC is also looking forward to all of the great presentations that some of you will bring to this years Idaho CEC Conference September 30th- October 3rd, 2015 in Boise, Idaho at the Red Lion Downtowner.

Call For Presenters – Idaho CEC 2015 Annual Conference

Tools For Life March 2-3, 2015 Moscow, Idaho

Tools for Life 2015

Tools for Life is for transitioning youth with disabilities and all who support them. Attendees include educators, special educators, therapists, counselors, service providers, job developers, other rehabilitation specialists, and especially high school students with disabilities and their families.

For more information and to register for Tools for Life 2015 visit the website at idahoat.org.