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June 2019

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Professional Development

Coming Soon: New Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

318,220 and counting.
That’s the number of people who have used the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) to date. The AIM modules provide high-quality information and professional development to those who support, instruct, work with, or live with someone with autism.

Each module guides users through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, glossaries, and much more. The modules are designed to build the capacity of school districts and other education agencies to improve their instruction and support for individuals with autism.

Over the past few months, a team of experts has been hard at work creating three new modules to add to the 45 existing modules. Like the other AIM modules, the new modules will be available at no cost and users can earn graduate credit (for a fee) or professional development certificates.

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Policy & Research Update

OCALI Office of Policy Update

With the state’s biennial budget in the midst of debate, the OCALI Policy Team has been hard at work making sure disability is included in the discussion. They have presented to Ohio's Developmental Disabilities Caucus as well as shared resource for Mental Health Awareness Month
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OCALI Award Nominations – Now Open

Help OCALI recognize and and celebrate the achievements, contributions, and impact of leaders, pioneers, and champions whose work and efforts help support and improve outcomes for people with autism, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities.

Submit your nomination for a 2019 OCALI Award!
The deadline is Friday, August 30, 2019.

Learn More About OCALI Awards

Keep the conversation going until the 2019 conference! Join the OCALICON Facebook group. Share an idea, ask a question, post a photo or video from last year, and get other info and updates. 
Man walking down sidewalk, text "Access"


Announcing “Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility

Access, a short documentary about accessibility, follows Cory Joseph through a typical day, showing how he uses his smartphone, Braille display, tactile watch, and guide dog (named Vine) to navigate the world.
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Dear Restaurants, Your Inaccessibility Is the Opposite of Hospitality

For an industry built on hospitality, too many restaurants still pay lip service to — or flat-out ignore — the Americans with Disabilities Act
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The Cost of Being Disabled 

Disabled people often experience discrimination in the hiring process, but meeting an employer that believes in your ability to do the job is only half the battle.

Consent and Kids with Disabilities


Consent and Kids with Disabilities

Talking about consent may feel like a daunting task, but Daisy discusses why understanding consent is important for all kids, and especially kids with disabilities.
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